Numbers play an important role in everyone’s life. A lot of times without even noticing, everyone is concerned about some type of number. Sometimes numbers can be good or bad. I know that numbers have always played a role in my life. Whether it be birthdays gone by, number of days to vacations, performance goals, countdown starts on Monday for the weekend and the list goes on and on. Numbers play an importantly role in cancer treatment too. Sometimes, it easy to get caught up in the numbers instead of living life.
There are so many important numbers to look at when going through cancer treatment. Will my blood work numbers be good enough for me to continue treatment? What cycle of treatment are you on? Will my white blood count be low so I have to be concerned about infection? Taking your temperature twice a day and praying the numbers don’t indicate an infection. Will the platelet count be low to be concerned about bleeding and bruising? Will the red blood count be low and cause anemic symptoms? How many more days do you need to take this medicine? How many more pills can I actually be expected to take on a daily basis? How many more days/months until the next scan to see if the cancer has progressed or stable? How much was that bill for? Getting caught up in the cancer statistic numbers is so easy. I know more about blood work numbers now than I ever wanted to know. Some of the numbers patients do need to monitor. You must not let these numbers dictate how you live your life.
I still find myself looking at the numbers and comparing to previous months. Do these numbers play as important role as they did in the beginning? I will still enjoy any good news in the numbers, yes but I do not let the numbers allow me to get me upset. I do not have control over these numbers. I do not let the numbers determine how I am going to live my life. Is God looking at these numbers to determine my life? As long as I can, I will live my life to the fullest and enjoy every moment I have.
Joshua 1:9 – ‘Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.’