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When Life Gives You Lemons…

Before I launch into my post for today, I want to say – “Thank you!”. I appreciate every single one of you guys out there who have decided to follow my blog and taken the time to comment on or like a post. It’s been a challenge, keeping up with weekly posts with everything else going on, but I have no plans to give up. I will keep marching forward in this blogging world. With that thought, I do want to say, I am aiming to change the course of the blog content just a little bit. I still want to share day-to-day happenings and vegetarian recipes, but I also plan to share my after-divorce experiences and thoughts with the hope of inspiring and encouraging someone along the way.

Now, on to today’s post.

Cancer. It’s a word that none of us ever want to hear uttered by a doctor. Yet, there is a woman I know who has not only heard it once, twice, or even three times, but five times. She’s my mom and this week she heard the diagnosis of cancer for the fifth time.

Twenty plus years of dealing with the dreaded six-letter word. Twenty plus years of having her share of radiation, chemotherapy, mastectomy, breast reconstruction, mastectomy again, hair loss, fatigue, nausea…and on it goes.

This time, it’s on her liver. Small lesions that the doctor is pretty sure can be surgically removed or zapped without need for chemotherapy, so it sounds like it’ll be manageable. We’re praying he’s right.

I asked her how she’s doing, hearing another cancer diagnosis. Her response? “Well, after a while, you just say ‘here we go again’ and focus on the next steps”.

I have heard the worry in her voice; I have heard and seen the struggle it is to be upbeat, but I’ve also seen an amazing strength that, time-after-time, refuses to be pushed down despite the emotional rollercoaster ride.

Her refusal to blame God and her acceptance of His directing in her life has had a profound impact on my life. As I struggled with the why’s after my divorce and the feelings of inadequacies, I was often reminded of how she has taken her circumstances and turned them into opportunities to support and encourage other women receiving their first breast cancer diagnosis. When I was tempted to have a pity party, her voice spoke the words, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade”. When I wondered why I went through those dark years, her favorite Bible verse showed me – “He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us” (2 Corinthians 1:4, NLT).

We don’t know the outcome of this next round, but it is comforting to me to know that, while she has her moments she is, nonetheless, at peace and fixing her eyes on Christ.

It’s assuring to me that I, too, can be at peace, no matter the circumstances because I know Who holds my hand and Who will one day make all things new.

Thanks for showing that to me, mom.


Published by sandrah

Hmm...about me. Well, if you were to meet me in person, you would likely say I am quiet, reserved, maybe a tad shy, introspective, aloof, maybe even snobbish. Those who take the time to know me, find that I am someone who loves to talk one-on-on with others, enjoys hearing about people's life journeys, encourages others and easily gets lost in dreams. I am a writer and author with lots of ideas, but little time. I am mom to two awesome teenagers who are my inspiration each and every day, and a crazy rag doll cat named Hobbs. Most importantly, I am a child of God and will be eternally grateful for His working in my life. Thanks for stopping by!

17 thoughts on “When Life Gives You Lemons…

  1. My goodness, your blog couldn’t have come at a better time. I’m going to go through the screening process again tomorrow. I’m terrified. In 2019, I was diagnosed with breast cancer and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma at the same time. Why am I terrified? Because I felt fine, I showed absolutely no signs and symptoms if either cancer. Both were found by accident through screenings. I thought I was healthy! The news came as such a shock to me. Now I’m going to go through the PET scan and MRI again just like last time. Please pray for me – that they won’t find any cancer whatsoever and that the supernatural peace of God dwells in me. Thank you for sharing!!!

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    1. I can’t imagine how terrifying it must be! I know for my mom it was the same thing when she received her first breast cancer diagnosis-she felt fine!
      I will certainly be praying as will my mom, too. She suggested sharing the following with you from Psalm 31:15 – “In thee, O Lord, do I put my trust…” . She said this has been her daily mantra.
      Please keep in touch and let me know how the screenings go!


      1. Thank you so much for the prayers, Sis! Please also tell your mom how grateful I am that she’s sharing what helped her with me. If you read my latest blog, “Jesus Heals” it was the Bible verses that kept me sane. 😂 I have anxiety disorder so I chose not to rely on my typical way of thinking and instead rely on God’s promises and that’s what changed my attitude from fear to faith. I will look up Psalm 31:15 now because I’m shaking as we speak.

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      2. While under different circumstances, I can relate so much with attitude changing from fear to faith through holding onto His promises!
        Keep holding on!! 🙏🏻

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  2. Great article but a tear jerker. Your mother is very courageous. I will pray or her.

    I went through a divorce many years ago and had to assess 3 kids as a single parent. I know the pain of both sides: divorce and single parenthood without any financal child support. Tough years!

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  3. Your mom is indeed very inspiring. It’s very encouraging to me. Praying for your mom and for you as well as I know you will want to be as supportive as you possibly can.


  4. Sorry to hear that her cancer is back, and she does sound like an inspiration.
    Five times is a lot. Liver cancer is serious. But I do pray that she conquers yet again. It sounds like she has the best attitude!

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