What was the impact of my breast cancer journey when
diagnosed on September 17, 2011? I didn't wonder why me. Instead, I decided to
do whatever was asked of me: first, it was a port-a-cath placed surgically in
my chest, then a lumpectomy followed by four months of chemotherapy, a
mastectomy and 31 days of radiation.
What got me through and I hope may get you through your
journey was 2 Corinthians 1: 3-4 NIV: "Praise be the God and Father of our
Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who
comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble
with the comfort we ourselves have received from God." He walked with me
through all of my treatments and I drew much strength because of it.
I felt I wanted to give back after my cancer journey and now
volunteer at Saint Joseph's Hospital in Atlanta, Ga. I visit chemo
patients receiving treatment and serve them tea and cookies. I really enjoy
meeting patients and listening to their stories, trying to inspire them and provide
hope that they, too, can beat cancer.
A great book I found to be very hopeful and inspiring was
"An Uninvited Guest" by Jeana Floyd. The book is about one woman's
journey from cancer to hope. She is now a breast cancer survivor for over 20
years and a pastor's wife.
Wishing you many blessings in the days ahead!