A Telephone Conversation that Changed My Life
The unsettling words I was to receive that would change my life came by way of the telephone. I heard the doctor on the phone saying, “Mrs. Fields, you have a malignant breast tumor. You have breast cancer.” To my own amazement, I received the words calmly. In fact, I was so calm the doctor on the other end of the phone asked me if I understood the implications of this news. I calmly told him, “Yes.” Thus, I stood motionless, dazed, yet in control.
My mind was weighing the gravity of the news. Inside my head, I could hear the words, “Diana you have breast cancer!” My heart was pounding a beat every millisecond, but my mind, struggling to stay in control was asking “Is this going to be the end for you or will you be able to press on towards victory of your situation and take control of your medical path?” My mind and my heart told me that I had to keep pressing forward just because of whom God is in my life. I had always proclaimed Him as Jehovah Jireh, the Lord my provider, and now I would be proclaiming Him even more as Jehovah Rapha, the Lord that healeth.
At that very moment, I made the decision to press on with the help of God through much prayer. I was convinced that effectual, fervent prayer, excellent doctors, medical breakthroughs, along with my strong faith in God would get me through this ordeal. I understood that it was going to be a difficult journey and the road would be rough, but I couldn’t allow myself to forget that “with God all things are possible” (Mat. 19:26). So, I began to cast my cares upon the Lord and let Him direct my path.
I have learned a few things in my sixty-six years of life, and one important thing that I have learned for certain is that God never takes you to something difficult that He won’t go through with you. Yes, He was right there with me every rough step of the way. These unexpected curves in life are tests of faith and learning experiences to make you the person God intended you to be. Without these tests there would be no testimonies! I knew then that this was to be one of my tests.
During that phone call, my husband stood nearby, watching the reaction on my face and discerning that something was wrong; he quickly embraced me to help me keep my balance. I simply stood looking dazed and feeling weak in the knees. I understood too well the implications, because some twenty plus years before, I had seen my mother battle the breast cancer giant. Although I knew there was a real possibility that I might someday get cancer, I had never spoken the possibility aloud.
Let me explain how this telephone conversation came about. Shortly after I had completed the 3K Walk for breast cancer, I was notified by my local hospital that it was time for my yearly mammography. So, I scheduled an appointment to have it done. The appointment began as a normal and uneventful screening. Once the screening was completed, the technician took the screening a step further and asked me if I had any complaints or problems concerning my breasts.
That question changed that routine annual screening into an unexpected event. I actually did have some concerns and when I conveyed those to the technician, I ended up having two mammographies done that day. The second mammography was a more diagnostic screening that the first. I went in with confidence that all would be well. I wasn’t expecting the screening to have changed from the year before. However, since we don’t know what’s going to happen from one minute to the next, we are sometimes thrown a curve in life that catches us totally off guard.
Read the rest of the book to find out how I fought to Slay the Cancer Giant!