Cancer U-turn

2017-02-16T00:44:17+00:00 October 21st, 2016|Categories: Cancer, Testimony|Tags: , , |

One beautiful, sunny African afternoon, my life changed forever. For two years, I had asked my gynaecologist for a mammogram. For two years, he had told me it wasn't necessary. Finally another specialist sent me for a "routine mammogram and ultrasound" which turned out to not be as routine as I'd hoped. I had breast [...]

HELP!! I’ve got cancer and I’m cracking up!

2017-02-16T00:44:20+00:00 October 17th, 2016|Categories: Cancer, Overcoming Fear, Stress, Suffering, Testimony, Trials, Trusting God|Tags: , , , , , , , |

This is the desperate letter from my friend that started it all (used with her permission). Hi Aldyth This is just a very quick email to ask for your help. Since I have had the news of the cancer I am a wreck and in tears at the drop of a hat, which is definitely not [...]

Dear God, they say it’s cancer!

2017-12-08T11:00:43+00:00 October 10th, 2016|Categories: Cancer, Health, Hearing God, Overcoming Fear, Stress, Suffering, Testimony, Trials, Trusting God|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

I have lived in Ghana, Zambia and Burkina Faso for the last 12 years. We originally moved to Ghana because my husband accepted a position with a company there. Because we were going to Ghana, I went for a full medical check-up, which included a mammogram. To my horror, I found out that I had [...]

What I have learned on the cancer journey with my husband

2017-12-08T10:44:00+00:00 June 23rd, 2016|Categories: Cancer, Hard Times, Marriage, Overcoming Fear, Stress, Suffering|Tags: , , , , , |

I have been on a cancer journey with my husband for 8 years In fact, in the space of 10 days, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer, my wonderful father died, and my daughter lost a long awaited IVF pregnancy. It was a traumatic time. To his credit, my husband is a very determined man. [...]

4 truths to give you strength in weakness

2017-09-22T00:57:47+00:00 April 29th, 2016|Categories: Beauty for Ashes Speakers, Cancer, Hard Times, Suffering, Trials, Trusting God|Tags: , , , , |

That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions,  in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. —2 Corinthians 12:10 If you asked me the single greatest lesson I’ve learned over the past five, difficult years, this is what I’d say, at least in part: Life [...]

Candles in the dark

2017-09-22T00:58:50+00:00 March 31st, 2016|Categories: Cancer, Testimony|Tags: , , |

Many years ago, we took our three young children to see the famous Cango Caves in Oudtshoorn, South Africa. To show us what the cave must have looked like to the farmer who discovered them, the guide put out all the lights. That darkness was so thick I couldn’t see my hand in front of [...]

5 ways to face hard well

2017-06-01T01:28:23+00:00 March 4th, 2016|Categories: Cancer, Suffering, Testimony, Trials|Tags: , , , , |

Hard. It happens to all of us. Later I hope for most. But it comes. Hard comes in the form of miscarriages, cancer, babies with challenges they’ll face for life, loss of loved ones, accidents, lack of finance, relationships that come unglued. Hard, it can look different for each of us but it comes to [...]

Squiffles, the cross-eyed lion

2016-10-16T21:09:23+00:00 November 10th, 2014|Categories: Cancer|Tags: , |

It was a small, bean-bag lion. Through a haze of anaesthetic, I stared at its notable squint and crooked nose. What was I meant to do with this? “Fank you,” I muttered drunkenly. “Put it on my locker.” The night after surgery for cancer, I lay awake, trying to pray. It hurt too much to [...]

I’m still me!

2016-10-16T21:04:01+00:00 June 8th, 2014|Categories: Cancer, God's Love, God's Plans for us, Suffering, Testimony|Tags: , , |

I'm me. I once read of a little girl who, when she was asked how old she was, replied, "I'm me." "Yes, but how old are you?" "I'm me." When you think about it, the words of that little girl are actually quite profound. It didn't matter how many years she lived—she was still "Me". [...]

10 ways to help someone with cancer

2016-07-18T18:49:13+00:00 April 24th, 2014|Categories: Cancer, Christian Service|Tags: , , , |

My husband was diagnosed with cancer in February 2012. Since then he has undergone 18 chemo sessions, a stem cell transplant and radiation. I’ve read that 1 in 2 people will be affected by cancer in their lifetime so odds are someone close to you is receiving treatment. It is easy to feel helpless in [...]

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