This was your first major book. What was
your inspiration for writing this story?
Yes, this was my first major book. I was inspired to
write this story because everyone kept telling me to
write it down! I had been
sending out e-mails to give people updates regarding my
illness, and many encouraged me to write a book. When
God provided an editor to help me
through the writing process, I knew it was what I was supposed
to be doing.
How did having cancer treatment affect you while writing
Well, because I took steroids with each
dose of chemo, I was wide awake that night following
chemo therapy. So
it was then that I wrote my book. Instead of getting worried
about the lack of sleep, I
turned my time into something productive…I wrote a book!
did it take you to write this book?
What was the most challenging part about writing
Getting past the facts into the feelings.
do you want your readers to learn from this book?
no matter what your life’s circumstances may be, you can always
trust in the Lord to see you through.
Just what is Inflammatory
Inflammatory Breast Cancer is the term
to describe the clinical observation of a woman with
a variety of symptoms, which may include rapid unusual increase in breast
redness, rash or blotchiness
on breast, persistent itching of breast or nipple, lump
or thickening of breast tissue, stabbing pain and /or soreness
of breast, feverish breast,
swelling of lymph nodes under the arm or above the collar
bone, dimpling or ridging of breast, flattening or retracting
of nipple and nipple discharge
or change in pigmented area around nipple. It’s a very uncommon
type of breast cancer in that it often presents itself
without a lump. In younger, denser breast tissue, it cannot be seen through
The best test for IBC is a skin biopsy.
For more information about Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC), please visit http://www.ibcresearch.org.
Where do you receive
your encouragement from?
Daily, I open up God’s Word and that is
where my hope comes from. God is my encourager through His Holy Spirit.
women are diagnosed
with breast cancer every day. What encouragement would you give her on
the first day?
Allow yourself permission to feel all the
feelings that come with the initial diagnosis. I tried
to keep death far away from my mind. I had many well-meaning
friends who came by to tell me their stories
of people they knew had cancer, but then they died! So
the first day, just get through it…one hour at a time. Your body
will react to such powerful news, and it doesn’t mean you lack faith
or anything else. So I encourage you to keep your eyes
fixed on the truth. You’re
still the same person you were 24 hours ago, before the
What are your plans now and does it include
writing more books?
Currently, I am working on another book
on “how to help” people
in their time of need. Unfortunately, I’m at a small roadblock due
to the chemoembolization I had done on my liver, and I’m unable
to do any writing at all. But that’s ok, because I know God will
give me time to write the next story.