Goodbye Breast Cancer, Hello Faith
By Virginia J. Pillsbury
Lena Jordan was a nine year breast cancer survivor when she graced the October 2009 issue of HealthSource magazine.
When the cancer was confirmed Jordan remembers her reaction: “I crossed by legs, folded my arms and said to my doctor, ‘what are we going to do?’” Because it was an infiltrating carcinoma and had already veined out into the breast tissue, Jordan and her husband Wayne opted for a mastectomy, which she had in early November of 2000. She and her husband also decided that Jordan wouldn’t have reconstruction. While at first she hid her scars from her husband, one day he comforted her by saying, “You were in a battle for your life and those are your battle scars – they are nothing to be ashamed of.” Jordan says that her Christian faith helped her fight that battle. “I prayed that I would not be faint in spirit, mind or body,” says Jordan. HealthSource, October 2009
Jordan kept a journal – well, actually she filled seven journals, during her cancer treatment journey. “It was real therapy for me to do that and I wrote about the good and the horrible times,” she says today.
She met the right people along the way, and those journals are now a book “Goodbye Breast Cancer Hello Faith: Laughing when there is Nothing Funny.” It is a tribute to her faith in God over the last thirteen years. “This book is not about my cancer as much as it is about my faith in God,” says Jordan who says that she learned to “laugh in the storm and trust God to do the impossible in her life.”
Now a thirteen year survivor, Jordan continues to praise God, love her family and help other women diagnosed with breast cancer.