This past year I traveled to the south of France on what I thought would be my last big trip. Now this surprising woman inspires me to start thinking about that painting trip to Florence I thought I’d never be able to take. Kristin Johnson St. Goddard in Seattle takes hope and courage in the here and now to a whole new level as her life expands, one day at a time, from an 18 month prognosis into 18 fruitful years and counting. Even though her longevity is not the norm for stage 4 breast cancer, it shows what might be possible. Since her diagnosis she’s traveled to Italy, France, Belgium and England.
“Although her situation is unusual, it’s not unheard of,” said Dr. Len Lichtenfeld, Deputy Chief Medical Officer for American Cancer Society. “When we look at cancer in general, there are always circumstances where we see patients that do much better than we would’ve anticipated.”
Yes, she is unusual, and she is proof that no one can tell you how long you have to live — only God knows the hour.
All the days ordained for me
were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
“Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” Matthew 6:27