You got this!

Posted by Brenda Yoho
My best friend brought this to me this morning—one of the first things she said to me after my diagnosis. The date reflects the last radiation treatment for breast cancer! My diagnosis came on December 22, 2021. I am cancer-free today, but cancer will forever be a part of my life.

Facing fear is the first step. You gain courage, strength, and confidence with each experience. As you meet this journey with strength, faith, and support, you know as you continue, you will become strong. It would help if you were strong for others facing this same path, for family and friends who are unsure what to do to help. It is in the faces of those who serve and treat you who bare the most significant burden—rotating through so many patients in and out to provide them with all they can to make it the most comfortable for each one.

I received the best care from exceptional people! Always surround yourself with amazing people! On most days I checked in with Bobbie before heading to my locker to change.

My faith has always remained strong. In my life, I have faced many challenges, heartaches, illnesses, and deaths. God reminds us there is a season for everything. “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1

My friend Valarie gave this to me, and I carried it each day. A beautiful reminder to me of my faith, hope, and strength.

Encouragement helps each of us daily. We need it to keep going. I am blessed to receive it from many sources. It is so important to lift others daily. A friend of mine has advised me always to show up! I did my very best to show up each day to write, no matter how I felt. It is essential to be there for others consistently.

My daughter, sister, best friend, and spiritual sister took time to take me to treatments, talk to me daily, and pray with me each day. We started today with breakfast and drinks!
I had time to speak with my doctor Daniel H Barnett, MD, PhD. He was paged when we were doing the bell ringing and pictures. I was unable to get a picture with him, but we will meet again in 12 weeks. I can’t thank him as well as all of the others on this journey. I will continue to share more as I see all of them in May!
Let’s Ring the Bell!
Radiate Hope and my Angel come from the department. I also received the certificate signed by all of them about my completion of treatments. A neighbor makes the angel of one of the technicians. Such a special place!

My best friend Jeanette gave me a card that I share with all of those facing cancer and any health issues.

Blessings to each one of you! I am so thankful for so many and feel very blessed in my life. I praise God daily and know the path I travel is meant to provide for others. If you have gained something from this journey story, I hope you can help others rise, rise yourself, and to know: You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you. Philippians 4:11–13 is a little video.

"I only have 2 rules!"
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