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!)