Doc Joy and family at the entrance to the Kayangan Lake
DAY 25- PERSEVERANCE
One of the highlights while travelling with my family last August 2019, was the boat trip to Kayangan Lake in Coron, Palawan. To reach the inland lake, I had to take about 360 steps. Part of the trek was a steep uphill climb but the rest was easy. Midway through, we stopped in a view deck overlooking the picturesque lagoon. The view from the top was breathtaking. It was a perfect Instagram shot. I had to persevere to reach my final destination, a crystal-clear freshwater lake said to be the cleanest lake in all of the Philippines, in order to enjoy floating on the water because I did not know how to swim.
In life, you also have to persevere. You have to undergo a series of tests to confirm if you have cancer. Once confirmed, you need to discuss with your doctor the treatment protocol that is tailor made for your condition. You have to bear the side effects and the complications of your medical treatment. Through all these, you have to persevere as you call on the Lord, God, the Ultimate Healer to help you in your healing.
You will overcome your illness and you will recover because you found the true purpose of your illness and discovered the highest possible intention of your cancer. You have chosen to fight, to be a warrior, and to eventually thrive using a multidisciplinary approach as you conquer your disease and find ways to get peace, joy, and love.
From Galatians 6:9, "Let us not grow tired of doing good, for in due time we shall reap our harvest, if we do not give up."
Lord, Jesus Christ, give me the strength to persevere when I feel like giving up the fight. Help me remember that You will not let me be tested beyond what I can bear. You even sent me the Holy Spirit to inspire me and gave me your Immaculate Mother to embrace me under the mantle of Her protection. In Jesus Name. AMEN.
When the going gets tough after every chemotherapy or radiotherapy session, never give up. Bear it and grin.
Doc Joy floating at the Kayangan Lake