My oncologist greeted me with a warm hug as she led me into the exam room. Following a few quick pleasantries, she leafed through pages and pages of medical notes as I quietly awaited her summary. Finally, she looked up and said, “I spent quite a bit of time re-studying your case last night, and wow… you have a lot of tests to get done and specialists to see.”


Because of some new testing done last May, several new screenings and procedures were added to my yearly protocol of appointments.

Have I said, “Ugh” yet?

Leaving the oncologist’s office that day, I had a LONG list of to-do’s… everything from PET scans to MRI’s to examinations etc.


I don’t like it at all! And I especially dislike the timing of doing them between Thanksgiving and Christmas!

However, as I prepared to share a story in an upcoming training with one of my Tracking God groups, that dread quickly turned to gratitude.You see, there was a December in my life when an overlooked medical test became a somewhat emergency situation.

Here’s the story:



Without a doubt, I’m filled with gratitude for doctors that keep a close watch on me, even as they continue to assign many miserable tests and procedures.

Philippians 4:4-5 (TPT)   “Be cheerful with joyous celebration in every season of life. Let your joy overflow! And let gentleness be seen in every relationship, for our Lord is ever near.”

Happy Thanksgiving!

In a comment below, tell me what you’re most thankful for … even if it’s taken awhile to realize it.