Discovering you have breast cancer does not always come in the form of a routine mammogram or finding a lump. Sometimes it is found in the most unsuspecting ways. As Angie discovered she had five tumors, after the decision to have breast augmentation, her plans for a perfect boob job changed to one of a bilateral mastectomy and her ovaries removed! Angie shares a very real and candid story of her diagnosis, surgeries and recovery, all while keeping focused on God. Todays views on faith and healing are not always those reflected in the Word of God. Angie creatively lays out this comparison for the reader at the start of each chapter. "Beyond My Boobs" will show you God’s true heart towards His children; all with a few laughs and tears.
After working on blogs for many years and being a fan of the gym, my life was thrown into a spiral with the words "Well, it's cancer." Not only did I want to share a more in-depth and personal version of my journey with friends and family, but also to reach those who may be going through it themselves and reassure them they are not alone. And so "Beyond My Boobs" was born.
Maybe you too have been diagnosed with cancer, learned your body won't move like it once did, and have had an overwhelming discovery you will be treated differently like me. Find peace in God's arms! I believe everyone can learn something from a survivor's story. Whether that be my story or yours. Don't be afraid to share!! If I reach one person and they fall in love with God for the first time or all over again, I have done what I set out to do. This book does not shove my faith in your face, but there is no denying how HE played a very important role in my household during this trying time.
Each chapter of BMB starts with the world's view on the chapter's subject and then compares it to the Word of God and what He says about that same matter. The most important thing I learned through all of this cancer crap, was that I needed to focus on God and not on my boobs. That there is life AFTER a radical mastectomy and reconstruction. Although I may not be able to do the things I once did, I came to realize I really don't want to. My goals have changed. My friends have changed (some left and some got stronger. I welcomed in a whole new world of survivors). And my heart has changed.
Turning in the heavy gym weights for a few pink pistols and a shooting range, I found a new sport which is now slowing turning into a Susan G. Komen fundraising event. I am so excited for this next "chapter" of my life.
If you know someone that could benefit from this story, please share the link. The book will be available in paperback as well. Hopefully that will be released by spring.
April 12th, 2014 will be THREE years since my diagnosis and taking on the name "Survivor." I can't wait to celebrate with a paperback book in one hand and a pink pistol in the other at the Tap, Rack and Cure event June 21, 2014.
Thank you so much for following along on my transformation to survivor with me. God Bless.
Happy New Year!
Excerpts from book:
#1: We curled up on the couch with my head in his lap and he read to me. I remember these times being some of the most precious ones. There was a newfound closeness between us. We had an unspoken bond between a husband and a wife that will never be replaced. We related to each other like never before. We leaned on the Word of God knowing that we were only listening to the facts the doctors were reporting. We would not say I HAD cancer. I was DIAGNOSED with cancer. I was going to FIGHT cancer. It brought me comfort to know it wasn’t mine. Jesus died on the cross and bore my sickness. Cancer was on Him, not me.
#2: Doctor Aitken pulled out my previous file folder with all my augmentation information and said, “Unfortunately, we won’t be needing any of this anymore. We have to go to Plan B. So everything we discussed prior about the augmentation you can just forget and let’s talk about where we go from here.” She then explained what my Plan B looked like. And once again, I was faced with a Plan B. I so wanted to go back and finish Plan A.
#3: A few days later I received an email from the staff at the Grand Rapids SGK office. They asked if I would be interested in doing a photo shoot for them, with a professional photographer, and have my story printed on their website. As I read the email I started to cry. I knew this was one of those doors God was starting to open for me. But I was also humbled that they would want to share my story. I didn’t feel like anyone special. I felt like I escaped the chemo and radiation and why would my story be inspirational to anyone? But the more I talked to them and we discussed my story, I came to realize that my story was one of Hope. My story was one of a new generation of survivors. That if found early, we could survive without the chemo.