Week 3 of breast cancer radiation treatment is officially complete and I’m well into week 4. I’m in the home stretch of this journey. Yay! I’m definitely ready to move on to the next adventure God has for me. It’s been a long hard Summer.
Other than being extremely tired on a regular basis, I am also extremely thirsty on a regular basis. I once read that the first sign of dehydration is thirst.
I am a big advocate for drinking plenty of water. I drink a lot of it myself. The rule of thumb is to take your weight, divide it in half and drink that many ounces of water per day. I strictly adhere to that rule.
However, when I started radiation treatment that water drinking formula no longer worked for me. I found myself drying up. My mouth, skin, and eyes were all constantly dry. My throat was so dry it became hard to swallow at times. I was constantly needing moisture drops in my eyes and having to reapply lotion to my skin.
I don’t understand the science behind how radiation causes dryness but it does. My normal hydration routine was no longer working for me so I had to up my game. I have since significantly increased my water intake. Therefore, I have experienced little to no dry mouth, lubricated eyes, and less dry skin.
According to onemedical.com, the 6 benefits of staying hydrated are: prevents dry mouth, promotes cardiovascular health, keeps the body cool, helps muscles and joints work better, keeps skin supple, and cleanses the body – inside and out.
It’s just as important to keep our spirits hydrated as it is to keep our bodies hydrated. Without water, our bodies will dry up and fail to function properly. Likewise, without God’s word, our spirits will dry up becoming unable to function the way God intends. Several times in scripture, God’s word is referred to as water.
Ephesians 5:26-27 to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to Himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.
1 John 5:7-8 For there are three that testify: the Spirit, the water and the blood; and they three are in agreement.
The intake of God’s word, not just once a day but several times a day, by reading it, speaking it, and hearing it, will keep our spirits functioning properly and energized.
Drinking God’s word regularly will prevent our spirits from becoming a desert wasteland, keep our heart motives pure, our tempers from over-heating, and clean us and change us from the inside out; eliminating those things that are displeasing to the Lord.
When our spirits stay hydrated with God’s word, others will actually be able to see the results in our speech, attitudes, motives, and behavior.
Jeremiah 17:8 “They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”
What fruit? The fruit that is the evidence that God’s word and His Spirit are working in us.
Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
When our bodies are trying to heal we may need to increase our water intake. So it is with our spirits; when we are going through any type of crisis, we will most definitely need to increase our intake of God’s word. It’s essential to our survival and productivity.
Saturating myself with God’s word every morning and throughout every day has been extremely beneficial to me during radiation treatment. While laying on the treatment table, I have been able to recite scripture to myself quietly.
God’s word, in my heart and mind, flows out of my mouth, resulting in peace and increased faith. And it will do the same for you. All you have to do is drink it in.
So, lets not only keep our bodies hydrated but our spirits as well. Let’s be like a strong tree, planted beside constant flowing streams of God’s word; resulting in healthy roots that produce good fruit regardless of what comes our way.
Prayer for salvation: Dear God, I know I am a sinner, and I ask for Your forgiveness. I believe Jesus Christ is Your Son. I believe that He died for my sin and that You raised Him to life. I want to trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord, from this day forward. Guide my life and help me to do Your will. I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.