When a woman you know faces cancer... Part 1

In August of 2014 I had my first mammogram. At my age I have several friends who have found spots, endured biopsies, and even one who has gotten the dreaded cancer diagnosis.

My ultrasound showed some areas of concern and I was called in for a follow-up ultra-sound.

The tears, the fears, and the prayers that followed gave way to waves of relief when I found out that the ultrasound allowed the technician to see that there was no further reason for concern.

Each year more than 250,000 women in the U.S. receive a breast cancer diagnosis.

Chances are there is at least one woman in your church undergoing treatment for breast cancer right now.

How can we love and encourage those women?

It can be hard to love and encourage someone going through something we haven’t experienced.

I was recently made aware of a free resource provided by Allstate: The Silver Lining Companion Guide, written by a cancer survivor.

The Silver Lining Companion Guide Cover (English)

You can download the guide for free here. The Guide is also available for pick-up at select Allstate agencies nationwide.

Allstate is on a mission to help every woman diagnosed with breast cancer by offering a free Silver Lining Companion Guide, helping them and their families through the experience unfortunately too many of us have to endure.

The Guide includes detailed lists of tips for before, during and after treatment. Based on her own personal experience, the author shares lists of questions to ask your doctor during various stages of treatment. I found her section on how to communicate with your children about cancer particularly sensitive and helpful. The author does not shy from give very personal and practical suggestions that may provide help/comfort.

Rebuilding one's life after cancer treatment takes much more time and work than one would imagine.

I do want you to be aware that this is not a “Christian” resource. But the author does encourage that one “seek spiritual support”. The emphasis is on the practical – dealing with doctor’s appointments, side effects, surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, and life after the cancer treatment.

I found reading this resource gave me much greater insight and understanding for what some of the women in my church have gone, are going, and will go through.

Read it for yourself and then prayerfully consider sharing this resource with women God places in your path that are undergoing treatment for breast cancer.

Next week I’ll share additional tips on what you, your team, and your church can do to encourage all of those in your community that are fighting and surviving cancer.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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