Friday, August 19, 2011

The Cancer Circle

Just about exactly a year ago, I was at the Surgicenter in Greenville, NC undergoing the final stage of the reconstruction process following my mastectomy.

Today, I’m headed there again. Same place. Same surgeon.

But different patient.

Steve, Sarah and I will be there today to support a woman in our church (she’s our bookkeeper and also active in music and drama ministries) who is having a mastectomy after a recent breast cancer diagnosis. Her daughter will also be there with her—a daughter who had the same surgery (by the same surgeon) about two years ago.

So. One mother/daughter cancer team will be there to bring hugs and prayers to another mother/daughter cancer team.

Our family had so many people support us during Sarah’s cancer treatment, and so many others support us during my recent cancer treatment—what a joy and a privilege it is to be able pay it forward, to be able team up with the next person and in line and say, “You’re not alone; we understand what you're going through and we'll be with you every step of the way.”

The cancer circle. What a tough and beautiful place to be.


I want to leave you today with something to make you smile; something that just makes me want to jump up and say, “Hooray!”

(But I’d probably pull something, so I won’t.)


(By the way, I didn’t take this photo. Although I wish I had!)

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Love Being A Nonny said...

Have you heard this Martina McBride song? It's called *I'm Gonna Love You Through It.* A song about cancer. Watch/listen

P.S. LOVE the picture!

Anonymous said...

I love this picture, it says it all! I also like the fact their mouths are open when they jump, my daughter loves these jumping pictures too and their mouths are always open! Fun!!

lesley said...

very cool picture!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Good Morning America had a segment with Martina McBride and breast cancer survivors. Her song says it all. I'm Gonna Love You Through It. Go Love them through it girls! xo Jodie

LeeAnne said...

What a fun picture!!! I can hardly wait to see more!

Anonymous said...

Sarah is the best jumper! She has both arms up and both legs behind her and her head is turned, all at the same time! I love the picture and they all look great, but Sarah is still the best.

Raleigh, NC

jenny said...

Love, love, LOVE the pic! Praying for your friend as well. God bless.

MaryH said...

Prayers for those you will minister to and support today.

P.S. The photo is WONDERFUL - Sarah is way off the ground - love all the expressions - brings a much needed smile today.

Guerrina said...

Oooo, I love this pic! Sarah rocked it!

Anonymous said...

know you were/are a great support team, that's for sure!

what a fun picture! i think Sarah should go out for cheerleading. what a super jump!

so, does this mean that N&M have all the professional photos now?

mrs pam

Rachel said...

oh my goodness - that picture is awesome!

I am so glad you are able to be there for your friend. That is one of my biggest fears - my mom getting cancer. My mom's sister died from it. I hope if it happens someday, we are blessed to have someone to help guide us through it.

Fran said...

Love the wedding picture of them all jumping, such beauty.

Katrina said...

I simply love the last picture :D And they are lovely at jumping :)

Danette said...

Love, love, love that wedding picture and how wonderful to go back to where you had been at one time before to help encourage someone else. Your words and merely your presence is like gold to them because your statement of "I understand" (usually unspoken) is true and they know that. I know one of the greatest joys of my life has become finding people on the net with the same rare disease and helping them through the tough parts. I think Christ has something to do with this :)

Katrina said...

Question: Does Sarah still have to go to checks and so on Duke since she is NED or is there no need for that anymore isnce she has been NED for 5 years? :)

LizW said...

Sarah wins for best jumper! What a great photo! Looking forward to seeing more wedding photos.

Ann Martin said...

Love the jumping picture!!! What a great idea--have not seen a picture like that before. Sure others will now copy the plan. Sorry we didn't ask about the pro wedding pictures but a 16th birthday took priority. Thanks for including us. Maybe next visit we can see the pictures.

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