Friday, June 11, 2010

Chemotherapy Recovery: Interconnectedness of life

Our lives are a complex combination of intricate body systems, emotional responses, mental processes, spiritual disciplines, relationships, family, community involvement, etc, etc, etc. At any moment in anyone's life one or more of these complexities can be weakened or so strengthened it can throw another system out of alignment. A properly aligned and balanced life only exists in theory. Normal is only a setting on a dryer; it really is never experienced in life. Add to this impossible task of balance and alignment a cancer diagnosis and treatment, one can find themselves struggling just to stay semi sane, sort of sociable and spiritual. (Forgive the alliteration). Meeting one's own expectations of what one expects of life is difficult. Combining with others expectations and of a perception of God's expectations, life can seem anything but the wonderful abundant life that has been promised and experienced in another season of life. Most chemotherapy patients put on our 'happy' face and say we are 'just' fine but at any moment in time one or more of the complex interconnectedness of all the combinations of the intricacies of human life is out of balance in one way or another. When multiple combinations are going astray intersect with relationships and community, hurt feelings and unmet expectations add up to an equation for certain disaster. These threatening storms of life draw us closer to God and others or in some cases away from God and others. Life goes on, with or without us and that fact alone is humbling and staggering. Grass has to be cut, garbage has to be taken out, gutters have to be cleaned, clothes have to be washed, food has to be cooked, employment has to be fulfilled, relationships given to, ministries fulfilled, important dates remembered, and the sheer pace of life can either keep us moving forward or slam us into the side of a mountain. Cancer and chemotherapy treatments never happen in a vacuum of life experiences. Every person has their own life's story and no one's life is normal. James 5 speaks into this interconnectedness of life:

11 As you know, we consider blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job's perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy. (NIV)

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