We have a large sign made out of old barn wood leaning against our house. It says one word: JOY.
Childhood cancer has taught me how precious joy is. It’s also taught me you can find joy in the most unexpected places. Here are 3 joys I’ve opened my eyes to since my son was treated for childhood cancer.
1. Open Spaces: An Escape From The Stress Of Childhood Cancer
I used to sit on the plastic couch in Cooper’s hospital room and daydream of driving down a two-lane highway with the windows rolled down, the wind blowing through my hair. Those hospital rooms felt so claustrophobic, and I longed to be out in open spaces again.
Now, I find great joy in living out that daydream whenever possible. I can’t get enough of a view of the open countryside. All that space makes my heart sing with joy!
2. Silent Prayer: A Path Toward Reassurance
When Cooper was sick, there were many times when I didn’t have the mental ability to put words together for prayer. So instead, I just sat with God. I let the feelings I was having—often deep sadness and frustration, sometimes hope—soak out of me and into God.
In doing this, I found so much joy in simply being with God.
I continue to sit with God like this, letting my feelings soak out of me and into Him. Words aren’t always necessary. Sometimes, just being together is enough.
3. My Husband: A Rock During A Tumultuous Time
Before my son’s diagnosis, I took my husband for granted. I bossed him around and treated him more like a business partner than a best friend.
But his strength and the way he stood by my side throughout our son’s cancer treatment opened my eyes to what a blessing it is to have him in my life.
Of course, we have our struggles and growing pains. Childhood cancer is amazingly hard on a marriage. But through it all, the overwhelming feeling I get from my relationship with him is joy.
Childhood cancer is full of hard things. Focusing on the joy can lift our spirits. So, I invite you to leave a comment on this post about the joys in your own life.
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