Pieces of the Puzzle

Two years ago today I was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer. In the past, this would have been a death sentence. As I look back over my life in the last twenty-four months, I am incredibly grateful. As I sit typing this blog, I am cancer free, just finished a nice six mile run, will spend some time working on my dissertation this afternoon, and later take my mother to a play this evening. I am blessed. My life has returned to normal and I only see my oncologist every three months for a blood test and a high five.

I am so incredibly grateful for the many wonderful people who cared for, supported, encouraged, inspired, carried, and prayed me through my battle with cancer. Many of which I didn’t know prior to having cancer. Survivors who told me their stories of hope and assured me life would get easier were an amazing source of strength when I was at my weakest. I remember meeting a young woman who approached me when I was in the last phase of chemotherapy; it was at a time when I was feeling pretty low and tired of the whole thing. I had gone with a friend to a park and this woman must have noticed my bald head under my baseball cap. She however, had the cutest short hairdo and was playing with her daughter on the swings and seemed to be having a wonderful day. She told me she was a breast cancer survivor and had since regained her life. The cute hairdo was regrowth after chemo and she once again had energy to chase her kids and enjoy her family. I was so encouraged by her story and by her willingness to share with it with a total stranger.

Now I get to carry on that work. We are surrounded by people who need encouragement. If you are a cancer survivor, you can share your story of hope.  If you have never had cancer, count your blessings and you can lend strength to those in the battle of their lives. We are all important pieces in this puzzle.

“He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.” 2 Corinthians 1:4

Heart Puzzle

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15 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kim Fredrickson
    Apr 27, 2014 @ 03:00:10

    Congratulations Erin! You have been a beacon of hope and comfort for so many, including me 🙂 I’m rejoicing with you!

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    • erinambrose
      Apr 27, 2014 @ 21:30:17

      Thank you Kim. I am so grateful for the support you have given me. While I wish I didn’t need to return the favor, I am glad to have been able to spread some hope. Love you!

      Reply

  2. Elyse Byrum
    Apr 27, 2014 @ 04:39:49

    I am so happy to hear this! You are so incredibly brave and am inspired by you. I love you! 🙂

    Reply

  3. mrayis
    Apr 27, 2014 @ 12:38:11

    Lovely. You are clearly an important piece of the puzzle.

    Reply

  4. a_seed
    Apr 27, 2014 @ 18:54:24

    Great encouragement Erin! I shared it with my friends, may be I should translate it into Chinese.

    Reply

  5. lifeofaministermom
    Apr 28, 2014 @ 00:21:32

    So happy for you Erin!! Praise the Lord!!!

    God Bless,

    Patricia

    Reply

    • erinambrose
      Apr 29, 2014 @ 22:48:31

      Patricia,
      Thank you for your lovely comment, Patricia. I am praising our wonderful God for all he is and how he has touched my life. Thank you for rejoicing with me!
      Hugs~ Erin

      Reply

  6. Patty B
    Apr 28, 2014 @ 01:08:43

    Congratulations on being a 2 yr survivor – may you have many more years! You are indeed an encourager to many others going through cancer. Your story is a a perfect example of beauty out of ashes. God bless you!

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  7. That Cancer Chick
    Apr 30, 2014 @ 08:49:56

    Heartfelt congratulations on hitting the two year mark! That sense of achievement can feel overwhelming *hugs*

    Reply

  8. Carol
    May 02, 2014 @ 17:24:23

    Erin,

    I join you in praising our good God and Father for your amazing recovery and for your testimony throughout this trial.

    Carol

    Sent from Windows Mail

    Reply

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