Have you been touched by cancer? Maybe not you personally, but a close friend or family member? Then this series is for you. In honor of a dear friend of mine who was diagnosed with colon cancer earlier this year, I dedicate this small space of the internet to spreading hope and compassion in the face of a terrible disease. Hope for prevention and treatment, and compassion for those suffering. Please share the posts in this series with anyone you know who has been touched by cancer.
I was so saddened when I read of the loss that you, my readers, have experienced at the hands of cancer. It intensified my desire to move forward with this series in the hopes that future generations can be spared the devastation. And since I personally know nothing about cancer other than what I have learned vicariously through my friend’s experience, I have asked a couple of my fellow bloggers who are more knowledgeable than I to share their expertise.
Mary from The Encouraging Home, who has personally dealt with cancer in her own immediate family, will be sharing with us how to deal with the side effects of conventional cancer treatments. Most people will choose surgery and chemotherapy, but the side effects of those treatments can seem worse than the disease itself. Mary will teach us how to deal with those side effects using natural methods that will also hopefully counter-effect the damage of the treatments.
Jill from Jill’s Home Remedies will be sharing with us things we can do in an effort to prevent cancer. (Many experts suggest that cancer is largely preventable with a few important lifestyle changes.) As an herbalist, Jill has much wisdom to offer in the realm of prevention and natural treatment of disease.
And if you are interested in natural treatment options for cancer, I will be compiling a list of excellent trustworthy resources for your information.
In discussing this topic of cancer (or any debilitating or terminal illness) with friends of mine, they all expressed one huge concern: “What do I do when someone I love is diagnosed?” We all want to help our friends and family in anyway we can, but when we have no prior experience with something so big and huge and life-changing, we feel a little stymied as to how we can best be an encouragement and support. This is one area I feel qualified to write about, especially since I took the opportunity to ask my friend what has been most helpful to her since her diagnosis. I will be kicking off the series with a post that will give you the confidence and tools you need to encourage and bless your loved ones who have been diagnosed.
I would also love to take the time to mention my sponsor for this series, Crystal from Survivors Collection, an Etsy shop that specializes in cancer awareness jewelry and wine charms. Crystal, a cancer survivor herself, also created a website, Faith Hope Cure, that is dedicated to all those who have been touched by cancer. Please check out their products and share their encouraging website with anyone you know who might benefit from it.
And even if you don’t currently know anyone struggling with the disease, I believe this series will be very helpful for you, and I encourage you to subscribe, read along, and share, because I have learned to my sorrow that eventually… you will be touched by cancer.