“You have Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.”
Man makes plans and God laughs at them. In my case, that’s exactly what happened. My name is Janele Henderson, I am 29 years old and was diagnosed with Stage 3 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma on December 29, 2015. I decided to start this blog to document God’s purpose for my life while being transparent, hopefully encouraging and helping someone along this journey.
My mother passed away on April 8, 2015 from complications due to stage 4 Breast Cancer, so 2015 has been a rough year for my family. My mother’s name was Clarine Gladys Henderson, she was first diagnosed at the age of 35 with breast cancer. She beat cancer the first time after a mastectomy, the cancer was in remission for 17 years and then came back in 2013. She fought hard, but God called her home at the age of 56. I love my mother dearly, I am so appreciative of what she taught me. She prepped me without knowing that one day I too, would be fighting cancer.
No one wants to hear a doctor say, you have cancer. You hear that and automatically one may think DEATH or question WHY ME? Like my mother would say, “Why not me?” On December 29, 2015, I officially became a cancer warrior. After, hearing the diagnosis a huge weight was lifted off my shoulders. After two months of testing and doctor appointments, I was finally at peace. Even though, Hodgkin’s Lymphoma is rare, it is one of the most treatable and curable cancers. Thank you God!
The afternoon before my mother passed, two of my aunts came to visit and one of them read Ezekiel 37: 1-14 The Valley of the Dry Bones. Verse 14 reads “I will put my Spirit in you and you will live, and I will settle you in your own land. Then you will know that I the Lord have spoken, and I have done it, declares the Lord.” That scripture has resonated with me ever since, I know that if I continue to trust God, have faith, pray, and let Him fight this battle for me, I will be healed.
At the age of 29, 8 months after I lose my mother to breast cancer, still recovering from her death, I had to gather that same strength, faith, strong will and my trust in God to fight and conquer cancer. Yes, it is tough and not ideal, but God does everything for a purpose, in His purpose and on purpose!
God specializes in the impossible! I am just along for the ride.