It has been a couple months since I updated you all on my progress. As I said in the last update, I am now in remission – there is no sign of any Myeloma cells in my body and the doctor said if I was thoroughly examined, the doctor would not know I ever had Myeloma. God has wiped out the enemy and made me new! What an awesome God we serve!
I am still undergoing maintenance chemo therapy, and will be until October of 2018. As a result, my immune system is still shot and I have to wear a mask whenever I am outside or in public places. I also still have neuropathy in both my feet and the outside parts of my hands. I have no pain with the neuropathy, (Praise the Lord – most people do!) Just a numbness in the affected areas. Of course, I am believing God for a complete healing in that area as well, while the doctors say most likely not.
Through this entire bout with cancer (diagnosed in March of 2016) I have been saying the same thing – “God has been merciful to me”. I see His mercy everywhere I turn. From getting the diagnosis before my health went bad or I had any pain, to God restoring my arm to full use (I lost use of my right arm and no one could explain why), to an amazing wife who has been the best caregiver in the world. Mercy has been hovering over me every day.
Why did God allow this in my life? To draw me closer to Himself, and it worked tremendously! Through the poems I have written (over 1,000) and my studies through Philippians, Ephesians, the Psalms and now James it has been an amazing journey. I was lackadaisical in my faith and devotional time before this. Now I am doing a daily bible study with a friend and I am studying James and other scriptures every day. I have gotten involved in this wonderful community on WordPress and am learning from all of your posts. So many of you have become good friends. It is incredible what God has done in my life because I have had the time to reflect more on Him.
I am thankful for this time He has given me – even though it involved allowing cancer into my life. I am thankful for all of you who encourage me and uplift me with your comments and your posts. I am thankful that I hear the voice of God within me more clearly than I ever have in my life. He has been so good, and so merciful to me.
If you are going through a hard time, perhaps it’s even cancer, know that God wants you to turn to Him through this difficulty and draw you closer. Closer than you’ve ever been to Him. Listen for His voice, and He will speak to you and tell you how much He loves you. Follow Him and He will lead you out of the valley you are in. He is right there with you, even if you can’t see Him, feel Him or hear Him. Sometimes God works the most when He is quiet. Be patient and allow God to perfect you during this time. He knows the plans He has for you, and He never fails! He is always doing everything for you good, even if you can’t see that. Trust Him. Don’t depend on your own understating. See Him in all things. He will lead you on the right path.