In September 2016, I was diagnosed with Nodular Sclerosing Hodgkin Lymphoma – I had multiple tumours in my body including an 8cm mass in my chest. My initial response was disbelief combined with sorrow as my dad had recently passed away after a 4-year battle with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia. I was shocked because for the last few years I had finally felt like I was entering the Promised Land. I knew exactly where I was going; my business was entering its 6th year, which was a major blessing for me and to those around me. I really thought I had done the tough years but I decided that I was going to have to do my best to embrace this situation.
I held onto Psalm 23:4, “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”
I was told that my treatment plan was 6 rounds of chemotherapy. As time went on, this turned into 8, which then turned into 12. I finally finished treatment in mid April 2017. I was completely stripped physically and in every area of my life. Community got me through this time. My church family came around me to pray, speak life and hope into me, encourage me and practically supported me. My church gave me the strength to have broad shoulders, lift my head high and walk into my Monday knowing that this is not the end of my story. This time taught me to trust God. I learnt to hear His voice and to rest. The noise in my life has been removed with a renewed eternal perspective. I now desire a legacy that involves Him; a legacy of love and compassion and generosity. 2018 will be a year of rest and ideas, a year of being present and growing as a person. A year to dream, a year of health. Prosperity. Creativity. Songs and singing. Philanthropy. A season of excellence and growth for my business. A year of friendships filled with joy and laughter.