So how did I come to know of Heathering the Storm and Heather Bailes?
I actually came to know of her caringbridge blog through a friend of mine who directed me to it. Instantly, I could not stop reading. Once I got completely caught up to the day, I checked that blog every day, all day long, for new updates. HaHaHa… I was addicted to her positive attitude, determination, and how she wanted to be of service to others during her own personal struggle with cancer. Her diagnosis did not stop her from smiling her beautiful happy smile, did not make her
bitter, cynical or angry, she did not become hateful, and it did not test her faith in God. In fact, on the outside looking in, it seems her faith in God became stronger, and it grew. She leaned heavily on Him to take her worries and fear away… completely trusting in His ability to do so.
She demonstrated such strength, and love… and made it perfectly clear that she isn’t doing any
“cancer bashing”, nor is she locking herself up behind closed doors because of her diagnosis, no “pity parties”, and no feeling sorry for herself. Heather’s exact words (shared on her caringbridge blog by her loving Mom)… “I refuse to talk badly about cancer or worry about outcomes or obstacles that come along with cancer. I don’t feel sorry for myself, I’m not a victim, it’s called LIFE. It’s how you choose to respond to those life trials that determines your outcome.”
Everyday was another day to LIVE… not just go through the motions, but to live and THRIVE… doing as much as she could with her children, and with her family and friends as well. She wasn’t
wasting a moment. She LIVED. She was a beautiful example of Grace and how to still enjoy life in the face of fear, in face of the unknown, uncertainty, and in face of a diagnosis that comes with such a grim outlook.
She didn’t allow the cancer to have control… instead, she was living, facing her diagnosis head on with very aggressive treatments to fight the pancreatic cancer. She was on (if I understand correctly) a four chemo regiment. It was shrinking primary tumors, and got to the point where they could operate and remove some tumors!! This was great news because at first, they said it was
inoperable! They were able to remove much of the cancer, removing pieces of organs, and some lymph nodes…and the rest was shrunk with the aggressive treatments. With her faith in our Creator, she believed that she could be healed fully through God’s loving Grace. Everyone prayed for a miracle, yet, to all those she inspired, she was already a miracle… a miracle in the making.
She was a miracle… she felt like a miracle… and those of us following her journey, well, we felt she was a miracle as well! It was glorious to see her progress and see how this diagnosis of stage 4 pancreatic cancer not only changed her life, but God was working through her. She used every moment to speak to others about her faith, and she made an impact on the lives of many people… even those like me, who she has no clue about.
Her faith never wavered… never ever… and she became an inspiration to so many people who came across her either in person or through social media.