It was seven years ago next month that I heard the words,
“You have breast cancer.”
One simple phone call turned my world upside-down as words like lumpectomy, mastectomy, radiation, and chemotherapy forced their way into my well-ordered world.
My cancer was caught early on a routine mammogram. If you’re one of my female readers, I implore you to do a breast self-exam. If breast cancer runs in the family or if you’re over the age of 40, schedule your mammogram. Today. Right now. Before you even finish reading this post.
Yes, it’s that important.
You may be walking through a tough cancer journey yourself or you may know someone who is so today I want to share with you a free Summit you can get in on October 13-16 as well as ten links to some of the most popular blog posts written during my cancer journey.
You can find the practical posts here:
The Value of Nose Hair and Other Things You Might Not Know About Cancer Treatment
Five Things You May Not Know About Radiation Treatments
How To Be Jesus With Skin On
My cancer “journal” was kept on CaringBridge and is still providing insight into the journey for others who are dealing with a diagnosis. Feel free to share that link with someone who needs to know they’re not alone.
I’m often asked how to help a friend who’s received a cancer diagnosis. The “Jesus With Skin On” post (above) offers very practical, tangible ways to help. But more important than anything else is simply being present. No fixes. Just sitting in the middle of the muddle together.
Today I’m celebrating three years of being cancer free. If my pain, my experience, and my transparency can help someone else, God will have surely redeemed it for His purposes.
He’s in the habit of doing that, you know.
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