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However, Kelly’s symptoms got worse, with more itching and sickness. Doctors scheduled a bone marrow biopsy, and found she had stage four-B Hodgkins Lymphoma; the most advanced stage of the cancer, that had spread to both sides of her body. Hodgkins Lymphoma is one of the most treatable, so she was advised to begin chemotherapy as soon as possible. For the next six months, Kelly took a city bus, or taxi to Jackson for treatments, by herself. While Kelly was by herself she remembers finding comfort in knowing that God is in control. “No matter where you are in your faith walk it is time to get serious,” said Kelly. “Knowing I am in God’s hand was the best comfort I could ask for, and if my days are limited here than the party is just going to get started.” As treatments went on she remembers times of trying to motivate herself to get to her next appointment. Kelly always went, but after a point saw it as just going through the motions. She lost her hair, and was physically drained of her previous energy. “Nothing seemed appealing enough for me to even try to get out of the bed,” said Kelly. “You’re just so exhausted.” During her times of exhaustion she recalls reading Isaiah 41:10, “So do not fear, for I “All am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

of life is very short.”

“I had committed this to memory in a Bible class a few years prior. I liked it's picture of God's big-ness,” said Kelly. “When I was alone, and could tell my thoughts were trying to go down the natural-man road, I would recite that.” After her final round was completed, they tested her blood to make sure the cancer was gone, and it came back negative, she is cancer free. Now Kelly is in remission, and it has been eight years since her diagnosis. She sees her journey with cancer as a “wake up call,” recalling the very morning she was literally woken up with it. “All of life is very short,” said Kelly. “Take advantage of the wake up call, take advantage of your friends, and their love, and their support.”


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