At the end of October of 2012 I was diagnosed with bladder cancer. By December of that year I had started chemotherapy and in May of 2013 I had extensive surgery to remove and replace my bladder. During the surgery they found more cancer and more chemotherapy was the medical solution.
After the surgery and the last season of chemotherapy, the waiting and the testing began. We needed time to determine if I was cancer free, and finally cured of cancer. By 2014 the tests revealed that there was “no evidence of disease” found in my body. Bladder cancer is a very aggressive form of cancer. Any return normally comes in the form of attacking a vital organ like the liver or kidneys. It only takes two years to be considered cured. I am at the final stage of testing to determine if I am cured.
It was during this waiting time that the Lord began to move in my spirit about writing Learning to Suffer Well. The title came from His words to me shortly after I was diagnosed with cancer. I believe there is a purpose in everything. I gave complete control of my life to Jesus Christ which means He is invested in all of it. When I sought Him for the purpose of my suffering, His response was that I was to suffer well.
To suffer well means that I was to rest in Him and let Him fight my battle. I was to walk with all the courage that David had against Goliath. No complaining, no grumbling, and no self-pity. I had found that these were things that clogged my confidence in Jesus and discouraged me in the process.
The scriptures are full of the promises of God. Among my favorites during this time was 1 Peter 5:10 AMP
And after you have suffered a little while the God of all grace [who imparts all blessing and favor] who has called you to His [own] eternal glory in Christ Jesus, will Himself complete and make you what you ought to be, establish and ground you securely and strengthen and settle you.
Learning to Suffer Well; Embracing the Pain, Finding the Joy and Living by Faith is a great resource for those who are going through hardships and difficulties and want to do it in a way that brings glory to God!