10 Cancer Resources for You or A Friend

It was three years ago this week 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’m posting 10 links to some of the most popular blog posts written during my cancer journey.

The Practical Posts:
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

The “Keeping Your Eyes on Jesus” Posts:
Seven Reasons Why I Have Hope In The Hardship
Eight Promises You Can Count On In A Crisis

The “Feelings” Posts
Cancer Humor
When Mom Is Sick
Dear Cancer…Thank You (my son’s blog post)
An Open Letter To A Woman Who Has Breast Cancer
An Open Letter To A Woman Who Doesn’t Have Breast Cancer

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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