“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference”. The words of the serenity prayer have guided countless individuals through some of the toughest times in their lives. People turn to this prayer in times of grief, confusion, or in the case of Ronda Powell, unexpected illness.
After months of dealing with constant hip pains, fevers and dramatic weight-loss, at 22-years old, Phil Zielke was told he had stage 4 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
“I had just ran my first Chicago Marathon on October 12, 2009 and I was feeling pretty good about myself for that accomplishment,” Amanda Lyons recalled.
In leading non-profit organizations and dedicating her life to helping those in need, Rachel Hurst was able to find new growth after being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.
“Overall, my life changed the most when I found out that I was a lot stronger than what I thought I was,” said Sue Ebeltoft.
Sue Ebeltoft was diagnosed with stage 3 Hodgkin's Disease, otherwise known as Lymph Node Cancer, in 1999 at the age of 24.
Before her diagnosis of Hodgkin’s, Sue had been diagnosed with eczema, an itchy inflammation to the skin, and was told to “live with it”. After a year has passed since her eczema diagnosis, she soon discovered a lump under her arm that led to the diagnosis of Hodgkin’s Disease. Doctors performed multiple tests regarding the lump which led to the diagnosis on March 3, 1999- the same year Sue was planning her wedding for the upcoming April. She journeyed through 6 months of chemotherapy once every other week, followed by 20 days of...
At just 29 years old and with no family history of breast cancer, Rachel Boose was shocked when doctors found a tumor visible on her mammogram. She was sent for a second mammogram which confirmed her worst fears.
In times of fear and uncertainty, our true self comes out to guide us. For Sandy McDade, a 15-year breast cancer survivor, she found strength within herself that she never knew she had, providing insight into the person she is today.
“I was planning my life, where to go to college or where to go on spring break. When I was diagnosed with cancer, it was nothing I would ever expect.”
The most harrowing challenges can lead to the most unexpectedly rewarding pursuits. Heather Banks can attest to that.