The Dream Gains a Name

Originally published in 2012. Updated in February, 2018

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Vereaux Eagles

During my rigorous months of chemotherapy, one of my favourite haunts was the Walter Sisulu Botanical Garden not far from our home in Krugersdorp, South Africa. There we would sit and watch for the appearance of one or both of the Vereaux’s eagles that nested high on a cliff overlooking a rocky valley. I would marvel at their ability to rise and soar across the valley until they were mere specks in the sky. How I wished I could rise and soar over the valley of cancer.

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Two Things Cancer Doesn’t Change

Originally written in 2014. Updated March, 2018.

How old are you?

I recently read an excellent blog post about a little girl who, when she’s asked how old she is, replies, “I’m me.” 

Unfortunately I don’t know the author. (If you do, please let me know so I can credit her accordingly.) But I do know this little doll on the left. She’s my first grandchild! Twenty something years ago!

Isn’t she adorable? read more

Read Right!

What to read?

If you’re fighting cancer (or any other life-threatening situation) look for, and read, as many positive books you can find. If you have cancer, especially look for life stories of survivors. 

Don’t read:

Don’t read books of instructions, with their do’s and don’t’s. You’ll get enough of those from your medical staff and visitors. Look for light reading which will encourage you in your fight against cancer. 

Three books you may find helpful are:

  • The Bigger the Hair, the Closer to God: Unleashing the Cute, Witty, Delightful, Intelligent, Passionate by Sue Buchanan. This book contains a message of hope, survival, and God’s faithfulness, in which the Sue Buchanan encourages her readers to take control of their thinking and move on to a more enriched life.
  • When God and Cancer Meet: True Stories of Hope and Healing by Lyn Eibb. This book contains powerful stories about various cancer patients and their families, and how they have been touched by God in miraculous ways.
  • Spinning Straw into Gold: Your Emotional Recovery from Breast Cancer by Ronnie Kaye. I found this uplifting guidebook amazing. Although it was written in 1991, it is still around today. Through her personal story, this psychotherapist helps women deal with the emotional crisis of cancer and makes insightful suggestions toward recovery. I personally found this very helpful during my time of treatment.3D-Women-Flying-SR

and of course you don’t want to be without

Strength Renewed,
Meditations for Your Journey through Breast Cancer!

Read more about this book here. 

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Strength Renewed – The Book

Strength Renewed

Meditations for Your Journey through Breast Cancer 


About the Book

Nothing can sap a person’s strength and hope quite like a cancer diagnosis–unless it is the energy-stealing chemotherapy and surgeries faced in the fight against cancer. But one can find hope and strength in the pages of Scripture and in the experience of someone who has been there.

Strength Renewed is an encouraging daily devotional for those living in the valley of cancer. Meditations combine Scripture and stories from the author’s own experience. They can be read in sequential order to move the reader through a typical cancer journey from diagnosis through treatment. 


Each devotion also stands on its own, so readers can go directly to the entry that speaks to their need. Each meditation concludes with a short prayer and a Scripture verse for encouragement.

Available wherever good books are sold, in print format or in all the e-reader formats.

You can preview the first chapters of this book, or purchase it direct from this page. Click on the relevant tabs below the image.

If you enjoy the book, I’d love it if you’d leave a book review on Amazon, Goodreads, or anywhere that stocks the book. Thank you!

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