Life Reconstructed accepts submissions from guest bloggers. If you are interested in writing on a topic related to cancer, mastectomies and/or breast reconstruction please contact me at for more information. If accepted, your name and bio will be added to the following list.

Guest Bloggers


Jane DeShaw

Jane DeShaw, a former college science textbook editor, now pursues her love of playing with words. She has had works published in Julien’s Journal and the Dubuque Area Writers Guild Gallery.  She is an empty nester, residing in Dyersville, Iowa, with her husband and a diva cat who grudgingly allows them to live with her.








Shirley Corder

Shirley Corder is a retired registered nurse, pastor’s wife, cancer survivor, and author. She lives near the sea in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, with her husband Rob. Published internationally, Shirley is the author of “Strength Renewed: Meditations for your Journey through Breast Cancer” (Revell/Baker 2012) and is contributing author to eleven other books to date. She is currently producing a series of eBooks on women in the Bible who are seen under the shadow of another person or location. She plans to convert these to print in the coming year.


Rise and Soar – for inspiration and encouragement during cancer.

Write to Inspire – for inspiration and encouragement for writers and readers.

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Dee Dee Parker

Award-winning Appalachian writer Dee Dee Parker infuses wisps of Southern grace throughout her writing. Recent First Place winner in Southern Writers Magazine’s Short Story Contest, she has also contributed articles to Chicken Soup for the SoulChristian Devotions US, Almost an AuthorInspire a Fire, and Focus on the Family’s Clubhouse Jr. Magazine. Proceeds from her children’s book, Josie Jo’s Got to Know, benefit breast cancer research.


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Cathy Baker

Cathy Baker is an award-winning writer and author of Pauses for the Vacationing Soul: A Sensory-Based Devotional Guide for the Beach as well as Pauses for the Vacationing Soul: A Sensory-Based Devotional Guide for the Mountains. As a twenty-five year veteran Bible instructor, she’s led hundreds of studies and workshops. She’s also contributed to numerous anthologies and publications, including Chicken Soup for the SoulThe Upper Room, and Focus on the Family’s Thriving Family. In addition, her poetry can be found in several popular anthologies. She and her husband, Brian, live in the foothills of the Carolinas where she one day hopes to have her very own Goldendoodle.


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18 thoughts on “Guest Bloggers

  1. Hello Kim,
    I just read your guest blog post on Ironic Mom and laughed out loud while reading. I too am a mom of three boys and a very handsome hubby who each give me plenty of material for blog posts. Most importantly, I too am a daughter of the King of Kings. I look forward to reading your Christian Devotions. Thanks for using your gifts and glorifying our Father!

    1. Thank you! It’s so nice to “‘meet” mom’s of boys who have a similar mindset to me. Love them well and let them be boys! They are so completely different from me, and I am so thankful to have this front row seat in their lives. And being in the front row includes a lot of talk about body noises and body parts 😉

  2. I knew a Kim Harms who lived in Indy at one time and worked for tourism. Are you the one? I saw your post on TWV and found you here. You’re talented at a young age! I was just starting at your age. Go for it! I didn’t know TCW was still around– online only?

    1. It’s not me. I was born and raised in Iowa. It’s -30 with the wind chill here today though, so I wouldn’t mind taking off for a little trip to Indy 🙂
      Thanks so much for the compliment. TCW is primarily online. If I remember right, they still produce two print copies per year.
      I see that you are a WWII writer. I love historical fiction from that time period, and I just read Louie Zamperini’s story in Unbroken and couldn’t put the thing down. It’s fascinating to me.

  3. If you like WWII hist fic, you need to join a FB group that specializes in that. Sarah Sundin is a big Christian author of those novels as is Cara Putnam. I think they’re in charge of the group that is named WWII Fiction Authors & Readers. I love interviewing the ppl who fought for our country then. My blog: i barely have time to work on it but will try to be updating it more often.

  4. Hi Kim, Thank you for sharing your.devotion in the Upper Room. You made the little things so big. Love your eye opening thoughts. Blessings for your.ministry as a writer.

  5. Hi Kim! I discovered you from TCW and loved your articles. I have really enjoyed reading your posts here and feel blessed by your writing, insight, and experiences! Is there any way I could connect with you via email? May the Lord continue to use your gifts to encourage others! Blessings

  6. Hi Kim, thanks so much for sharing your article on public schooling as a Christian. I’m a Christian mum in Australia and we are getting ready to send our eldest Son Lewis to big school next year. We have prayed n prayed about the decision and felt Gid confirmed the public school up the road…but I’m starting to doubt and am stressing about the bad influences he may encounter..your article helped. I need to trust where Hes led so far and if He wants something different He will tell us. So thanks its been a blessing. Any other tips to help us with the transition would be great and prayer too. Thanks, Melissa

    1. Thanks for sharing that with me Melissa. We now have two teenagers and a 9-year-old in public school. I know no two schools are the same, but we have (for the most part) had a really good public school experience. I don’t know how the school system works in Australia, but during the early school years, I was able to volunteer in my boys’ classes twice per month. It gave me an inside look at the classroom and allowed me to get to know their teachers. I pray that your public school experience is a good one.

  7. Kim, can I order 2 pillows for support , I’m going to have mastectomy probably ist week of april. If not. That’s okay, thank you for your blog.

  8. This is many years after the event, but I just had to say, THANK YOU for sharing this encouraging post. You have a lovely family, and they’ve obviously supported you through the horrible journey of cancer. They are no doubt pretty much grown up now. My kids that saw me through my cancer are now all parents themselves. The eldest has a daughter of 24. Yikes! I’ve just reread your testimony on my site and I love it. I think it’s time for a sequel. Are you up to it? Kim Harms’ Testimony in 2016.

    1. Thank Shirl. I’d be happy to write a “sequel” for Rise and Soar. Just let me know if you have something specific in mind or just want me to choose a direction and go with it. 🙂

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