While We Journey On

NeD until NED

ps-i-love-you-canvas-17474The trouble with acronyms is that they are many times forgotten or easily mixed up. There is one, however, which we have prayed for, hoped for and worked hard towards – NeDNo evidence of Disease. Today, the doctors gave us the verdict: the latest scans show nothing to indicate the presence of any cancer in her body. This afternoon, Claudette was given the all clear – at least for now.

The past nine months saw her undertake chemotherapy, radical surgery and radio therapy; we have moved house twice, altered my job, weathered various other medical challenges, and the children changed schools; in spite of the unprecedented highs and lows experienced, we aimed for maintaining a sense of perspective. This was only possible with help.

We are grateful to:

  • God for giving Claudette another chance – we pray that we will continue to make it count in His service;
  • The medical staff for their advice, professionalism and expertise – the openness to dialogue, learning as well as the cheerfulness encountered: it meant a lot;
  • Our friends and family for their practical help, encouragement and support – we couldn’t have managed without you surrounding us;
  • The church families for their prayers and understanding – we know that your prayers drew us all closer to one another and closer to God.

We have made it through, with your help and are grateful for the part each one of you played as we travelled this road.

Where to from here?

Well, three things, for now:

  1. Avoid ‘Ego Depletion’

Daniel Kahneman, in his ‘Thinking, Fast and Slow’, talks about research which indicates that ‘an effort of will or self-control is tiring; if you have had to force yourself to do something, you are less willing or less able to exert self-control when the next challenge comes …. and therefore succumb more quickly to the urge to quit.’

We shall do everything we can to reduce stress in order to give her body the opportunity to recover and prevent reoccurrence: control the cognitive effort, limit emotional stress, healthy conflict management, etc. Anything to avoid ‘ego depletion’.

  1. Continue to live a healthy life-style: raw or vegetarian diet, fresh juices, natural supplements, no sugar, organic and gluten free whenever possible.
  1. Trust

This cancer has a reputation of coming back with a vengeance. Living in the shadow of such a reality, is living while knowing that the devil is sitting in the corner of the room (image borrowed from a good friend).

However, while we wait for the eternal reality of NED (No Existence of Disease), we embrace every day granted to us with NeD (No evidence of Disease) and are grateful for the gift. We continue to live with the knowledge that ‘nothing will be able to separate us from the love of God’.  In a world of black and white, we rejoice whenever we see colours.

Until then, may you do everything possible to live a healthy life and enjoy it!

May you draw closer to God and others!

May you trust in His love and wisdom, no matter what you are facing!




6 comments on “NeD until NED

  1. Duane Bennett
    October 26, 2015

    Miracle! Who says that miracles are non-existent – or they just happened in Bible times?
    Thank you for this wonderful news. I am so happy for Claudette, for you Pastor M, Josh & Jason, and for everyone in your family.
    There’s no question: There is God.
    Love to you all,
    Auntie Duane

  2. Terrilynn Dale
    October 26, 2015

    Oh my. What wonderful news! I just read this and and am filled with thankfulness to our kind and loving God’s grace. My dear 4 G’s. My dear Claudette, you are a gladiator. Blessings to you all and my heart is fully and completely rejoicing in this news!!!
    Love to all,
    Aunty Terri

  3. carolepeacock
    October 26, 2015

    Praise the Lord! What about your results?

    Carole Peacock John 3:16 NLT [16] “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.


  4. Lynn Hanna
    October 26, 2015

    So good to hear. Thanks Father.


  5. Judith
    October 28, 2015

    So happy to hear this news, God be Praised Love, Judith

  6. Irene
    November 25, 2015

    We thank God for His mercies esp towards you all. His goodness is beyond measure. May you all continue to be a testament & give testimony to His healing. Fabulous news xx

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