My strength comes from the Lord
by Sonja Perry a Jeweler in South Carolina
When we moved to South Carolina, I knew something was wrong with my right breast, but brushed it off as a cyst. For the next six months to a year, I continued to ignore it. God put several people in my path, and ignored His gentle nudges as well. One day, He threw someone right in my face. I could no longer ignore the problem, and called the doctor the young lady had recommended. My family and I moved to Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina in June of 2013. I started Premier in October of 2007 because we needed extra money, and I didn’t want to get a second job, which would require me to have yet another work schedule. I already worked full time in an insurance agency.
The doctor’s office said I could come in that day or the next to get checked out, but my daughter’s birthday party was coming up and I didn’t want to think about bad news on her day. I knew in my heart that it was cancer. I finally went to the doctor and had a biopsy. The doctor said he was 99% sure it was cancer, but that the office would call me the next day with the actual results.
I always thought hearing the word “cancer” would scare me half to death, but looking back, it didn’t terrify me as much as I thought it would. I remember standing in my bathroom that night, talking out loud to the Lord and saying, “Lord, You can choose to have them call tomorrow and say that they made a mistake, that the results are benign, and that would be great. But who will that serve? Yes, I will have more faith, but that’s it. It won’t expand from there. But if they call and tell me it’s definitely positive, then we are going to do this together and a broader message will be shared with others. I know Lord that I will go through a temporary trial, or fiery furnace but I know I will come out unburned or even smelling like smoke. Will I know the why yet? Probably not, but I’m sure You will reveal it to me as we walk together.”
On Monday, September 16, I was diagnosed with Stage 2, close to Stage 3, breast cancer.
My strength comes from the Lord first, but I will tell you that my husband and family were FABULOUS. All the Hostesses, customers, and friends that I’ve met through Premier kept me lifted up constantly! I have a box of cards and notes to prove it! I also had my sweet bestie from Indiana, Tracey (pictured left), fly in to sit with me at one of my chemo appointments and then lounge around with me on the couch for a couple of days.
The best advice I received was that it would take time to get back to where I started, but that I would be a much healthier person. I was also told to REST! I still did 91 shows the year I was diagnosed—I didn’t listen very well! But my God knows me oh-so-well, and He knew that I needed to stay in somewhat of the same pattern. He also knew I needed to be around loving women, playing in shiny things, and making them laugh!
I strongly suggest that if you’re diagnosed with breast cancer, you declare right then and there that this is NOT your cancer to keep or your battle—it is your Heavenly Father’s! He has won the victory and will take care of you. Never claim a treatment as “bad.” Chemo is not poison—it is a gift from God who created these doctors with the wisdom to develop all of these treatments as part of our healing!
I am currently feeling GREAT! I am back on track, loving life, and I’m very, very thankful and blessed!