Challenges

Published: 12 April 2007 | 15 comments

If you read my last post, A Few Verses on Healing, I mentioned that my family were going through some challenges and also said I’d explain. Well this post will serve as that explanation.

First of all, for those that might have been wondering, I’m not ill, but rather my mother is. We found out about two weeks ago that she has breast cancer and as you can imagine it’s been challenging for her and of course our family. In all honesty I probably would not have made this post or the one before it had my mother not said that I could as I generally don’t talk much about personal/family problems.

So why has it been challenging? Well, my mother has had a series of health problems over the past few years and at times has not been able to do some of the things she used to. While I do try my best to help out as much as possible, I must admit that there are times I’ve been very impatient and not very co-operative. The same was true again from time to time during these last two weeks. Secondly, finding out she has breast cancer was unexpected and caught us by surprise. Just the day before we found out, my mother shared with my father that she was feeling a lot better than she had been for the past few weeks prior to this. Lastly, she’s been through so much with her health and has already done surgery on her back (which still hurts her mind you), that for something like this to be added to the list (and involving another surgery), at times I think it’s a bit much for one person to go through.

If it’s one thing I’ve learnt though, my mother is a trooper and it’s by the grace and strength of God that she has been able to deal with all of these challenges. Despite all that has happened God is good and I have no doubt that he has been and will continue to help her and give her the strength and determination to keep on keeping on. It’s also important to note what loving friends and family we have supporting and helping us through this. God has truly placed some wonderful people in our lives and we are grateful for each and everyone of them.

With that said she is scheduled to have surgery bright and early tomorrow morning (Apr 13) and should be in the hospital for about two (2) days. I ask for your prayers that all goes well and that she will recover quickly. Also pray that our family will continue to be supportive and helpful as she goes through her recovery period and beyond.

May the Lord bless you all with health and strength each day.

Update: Just a quick update to let you know that the surgery went well and my mother is now back home and resting. We thank you all for your prayers over the last few days and ask for continued prayers as they are doing a few tests that will determine where we go next from here. Blessings.

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gravatar Nathan Smith — 12 April 2007

Yannick: Man, sorry to hear about your mother’s health. My dad had cancer not too long ago, but now is cancer free. I’ll be praying for a similar turn-around for your mom.

gravatar Yannick (Author) — 12 April 2007

Nathan: Thanks for the prayers. Yeah I had remembered a conversation we had about that and it’s certainly reassuring knowing that he healed your father and I’m sure he will do the same for my mother.

Blessings on you and your family.

gravatar Derek Allard — 13 April 2007

Yannick, my thoughts go out to you and your family. Cancer is a horrible thing to deal with. Try to stay strong and keep hope. We’re thinking of your family.

gravatar Deborah — 13 April 2007

Yannick, my prayers and thoughts go out to you and your family. To have your mother comment she was feeling better, only to hear the news about cancer the next day is unimaginable. What a difficult and challenging time. I hope the surgery goes well today and that she has a quick recovery.

gravatar Judy — 13 April 2007

I was searching for something else when I found your site…I love the idea of sitting on the porch with God, and printed and framed the following to give to some family and friends during a difficult time…it may not be new to you, but hope you enjoy it…God bless you and those you love…

God’s Porch…

If I could sit across the porch from God,
I’d thank Him for the glory of dawn.
I’d thank Him for starry skies,
for moonlit nights,
and for walks in the rain.
I’d thank Him for loving
and being loved,
for memories,
and for the promise of tomorrow.
I’d thank Him for listening
to the wishes of a child,
for the magic in the touch of a hand,
for friends and family,
and for the dreams we dream.
If I could sit across the porch from God,
I’d thank Him for the wisdom of time,
the grace of hope,
and for all the wonder found
in this miraculous journey…
…we call life.

gravatar Robert — 13 April 2007

You and your family are in our prayers, my friend.

gravatar Yannick (Author) — 14 April 2007

Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers. The doctors said the surgery went well and my mother is in good spirits.

Judy: Thank you so very much for reminding me of that poem. Blessings on you.

gravatar Deborah — 15 April 2007

Yannick,

So glad to hear the good news about your mother’s surgery! Hope her recovery continues to go well.

gravatar Auntie Jan — 16 April 2007

Your mom is indeed a real trooper. She has been an inspiration not only us as family but to so many others. Our faith has seen us through other challenges and I know that it will help us through this.

Love & much blessings

gravatar Yannick (Author) — 17 April 2007

Deborah: Thank you! :) Blessings.

Auntie Jan: I’ll be sure to share your comments with her. :) The Lord will definitely help us through this hurdle. Blessings on you also.

gravatar Andy Knight — 19 April 2007

Sorry I just now saw this or I would have posted a note sooner. I’m sorry to hear the news. Though we’ve never met in person, I know you’re my brother. Tiffany and I will be praying for your mom and your family. I’m glad the surgery went well. Keep us all posted.

gravatar Yannick (Author) — 22 April 2007

Thanks Andy. We are still waiting for some results of some other tests the doctors had to do. But I’ll be sure to keep you all updated.

Blessings on you all.

gravatar Denise Lyn Fatt — 22 April 2007

I must thank you all for your thoughts and prayers as without these I am sure I would not have the strength that I have had since hearing the news that I have Breast Cancer. Having heard I was determined that though I might have Cancer cells in my body (but then it is said we all do but some seem to go hay-wire and I guess mine has now) but Cancer does not have me. With GOD in control and his plan for us he will see us through this bump in the journey of life. Surgery is now past and I am revelling in the “peace that passes all understanding.” “No news is good news – so until that time- I am enjoying this lack of knowledge for the first time. By next week I will know whether I will have to undergo radiation and/or chemotherapy but do believe that GOD is working on showing us what my purpose on earth is. I am anxious for nothing. I am at peace and know that HE wants me to be an Inspiration to others who may have gone through this and maybe have not been handling this so well or be going through this now or in the future. I have had no time to be angry; go into denial or self pity to ask “why me?” but have had total acceptance of this news so that I will be able to keep well and serve HIM in which ever way HE wants me to. Caring Friends and Family and persons I am yet to meet on this journey have been my “tower of strength” and those of you who have been and continue to be “prayer warriors” for persons you have not yet met – continue to do so as you will be continuously blessed.Nathan thanks for the encouragement. I am so happy to hear that your Dad is and remains cancer free and will pray for him – you and the rest of your family as you have for ours and others you have never met. This is true FAITH! Blessings to all and have a great day and a wonderful week – Denise

gravatar Nate Klaiber — 29 April 2007

Yannick, glad to hear things are going well. I can’t imagine having to go through something like this – especially close family like that. I know you have given a good update, but I will continue to keep her in my prayers.

gravatar Yannick (Author) — 29 April 2007

Hey Nate, good to hear from you. Thank you for your prayers. Blessings on you and your family.

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