Cancer Diagnosis

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This week, we received some devastating news…my Step-Mother was diagnosed with lung cancer. Twenty-five-years ago she underwent a mastectomy for breast cancer. So, it was especially a difficult pill to swallow again.

Starting in two weeks, she will need to complete six months of chemotherapy and radiation treatment.

As I try to digest this heavy announcement, I asked myself what can we do to help her along her journey. Here’s a couple ideas that came to mind:

  1. Pray – We’re praying for her healing as well as her strength/endurance during a long, difficult journey.
  2. Serve – We offered to run errands, clean the house, pay the bills, make meals, etc. while she and my dad focus on completing the treatment plan.

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Do you know someone who was diagnosed with cancer? If so, how did you help him/her through his/her journey? I’d love to hear about it. Please share with us.


5 thoughts on “Cancer Diagnosis

  1. SO sorry to hear this, Rebeccas. My sister-in-law also had lung cancer. For her, we all made sure we checked in regularly – visiting, emailing, calling, sending cards. I had my kids routinely draw pictures and make homemade cards for her. I think she loved getting doses of sunshine in her mailbox and would display them on her mantel.


  2. Barbs Gmail

    Hi Rebecca:

    So sorry to hear about your stepmom. Very shocking to hear such news!

    Close friends of ours recently got this news, too. One thing we did was take them to TLC for the pastor’s to pray and anoint them with oil. They do this on Thursdays at noon by appointment. Carrie Clark is who you would call to get on the schedule.

    Our friends were new Christians at the time and were a bit skeptical but I went with them and helped them tell their story and introduced them to the pastors I knew. Also, Carrie arranged for Sunshine meals. I was the contact person for giving TLC progress reports and updated prayer needs for the weekly prayer bulletin. This spared my friends having to repeat things.

    I realize your stepmom may be out of the area but perhaps a church in their community would offer similar support if they are open to it. Our friends REALLY felt uplifted and supported.

    Hope this helps and, again, I am so sorry.

    Barbara Taylor

    Sent from my iPad



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