Just a few days after my diagnosis, an out-of-state friend messaged me with a few prayer requests from her church. She mentioned that a woman there had been recently diagnosed with breast cancer.
Being the extrovert that I am, I asked for her name and immediately barged into her world. I’m so thankful I did. It turns out Stacey was diagnosed 4 days before I and was facing a very similar journey to mine.
We hit it off, and Stacey and I now check in daily. We don’t know each other well, but we have some pretty amazing things in common, not the least of which is an abiding faith in our Savior, Jesus Christ. We are a year apart in age (no need to specify who is older–ha!), both have a number of children, etc, etc. It seems we are both married to comedians, as well. My husband said “Hey, maybe you’ll become “breast” friends!” to which hers replied “Yes, keep us abreast of the situation!” I have a feeling this witty exchange will be drawn out for months. . . much longer than it deserves to!
I have heard many great success stories since my diagnosis. It seems everyone knows someone who had it and survived and lives an abundant life. As wonderful as those stories are to hear (and they are!!) nothing compares to having a Sister in Christ who is walking the very same road as I, at the very same time. Over the next many months, we will understand each other like no one else does.
Some would call this coincidence or great luck. I have no such illusions. The Lord God has planted us in one another’s lives–maybe just for a season, maybe forever. Proverbs 17:17 says: A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. Stacey and I share a sisterhood that was born for this journey—this adversity. Praise God.