Friday, January 1, 2010

First Step

As the words Stage 3 cancer rolled out of the surgeons mouth, I felt as if I had been blindfolded and thrown at the bottom of a massive Mountain. As I began to process this information, the Lord picked me up and gently removed the blindfold. There we stood at the bottom looking up at this amazing, enormous, and at times overwhelming mountain. I can't see the top, I can't see anything but obstacles from my point of view. But, the Lord has assured me he will lead me, guide me, and at times carry me to the top. I stood there with the Lord by my side and realized I have only one option...One step at a time together we will climb. To those of you who know me well, know I am much better suited for the short hurdle jump type of sport. I like to know what obstacles are in my way, what I will be facing, who is my biggest competitor, how can I improve my game, and most importantly... I like to see the finish line. Or, better yet basketball (my favorite). I prefer to know who I am up against, see the score board, know when I am in foul trouble, and be able to call a time out. I quickly realized odds are not in my favor (bummer!). No luxury gondola ride to the top, not even a lousy ski lift chair ride (lol). No, I will have to arm myself with lots of gear (my family and friends) and Faith. And all of us together...some of you will be leading, some pushing, and I am sure at times some of you dragging me. But one step at a time together we will climb.
Although our journey is yet at the base of the mountain and our journey will be long,
The Lord has promised the view at the top is an amazing site to behold. So, everyone (yes, even you) lets huddle (as in before a basketball game). One hand in and repeat after me: One step at a time...together we will climb!


  1. Always remember, all of us will be right there behind you, beside you and in front of you to lend the hand. We are just a phone call, a shout and in all instances a thought away!

  2. Cate,

    As you begin the ascent, know that you, Rick and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. During my open-heart surgery, I saw first hand how God can answer prayers and provide true peace. Looking back, it was one of the most peaceful and remarkable journeys of my life. I can’t explain it, but I knew it was in God’s hands and I held tight to Jeremiah 29:11, which says, “For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.” God is in control--and with you each step of the way. I look forward to reading your blog.


  3. I tried to call you earlier but you are probably being flooded with phone calls. I was sad to hear your news but my first thought was..YOU are the strongest woman I know! Along with your family, friends, faith, determination and medical expertise, I know you are prepared to take this journey and I am prepared to take it with you. Let me know what you need...anything! anytime!! Shanna

  4. Cathy,

    We are thinking and praying for you!!


  5. Cathy,

    I finally got in to your blog!
    We are on the climb with you. Thinking of you and your family and keeping you in our prayers.

    Joyce & Tom Newby