Valerie’s Story

Site created on May 22, 2019

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Journal entry by Valerie Reading

There is such a difference between going through a difficult time alone or being surrounded and supported by friends and family.  At no other time in my life has this difference been so evident.  I am buoyed up above the waves by your love and prayers.  In gratitude, I seek to pass the encouragement on to others.  

Our words are powerful and hold to power to speak life or death into others.  Choose to speak boldly and lift one another up.  Celebrate each other’s victories.  Mourn with those who mourn, and laugh with those who laugh.  What a privilege to recently celebrate Nicole’s and Kim’s end of chemotherapy.  It’s a reminder that yes, there is an end to this road and to keep on looking forward.  Four more chemo treatments await me.  Twelve down, four to go...eyes focused on the goal line.  Yesterday, ten of us Breast Buddies gathered for lunch on a beautiful afternoon.  Brought together by breast cancer, we share stories of encouragement and healing.  We  share recipes, wardrobe tips, wig options, medical advice, laughter and prayer.  We are a powerful group.

In the last two months, I have been blessed by visits from family- Mom, aunt Marie, sister Diane, and daughter Kate.  The visits break up the monotony of week after week of chemo and it’s side effects.  As always, Bob is constantly by my side, ready to help with whatever is needed.  (Well, as long as it’s not cooking. 😉)  What a gift to be hugged and loved and cared for so well.  

Seeing people and being able to hug once again has been a huge blessing.  Most everyone I know has been vaccinated.  Thanks to the Lord’s perfect timing, the world has worn masks during these past months which protects me and my compromised immune system.  Now there’s a silver lining!

“Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up.”    Proverbs‬ ‭12:25‬ ‭

“So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.””   John‬ ‭13:34-35‬ ‭

“Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.”    Romans‬ ‭12:9-10‬ ‭

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