Tag Archives: Cancer

How We Can Face the Hardest Things in Life

How We Can Face the Hardest Things in Life

January 17th, 2018 transformed our lives. It was the day I (Patrick) heard the word cancer. “Would you spell that for me?” I asked the nurse over the phone. My head was already spinning. Heart pounding. I scribbled a word that I had, until now, never heard before onto the only scrap piece of paper

Say Goodbye to The Pit of Family Pileups

Pileups happen. Especially in families. That’s what happened to mine. That’s what happened to Keith’s. That’s the nature of family. The ties are so close that the same cord that hangs one tangles all. They say alcoholism is a family disease, but it’s not the only one. Both of my girls experienced some second-hand effects from

Let Nothing Disturb You

“Let nothing disturb you, let nothing disturb you, let nothing disturb you,” I chanted in my head as I stepped out of the kitchen and into the garage to call my husband Rob with the news. “It’s in both lungs,” I uttered when he answered his office phone. “Okay,” he said, “I figured it was.”

When You Feel Like Giving Up

I felt like giving up when I heard the news of my husband’s cancer diagnosis almost three years ago. How would we go on? I didn’t want to walk through this. It was too much. And suffering never comes at the right time, does it? It’s true that hearing the “C” word is like being

Help My Little Faith

The consulting room finally stopped spinning, and I opened my eyes again. I felt numb, body and soul. I sat frozen in the metal chair, staring dully at the faded and picked blue carpet. We had arrived at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital just this morning knowing that we were likely facing something serious

One Choice Every Couple Should Make in Their Suffering

What is one choice every couple should make in the midst of their storm? It might sound like a simple question, but it is incredibly important. One of the most important choices we can make as a couple is to move toward community instead of away from it. The challenge for most of us is

No Weapon Formed Against Me Will Prosper

No weapon formed against you shall prosper. — Isaiah 54:17 NKJV When I was diagnosed with an aggressive cancer, my mind raced: What’s the treatment plan? How will my body respond? How quickly can I recover from chemotherapy? I resisted only one question: Why me? When crisis crashes into your life, it’s easy to ask

Cherish Today

Cherish Today

Stop Wishing for the Next Season of Life and Start Living Today’s Tell me if this sounds familiar. You’re seventeen years old, a senior in high school, and all anyone can ask you about is where you’re going to go to college and what you’re going to major in. You finally choose a college and

Relentless: A Prison

A God who is with you in your doubt ~ John Flavel, Late minister of the Gospel at Dartmouth It was my third trip to the airport in four days. And I had at least a half dozen more coming up in the days to follow. The day after traveling home from a conference and

You Get To

Learning to Treasure What You Didn’t Want Now eagerly desire the greater gifts. And yet I will show you the most excellent way. — 1 Corinthians 12:31 A deep breath and a huge, slow eye roll. That was my immediate reaction. A family member had just said to me, “You get to.” This was her

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