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Saturday, January 30, 2010

The Blessing of Normalcy

I woke up at 8:00 this morning. I laid in bed snuggling under the covers not wanting to leave its warmth. I put on my velour sweatsuit, wool scarf and fuzzy boots. I got my girl ready for a chilly day of soccer.

Then I got an email from Dr. Wang, one of the top oncologists in the world. Really? Ordinary Lisa Smith? Really? The average girl. This girl next door has an extremely rare and aggressive form of cancer? Top doctors from all over the United States are calling her. Even late at night and on the weekends. Weird.

Suddenly I feel anything but average. I am a member of clubs I have never really given a second thought to joining. Cancer Survivor. Sarcoma Diagnosis. Mastectomy. Reconstruction. Weird.

The day was so normal. Dinner with my brother-in-law and sister-in-law and one of the cutest little angels. ever.

Then we hug goodbye. Tears. Weird.

The day was good and normal. and weird.

PS Dr. Wang said we were on a good path with a good plan toward seeing the best doctor in sarcoma. Keep praying for Dr. Trent.


Denise said...

Praying for you sis, your family, and all the doctors. I love you.

Kathy S. said...

Lisa, I often think about how normal things happen during a time of crisis...as I look back over the difficult seasons, there are still so many sweet memories it amazes me! ~it is wierd!

Powerful answers to prayer are already in sight! Mine are with you!

mrs. smith said...

we loved being a part of your normal day! looking forward to more of those with you guys, tks mms and hc <3

Alleluiabelle said...

Sweet Friend,

Through my own illnesses, my husband's heart condition and now my sister...yes, sometimes the every day normalcy does seem weird...sometimes I ask, "What is normalcy?", but then the Lord is right there with His all-consuming grace and...I'm caught up in His love forever and he leads me(us)into what He thinks normalcy is for us at that particular time and I have to admit...sometimes our normalcy(weird) has lasted for longer seasons that I would like. It's all in His control and I take great rest in that, great joy despite the very long seasons of trial and suffering. He's an amazing all-powerful ever living God...The Divine Ultimate Healer...I walk along in this journey with you as He continues to show all of us His amazing love, signs, miracles and healing.


Love you,

Bernie said...

Ever praying for you Lisa, so glad you had such a "normal" day with your family, luv you....:-) Hugs

Sharon said...

Praying for you, Lisa. May His arms around you, upholding you, strengthening you and encouraging you be your normal of every day on this journey to full restoration of health.


Yolanda said...

Lord, allow Dr. Trent to be Your hands and feet in Lisa's life as well as his other patients. AMEN.


Melanie said...

Amen for a good path and a good plan. I love you.


Lord - Thank You for Dr. Trent - but YOU ALONE are the GREAT PHYSICIAN and I PRAY that YOU will be the ONE TRUE HEALER in Lisa's Life!

Praying with you sweet friend! All along this bend in the path - may you ask the Lord what it is that He wants to teach you about Himself - about yourself and about all the glory that He will receive from the testimony that your life is forming at this very moment in time!


From a song that's playing as I type this:
"I've seen miracles just happen - silent prayers get answered - that's what FAITH can do!"

May your HOPE never end!
Stay close to JESUS!

Choosing JOY, Stephanie
JESUS ONLY in 2010
Psalm 31 for this day

His Girl said...

Oh girl! I am just praying, praying, praying for you... sometimes God wakes me in the middle of the night, and I easily drift off to sleep after lifting you to His throne.

May God's will continue to be done.


Eloise said...

Praying for you as you head to your appointment tomorrow: for peace and wisdom for you, your family and your doctors. Hoping for many more normal days!

sonja said...


I'm sure it does all seem weird right now. I started thinking about Jesus... HIS entire life on this earth seemed weird to so many, and yet he walked... and so do you, in the very strength that was His.

Love you sister, it's such a joy to pray specifically every morning for you. It starts my day!


Tiffani said...

Yep, I agree w/ Amber. There are times during my day that my mind just goes right to you and I pray and it is all throughout the day.

Isn't this blogworld amazing in that way?? That the Lord would allow us the blessing of being able to pray for people we've never hugged in real but yet are lovin' on just the same?!

Much love to you Lisa! Guess "safari" was an appropriate term not just for Daniel but as you "journey" on too!

LisaShaw said...

Dearest Lisa,

Continuing to stand with you in faith filled prayer and with your family. Psalm 27:13-14.

Love you.

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

While I was undergoing my first round of agressive chemo, I was interviewed by a student doctor for her thesis. She asked me what one thing I missed the most after being diagnosed. Without hesitation, I said, "NORMALCY"! She was shocked by my responce. But I believe that routine and normalcy is a gift from God, like breathing that we take for granted. Now, my normal is needles, and meds, and CT and PET scans. Oh, for the normalcy of complaining that I have to go to work again...that I have to fight the traffic...
So I totally understand this post.
Hang in there!

MyShilohRanch said...

My cowboy pastor describes how God operates: "E triple A" ... Exceedingly Abundantly Above what we could even think to ask for. the Great I AM has got it all goin' on for you! Bless His heart! PS: You've got those prayers for Dr. Trent, too!