Life doesnt have to be perfect….

Life doesnt have to be perfect in order to be wonderful.

I remember the feeling I had, sitting in the doctors office 25 weeks pregnant with Emma, and hearing the words “We are sorry Mrs George”. It was the same feeling I had when the Nurse told me (on the phone, mind you) that I had a brain tumor.

Life doesn’t have to be perfect in order to be wonderful.

I remember throwing the phone down and running outside. I remember calling my husband. I remember telling him that I had a brain tumor. I remember that was the second worst day of my life.

Life doesn’t have to be perfect in order to be wonderful.

I remember sitting in the neurologist office and hearing the word “inoperable”. I had read that the best tumor was a removed tumor, so I scheduled a second opinion. He agreed with the first neurosurgeon… “inoperable”. I could have stopped there… But I didn’t.

Life doesn’t have to be perfect in order to be wonderful.

I remember the feeling I had when the doctors at Mayo told me that there was hope, and that they could remove the thing growing inside my brain. I cried. I sat in the neurosurgeons office and I cried.

Life doesn’t have to be perfect in order to be wonderful.

I remember going into surgery, and kissing my parents and husband goodbye. I remember praying that I would be able to see them again, and if it wasn’t meant to be, I prayed that there hearts would be okay. I remember laying on the table and asking “Have you ever had anyone turn back at this point?” I remember the fear that gripped me, yet the hope that sustained me. There was no turning back now.

Life doesn’t have to be perfect in order to be wonderful.

I remember waking up, and smiling so enormously big. I lifted my right hand, making sure that I still had mobility. I tried to speak, but nothing came out, so I nodded alot. I was just happy to be here.

Life doesn’t have to be perfect in order to be wonderful.

Here I am, a cancer patient. I don’t know what the future holds for me…but I cant worry about tomorrow, I have too much to do today.

The one thing I do know…

Life doesn’t have to be perfect in order to be wonderful.

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Comments

  1. God bless you for sharing your story and giving hope and inspiration to so many people.

  2. You are so amazing Heather

  3. Another beautiful post and a great reminder. If we waited for life to be perfect to be happy then we would never be happy.

    Good luck with your chemo and radiation treatments this week. I’m praying for you, as always. I’m glad you have gotten your nausea under control… or at least I hope it is still better.

    From one heart mom to another,
    ((hugs))
    Nancy
    ps
    How are your children handling everything? Are they doing ok? Sometimes they can sense that something is wrong and the stress builds up and after awhile they start to act up or show their stresses. I hope they are doing well. I’ve been looking for your email addy (I could have sworn it was on here just the other day)… feel free to email me anytime.

  4. You bring tears to my eyes again! I’m so glad you are able to share with us the ups and downs of your journey. I’ve said it before, but it bears saying again – you are an inspiration! I was so proud to race for life for you yesterday – thank you for allowing me to do that 🙂

  5. Thinking of you and praying for you. Love and healing.

  6. What a beautiful, encouraging, uplifting post! Praise God! Wow!

  7. Heather,

    I have been lurking for some time but had to comment on this last post which truly was amazing and put things into perspective for all of us. I agree that God is working mightily through you to others and you have blessed us many times over.

    Stay in the palm of His hand!

    Laura

  8. Beautiful words from a beautiful woman! Stay strong Heather (((((HUGS)))))

  9. What a true statement. One to remember always! Im praying for you.

  10. Thank you for sharing!
    You are such a blessing!

    I’m still praying for you and your family.
    Many Blessings,
    Paula

  11. you are truly an inspiration

    this post is amazing and so are you

    thank you for bringing some perspective into my day, it is so true- – life does not have to be perfect yet it can still be really wonderful

    way to go

  12. Well said…

  13. Wonderful, truly wonderful!

  14. The Lord is using you and your faith to minister to more people than you know. Reading your words helps me keep my life and its current struggles in perspective. I pray for you daily.

  15. Beautiful! Thank you for sending such a wonderful message to me during this trial of yours.
    Mel

  16. Your words are a real encouragement to me. Thanks for sharing your heart. Praying for you and your family.

  17. jessica says:

    Just Amazing.

  18. Thank you Heather! Bless you!

  19. You touched me so much today! Thank you for sharing your journey with us! I am praying.

  20. What more can be said, Heather? You say it all… I am so grateful for you and that God would make you the wonderful and inspiring person you are today…
    Lots of love and blessings for you…
    xoxo

  21. You are an inspiration to me!
    I always think that hope and fear can’t coexist…..THANK YOU for letting me know that these two things CAN happen at the same time!

  22. I love this templet you my dear are a surviver!!! God has you in his hands.

  23. thanks for your prayers. Thanks for just BEING Here… in cyber space. It’s like sitting down over coffee with a good friend every morning. Praying for you too.

  24. again; wow.

  25. You are amazing and so is our God. =) I know I don’t comment all the time, but please know you are always in my thoughts and prayers.

  26. Thanks for the inspiration you are to me everytime I check your blog. What a timely reminder for me in my own circumstances. God keep you real good today!

  27. Denese Smith says:

    When you get down and feel weary, remember to repeat to yourself ” All for God’s Glory, All for God’s Glory, All for God’s Glory”….Then thank Him for anything and everything…..Then ask Him for HIS strength !!

    Keep pushing, Heather !!

  28. I only discovered your blog yesterday and I have pretty much read everything you’ve written. I’m in compete awe of your zest for life, your strength and your ability to look on the bright side. You are a true inspiration and in just a short while you’ve made me realise how precious our lives are. Thank you for sharing your journey and I’ll be praying for you and your family.

  29. Thank you. Like so many others, I needed to read that today.

    Blessings to you and your family.

  30. Absolutely incredible. I read this post several times. You amaze me!

  31. Dear Heather…I just came from Donna’s site.
    You are an inspiration!
    God bless you.
    I will be back…Christain love from Terry[Teresa].

  32. Catherine says:

    Beautiful post, Heather.

  33. A Good Friend says:

    Life doesn’t have to be perfect and neither do “we”. You will certaily never be the same as before the cancer BUT your heart is still the same. Cancer and life changing events can and do change us but not our hearts. We learn to love a little deeper and appreciate more but we also keep our values and beliefs firm in our hearts and souls. This is so apparent in your life and your recent events..you are such a good person and everyone who knows you and so many who don’t personally know you recognize your honest and caring heart and that is why SO MANY support you in oh so many ways. I know that you wil come through this different but you will still be the wonderful person you have always been. I will be a better person for having watched your strength and your impact on all of us who come here not just to catch up on you but to feel your strength, your faith and your love. Thank you for sharing so much of yourself with so many of us even when it opens you up to pain. I have so everyone I know praying for you!

  34. YOU are just the best!! I look forward to reading your posts!! You are an inspiration to me, and anyone who will have the blessing of meeting you.
    This weekend as I was travelling with my husband to minister up north, I spoke to him of your great faith. I carry you in my heart and send you my prayers and encouragement.
    In the midst of this unperfect life…………… YOU are a gift!!!

  35. what a gift you are.
    Thanx
    Hugs
    GP in Montana

    Phil 4:13

  36. I don’t have anything to add to what you said. I just wanted to put my name down, so that you know that I’m still praying for you.

    By the way, I really like your new layout. It’s so optimistic. That seems so shallow to say in the face of a post like this, but hey, I figured you wouldn’t mind. 🙂

  37. You are so right. That’s the hope we look towards in Heaven. You are such an inspiration. Thank you for being so open and honest. Still praying in GA.

    PS LOVE your new format!

  38. Thank you so much, Heather!
    God bless you and your family!
    Love,
    Chrissie

  39. Beautifully said, Heather. {{{HUGS}}}

    I love your cheery new blog design.

  40. Christ is working through you, bringing glory to Himself.

    And you are shining brightly -ever so brightly.

    The Sisterchicks and myself continue to keep you in prayer.

    Stacy

  41. Carianne says:

    You go, girl!

  42. Thank you for posting this. I so needed to read this today.

  43. Heather – Wow! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – you amaze me. Your attitude, faith and strength just overwhelm me. Thank you for sharing your struggle and incredible faith with sinners like me. You are unbelievable – a real gift from God!
    Deborah

  44. You’re all dressed up and so purty.

    Love the new look, sweet friend.

  45. Kristine says:

    You are so right. Thank you for sharing your continued journey. I know that you don’t want to be an example, that this was certainly not your idea of God’s plan for your family, or how you wanted to share your faith. I always remember that God never asks more from us than he did from His Son. Continuing to pray for all of you.

  46. Michele says:

    Heather…you are amazing. You have touched my heart deeply.

  47. And I bet you have no idea how beautiful you are.

    Praise God for you. Thank God for you.

    Praise God for how He moves through you. Thank God for how He speaks through you.

    You have given new meaning to Amazing Grace.

    Hugs and prayers…

  48. Thank you for your post today. It was just what I needed to hear when I was feeling sorry for myself. Your strength and positive outlook are lessons we can all take to heart.

  49. Heather,

    You, a perfect stranger, are my hero. Not because you’re so brave or any of the other cheesy things I could say but because no matter what your life means or is or is not, you’ve figured out how to love it.

    I wish we all could be so fortunate in that infinitely joyous gift.

    All my love, all my prayers and all my strength,
    -Danielle

  50. While we pray for you, God is using you to minister to us. What a beautiful thing that is.