*Faith in God
*Prayer and meditation
*Family and friends
My belief in God began at the age of 17 when I accepted Jesus as my personal Savior. Prior to that I had not been raised in a Christian home, but my maternal grandmother was a devout Christian, who represented love, kindness, and wholesomeness. She was and still is a very important role model for me. I believe that God did not cause the cancer, but allowed it to happen. My recovery was based on His wisdom in knowing what was best for me.
Many people prayed for me. I meditated several times a day. God listens to prayers and sometimes He declines our wishes, because He knows what is best. Every time I prayed I felt better and ready to accept whatever the future might hold for me. During every test and procedure I meditated, which kept me relaxed and put my body in optimum form. I believe it was particularly helpful for the chemotherapy to flow through my body.
Shoulders to cry on, ears to listen, mouths to speak words of encouragement, and hands to help me were some of the ways family and friends assisted me in facing this cancer challenge. Sometimes it was laughter, or tears, or laying-on-of-hands. The food, cards, visits, flowers, gifts, telephone calls, or emails were encouraging and comforting.