Fifteen years ago this week I walked out of my final chemo treatment after battling a very aggressive form of breast cancer. Although a bit nauseous, weak, bald and pale, I was alive. My second chance began that day, and I am forever grateful for this beautiful gift of life. In this week’s blog, I am sharing one of the ways I’m celebrating this momentous event and tremendous gift.
In July 2002 I walked out of the Rena Rowan Breast Center at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania with a grateful heart. I was now a cancer survivor. My children were so young at the time; Justin was 2, Lexi was 5 and Tyler was 6. Tyler and Lexi have very spotty recollections of that time (thankfully), and of course, Justin had none. However, I remember quite well how challenging it was to care for little ones while battling cancer. Even still, I recognized then and now that life is a beautiful gift that should be handled with care and cherished. As I began to heal, I also understood more than ever that every human life has purpose and meaning.
From that point of leaving the needles and chemo behind, I walked out of the cancer center knowing that life would never be the same. And it hasn’t been. My perspective is totally different. I am much more understanding and compassionate of the hardships that are a part of each human being’s experience. I see anew.
You too have certainly endured pain and hardship at some level. You too have shed tears of sorrow. You too have a profound meaningful purpose that is either already being shared with the world or you are searching for that “What’s next.” This week, I’m offering my friends and followers a little peak into what’s to come for those who are in the season of life that finds you asking the question, “What’s next?”
My third book, Take 21: Bursts of Quiet with God is just one of the results of realizing that with survivorship, there was a responsibility to serve, share with and encourage others in those times of struggle.
Take 21 has nothing to do with my experience with cancer, nor is it about overcoming a struggle. It is, instead an uplifting adventurous look at The Holy Bible and how this ancient manuscript is very applicable in our lives today. What began as a personal spiritual journey that wasn’t meant to be shared, is now encouraging others to pursue a more intimate relationship with the Divine Creator and his son, Jesus.
- It is for those who are searching for a deeper understanding of who God is.
- It is for those who may find themselves in a season of transition.
- It is for those seeking daily encouragement with a splash of adventure.
- It is for those who want to spice up or add a quiet time with the Master.
Beginning July 27, 2017 through August 2, 2017, Take 21: Bursts of Quiet with God will be available on Kindle for just $ .99. This is a one-time only sale. And here’s a super special offer, if you are one of the first 5 people to share about Take 21 on social media, I will gift you with the Kindle version of the book. So go ahead and connect with me on Facebook by clicking here to watch for the updates and share.
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I cannot wait to hear from you about your own spiritual adventures with Take 21: Bursts of Quiet with God. Please share your thoughts by reviewing the book on Amazon, I am super grateful to those who have already written reviews.
Cassandra Laymon, Author
Cassandra Laymon, Author of I Found Jesus in the Stock Market
Erica Ann Meloe, Physical Therapist
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