Susan’s Story

 

I grew up at Harpeth Heights, and we came here when I was in seventh grade. It instantly became a family to our family. About eight years ago, we moved back to this area. And, I’ve now been on staff for six of those years. Our new pastor, Brandon Owen, was coming to our campus, and I was getting prepared for him to be there. I was excited about the future and what was about to happen, but I didn’t realize that the Lord had a lot more that was going to happen in our story.

I went to the doctor for a normal routine visit, and she found something that she thought was a cyst. So, she sent me to the diagnostic center to have some tests done. I had a biopsy and waited a few days. That’s when they called and told me I had cancer.

 

Facing The Impossible

 

When I heard the word “cancer” for the first time, I just felt very uncertain. I wasn’t sure what was going to happen. Would it mean that I would have to stop working? Would it mean that God wasn’t going to be able to use me or work through me anymore? I had a lot of questions.

My family cared for me so well and that kind of became the thing that the nurses were talking to us about. It wasn’t that we had to actually have the gospel conversation as much as showing them the gospel by the way that we treated each other. They watched as my son brought ice and cared for me, and my husband and my daughter cared for me. From that they would ask me questions.

One nurse said, “You’re so lucky to have your family.” And, I said, “I’m so blessed.” She asked me what the difference was and that led to a great conversation. She was just about to get married, and she wanted to have that Christ-centered marriage that she saw my husband and I had.

When my chemo was over and I got to ring the gong, it was a little bittersweet for me. I was so thankful to have the chemo done, but I was so sad that I no longer got to invest in all of those people.

 

Showing Love In Action

 

One of the things that has come out of this is really the relationship that I have with Sarah Cannon Cancer Center. Having us be able to give back and do this for other people is very significant to me. Meeting them with their basic needs and understanding that people sometimes are struggling so much that they’re not able to hear the gospel because of their circumstances. Just like Jesus did in His ministry, we’re trying to reach people right where they are. Just simple things like a phone charger they may not have, that keeps them connected to the Lord.

We’re all called to be disciples of Christ. We go through different circumstances and some of them may seem impossible from a wordly-view, but the truth is that God is always with us. And our mission never stops. The circumstances of the cancer slowed things down. I moved a little slower, and there is a lot of pain in it. But I was determined to stay focused on the mission. I’m no superhero. I’m just a girl who loves Jesus.