Jen Teague/ December 5, 2014/ hope/ 0 comments

Do you have a picture you would hate for the world to see? Well, I’m showing you mine. Not because I want to be shocking or anything like that, but because of a few  reasons: 1. Sometimes the perfectly posed pictures I have of myself that I make available don’t always tell a full story; 2. It’s my blog so I can post what I want; and 3. This is my constant reminder of the many lessons I learned throughout a recent journey.

The Cancer Scare of ’14

I don’t know about you but this has been a CRaZy year. Going into it, my main goals were to get my business off the ground and that I would get pregnant. Neither of those things have happened….yet. My biggest struggle in life is learning that things don’t always happen on my timeframe. Planning for me is a HUGE deal, but God has different plans sometimes.

For most of the year, I have dealt with cysts that doctors found but couldn’t exactly locate. Sounds weird I know, but they really couldn’t tell me much about them until I went in for a five-hour long surgery. For a control freak like me, this was my worst nightmare: not knowing something and not being able to go to someone for the answer. There was a brief time that we were talking about “my options” of chemo, radiation, and a colostomy bag. Not exactly the choices I hoped for, so this was a really trying time. But after four days in the hospital and eight weeks of recovery, all of the cysts ended up being benign (YAY!!).

I’m so thankful for this experience because it taught me so many lessons and brought a lot of great people into my life. Looking back on everything, I’ve found out a few things.

God is always in control. The more you study His Word and get closer to Him, the more you trust Him and have peace and joy even when chaos is overwhelming. Do you want to laugh and have hope during devastating times? Then get some God in your life; He works EVERY TIME.

Friends & family are necessary for survival. We can’t do life alone because we weren’t created to be alone. People can be difficult, make us mad, and hurt our feelings, but when it comes down to it, they are really important. Make sure you let others know how much you appreciate them.

– The situation may seem hopeless now, but you’ve got a fighter within you that you didn’t know existed. That fighter will push you to do things you never thought you could handle.

– it’s ok to talk about yourself and let others be concerned for you. This is a constant lesson I try to remember everyday. Learn how to talk about yourself because you have a great story to tell.

Bad situations can be a huge blessing. I’ve been through an emotional roller coaster about this surgery because I’ve never been through something like this. It has taught me to slow down and appreciate life as it happens. And to have a better handle on my temper.

I only hope that you don’t have to go through something this difficult to learn your lessons. What are some things you’ve found to be important in your life? Do you want to share your picture and your story? I’d love to hear from you! Please share them below.

As for the picture…. well, here it is.

My Worst Picture EVER

Never Lose Hope,
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