Monday, March 28, 2011

The Day That Changed My Life - Faith

This week while doing my research on Faith and Cancer, I found an interesting article regarding a young pastor who is the leader of a mega-church in Flower Mound, Texas. What I found most fascinating was his approach to the diagnosis. It all began on Thanksgiving morning 2009, a day where families unite and share a day of giving thanks for all of their blessings. It was a normal morning for Matt Chandler. He woke up, got a cup of coffee, fed his six month old baby, burped her, placed her in the bouncy seat - then everything after that went blank. He had a violent seizure and was rushed to the hospital where he was diagnosed with Anaplastic oligodendroglioma, a malignant brain tumor.

Have you ever wondered how a pastor would handle being diagnosed with cancer? Would he still have the same strong convictions of his faith in the word and the God that he serves? Here you will see a few videos that will expose you to his journey. Will there be biblical references? Yes of course, but even more so he is open and clear with his journey. Let's follow this journey:

End of Year Report!

The journey is never easy. Each person has their own way of traveling through this rough path. Some rely on faith, some share their love for life while others may reach into their fierce spirit of fighting to survive to sustain them. If you or someone you know would love to share your journey with us please feel free to send it to

Monday, March 21, 2011

The Day That Changed My Life - Hope

A tough road ahead with high levels of uncertainty - comes with lung cancer. Lung cancer is one of the most common cancers in the world, an estimated 174,000 Americans are diagnosed each year. In fact, it is a leading cause of cancer death in men and women in the United States. It starts when abnormal cells grow out of control in the lungs. Smoking is often associated with lung cancer, but that is not always the case. In addition,it is quite difficult to detect since there usually are no signs or early symptoms. However, when they do appear, the symptoms include coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, and bloody mucus but at this point the lung cancer stage has advanced. Treatment for lung cancer can include surgery, chemotherapy, and /or radiation.

Listen to survivor, speaker, author of Help Me Live: 20 things people with cancer want you to know - Lori Hope

We haven't said it in a while but here goes Thank you all, we're growing with readers from around the world :-) We're so thrilled to have your support. Keep sharing the blog. Feel free to share your comments.

Monday, March 14, 2011

The Day That Changed My Life - Cancer & Pregnancy

The excitement of having a baby comes with it's own share of anxieties, hoping for a smooth pregnancy, safe delivery and a healthy baby. So the last thing anyone expects to hear is "you also have cancer." Each journey shared is different with ages/stages of life, yet the common theme shared is that there is still hope.

Crying, crazy thoughts, decisions, crippling fears, overwhelmed, depressed, uncertainty and so much more........ Normal emotions.

Anya Silver was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer, an uncommon and particularly aggressive type of cancer. According to the National Cancer Institute, inflammatory breast cancer accounts for 1 to 5 percent of all breast cancer cases in the United States. It tends to be diagnosed in younger women compared to non-IBC breast cancer. It occurs more frequently and at a younger age in African Americans than in Whites. Like other types of breast cancer, IBC can occur in men, but usually at an older age than in women. The symptoms include, redness, swelling, and warmth in the breast, often without a distinct lump in the breast. The redness and warmth are caused by cancer cells blocking the lymph vessels in the skin. The skin of the breast may also appear pink, reddish purple, or bruised.

Listen to Anya's journey:

Here's forty something year old Joan Dymand-Hintz's journey:

Lisa Peterson Bender & Ryan Bender share how the diagnosis affected their lives - their journey:

We're praying for a safe delivery for the Benders whose due date is on March 17th!!!

Monday, March 7, 2011

The Day That Changed My Life - Sex after Cancer

So many other things to think about during the most difficult transition of your life. First, you're just trying to make it through this, you just want to survive. Many relationships suffer due to the uncertainty of the outcome of this period. Mood swings, depression, the daily regimen, etc., may even cause a couple to breakup.

However, perhaps after completing the treatments, the thought of resuming things you enjoyed before the diagnosis comes to your mind. Depending on the kind of cancer, you may have lost your hair, breast/s, etc., and furthermore, you're not fully adjusted to the new changes. This is the time to go at your own pace. You may even need to go for counseling or attend a support group.

One things for sure, you are not alone - listen to their journeys:

A Fun Couple - The Alterowitz's

Medical Expert - Dr. Jacques Moritz