In 2009, my husband, Steve, was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer. At the time, we had three young daughters between the ages of 10 and 4. The doctors gave him a year to live. In the blink of an eye, our world disintegrated. The almost 10 years that followed his diagnosis included numerous rounds of chemo, multiple radiation treatments and several long term stays in the hospital following complex surgeries. It was a heartbreaking season. Through it all, the loneliness, the helplessness, the anger, and the heartbreak, the Lord continued to send people into our lives that offered support and encouragement, allowing us to face each new day.
I knew this journey was meant to somehow use the experiences I had as a caregiver to encourage and support someone else walking a similar life-changing, life-stopping path. The biggest support I felt was from people who had walked where I now found myself walking, people who were further down the path than I was and could help me navigate my way. That is my heart for HERE Ministries, to remind you that you are not alone in this difficult season.