Reader Sends Heartfelt Letter to Evangelist, Cancer Patient Anne Graham Lotz


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[Editor’s Note:  The following letter was sent to evangelist Anne Graham Lotz, Franklin Graham’s sister and a daughter of the late evangelist Billy Graham.  Lotz was diagnosed with breast cancer last month for which she underwent surgery on Wednesday.  Well-wishers may contact her through her website.]

September 17, 2018

Dear Anne,

          I know we have never met; however, we share the friendship and love of our Savior and the experience of cancer.  I want to share some of my experiences with cancer with you to hopefully give you some victorious thoughts about my time with it.  This is not simply an optimistic comment, but having had two bouts with breast cancer I have a heart for women who have had to go through any form of this disease.

          Anne, I was an RN and worked on medical-surgical units most of my career.  There were plenty of oncology patients and I always thought there were too many.  After I retired in 2004, I saw that so many of my friends had this dreadful disease.  About 1/3 of my nursing class has suffered from cancer too.  It seemed to be everywhere.  Then, in 2010, I was diagnosed with breast cancer on my husband and my 40th wedding anniversary.  I went through surgery for a lumpectomy (which included removal of 13 lymph nodes), 33 rounds of radiation, and 5 ½ years on Femora, a pill to reduce the chances of the cancer returning.  I thought it was over.

          In May of this year a routine mammogram disclosed cancer in the other breast.  Another lumpectomy, 20 rounds of radiation, and another kind of pill (Tamoxifen) followed this diagnosis.

          Anne, I am telling you all of this so that you know you are not alone.  I am a survivor and you will be too.  This is a tough fight for all of us.  I know your family is on your side, but thousands of people, cancer societies, the medical profession, pharmaceuticals, and I are also.  I pray daily for any and all people who are fighting this challenge.  It is second only to heart disease as a killer of Americans; about 9 million Americans die every year of various forms of cancer.  It is sometimes disheartening to look at numbers, but it is better to know that two-thirds of us survive the attack of this scourge.  I’m convinced that following good medical advice and the prayers of my friends and family who have supported me through this life conflict have carried me through so far.

          Please don’t ever give up or get discouraged.  Please consider joining a support group, lean on prayer, and rely on the Almighty.  It is so easy to dip into the negatives, but if 2/3rds of the people including me can beat this you can too.

          If you would like to talk to someone who has been there and cares, please feel free to call me at our home phone, (xxx) xxx-xxxx.  Your sister in this trial,

Emily (last name withheld)

One Response to "Reader Sends Heartfelt Letter to Evangelist, Cancer Patient Anne Graham Lotz"

  1. Stephen Hiller   Thursday, September 20, 2018 at 1:46 PM

    From one survivor to another, the “big C” does not have to be death sentence. Back in 1995 I was given six months to live but they never told me “which” six months. I had surgery for melanoma, Clark’s level 4 – I think it’s 5 that kills you. I was an experiment at University Hospital in Denver for interferon, not then approved by the beloved FDA. I have since found out, thru a lot of research, that cancer thrives in an acidic environment (typical American diet) and dies in alkaline (i.e. calcium). Since my initial diagnosis, I have had several more surgeries, some minor nitrogen burnoffs for skin lesions, and just keep an eye on it. If you drive a Honda, you will be amazed at all the other Hondas on the road … if you don’t drive a Honda, you’ll never notice them. Stub your toe, but don’t associate that pain with cancer. Everything is not cancer.

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