2010 will be a year I will NEVER FORGET!!! I survived this year by the skin of my teeth...but each day seems to bring be a step closer to my "old" life. I just erased the words"old Self"...as there is NO way that I could return to my old self and not be changed by all that happened this past year. To quote one of my favorite songs from the musical Wicked..."I have been changed, FOR GOOD!"
I am overwhelmed as I sit and think of all of the life changing moments that are emblazoned in my mind from this last year...and of all of the things I learned.
I will never forget the doctors voice as he told me "Shanda, you have cancer!" It was one of the ONLY times in life that I have been truly speechless. I can't even desribe the feelings I had at that moment.
I will never forget the feeling of comfort that overcame me as I immediately prayed and brought my fears to the Lord. I will never forget him carrying me, literally carrying me during my darkest hours when my body was failing me. I fell asleep many nights begging for my life...and the chance to raise my children...and asking the Lord just to help me make it through that night.
I have learned that we are much stronger than we could ever imagine, especially when the Lord is on our side.
I have been reminded that the Lord hears each and every one of our prayers!
I will never forget the AMAZING SUPPORT that came from all over the country and in so many forms. I was taught by your examples of service, compassion, tenderness, and love. I will serve better throughout my whole life because of what I learned from YOU! I know understand true charity as I have felt it in my life!
I have been reminded that trials are more bearable if we meet them cheerfully.
I learned to NEVER take our bodies or our health for granted. Wow, life is different when they are in jeopardy!
Most importantly, I have been reminded how precious life is...and how important it is that we use our time wisely. Cherish those moments that matter, love those around you, don't let the distractions of the world take your eyes off what matters most, don't put off the important things thinking you'll have time to do them later, and take time to smile and count your blessings each day!