This past week has been a whirlwind. If I wasn’t already balding, I would be by now that’s for sure. I shared on my ministry update site on Monday, but we found out last Friday that my wife has been diagnosed with breast cancer. It’s one of those things you never want to hear and I still can’t believe it’s true.
Both Erin and I have had health issues over the years, but normally we go to the doctor find out what’s wrong and it’s something that is easily taken care of. When my wife went to the doctor at the beginning of last week that’s what we thought we were dealing with. Even though we knew the hospital was testing for cancer, we just thought it was a precaution and nothing we needed to worry about. Unfortunately, that was not the case.
Even though the news is something you dread, we are thankful though that her doctor seems confident that the cancer has been caught early and that it can be removed. Right now we are waiting until next week when we will be able to find out for sure what the next steps will be.
I guess since I found out the results, I have been feeling pretty emotionally overwhelmed. There was the emotion of shock and this can’t be true at first. From there came all the worry emotions. Worrying about my wife’s health and future, worrying about our kids, worrying about finances when we are already not at full support, and worrying about how I am just going to keep it all together and be a rock for my wife and kids during this time. Thankfully, God has been reminding me constantly of all the ways he has and is taking care of us. Almost everyone I have spoken with has let me know that they are praying for Erin and our family, and several have prayed right then and there with me.
It’s comforting to know between our great God and all our brothers and sisters in Christ that we don’t have to go through this battle alone. Please continue to pray with me though as I know Satan would like nothing more than to overwhelm and bring discouragement at this time. Pray that I will always reach out to God and those who have offered help when I need it. Pray that I can be the husband and father I need to be for my family during this time and lead them to Christ no matter what happens. It’s going to be a battle for our family health wise, financially, and spiritually over the next few months. Pray with me that on the other side we will see my wife healthy and Christ glorified.