We’ve all heard this phrase before. You can easily insert any negative emotion, attribute or lack of virtue in the blank and it works.
Anger is like a cancer.
Hatred is like a cancer.
Bitterness. . .
As I’ve learned more about this disease, I was actually surprised to learn this one fact. Cancer isn’t an organism unto itself. It is not a parasite or an animal or a virus or bacteria. It starts from your very own cells. This is really an oversimplification. . but. . .The DNA in your cells forms a mutation, an abnormality. Then as that cell divides and grows more cells, they all have the new DNA mutation and those cells form tissue, which eventually become a tumor.
Our bodies are constantly striving for homeostasis; a state of normal. So, these errant cells are seen as foreign, not normal, and the body’s defense systems are called upon to wage war against this intruder. Sometimes, the body wins and you never know that this process has happened. Sometimes the body doesn’t win. . and you end up in the Drs. Office.
I’m sure you see where I’m going with this already.
One errant comment spoken, one moment of unforgiveness, one green-eyed moment of jealousy can mutate who we are, our spiritual and emotional DNA. It grows inside us becoming more invasive. Our own systems may try to fight it. We see that person, you know, the one who said, “_____” and we take a deep breath, and resolve that we’ve forgiven them. But, they leave our sight and we have to share the hurt, spew the anger, rally our forces to understand how horrible it was. The cancer spreads. . .
In treating cancer in the body, there are specific steps that are taken:
- Identify that it IS cancer and the type of cancer
- Identify all locations of said cancer. Check for metastasis.
- Identify a treatment plan to either remove the cancer, or kill it.
- DO NOT WASTE ANY TIME.
- Provide the tools needed for this attack.
- Follow through with the treatment plan.
I’ve had bitterness in my own life. I’ve taken too long to forgive and I’ve been jealous of many. I have to say that in many cases. .the defense systems have worked and the young cells that would become a raging beast have been destroyed early on. However, there are a few hurts that go so deeply and that I’ve allowed to grow so large and spread throughout my heart that it will take a major treatment plan to be rid of them. As I embark on this adventure of chemo, surgery and radiation, I want to use these physical treatments as triggers to remind me to be rid of the emotional tumors in my life too. I ask you, dear reader, friend, family member. . hold me accountable.
I pray that by the end of the year, I’ll walk out of the Dr.’s office hearing that I’m cancer-free and I can know that my heart, spirit and emotions are too.