October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Cancer in any form is devastating – for families as well as individuals. News of a malignancy often brings anger, anxiety and sorrow. It raises fears of the unknown, fears of mortality, fears of the side effects of treatment. “Why me?” “What if I never live to see my children grow up?” “Who will raise them in my absence and how?” “What if I cannot abide the chemotherapy?” “How will I leave a legacy?” are common apprehensions.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women, aside from skin cancer, and more than 2.3 million women in the United States alone are living with breast cancer diagnoses. Fortunately, organizations like the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month organization (www.nbcam.org), the American Cancer Society (www.cancer.org), AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation (www.astrazeneca.com), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (www.cdc.gov/cancer) the National Cancer Institute (www.cancer.gov) and many, many others provide information, updates and resources for dealing with this dread disease in all its forms.

Today, more than 20 years after the first National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in 1985, women and men can find support groups, learn about pathology reports, read the latest medical information, get help with medical and drug costs, and become fully informed about the disease as well as dealing with it logically and sensibly, not from overwhelming panic.

Breast cancer patients can also read the testimonials of women who have survived this terrifying malady.

The little book, An Uninvited Guest, chronicles Jeana Floyd’s journey from cancer to hope. “He sat in the waiting room during the [biopsy] procedure as the morning sun crept higher over the horizon,” Jeana writes of the day she and her husband, well-known pastor Ronnie Floyd, learned of the news. She continues, “When the doctor requested to see him privately, he knew something was going on. ‘Jeana has cancer.’

“When people talk about hearing ‘those three little words,’ most times they’re referring to a warm, fuzzy ‘I love you.’ Both messages are life-changing, but oh, they’re worlds apart in meaning.”

An Uninvited Guest expertly captures Jeana’s fears, especially about losing her hair and the struggle with finding a suitable wig. More importantly, Jeana journals openly about her struggles with trusting her God. Some days she’s grateful for His grace to endure this uninvited guest, thankful for reassurances from His Word, the Holy Bible. Other days Jeana weeps at the thought of another chemo treatment, is mad at her Lord, feels abandoned, pleads for courage to walk through the suffering, to accept God’s perfect will in the midst of her turmoil, to be filled with love instead of bitterness.

Jeana writes how God asked her to let go her agenda, her vision of a picture-perfect life while He never let go of her. “In letting God be God, letting Him hold me, and learning to lean on Him more deeply than ever, I found comfort in His provision for what my family and I needed…Humbling? Yes. But also very freeing amidst the highs and lows.” And Jeana shares hundreds of scripture verses to which she clung during her ordeal, the promises of her God who loves her unconditionally and unfailingly.

An Uninvited Guest by Jeana Floyd

An Uninvited Guest by Jeana Floyd

As you read An Uninvited Guest, be prepared for uncontrollable tears as well as shouts of joy about God’s miraculous work in Jeana’s life. You will come away certain there is a God in the midst of these uncertain times. You will know that as He was there for Jeana. he’s also there for me and for you.

When you’re finished with this quick read, pass it onto someone you know who’s struggling with breast cancer. Do it this month – during October – National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

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One Response to “October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month”

  1. Zona Says:

    Keep up the good work.

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