Life in a Hard Place

Why is life so hard? Sometimes life grows out of a hard place like this tree growing out of rock up in the mountains. How can a tree survive the obstacles of light oxygen, cool temperatures, no soil for nutrients, and no sun exposure for most of the year due to cloud coverage? But this lone tree has done it and is surviving against the odds.

One of my sisters has been battling a rare and aggressive form of breast cancer this past year called Inflammatory Breast Cancer. Her odds of survival are less than 50% and life expectancy of only 1 to 1 1/2 years. This diagnosis just slapped us in the face. How do we move forward? How do we deal with this as we are ill equipped? So many questions…

The road has been long and scary. The time has been long and the chemo treatments have been brutal. Yet…we keep praying and believing that she will beat cancer. Today was her 6th chemo treatment. These days come so very quickly. Today I am still trying to find something positive when life has given us something so cruel.

My sister lives in an area with some of the top doctors and I view that as a positive. She has a very rare and aggressive form of cancer so many doctors are aiding in her treatment. The chemo has been brutal and the side effects horrific. But somehow, she is like this tree growing out of the rock against the odds.

Today…was a great day! Today, she found out that the chemo treatments have kicked cancer’s butt. She has won this round. She is not out of the woods and has a long way to go, but the cancer is shrinking and she continues to grow in her determination to beat this. She is a real fighter and she is persevering and overcoming the adversity she has been given. But tonight…I sit here and reflect on this tree and how it has survived against the odds and I know that my sister will defy her odds and be cancer free by 2018.

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