Given the gratitude I have been feeling and the comfort that I feel with the doctors that we have been directed to, I was shocked to find myself crying once again in his office. In fact, I was really looking forward to the visit to set up the much anticipated surgery. So you can imagine my shock when familiar tears of fear and unbelief began to flood my eyes. I had been so focused on the cancer side of the battle that I had not prepared myself for the surgery. Dr. Morrell empathetically stated, “It is an extremely difficult thing to lose part of yourself.”
The cabin is surrounded by magnificent sandstone, shale cliffs, huge Cottonwood trees and a beautiful winding river. There were no phones ringing, no cars motoring by, and the boys were perfectly content in the natural dirtiness of the setting.
Comfort came! Though the cancer came upon me in an unexpected way, I feel blessed to have the opportunity and technology to have that “branch” removed. I will have the chance to continue to grow and develop into what God would have me be.
There are things (dead branches) in all of our lives, some in our control and some out of our control, that need to be taken care of (removed) for our (the trees) own good. I am so grateful for the Savior, who, because of His infinite and atoning sacrifice, makes it possible for us to reclaim those things that are lost to us. Whether that loss is our health, a loved one, or a part of ourselves (physical or spiritual). He has created a way for us to triumph over all and become new again through the Atonement (Alma 11:40, 43-44).