Lana Elder

I'm believin'!

First world problems

A few weeks ago I took my daughter shopping for her birthday. We picked up my niece in Champaign and headed to the mall. We weren’t too far down the road when we were stuck in some traffic. My niece commented, “My friend would say this is just a first world problem.” She then explained that in a third world country this wouldn’t be a problem because most people don’t have cars, let alone traffic. It made me thankful to have a car, and a car with heat too! It became our phrase for the night.

When we got to the mall and had to park somewhere further than we wanted…..first world problem! Wow! We GET to park at a shopping extravaganza. After an hour or two of shopping we sat down to eat. My back ached…..first world problem. We are so privileged to be able to buy food and sit in a beautiful atrium and eat! You get the idea. So last week when I received the call from the doctor that I had breast cancer, my first thought was “Okay God, you must be up to something!” and my second thought was “First World Problem”.

Really. I’m thankful that I’ve found some good doctors to help walk me through this, because in December my husband and I attended a meeting of some dear friends who are working in Kenya. They are helping to train women to do monthly breast exams in an effort to find breast cancer in its earliest stages. My husband Eric asked what happens when they find a lump. They replied, many times nothing can be done because they don’t have the means nor the access to medical facilities.

That night, after hearing our friends speak, I discovered the lump in my breast. Okay, to be totally honest, my husband discovered the lump in my breast *blush*. Obviously, I wasn’t doing a very good job at my self exams.

I scheduled my mammogram in January and had my biopsy Feb 1st. They called Feb 2nd with the news that it was cancerous. I have had a great peace about it all. I really do believe God knows what He’s doing. My hope continues to be in Him. Since I am still in the early stages of all this, I don’t really know much. I have been on a crash course in breast cancer terminology since I found out. The biopsy report indicates it’s Invasive Ductal Carcinoma, the  most common type of cancer. According to my oncologist it’s staged clinically at stage 1 (they won’t stage it officially until further testing is done). So, I would love and appreciate your prayers. My family and I have been memorizing Psalm 91 and find it very encouraging. I’ll post the words here.

Psalm 91

1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
3 Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
5 You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
8 You will only observe with your eyes
and see the punishment of the wicked.
9 If you make the Most High your dwelling—
even the LORD, who is my refuge—
10 then no harm will befall you,
no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread upon the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
14 “Because he loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call upon me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life will I satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”

If you’d like to join me in praying I would sincerely appreciate it.

Father, thank You that You know all things. You know what is going on in my body and You know how to heal it and You work out everything for our good. Jesus, I ask You to heal me right now. Take away the cancer cells and replace them with new and healthy cells. Restore my body to the one you intended it to be. Thank You for the doctors and nurses and the wisdom You’ve given them to help bring my body back to full health. Thank You so much for the love and support of my friends and family. I am so blessed. You are such an awesome God. Thank You for the trials as well as the victories. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.