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Your view: Reason for thanks

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

I woke up March 2, 2002, took my shower and did my breast cancer check-

up. That night I went to bed and I had this hard pain in my right breast. I examined the source of the pain and discovered a lump in my right breast the size of a quarter. I endured the weekend concerned about what I had found and contacted my doctor the following Monday morning.

In his office he asked me if I had ever experienced a blow to my chest. I told him that I remembered an incident approximately five months previous when I had. After his examination he said there was a tumor and it was a fast growing, progressive type of cancer that was caused by the blow. In this further examination, he took a sample of tissue from the tumor for a biopsy The doctor told me, based on his examination and the results of the biopsy, that it looked really bad.

My husband and I discussed the situation and decided that it was important to have the breast removed immediately. I was at peace with our decision having served the Lord all of my life. The surgery went well and I experienced no pain, which I believe is because of my faith. The night before my surgery I prayed and asked God to take it out or contain it in my breast.

When I went back the following week the doctor look at both biopsies before and after my surgery. The doctor shook his head and said, "June, the cancer was only in the breast. We removed 20 lymph nodes to help ensure the cancer was contained and they were all free of any cancer." I smiled and said to the doctor, "Isn't he an awesome God?" The doctor smiled, saying, "Yes, he is!"

I had four chemo treatments. It was a little tough. I felt everyone has some burdens to bear and this was mine.

I will be cancer free five years in March of 2007. I thank God for all the miracles He has given me and my family. I look around and see so many people that are worse off than I. My heart aches for them.

I hope my story touches someone who might read it. My experience has created an even greater sensitivity in my life and I pray for everyone that is going through this experience.

You don't always get your answer from God right away. Sometimes it may be days, weeks, months or even years. But when the answer comes, you will remember that is what you prayed for and thank God.

God Bless and Keep All of You!


June Benson