|About the Book|
What do you do when you get the news you have invasive cancer? None of us probably really think about it. Even if we did, until it is experienced one does not know. There is nothing like finding out you or your spouse has cancer. The life of theMoreWhat do you do when you get the news you have invasive cancer? None of us probably really think about it. Even if we did, until it is experienced one does not know. There is nothing like finding out you or your spouse has cancer. The life of the couple changes then and there as the realization of ones mortality strikes deep in the heart.Why would you ever want to read this book? It sounds so sad. Yet it is life. There is much good mixed in with the bad. If you want to know how to serve and minister to a friend or relative who has cancer, this book will be a big help to you. When you understand what they are going through, you better know how to help effectively. If, God forbid, you ever have to deal with cancer yourself, you have a better understanding of what to expect. Each persons cancer is different, but the battles faced are very similar.This book is the true story about Vonnie and Mike Snyders battle with invasive breast cancer. Recounted from Mikes journal, it covers the physical, emotional and spiritual battles they encountered each step of the way.Ever wonder what it is like to go through chemotherapy? This book tells what it was like for Vonnie as she endured each treatment. It also details the fantastic new surgical procedure called DIEP that Vonnie had for her mastectomy and breast reconstruction.Vonnie and Mike learned to deal with bad news, fear, making difficult medical decisions and making each day count. Cancer can work to divide couples and destroy marriages. But Vonnie and Mike grew closer and closer as they faced the battles together. Though ending in Vonnies death, both Vonnie and Mike felt that their two year battle with cancer was the best two years of their marriage as they grew more deeply in love. It was the time when nothing else mattered in their relationship except facing each problem, decision and setback, as they drew together closer and closer. Old hurts that are below the surface in every marriage literally melted away as they faced cancer.While cancer is considered to be tragic, and it is, it can also reveal avenues for bring healing in relationships and discovering what few things are truly important in life. Nothing is held back in this book. Raw emotions are acknowledged and dealt with.The many invaluable life lessons learned about their personal relationship as husband and wife, and their relationship with God, are clearly expressed. Many miracles occurred throughout this story, but the most special ones are revealed in the last few chapters. Those miracles showed Gods very personal love in ways that could not have been imagined. They were very personal to Vonnie and Mike, and in such minute detail that it was clear to them that God knew them personally and loved them.This book will touch the reader very deeply to the heart.Mike included a list of things in the appendix of the book that summarizes the lessons learned about dealing with breast cancer. It could be a help to someone who is facing breast cancer.The value of friends and family cannot be understated. The Snyders learned that all the investment they made in others came back many times during their trials. The prayers of many carried them and their large family through difficult times. The meals, calls, emails, cards and monetary help that came in was very appreciated and provided much comfort.Several spiritual issues are dealt with in this book. Why didnt God heal Vonnie after so many prayers of faith? We dont know. But her battle with cancer and her death brought about changes in many peoples lives that would not have occurred otherwise. Much good has come out of the whole ordeal. It became very clear that Gods plan for our lives is much more important than our plans are.