Posts Tagged ‘cancer’

Unshelter: Allowing our Kids a View Into Brokenness

  “ “Hey babe. How about a date night? We can make a nice meal. Light some candles. A minor lung procedure?” What? Who SAYS that? Who says that? My husband, Dan, said that. He had a “PleurX Drain,” placed in his lungs to help alleviate the fluid caused  by cancer as he lived out his final months at home. Yup. That was a date night. Me, a nursing school drop out, placing a drain… … Continue reading

5 Things to Say to Someone Who is Hurting

Well meaning people say the funniest things sometimes. I’ve experienced some loss. My Mom passed away when I was in my early 20s, my husband and father of my children died a few years ago, and my Dad a few months after that. My kids and I thought we’d move across the country for a fresh start last year, only to land in a new place with the same old problem: pain. We all get to… … Continue reading

Country Legend, Jo Dee Messina, Shares How Her Faith is Getting Her Through Cancer

Joy here and my friendship with Jo Dee Messina started unexpectedly. There was a voicemail on my office phone one day from a mom who said her kids simply wanted to come by and tour the station because they love the shows and music so much. We set up a time a month later because she was battling cancer and needed to come after her major surgery. Half way through the interview she starts to… … Continue reading

When Is the Last Time You Thought About Heaven?

How much do you think about Heaven? A lot? A little? Not at all? Whether your earthly life is close to it’s end or you have many decades still in front of you, I hope your thoughts turn often to Heaven because that eternal perspective lifts the weariness we all face. One of my dear friends who thought well and often of Heaven was named Melina. Melina was a dark-haired, dark-eyed beauty (think, full-blooded Italian… … Continue reading

Helping Kids Cope with Cancer in the Family

My children loved watching Mister Rogers Neighborhood on TV and if I’m honest, his quiet deliberate way of talking about life had a calming effect on me, too. The former Presbyterian pastor’s warm smile, compassionate heart and friendly puppets were convincing to viewers that he, indeed, did “like you just the way you are.” ​But in June of 1990, when I was 36 and our daughters 8, 10 and 12 were no longer Mister Rogers’… … Continue reading

Hear How This New Tenth Avenue North Song Was Inspired By A Battle With Cancer

Mike, Jason, and Jeff from Tenth Avenue North join me on Episode 31 of the More Than The Music Podcast to share the stories behind their album, “Followers.” Subscribe through iTunes | Subscribe through Google Play | Subscribe Using the RSS Feed Jeff (guitarist) shares how “I Have This Hope” was inspired by his sister-in-law’s battle with a rare cancer. My sister-in-law collapsed the day after Christmas and a couple weeks later… test after test after test… they finally… … Continue reading

This Guy Called on His Way to Find out Whether or Not He Had Cancer.

Rick’s call stuck with us. He called when he was on his way to find out if he had cancer or not, but sounded so hopeful in the midst of it. Wally followed up to see what happened next and reports back in this video.   Wally reported back, saying: “Sadly, it didn’t go the way Rick or any of us were hoping or praying. He has cancer. He mentioned WAY-FM was there for him… … Continue reading

Four Ways to Respond When Healing Doesn’t Happen

My husband’s sister died of breast cancer when she was just thirty-six. I was pragmatic about her diagnosis at first. I was a nursing student back then, and I knew the statistics: most people do survive cancer. At first, it seemed my sister-in-law would be a survivor. The cancer was treated and wiped out. But it came back, and then it metastasized. The blow of this was long and crushing, and it seemed to come… … Continue reading

5 Ways Cancer Blessed My Life

Eight years ago, at the age of thirty-five, with a wife and three young daughters, I heard words that inspire a whole different kind of fear: “Michael, I’m sorry but you have colon cancer.” Tests would show that it was stage III. I had a world of suffering to go through to beat that nasty monster. Multiple surgeries, chemo, an ileostomy, fatigue, depression, pain. A new kind of suffering. By the grace of God I… … Continue reading