Completely Unrelated, God Gave Me

Fifteen year old Caroline’s main concern was spending as much time in the water as possible, the summer of 1996. God made the water for me. 

My throat had a little tickle that was beginning to get annoying. I was a little surprised that my mom made a doctor appointment because of a slight discomfort, but we had plans of travel and she wanted to make sure I wasn’t leaving with the beginnings of strep. 

Being me. I was then the child. I would have preferred to get up and leave. I would take the sore throat over the discomfort of the exam. The nurse stuck that popsicle stick half way down my throat and then scolded me for gagging. The doctor came in to say hello.  Being one of eight children, my family was a good set of clients to have. He chatted and quickly examined my neck. 

Unrelated, he felt a little lump. “Probably nothing. Go to the beach. Have fun. Come see me again when you get back.”

It was cancer.  

13 thoughts on “Completely Unrelated, God Gave Me

  1. I agree with the comment above! I have been following your blog for some time now and enjoy it. I have wondered, and determined, that you had cancer in your throat, but never knew if it was thyroid cancer or what. I have not wanted to pry. This feels like an opening to comment. I was pretty sure I had something wrong in my 30s and got the same result…nothing wrong. Even after several tests and biopsies. I continued to insist and finally got it out. It was cancer…thyroid cancer. I was glad I persisted and never really afraid, just insistent. It must have been very frightening at a young age, or was it not diagnosed until much later? You seem to be well today and that is to be grateful for…which you are so very obviously!

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  2. I am so thankful you have used this dreadful disease as an avenue to demonstrate God’s love, instead of being bitter and angry. You are an inspiration, and I thank God for you. Praying that he will continue to be your strength and that you will continue to lean on him.

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