• Unexpected Blessings from Cancer

    Purpose in Pain

    We’ve all heard the saying, there’s no gain without pain. Henry Ward Beecher takes it a little deeper: “Troubles are often the tools by which God fashions us for better things.” The Bible describes numerous instances involving pain or discomfort.…

  • Unexpected Blessings from Cancer

    The Gift of Pain

    “Pain – the gift nobody longs for, still it comes.” The lyrics recorded by singer Greg Long years ago stir up questions. Gift? Pain – a gift? Is that possible? Dr. Paul Brand says it is. He regards physical pain…

  • Unexpected Blessings from Cancer

    Lightning Bug Love

    The inside message on the Valentine’s Day card was simple and sweet. However, the message on the outside of the card received much more of my attention. No catchy rhyme or thought-provoking poem. No sugar-coated phrase or scripture reference on…

  • Unexpected Blessings from Cancer

    Dare to Dream

    Dreams are defined as a “cherished aspiration or ambition.” We love to dream about brighter days, adventurous times, and richer lives. Dreams motivate us to be a better person, strive for higher goals or work towards long-awaited desires. The dream…

  • Unexpected Blessings from Cancer

    Wearing the Label

    October is Breast Cancer Awareness month which causes me to reflect upon my own experiences as well as be cognizant of the importance of breast cancer awareness. Recently I was telling someone about how it seemed unlikely sixteen years ago…

  • Unexpected Blessings from Cancer

    A Time To Live

    I confess in the very first sentence of this blog that I hesitated to write on the topic of time. We’ve all heard cancer survivors say how precious time becomes to them after being diagnosed with cancer. As a survivor,…