We are literally smack dab in the middle of my LAST WEEK of radiation here at Duke before I head to the house on Friday! Needless to say I am a little excited about this. In some ways it feels like I have been away for so long and in others the time has flown. The last couple of weeks here have been more of a challenge as the radiation began to cause burns and increased pain BUT I have to say that this is ultimately an encouraging thing that I have to be thankful for. It means that the radiation is doing a number on that little devil.
I have met so many people that are living every day in a strong, kind and courageous way. From Sheila, the lady who has her treatments right after me and has been through chemo, surgery and now 6 weeks of radiation to all of the nurses, doctors and radiation technicians who spend their days caring for the sick with smiles, encouraging words and even hugs on days when you can’t keep the tears from filling your eyes. My life has been changed just watching them. As I write this, I struggle to find the words to adequately describe the way God has used this experience to strengthen my faith, bless my soul and open my heart. We are not put here just to live, work then die. God has a purpose for each of us that has nothing to do with where we live, what job we do, how much or little we have. I have been reminded every day for the past 5 weeks that above all, we are to love and encourage one another. Another quote from my Sarah Young devotional states “ask him to think through you, live through you, love through you”. I will be the first to tell you I fail at this daily. I pray that I will be reminded of this each day not only because that is what God calls us to do but because I have seen it in action like never before and truly know what a difference this makes.
Did I mention that I am SO EXCITED about going home??!!!