Florida's Daughter

God is Good …

Posted on: November 12, 2009

Prayers were answered yesterday morning when members of my physician/nurse practitioner team decided to re-adjust the amount of one of my chemo drugs. They felt the level of pain I described occurring after the first infusion, especially as it originated in my back, indicated that my kidneys were under distress. They also increased the intensity of the pain meds so I will not have to take as many pills to experience the same level of comfort, thus decreasing the added stress on my kidneys with the over-digestion of acetaminophen (Tylenol) …
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I grew up believing that my doctor’s opinion were always correct, and that it was disrespectful to comment or question his advice. As an adult I’ve learned, sometimes the hard way, that I must serve as the most important member of my personal healthcare team. I’ve learned that it’s okay to disagree with my doctor’s advice, and to seek another opinion, or physician, if I deem it necessary for my own continued good health. Now I come to appointments questions written down, poised to write down the answers I receive, understanding my right to know what’s happening within my own body.

Extensive reading, research and interviews have helped me unveil some of the mystery behind healing. While my own life experiences have taught me that members of the healthcare profession are humans just like the rest of us. Which means they have families, their own illnesses, financial uncertainties, experiences and crises as do we. As patients we have the right to communicate our true worries, triumphs and concerns – to sometimes make ourselves loud and obnoxious so that we are heard and our needs met …

Much of diagnostic medicine is based upon hypotheses, educated guesses about what should or should not happen to you, based on what did or did not happen to the last patient. So it’s critical that patients communicate honestly with their medical teams. In turn, a knowledgeable patient is a wise patient, and wise patients follow their knowledgeable physicians’ directions …

I am someone who looks for God in ordinary, every day experiences and crises, believing as I do that the sum total of our every day experiences and crises constitute the totality and legacy of our individual and communal lives. Each day is built upon the strength of the last; likewise, each week, month, year, and decade acts as a foundation for the next and the whole becomes the legacy we leave behind.

Bishop T.D. Jakes regularly counsels his parishioners at The Potter’s House in Dallas that “God is good all the time, and all the time, God is good.”

I feel good right now … I’ll keep you posted.

Florida’s Daughter

Florida West Coast sunrise

3 Responses to "God is Good …"

Muriel,

I have spent this evening reading your blog and have been inspired by your writing. The nurse navigator where I work sent me your blog. On October 3, 2008 one of the busiest days of my professional career, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I have been where you have yet to journey. After a bilateral mastectomy and chemotherapy for infiltrating medullary carcinoma I have started to regain my life. I feel I will never be the same and I am okay with that as I will be better than ever. Would you contact me via e-mail? I think we both live in the Fort Worth area since you referenced the Ben Hogan Center. You might think it strange that a complete stranger would request to be contacted. I would love to be part of your support system or a phone buddy. I feel God has led me to you and I would love for you to be part of a project I dreamed when I was going through treatment.

We have a few other things in common…I graduated from Texas Woman’s University and was diagnosed the year I turned 50. You can Google my name to check me out if you like. Drop me an e-mail.

Keep the faith, fight a good fight and Jesus will do the rest.

Diann Brown

Thinking of you and sending you love. I hope you are doing better with the adjustments in your dosages. You are beautiful- inside and out.

Thank you for sharing your journey with us. Your willingness to share so openly helps many other women face their breast cancer battle with even more determination.

I’ve written a survivorship guide especially for Black women “WHOLE: 12 Principle for Rebuilding Life after Breast Cancer” and am working on a breast health education project especially for sistahs. I invite you to my website at http://www.wespeakloudly.com and my blog at http://www.wespeakloudly.wordpress.com to learn more.

Would love to connect. Can we talk?

Jacci

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