Our incredible, brave, awesome sister Tiffany posted this to her Facebook page today. She gave me permission to re-post it here.
I’ve had a lot of new, interesting, painful, embarrassing and joyful
experiences with my initiation into the cancer club. I’ve experienced
the overwhelming fear of going to the next doctor’s exam – praying that
the last treatment went well, I’ve learned the value of having close
family and friends and how precious that strength can be, and I’ve found
needed support and advice from unexpected sources.
I’ve found that tears are healing and the ability to cry is a gift
(right after I had my thyroid removed, I couldn’t cry or swallow very
well because it was too painful on my throat). I’ve observed that there
are people who may seem to be worse off and people that may appear to
have better, but that doesn’t lessen the potency of my experience or the
fact that everyone, at any given time, is struggling with something and
patience with others brings us closer to how our Heavenly Father views
his precious children.
I’ve learned that education via the Internet
has its value, but can also be a dangerous opponent from uneducated
sources. I’ve learned to truly appreciate life and that cancer is not a
life-stopping event (hopefully!), but is always a life-altering one.
Most importantly, I’ve reaffirmed that God is in control. I still don’t
have all of the answers for why this happened to me, but the
circumstances of discovery; scraping my chin on the bottom of a pool a
week before I was supposed to leave the country, putting Neosporin on my
injury, developing a rash because of an unknown allergy to the medicine
and going to the doctor only for him to point out a lump on my neck;
these help reaffirm to me that my Heavenly Father knows us and our lives
and the things we need more than, I suspect, we could ever know to the
On a side note, as a person who ignored the
symptoms I had long before I found out I had cancer, I recommend regular
self-assessments and doctor checkups – it could save a life!"
- by Tiffany Gale
Right after waking up from my thyroidectomy
Sitting on top of Masada Fortress in Israel - my boss at BYU added the quote