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Finding Hope for Your Journey through Breast Cancer: 60 Inspirational Readings Paperback – September 1, 2010
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From the Back Cover
Cancer isn't the last word. Hope is.
When you've been diagnosed with breast cancer and you're in the midst of hospital visits and treatments, you may wonder, Where is God? Where is his love and mercy? Yvonne Ortega knows how you feel--she's a breast cancer survivor herself. Through sixty inspirational readings, she walks alongside you with encouragement and compassion gleaned from God's Word.
There will be triumphs and setbacks in this journey from diagnosis to recovery. But Ortega reminds you that even when it looks like you are alone, God is there every step of the way.
"A wonderfully honest and uplifting book. Those who walk through the valley of the shadow of cancer no longer have to travel alone."--Donna Partow, author, Becoming the Woman I Want to Be
"Yvonne Ortega's honesty will create a bond with readers and encourage them to face their own pain and fear armed with the 'Hope Builders' from God's Word that sustained her."--Marlene Bagnull, author, My Turn to Care
"Boldly honest, marvelously comforting, and desperately needed. Yvonne Ortega clearly and unashamedly brings the struggles and, yes, the joys of surviving cancer to light."--Louise Bergmann DuMont, author, Faith-Dipped Chocolate
"This book can help women as they go through their experience with cancer, but it's equally helpful for families and caregivers."--Cecil Murphey, coauthor, 90 Minutes in Heaven
Yvonne Ortega is a certified domestic violence and abuse counselor and a breast cancer survivor. She lives in Virginia.
About the Author
Yvonne Ortega is an eight-year cancer survivor, a certified domestic violence and abuse counselor, and a member of the Virginia Board of Counseling. She lives in Virginia.
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This is what Yvonne Ortega believes, and she should know. Finding Hope for Your Journey through Breast Cancer is the 2nd edition of her excellent book of inspirational readings for those caught up in the cancer journey.
In Finding Hope for Your Journey through Breast Cancer, Yvonne Ortega reminds us that no matter how difficult life may become, God is always there. When cancer strikes, and you or those near to you face the roller coaster of treatment and side-effects, you will find encouragement and inspiration through the words of this book.
Each short chapter contains Scripture and a devotional message based on personal experience. Yvonne speaks from the heart, sharing her real feelings and reactions in a way that will cause you to say, "She understands."
As a cancer survivor myself, I wish this book had been around when I needed it. Well done Yvonne! Thank you for allowing me to share a little of the journey with you.
"I hope things go as expected."
"I hope things improve soon."
"I hope I find my way out of this mess some day."
We all hope for something, don't we? In fact, we pursue hope and cling to it with every breath, for after all, without it, why go on? People commit suicide because they ran out of hope. But the Bible talks about "the hope that doesn't disappoint," and that's the hope author and cancer survivor Yvonne Ortega refers to in her excellent book, "Finding Hope for Your Journey through Breast Cancer."
Now I know not everyone has breast cancer or even knows someone who does. If you do, then this book is exactly what you need. But if not, you (or someone you love) need a book to strengthen your grip on hope. This practical book of 60 inspirational readings by author and speaker Yvonne Ortega is just the ticket!
Each reading begins with a scripture and ends with a short prayer. The author writes with openness and honesty about her fears, disappointments and struggles along the way. She also opens up a full picture of how a cancer diagnosis can change your day to day routine of living. The readings show honest frustration with losses of independence due to physical limitations after surgery and during treatment but at the same time are balanced with growing thankfulness for the love and care that God surrounded her with from friends, family, co-workers and health care workers.
Yvonne Ortega has given cancer patients a great gift in the writing of this little book. I would highly recommend it as a gift to be given to anyone who is currently dealing with breast cancer, particularly those who are newly diagnosed.
Her book was written, not with the 20/20 hindsight that the passage of time allows but each devotional was penned right in the heat of battle. Yvonne takes the reader from the shock of the diagnosis, to the invasion of surgery, to the struggle to decide what treatment options to pursue, and finally, praise God, to recovery. Because she wrote each devotional right then, they convey the emotion, the desperation, and the sufficiency of God who walked with her every step of the way.
Over and over Yvonne, a single-again working woman, said yes to accepting her limitations, to overcoming pride and to asking for help and God supplied all her needs through friends and strangers alike. She said yes to letting her regularly cleaned house get cluttered. She said yes to wearing a surgical mask and gloves so that she could continue teaching during her treatment phase. She said yes to her emotions and allowed herself to cry, and this allowed friends, medical personnel, and fellow cancer warriors to embrace her and encourage her.
The things Yvonne learned through her journey through cancer have been proven true in her other journeys of suffering as well. After she recovered and was declared cancer free she lost both her mother and her only child unexpectedly within weeks of one another. The things that had helped during treatment -- Bible study, prayer, memory verses, a support group, praise and worship music, and a sense of humor -- continued to be the source of much comfort and healing.
On a trip to Alaska with her father after the loss of mother and son, Yvonne said another yes -- a big one. She said yes to enjoying life again. She also said yes to leaving her secure counselling job and to following the dream that God had placed in her heart many years earlier -- to be a writer and retreat speaker. God has taken Yvonne all over North America and beyond to speak and encourage and bring laughter and hope to people who experience loss. And boy does she have a resume! The school of hard knocks has prepared her well but God has redeemed it all and given her an infectious positive attitude coupled with the passion and drive to serve Him by serving others who need Him.