“YOU ARE NOT ALONE”
[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
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)
Sharon Rondeau has operated The Post & Email since April 2010, focusing on the Obama birth certificate investigation and other government corruption news. She has reported prolifically on constitutional violations within Tennessee’s prison and judicial systems.