Dealing With Disappointment?

Dealing With Disappointment?

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Me too!

As you may or may not know or remember, I was diagnosed with bilateral brain tumors in 2012. The good news was they were benign, meaning non-cancerous. The bad news was they weren’t benign, meaning harmless.

In fact, they’ve changed so many things, I don’t have time to list all my “issues.” But that’s not my point today—or maybe it is. I don’t know!

I had my last treatment more than a year ago, which means that whatever was going to happen should have happened by now. Meaning the treatment phase should be over, and it should be time to move to monitoring and learning to live with the new me.

To celebrate, my husband and I planned a trip to Europe in May. And by plan, I mean putting down deposits, buying airline tickets, getting organized and prepared. And then….

I woke up one morning and couldn’t hear—yet again. To clarify, I actually could hear some sound but everything was distorted to the point that I couldn’t make out the words! Anyway to make a long story short, I’m back on treatment and that means NO trip to Europe.

Talk about being disappointed—I was and I still am!!

I probably should be more worried about my health and my hearing, but I put those in God’s hand a long time ago. In return, He’s given me a supernatural peace and joy about them. It was a really good deal for me!

So now, I’m dealing with the disappointment of a cancel trip.

But I know God loves me and that He will work all things out for the good of those who love Him! (Romans 8:28) He promises that! And I believe Him! So since I believe that, I also know my disappointment is temporary.

We all have disappointments in life. And each time we face one, we have a choice.

It would be easy to be angry, upset, and frustrated, but really what good would that do? I still have to have the treatment. Still have to deal with the side effects of the treatment. Still can’t go to Europe. The only thing I would accomplish by focusing on the negative emotions is to create even more negative emotions.

I’ve fallen or, at least stumbled. But with God’s help, I’ll get back up and keep pressing forward—not quite yet. At the moment, I’m sad and disappointed. To pretend I’m not doesn’t seem like a healthy option. On the other hand, I have no intention of getting stuck in the quicksand of those negative emotions.

Proverbs 24: 16 says: For though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again.

And so shall I! Soon—very soon.

God Bless & Good Reading!


Lillian Duncan About Lillian Duncan

Lillian Duncan writes stories of faith mingled with murder & mayhem. She writes the type of books she loves to read—action-filled suspense with a touch of romance that demonstrates God’s love for all of us. Visit her website for more info.


  1. Lillian, May the Lord bless you with peace and strength during this time. And thank you for being transparent with us and encouraging by example!

  2. Ann Ellison says:

    Continuing to keep you in my prayers are you face the daily battles.

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