Another Unique Story
This week it’s the unique story of
Throughout the month of October, I am printing stories shared by friends who have experienced a journey with cancer. It is extremely important that we recognize these brave women who have endured or are continuing a voyage they never expected to travel. This week I would like for you to meet a lovely friend that I have known since coming to Pittsburgh almost 38 years ago, Patty Trax. Patty’s family and ours have spent time at their camp, picked pumpkins in their patch, taken trips to Virginia to visit relatives, attended kids’ graduations and weddings and although our lives have weaved and changed throughout the years, we remain good friends.
I asked Patty if she would share her story with my readers and she graciously agreed. May you be blessed, and God be honored through her words and experiences. Patty begins:
I looked at my ringing cell phone. Waiting for this particular call and recognizing the number, I went into my bedroom to answer. My husband was in the living room and heard the conversation and as I walked out of the bedroom, he hugged me as I cried. That was just a year ago in October of 2018 when I was diagnosed with uterine cancer. My husband called our kids and that’s when it hit me this diagnosis is real, and I suddenly became numb.
The next morning, I called our pastor and asked to be put on the prayer list and was overwhelmed with the response. Phone calls, cards of encouragement and even beautiful sheet music from a friend was received.
Before my surgery pre-testing was required which revealed a complete hysterectomy was needed to remove a tumor. Believe it or not, the procedure was outpatient surgery and I returned home later that day to begin my recovery. Our church supplied meals and friends continued with numerous phone calls which made each day seem better and brighter.
After three weeks of recovering it was time for radiation treatments. I was nervous, of course, but knew people were praying. In my kitchen I have a metal art piece that reads with the scripture “Don’t worry about anything instead pray about everything.” Philippians 4:6. This Bible verse took on additional meaning now I was the patient (a totally new role for me). Once I totally surrendered 100% of my worries and anxieties to Jesus, I was at peace with whatever our Lord allowed in my life. All the glory goes to God because I experienced peace like never before and knew I was safely being held in His arms. This feeling ignited my love for Jesus as I began to pray God would use me to walk beside others with illnesses and/or a diagnosis of cancer.
I work in a retail farm market where I see and communicate with hundreds of customers daily. When talking with them I always extend “feelers” in those few minutes of conversation and soon they are telling me about their illness or heavy burdens. I always remember to ask their names and offer to put them on my prayer list.
Needless to say, I usually go home from work with my pockets full of individuals’ names needing prayer. I am positive this is how God is using me during this season of my life. Ironically, I wouldn’t change a thing. Although I didn’t ask for cancer, it made me a better person and I want others to know there is always hope.
So that’s my story! If you have Jesus, you have it all!