HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!
Today is my 47th Birthday. I'm healthier and happier than I've ever been and I have God to thank for it.
Actually, I wasn't supposed to see 47. Heck, I wasn't supposed to see 20. At 19 I was in my last year of college and I was diagnosed with an inoperable tumor in my chest. The tumor was growing daily and it had wrapped itself around my esophagus, lay between my lungs and under my heart. I was given nine months to live. I'd always wanted to be a lawyer so something in me said fight and I did. I found a doctor who didn't think the tumor was inoperable and he (after 8 hours of surgery) removed it and got it all out. I was back in class 7 days later. Eight weeks of radiation, five days a week followed. I graduated from college on time, went on to law school and began living my dreams. My thyroid was destroyed in the process which caused me to gain weight over the years...but other than a scar down the center of my chest; you'd never know I got a death sentence over 25 years ago. How good is God!
I used to be ashamed of the scar; but as I have matured...I've focused on what is important. I'm alive. I'm healthy. This scar saved my life. So when I feel sorry for myself or forget the blessings of life, I look down at that scar. It is my badge of honor.
It is my triumph.