Cancer Journey/ HEALTH/ Spiritual

The Healing

My hair measures 2 inches, it is
Very fitting, I’d say.

My 2 week old incisions are small pink lines, its amazing how the body insists on healing.

The bump of my port–gone!
The large lump of lobular carcinoma–gone!
The lumps and bumps of swollen and cancerous lymph nodes–gone!!

I’ve gained a few lumps, the two on my chest I consider a gift—thank-you-very-much, Cancer!
In a few weeks, they will form 2 bumps on lumps.  🙂 Finishing touches.

The few lumps on my ovaries? I could do without, but we will figure that out as we go.

I sit and read a stack of medical records, and I am in awe.
My body has been invaded so many times.
Pokes and prods.
Scopes, scans and scalpel.
Every time it insists on healing.

Pathologists, Radiologist, Oncologist, Radiation Oncologist, Dosimetrist, Radiation Therapist, Physical Therapist, Lab Technitions, General Surgeon, Plastic Surgeon, Gynecologist, Primary Care Doctor, Cancer Nurse Navigator, Survivorship Navigator, Genetic Counselor, Oncology Nurse.

Over the last 9 months, I have learned their names.
They are the key players in my healing, used by the Healer.

They poke,
remove my insides,
replace my insides,
put me to sleep,
wake me up,
lay me down,
sit me up,
they look at me with eyes serious
they look at me with eyes encouraging.

I read the notes they have written about this body of mine.
I see their signed names on my papers and I feel a gratitude that is overwhelming.

They speak words that scare,
They speak words that give hope

“Keep healing.  Watch for bumps and lumps.”

With these words I am sent on my way, in search of a new normal.

I’ve started this search already, and have learned that it does not have to be a frantic one.
I’ve learned this as my heart has been healing, too.

My heart feels healed in this moment,
whole and held,
cupped gently
and protected by heavenly hands.

It brings a calm reassurance, a peace.
It allows for the slow and the still, it is a restful confidence.
A deep satisfaction.
I am held, and always will be.

Even through recent scans and test- result waiting,
I felt the steady hold, gently pressing the peace and calm.

This is heart healing.
This is the healing.
I, am healing.

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  • Jessica @ This Blessed Life
    May 18, 2011 at 4:44 pm


  • The Pennington Point
    May 18, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    Amen and hallelujah! Lisa~

  • alison
    May 18, 2011 at 5:06 am

    Look at you and your cute ‘do’!
    I am so happy at your healing–such a wonderful blessing. It reminds me of a friend who has been cancer free for about 18 months now. When her hair was just starting to grow back I noticed something I’d never seen before–she has the cutest ears in the world! Amazing the things that you appreciate when perspective changes.

  • simone17
    May 18, 2011 at 4:12 am

    I’ve been following your journey from sydney and think of you a lot more than I comment.
    From the bottom of my heart, I wish you deep and final healing! xo

  • Sarah
    May 18, 2011 at 3:37 am

    so encouraging to read this. God has mighty big plans to use you in some fabulous mighty way. I haven’t been the greatest about commenting but I am always reading and have prayed for you so many times.

  • Alicia
    May 18, 2011 at 1:49 am

    Oh that is so beautiful & I know what you mean about the new normal. I’m still working on it a few years later!

  • elaine @ peace for the journey
    May 18, 2011 at 1:39 am

    You look beautiful, Amy. And you’re right; you don’t have to be in a rush to get there… to that new normal. I’m still working on it. I imagine it will be a long while before I arrive.


  • Aimee
    May 18, 2011 at 2:18 am


  • Anonymous
    May 18, 2011 at 1:50 am

    Amy, I am awed by your courage and your ablility to share your heart.. What a precious gift YOU are.. I Love you!
    Aunt Diana

  • Cathy
    May 18, 2011 at 1:23 am

    Good to hear you doing so well. You’re still on our family prayer board.

  • Melissa
    May 18, 2011 at 12:22 am

    Sending more prayers to you! So happy you’re feeling sassy! Love the hair do! 🙂

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