Every ‘Big Thing’ is Just A New Chapter

Looking at life and imaging it as a book makes things a whole lot easier for me.  Every book has a beginning, an end, and something BIG in the middle that makes that book a best seller.  This is my something big, but I know it’s just a chapter in the middle.

When I hear of people my age having cancer, especially women, I think of breast cancer.  But I rarely even think of cancer.  I know only a handful of people who have had it, and most of them have been much much older than me.  Isn’t that what makes a good book, though?  That the unexpected happens to someone you would least suspect?  Cancer doesn’t happen to a 35 year old mom of two little kids, and a nutrition coach on top of that!  There is NO logical reason for this to happen, but logical books are boring:)

I’ve been diagnosed with Multiple Myloma.  Statistically, you have a greater chance of getting this disease if you are over 60, male and African-American.  You can bet on a blog detailing why I think this has happened in my body.  It’ll be a very angry blog, but one for another day.  Right now I’m focused on more tests, including a bone marrow biopsy next Tuesday.  I’m focused on not breaking any other bones, too.  That seemed to be my oncologists number one immediate concern.  Broken bones will set back treatment, and I’m ready for that to start TODAY.

In my ‘chapters’ ahead, I’ll be traveling to the University of Arkansas Myloma Institute for Research and Therapy to meet with Dr. Bart Barlogie.  He’s apparently the myloma guru.  While there I’ll discuss therapy including medication, stem cell transplants and chemotherapy.  I might even be able to hop onto a clinical trial.  Whatever they tell me I need to do, I’ll do it and with a smile on my face.  I don’t have the time, energy or patience for cancer.

2014 will be a big year.  Without a shadow of doubt, my family and I will defeat this, grow from it, and move on to the next chapter.  I’ve already grown from the realization that there is so much love and support to be shared.  You can expect a blog on that, too!

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.”  John 15:1-27




14 thoughts on “Every ‘Big Thing’ is Just A New Chapter

  1. Hey Steph, I’m glad you finally have a diagnosis and doing everything you can to have a plan to fight this beast.
    Don’t worry about why you got this- let’s just get rid of it! I’m confident you will!
    It’s no surprise to me that are referencing a book as you are a big reader. I don’t think this is the chunky middle more so just a chapter. And I think the next chapter will be overcoming this.
    I’m here for whatever you need. Seriously! If you need help with your nutrition patients as we talked before…let me know. Whatever & however! Love you

  2. I will get you on prayer lists and continue my own prayers. You are a fighter and will overcome whatever tries to stop you. Get that armour on and fight, fight, fight. Your blog is also a good stress reliever, to help you stay strong…no time for stress, just faith and hope. You go girl!!! Love being sent your way!
    Marsha brown

  3. Wow Steph! You rock! I have no doubt you will overcome & triumph. God Bless you friend. You have an army backing you & I have joined. Prayers always my friend.

  4. We are with you every step of the way!! Anything you need let us know. I have no doubt you will show cancer you are the boss. xoxo

  5. Steph, I know it is a relief to finally have a diagnosis!!!!! Now you can move forward and destroy this monster. Will be praying for you, your docs, and family every day!!!! I am so amazed at your strength and courage. Thank you for sharing and through your words uplifting us!!!! Much love always!!!

  6. I finally mustered up the courage to research what your diagnosis may be last night and I read all about Multiple Myloma. I can say with confidence that you are stronger than this and you are right, you will go to battle and move on to the next chapter. I am so proud of your positive outlook; that will get you everywhere. I believe in the power of positive energy and our mental capacity to heal ourselves. You have so many soldiers going into battle with you; you are not alone. I am thinking and praying for you all the time friend. Eff Cancer!!!

  7. Steph, you have so many praying for you, Lee, Harper and Gunnar and we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him so you are in the best hands you could possibly be in. Continuously praying.

    Blessed be the Lord, my rock,
    who trains my hands for war,
    and my fingers for battle;
    He is my steadfast love and my fortress,
    my stronghold and my deliverer,
    my shield and He in whom I take refuge,
    who subdues [this multiple myeloma] under me.
    Psalm 144:1-2

    Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
    But the Lord delivers him out of them all.
    He guards all his bones;
    Not one of them is broken.
    Psalm 34:19-20

  8. Steph, I love the literary genius this blog is revealing. I love reading your positivity and strength. I feel deeply God has a plan for you to be a testimony. I believe he wants others to see Christ through you as you attack and defeat this. My prayers are always with you, Lee, Harper and Gunnar. Love you.

  9. Hi Stephanie: You don’t know me. Your mother bought a Baby’s Journey book from me and somehow now I’m here with you, praying for you. You will have many people praying for you in NY, Michigan and California. So, along with all of your friends and family, know too that strangers are pulling for you daily. MJ Rabbene

  10. Hi Steph-we are glad that you got answers and direction from your doctors on how to beat this awful monster. We are amazed at your courage and strength. I pray for you and your family every day and we are only a phone call away if you need anything. Stay positive and strong! Love you!

  11. Dear Steph just letting you know that we are your biggest cheer leaders and we know you will beat this. I read somewhere and the author is unknown “do not be afraid of tomorrow; for God is already there”. Our prayers and encouragement are with you.

  12. You are a fighter, my friend. Your attitude and insight continue to amaze and inspire me. Continuing to keep you in prayer. Love–Jen

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