I will never forget the day I got a call from my doctor’s office and the words “Jill, you have breast cancer” turned my world upside down. Suddenly, I was thrust into a new world filled with unfamiliar vocabulary and sometimes more questions than answers.

My guest Beth Wilmes has also had this experience. Beth took her experience walking through breast cancer and founded Faith Through Fire, a nonprofit that exists to reduce the fear and anxiety that breast cancer patients feel and replace it with hope and a path toward thriving. She is also an author and podcast host of Besties with Breasties Podcast.

In this episode, you’ll hear:

  • Beth’s journey through breast cancer
  • The physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual toll a diagnosis can have
  • Why support needs to be unobtrusive
  • And so much more…

This topic is one that I am deeply passionate about as a breast cancer survivor. Whether you have been diagnosed or not, the information in this conversation is so important for your own understanding and your ability to support others.

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My Key Takeaways:

1) A breast cancer diagnosis is emotionally, mentally, and physically taxing. This is just as much an emotional battle as it is a physical one! If you or someone you know has recently received a breast cancer diagnosis, you may experience fear, anxiety, and hopelessness, which can be terrifying. It’s important to have a solid support system to help you fight fear and receive encouragement.

2) Your life and priorities will begin to look different. After a cancer diagnosis, you begin to ask yourself, “What is really important?” Your priorities will shift and change; you may even find that you are no longer content with your job. This is completely normal. There is something about walking through breast cancer, or cancer of any kind, that causes you to rethink how you want to spend your time.

3) Support needs to be low-maintenance. As you have friends and family offering support, encouragement, and friendship, it’s important for them to understand that your energy will be limited. In order for you to accept and utilize support, it needs to be unobtrusive and low maintenance. You are in the thick of a difficult season that will likely last for a significant amount of time. Realistically, you won’t be able to actively maintain many of the relationships that you need during this season, so setting expectations can be valuable.

About Beth:

Beth Wilmes is a breast cancer survivor, founder of Faith Through Fire, author, and podcast host. She was diagnosed with breast cancer at the young age of 35 while she had a six, four, and one-year-old. Her nonprofit is dedicated to helping people get better instead of bitter after a breast cancer diagnosis. Beth likes camping, boating, and reading under a tree whenever possible.






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