Can I just admit that I have been in a non-alcohol induced stupor the past two weeks. Sick. Sick, Sick, and more sick. Colds, ear aches, allergies, headaches, neck pain, blah blah BLAH. I hate it all.
I finished my meds and broke out in hives. That’s cool. Not everyone wears red the way I do, so it worked. Thank goodness it was cold. I covered every bit of my skin and got compliments on my tights.
I tried to make the rules at the beginning of the school year: share everything except cooties and bad ideas. Nobody listened. Someone came up with the bad idea to share cooties with me.
In the midst of it all, I found a lump in my right breast. It was late Saturday night, right as my head cold was really picking up steam. I was almost too tired to care. Almost.
By Sunday morning I had prayed myself into a frenzy of peace, and although I felt at ease, the idea of telling my husband, in words, with my voice, made my vocal cords freeze.
I was supposed to be at church to sing. I texted my sister by law, and I couldn’t just bail last minute. So I told her. It was awful. She faked calm, which I appreciate.
Then I rolled over, dried my tears, and opened and closed my mouth ten times trying to form just the perfect words so my husband wouldn’t worry. Nothing came to me. Not a thing.
Except, what if my hugs are numbered?
What if this is my last birthday?
What if this is one of the last times I get to roll over and see that face that melts my heart and makes me throw all of my “should be doings” out the window?
Then I remembered that each minute I have is icing on my cake, and I won’t live under the instruction of the enemy. He is lame. He wants me to live in fear and in the land of what ifs. I haven’t the time. I have people to love. Hugs to hand out. A husband to…well… roll over and look at.
I called the doctor. Got myself an early birthday present called a double bilateral mammogram and an ultrasound and left the office with my results.
They said the B word right to my face. (No, No(dot) el. Not that B word).
I have cysts and nothing needs to be done right now. I get to have a mammogram every year now, which is four years earlier in life than most women, but I’ll take it.
I’ll take IT and all of God’s promises. In the meantime, I will just say, “suck it satan” and go live life. And by that I mean it’s time to go make out with my husband. Life is too short.