Tuesday, February 24, 2015

A New Beginning and Much Needed Prayers...

I don't know how people are able to navigate this journey without support.  To me, it would seem impossible.  I'm blessed that God had given me such great friends and family.  Believe me, you find out who your friends are when your world gets turned upside down.  It's just too much for some I think.  They are all there at first, but gradually fade away.  The true ones always check in on me.  I love them for that.  The rest, I don't resent....the old me would have probably done the same thing.

I haven't been blogging as much, I've been so busy living.  But, I'll never stop blogging, because this is a never ending journey, and my story is far from over.

So, what's new in my world of cancer?  Well, I've decided to change oncologists and cancer treatment centers.  Don't get me wrong, I love Piedmont and my oncologist now.  I just know that he has all different types of cancer to treat, and I'm a specialized kind of case.  Therefore, I need someone specialized in the treatment of lung cancer with EGFR mutations.  I've found one at Emory I'm going to meet with this Monday.  I'm praying we will mesh well because I really don't feel like flying up the east coast every few months.

Anyways, I'm going to update about my Monday visit next week.

In the meantime, please pray for the following people:

Alexa - Karley's friend and an old co-worker's stepdaughter.  Please pray for peace for her and her family in the next few days.  Alexa is in kindergarten, but she only has a few more days left here.  God needs another angel.  We are just praying for her and her family to have plenty of peace and support.

Carmen Frye - another JHS friend who just discovered she has cancer as well.  Please pray for her healing and support for her and her family at this time.   Also, I know how it is to find out this news.  It's absolutely overwhelming.  I know I couldn't talk about it for the first month.  So, if you send her well wishes and she doesn't respond, just know it's because her world has just been turned upside down.  It takes time to come back from that.  But I'm sure she will appreciate all the prayers and well wishes you can possibly give.  She's also a mother of young girls and was one of the first high school friends to reach out to me privately when she found out about my diagnosis.

Finally, my uncle Bill Webb.  He was found with a burst appendix after a week with no food or water.  He is in very critical condition in a Florida hospital.  He's had several surgeries, but sepsis and infections keep setting in.  Please pray for his healing and his faith and purpose to grow through this.

And thank you all for your continuous support and prayers.  They mean so much.  And to all my friends and family, I love you more than you'll ever know.  We aren't promised tomorrow, so if I forget to tell you today, know that it's in my heart....and always will be.

Here are a few of those special people that are there for me not matter what.  It's by far not all of them, but I'm so blessed to have this many.  And this doesn't even include my church, St. Simons Community or my old work peeps at Ocean Lodge!  I AM BLESSED!

Philippians 4:6-7
"..do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."


  1. awesome post and ending with one of my very favorite verses. I know your friends appreciate your praying for them and asking others to do the same. That's they way it should be right? I find myself feeling better when I pray for others because then I'm not so focused on my 'issues'. Loving your optimism and attitude!

    1. Hey girl! It's been a while! Thank you for such kind words. I've been out of the twitter stuff for a while. Super busy. It's one of my favorite versus too. Love you!

  2. Great post Samantha. Your attitude is inspiring. I know it's tough, so thank you for sharing your journey. Praying for you ladybug.