Breast Cancer is Not All Sadness

Breast cancer is yucky. If I could choose not to have it, I would give it up in a heartbeat. But it’s not all sadness and tears either.

  1. It’s chocolate covered strawberries for breakfast.IMG_20160128_082649443

  2. It’s playing hooky from school to go bowling and eat chocolate shakes.

  3. It’s love in the way of a magic blanket from my BFF. (Lewis has discovered the magic.)IMG_20160218_170032227

  4. It’s less about seeking the approval of people and more about leaning on my Savior.

  5. It’s a new recliner to recover in. (C and O have temporarily taken it over.)IMG_20160203_183907245

  6. It’s a college friend who has gone before me and become my mentor.

  7. It’s a husband who comes home in the middle of the day to give me a footrub.

  8. It’s a Valentine from a bunch of 8-year-olds.IMG_20160214_074421554

  9. It’s reading a book by the fire; burning through the stacks of wood from my dad.

  10. It’s getting to hear my baby boy say things like “If I went to Perfect Games when you had cancer, I would try to get a bunch of tickets and buy you a teddy bear.”


May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13

By KimHarms

Kim Harms is a freelance writer who lives in smalltown Iowa with her husband of 18 years and their three sons. She's a contributor at CT Women and has written for Guideposts, Chicken Soup for the Soul, Creation Illustrated and a variety of other publications. In 2016, Kim was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a bilateral mastectomy and breast reconstruction. This website chronicles her life after reconstruction and offers resources and encouragement to other women who are going through the reconstruction process.


  1. Your perspective, attitude and faith through this horrific journey are an inspiration to me… and I’m sure many others too. Thanks for sharing some of it with us. Praying for you and your family through this trying time.

  2. I love the teddy bear promise! Anna was 5 when I had cancer. She remarked rather candidly….”I’m sorry you got cancer, but at least I got to know you.” Oh the tears and laughter that we’ve shared over that one through the years! Hugs & prayers continue Kim!!

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