Seasons

Updates on my cancer journey

Hello, dear ones! I hope your New Year has dawned with much peace and hope.

This post is simply an invitation for those of you who may want to read more about my journey through cancer. In order to preserve some sense of normalcy on this blog (where cancer doesn’t steal the entire show, ha!), I’ll be writing the occasional post, but nothing on a regular basis. I’ve given most of my limited writing time to emailing updates to my circle of friends—to share details of treatment, as well as what I’m learning along the way.

It crossed my mind that some of you might want to receive those email updates as well, so I created an email account for this sole purpose. If you’d like to be included, please message me at colleenechao@gmail.com. My sister Katy will manage this account for me and keep you in the loop. 🙂

I wish I had the time and space to share how God has been working in these first five months of testing, diagnosis, and now treatment. He has been out-giving us in every way, providing for us, protecting us, loving us lavishly. As well as letting us feel the sting of this broken world in a new way—so we long for him more than anything else.

I know I’m not the only one in the thick of it. Cancer is a community affair, to be sure. But there are many other equally significant sorrows and sufferings that are less public, that don’t make the church prayer chain. I’m more familiar with those—this public suffering is altogether new to me. Whatever the hardship God has entrusted to you in this season of life, whether it’s public or very private, may you be able to say with Lilias Trotter,

Take the very hardest thing in your life,
the place of difficulty,
outward or inward,
and expect God to triumph gloriously in that very spot.

May our hearts be full of joy and hope as we wait for God to triumph for us in 2018!

Lovingly,
Colleen