I have faith and a belief in something bigger and better than this present we live in. This isn’t a post about religion. It’s about me and what helps me get through my days.
In my work I support hundreds of stage 4 cancer patients. I’ve visited more people than I can count who were in their last days. And I attend dozens of funerals a year. I couldn’t continue doing this job if I didn’t believe in something greater than this life we live. There has to be an afterlife where there is no cancer or suffering- where we will see our loved ones again.
That belief brings me comfort and peace.
I was diagnosed with stage 4 genetic liver disease 3 years ago and it was a shock - personally and spiritually. I didn’t stop believing in God/Jesus Christ, but I did ask, why me?
I’m the person who dedicated my life to a calling of helping cancer patients and I get diagnosed with something just as serious- without any treatment options or cure. Why? Ironic much???
With my diagnosis, life of scans and watchful-waiting, prescriptions and chronic autoimmune illnesses came a heightened perspective of what it’s like being the patients I have served. I have first-hand knowledge and empathy and a unique understanding that I didn’t really have before. Was that God’s plan? No I don’t think so. But I think my faith in God lets me see a bigger picture and live the life I have been given with purpose. Perspective and gratitude and purpose.
Faith is bigger than just yourself.
I can use whatever I am going through to serve and help others.
We can be the light and hope for others and in doing so we help ourselves be more than what our disease makes us.