Category Archives: Cancer Joy Secrets

Family Fun During Cancer

My girls were 6 and 10 when I was diagnosed with cancer.  I typically wore a bandana around the house.  On the few days I went to work, I wore my wig.  It was summer in Florida, and that wig … Continue reading

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Choosing to Laugh: At the Hospital, part 2

For example, my radiation team wrote on me with permanent marker almost every day. I decided, if I had to have permanent ink on my body, it better be purple. One technician searched, found and gave me my own purple … Continue reading

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Choosing to Laugh: At the Hospital

Fran DiGiacomo was my mentor in laughing at cancer itself with her book “I’d Rather Do Chemo Than Clean Out the Garage: Choosing Laughter Over Tears.”  Her humor was life-giving to me. Unlike me, writing to you from the recovery … Continue reading

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Joy In Cancer Secret Three: Laughter

Cancer isn’t funny.  Cancer is big, it’s bad, and it’s awful; but my God is bigger, He’s better, and He’s awesome.  God is able to give His children joy in the middle of horror. While you are in the Valley … Continue reading

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Creative Thanks During Cancer

What if tried and true words of thanks are blatantly inappropriate coming from a cancer patient? For example, “that tastes wonderful” doesn’t work when your taste buds are on vacation with your hair.  Dear friend with cancer, break out the … Continue reading

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Cancer Thankfulness Challenges (Gracious Receiver Part 2)

Saying thank you is normal common courtesy — except cancer is not normal.  Unexpected emotions can strike happy moments, catching you, and your friend, off guard.  I was surprised and a little embarrassed when I reacted poorly to the generosity … Continue reading

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Being a Gracious Receiver during Cancer, Part 1

My friend told me I was a gracious receiver. Really? Like most women, I find joy in my care of myself and my family. An offer of help made me admit my inability to fulfill “my” responsibilities, and sometimes I … Continue reading

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Philippians 4:8 Gratitude Graduate

Years ago, a friend was diagnosed with cancer, and I flipped right to my friends, Philippians 4:6-7.  That day, God brought my attention to Philippians 4:8 and showed me to use these words to think about her cancer diagnosis.  Sometimes you can’t, … Continue reading

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Joy in Cancer Secret Two: Thankfulness

The second secret to joy in the middle of cancer is thankfulness.  We’ll cover this in four parts: 1)    Seeing good in the middle 2)    Philippians 4:8 Gratitude Graduate 3)    Being a gracious receiver 4)    Creative thanks during chemo Seeing … Continue reading

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Cancer Praise Secret #3: Red Sea Praise

I love the Psalms. When I was in high school fighting PMS depression, I would pull out Psalms and use King David’s ladders out of depression. Those are the Psalms where he starts with, I paraphrase, “Nobody loves me, everybody … Continue reading

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