Perk # 34: Cancer Made Me Realize My Own Strength

My Motto: Don't Ever Give Up!

There is nothing like a battle with cancer to prove to yourself just how strong you really are. (I am sure all of the warriors and survivors who are reading this are nodding their heads in agreement).  Ten years ago, if I could have looked into the future and saw 44 year old Florence: divorced, single parenting three children, dealing with the many challenges of having a child with Autism, and then facing cancer on top of that, well I probably would have said, “Hand me a rope, would ya?”  But I would have been underestimating the strength of 44 year old Florence.  Not only am I handling this, but I am experiencing some of the happiest and most joyful moments of my life in the process!  It is true, God never gives us more than we can handle.  But God, if you are listening, I GET IT!  I’M STRONG!!! Now go pick on someone your own size.

Tip:  Celebrate your own strength!  When I need to be reminded of how strong I am, I like to play this song and really belt out the words: “I’M A FIGHTEEEEEERRRR” (while pretending I’m a country superstar).





3 thoughts on “Perk # 34: Cancer Made Me Realize My Own Strength

  1. Thank you for this blog. Many blessings on you this Christmas season and everyday.
    You are truly an inspiration.

    On Thanksgiving I was asked to speak on how God has worked in my life since I was diagnosed 9-28-10 with Ovarian Cancer. This is what I said, besides this my family used
    lots of humor and much, much prayer.

    What I am Thankful for.

    One year ago I was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer. This would normally be devastating news to anyone. But by God’s grace, I knew from that very moment that I was not alone and that God was with me.
    I am thankful for all that this season of my life has brought to me and would even have to say that Cancer is the best thing that has ever happened to me and that will never change.
    The things that I am thankful for that have come over the past year are:
    For the softening and change in my husbands heart for Christ
    For the relationship he has given back to me with my daughter
    For God’s love that was shown through this church that my family was able to witness, and which God used in changing my husbands heart
    For my husbands witness to our children that we need to care for others that need our help, and using the example of this church to provoke them to do so
    For the growth in my relationship with Christ that was very distant before my canON Thcer.
    For supplying my families every need
    For the relationship with my husband which has lifted to a new level of deeper love through Christ
    For helping my husband and I see what is really important in life.
    For knowing that life isn’t perfect but that Christ is enough
    For grace to get me through everyday
    For having complete peace in my hardest moments of recovery because I knew Christ was feeling my pain, discomfort and holding me through all of it
    For God’s word and the comfort it continually brings me

    2 Corinthians 4: 16-18
    Therefore we do not lose heart. Thought outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.
    For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

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