The Beast


I don’t have to tell you… you already know.  It’s very likely your mother, father, sister, brother, child, friend, neighbour or someone else close to you has, or has had, cancer.  You know what it feels like… It’s like your whole world is being devoured by an unforgiving monster.

It’s been 10 weeks and 4 days (74 days, 1,766 hours and 106,560 minutes) since that monster found its way to my family’s door.  Chomp, chomp, chomp is the sound I heard (hear)  24 hours a day, 7 days a week. And with each chomp my child’s life is being threatened, her very existence jeopardised. 

For 10 weeks and 4 days I’ve stood by, helpless, gagged and bound…  while this monster eyed her,  sniffed her, salivated over her and nibbled at her  playfully. Red greedy eyes, teeth made of yellow blades, purple lizard like skin, a true demon from hell.  This human eating monster has been breathing down our necks and laughing mercilessly at our fear.

Well… yesterday that demon was exorcised from my daughter’s body.  With skill and persistence it was cut out in its entirety (we hope). Although the surgeon himself, described the mass as “a nasty thing.”

The beast managed to devour only one ovary….  Leaving hope for my child’s child and a “normal” future.

There will be pathology reports to analyse and more chemo treatments, but for now, the man eating horror has been removed, we’ve won this battle.

How do I thank God and the  universe for this amazing gift? How do I repay to the countless individuals who’s prayers, power and optimism manifested this outcome?

Only love and time will tell

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  1. Oh Melissa, that is excellent news. Primarily of course that the bastard is out and the next phase of healing can begin, but also that Arielle is left with the possibility of fulfilling one of the dreams you talked about previously, still. It sounds like an excellent result at this stage. I am thrilled it went well and send all my best wishes to you and Arielle. She must be exhausted :(. Love of love and healing thoughts for her recovery over the coming days and weeks xxxx

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  2. Hi Mel, I’m catching up on your blog updates this morning.( I have been busier than a one-legged man in a kickboxing contest.) So, Arielle came through the surgery! Praise God! I am continuing my prayers for her that she needs little or no post chemo treatments. Whenever you feel helpless, just know that He is in control. And know that at this point you will begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Stay in the present. Love y’all.

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  3. The darkest night is often the bridge to the brightest tomorrow. J L Huie.
    Wishing Arielle a speedy recovery and her family a peace that surpasses all understanding. Never lose hope Melissa. God is good ALL the time!

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  4. How do you thank all for their prayers and love? You just live your life with love and joy and thanksgiving and watch Arielle enjoy her tomorrows – that’s how because that is what we were all praying for!!!


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