Wait Training

Wait Training

I wanted to update you a bit – so many of you have written me such sweet notes of encouragement, love and promises of prayer. I was diagnosed with a skin cancer – basal cell carcinoma. It is a gift that it is not melanoma that spreads to other parts of ones body. I have been assured this will not do that. For about a day I was a bit overwhelmed by the thought of having cancer. But, I am choosing to ignore the name – not because I am in denial – but because I do not want the name to take on a life of its own. I do not want to define my life as one with cancer (even though that is true). I have all sorts of practitioners that care for my physical needs and help me live a more pain free life. I schedule them into my life and now I have one more thing that needs to be scheduled – a surgery that will take care of it. I am now waiting for that call to schedule. Waiting is hard – I sense a need to move on this quickly, but I am choosing to trust God’s timing in all of this. It reminded me of a poem I wrote several years ago that I will share. 🙂

Wait Training

In our
Instant message,
Fast food
We resist
To wait
In line or
On hold
Turns us into
Waiting is
Wait training.
Strengthening us
Heavier waits…
A loved one
A job
A change.
Wait training
Builds our
Our trust
In a sovereign God,
Giving us
Hope and patience.
Building our
Like strands
Of a rope
Twined together.


11 thoughts on “Wait Training

  1. Ann, I am sorry about your skin cancer. I, also, have had skin cancers removed with the assurance that- they will not return. For that, I am hopeful and thankful. The removal was not a big deal, only one or two stitches. I do have a friend that is suffering with melanoma. I pray for her every day. I so enjoy your input on Knitting Paradise. I want to knit so many things this winter. I haven’t knit anything big, except an afghan for quite a while. I make lots of dishcloths and Christmas socks. I am also a quilter and my sewing machine with an embroidery unit is my first love, aside from my husband, of course. Thanks again for your patterns and knowledge. Karen


  2. What a beautiful poem. I am so glad you have a treatable skin cancer. I have had that on my back. All that was needed was to cut it out. That was 10 ish years ago. I will pray for the procedure. Mine was smooth. Didn’t feel anything and in time it heals as you change bandages for awhile. Thanks for the update. Hugs.


  3. Hi Ann! I am sorry to hear your news (I missed reading your previous email about the BCC) but want to reassure you that these BCCs are quite common here in Australia and I have had several removed over recent years wth no side effects whatsoever. Last year I was even diagnosed with the dreaded melanoma but because I see an excellent dermatologist regularly, it was diagnosed and removed before it had the chance to spread. I have never been one to sit and sunbathe but still managed to acquire the melanoma so am now on a six monthly watch. Just make sure that you do see an accredited specialist at regular intervals and have the BCC removed – my surgeon does what is known as MOEs surgery – a local anaesthetic is injected and as much of the BCC is removed as deemed necessary. This is analysed while you wait and if they feel they haven’t removed sufficient, the local is topped up and they remove some more. Apart from the injections of anaesthetic which sting a bit, it isn’t at all painful and when the surgeon knows all has been removed, he inserts a few stitches and all is done. So don’t worry, all will be well, but do have regular checkups, at least once a year.
    Sheila, Western Australia


  4. I am breathing a sigh of relief for you that your diagnosis is treatable. Your comments and support in our virtual knitting world have been soooo helpful and always done kindly. So glad that you will be treated, but I understand why you want this done asap. Please know that you have been in the thoughts of very many people around the world!! Hugs to you.


  5. I don’t know how big your Basal Cell is but I worked in Surgery for 30 yrs. This surgery is done usually under local. They might do a frozen section—take the specimen to a lab to make sure the edges are free of cancer. They might use a hand pencil (bovie) to cauterize any bleeders. They close it up with sutures (if on the face). Might cover with steri strips , bandaid, or small dressing. My Dad has had many Basal Cells taken off his face and hands. He’s also had Melanoma excised off his back and side.


  6. Ann, I’m sending you good thoughts. You are such a delightful individual, so I’m sorry to hear you are going through this. I think of you often and, sure as shootin’, I’ll be thinking about how things are transpiring for you. As a dear friend of mine always ends missives to me, I’ll end mine the same way…

    Love and Hugs,



  7. Dear Ann – delighted things are going to be ok with removal of the skin cancer – it is a terrible scourge here in Australia even for those of us who never sunbathe – I am glad you have decided not to dwell on the “word” – after all it is only a word and not a SENTENCE. prayers to you always.

    Cara Sydney Australia.


  8. Much better news Ann. So glad for you. Hope procedure is quick to put your mind at rest. Many positive comments to reassure you! Sending you hugs.



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