The peace that surpasses all understanding.

Katharyn Brady By Katharyn Brady, 24th May 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1-4y78e4/
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Maintaining a positive attitude and tapping into the Peace of God which surpasses all understanding is how I approach each difficulty in life. I hope I can inspire you to do it for yourself, as well.

How I developed my positive attitude.

I have had a number of people recognize that I maintain a positive attitude as I navigate my journey with cancer.

Much of my attitude has been developed over the past 17 years. I’ve helped my husband manage congestive heart failure which is where his heart’s pumping power is weaker than normal.

We were blessed to find excellent cardiologists who made sure he was on the right medications, as well as they implanted a combination pace maker and defibrillator in his chest.

Over the 17 years, his defibrillator has fired a number of times. This means that I call 911 who then dispatches the fire department and ambulance to our home.

Approximately 7 - 10 emergency personnel fill our apartment, asking questions which I answer and providing them with all of my husband’s medications.

My husband is then taken by ambulance and I follow in my car and assess whether I believe he needs me as an advocate or if the hospital personnel will take good care of him.

Over the 17 years, there have been times where I could not leave his side as the hospital personnel were not caring for him properly. When you are sick, you need someone who can speak for you as often times you are not strong enough to speak for yourself.

Through each one of these episodes, I have kept my composure and my cool .

I've surrendered to God's will for our lives and have come to terms of what I would do if my husband passed before me.

God's promise of peace that surpasses all comprehension.

I have turned to Philippians 4:6-7 to remember that regardless of how scary or difficult a time, I can count on God to provide me with His peace and I will be able to handle anything that comes my way:

“Be anxious for nothing, 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 comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Applying God's promise of peace after I was diagnosed with cancer.

When I was diagnosed with cancer, I was given the opportunity to practice tapping into this peace in a new way. Instead of just facing my husband’s mortality, I was now facing my own.

What I've learned over the years is that it's easier to handle difficult situations when you come from a place of positive and calm. However, it just takes practice and to have obstacles to practice on.

I also eat a balanced, healthy diet and get plenty of sleep. These help me to remain clear headed and think through when I’m faced with tough situations.

As we meet each challenge, we get the opportunity to change and grow as well as deepen the peace that only God can give us.

A new opportunity to practice receiving God's promised peace.

Last week, I had a new opportunity to tap into God's promised peace. After completing 4 cycles of chemo therapy, I found a lump in my wrist. My first thought was whether this was the cancer manifesting in a new location within my body.

My second thought was to tap into the peace of God and know that whatever this is, it will work out. I had an appointment scheduled with my doctor within a few days of having found the lump.

This experience gave me the choice to either worry or to choose to tap into that peace of God that is promised to me.

I chose peace.

Even as I go through this journey of cancer, my focus is on the good that it has brought to me. I’ve had an opportunity to reflect on my life and determine what changes I want to make and then I have been making them.

I’ve since had my doctor look at the lump and they are ruling out cancer.

May you experience God's promised peace in your life.

Other articles by this author.

Katharyn's journey with a rare form of cancer, malignant Phyllodes tumor.
Diagnosis: from benign to malignant.
Having cancer brought opportunities for healing and change.
Weigh the pros and cons of a decision and then connect.
Counting down to being cancer free . . . or was I?
Critical decision: Change the medical team.
My doctor layed out a plan to cure malignant Phyllodes Tumor cancer.
Support to a person with cancer is like water to someone who is out in a desert.

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Cancer, Cancer Fighting, Cancer Treatment

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author avatar Katharyn Brady
I have survived cancer multiple times. It took 8 surgeries, 33 sessions of radiation and chemo therapy. My focus is on being healthy in mind, body and spirit and helping others do the same.

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author avatar vickylass
25th May 2014 (#)

Having faith and some interests help us to cope with whatever life throws at us. I hope you get over your illness to enjoy your life again free from the worry that it causes. Good share!

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author avatar Katharyn Brady
4th Jun 2014 (#)

Thank you, Vicklass.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
25th May 2014 (#)

a wonderfully heartwarming page ...thank you....

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author avatar Katharyn Brady
4th Jun 2014 (#)

Thank you Cnwriter.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
4th Jun 2014 (#)

Inspiring share Katharyn. Has not been an easy ride but your steadfast faith has been a healer - siva

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author avatar Katharyn Brady
4th Jun 2014 (#)

You are so right, Siva. Thank you.

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