Faith In the Fire

 

Seconds away from breaking the Huntsman World Senior Games Triathlon Record 10/12/2013

Seconds away from breaking the Huntsman World Senior Games Triathlon Record 10/12/2013

This week, I discovered that the breast cancer that  I thought had been put to rest, has returned. It’s in the bones, specifically the lumbar 5 vertebrae and the pelvis. It’s in the bones that have recently taken me on a whirl wind book, radio, tv, and speaking tour. A tour that is blessing thousands.  It’s in the bones that helped me carry three boys to term and break world records.   The bones that are right now scheduled to compete at the Age-Group Triathlon and Aquation World Championships in Cozumel Mexico this September 2016.

I refer to the cancer as “It”, not “My” or “Mine” because it is not mine. I do not own this. It’s a foreign invader. God did not give me cancer. In fact, He is roaring on my behalf. God is fighting my battles as I type. He took me through the fire before and He will take me through it again. Everything will be used for His glory.

I love this bible verse:

Isaiah 43:2

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, Nor will the flame burn you.

I did not get to this place of trust without prayer and support from thousands of people. In fact when I first heard the word “Cancer” again,  I thought for a moment that Gods love was failing me, that I didn’t have the energy to face the monster again and how nice it would be to take one last breath on earth and the next breath in heaven. But God didn’t want me to stay defeated. He sent angles in the form of friends, prayer warriors and blessing through the ethers. The tears that streamed down my face turned into gems of love, hope, and victory.   I felt God telling me that my journey was far from over, in fact, it was just beginning. He is not finished with me yet. I have far too many people to reach; far too many people to shower with hope.

This journey is not easy. Much has been stripped away. Running, my greatest joy, is impossible. Biking is out of the question.  I can no longer sit, bend forward and dressing is difficult. It’s spring and I long to be outside,training, sweating, praising. So many things that I took for granted. How I wish I could have them all back.

I begin radiation, shots in the butt and chemo on Tuesday, May 31st.  God will be there. I pray that they are able to get rid of the tumor in the lumbar spine and that the bone grows back stronger than ever before. I will not be defeated. And with Gods help and yours, my story will go world wide, inspiring nations. Perhaps I will even stand on the start line wearing my team USA uniform at the World Championships in September. Anything is possible.

8 Comments

  • Laurie says:

    As I was reading your entry I felt hope rising for you and for all those who read your blog. Inspiration exploded as I contemplated the power of your Faith in the midst of adversity, and God’s promises filled my spirit. What an example you are setting, a testimonial that no weapon formed against you shall prosper. Your honesty and humility are a witness to to the world, and YES to the nations! Thank you a million times over. Your already a world champion far beyond the pavement, bike and water …

    • Karen says:

      Laurie,

      Thank you for your beautiful email. You truly blessed me today. God bless you and all those you love..xoxo Karen

  • Kailei says:

    Sending all my love to you!! Your story has helped me be able to accept who I am, and know that strong IS beautiful! As an athlete, I feel so much pressure to look a certain way, but that just isn’t who I am. Thunder thighs ARE cool!
    I was riding my bike home from soccer about two Fridays ago, and I thought I saw you riding along down Nowland Farms Rd (although it might have not been, I’m still really unsure). A scooter went by and I heard a cheer from the same cyclist, maybe I will see you again soon and hopefully will get to talk 🙂 Their positivity made me think about your happy spirit and self-confidence! I hope that keeps up through this challenge, that you are strong, and if it can be done once, it can be done again!
    All the best,
    Kailei 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Kailei,

      Thank you so much for your beautiful email. You truly blessed me. GOD bless you today and always.xo Karen

  • Rachel Stringer, Colchester, VT says:

    Hello Karen,

    You are loved by an amazing God!! and You made my day!!

    Today my dentist told me he is reading your book and will lend it to me when he finishes it. I asked for your name so that I could Google videos or information about your story. My goodness I found pure gold in your messages!! You see, it was just last year that I faced breast cancer. God is so faithful to walk with us through life’s challenges. How do people do it without Christ? Wow Karen! Thank you for sharing your relentless hope, faith and love with the planet. I pray many, many people will be inspired to pursue a personal relationship with Jesus Christ after hearing your testimony. I will be praying for your continued healing, and victory. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! and Glory to God!

  • John says:

    Karen,

    I just finished reading your book and found it to be incredibly inspiring. I recommended it to a friend who is going through a difficult time. You are leading an extraordinary life. Thank you for sharing so much.

    I wish you Godspeed in your rapid recovery to full health. You are in my prayers.

    John

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