Grace for Today

Updates and information for the caring community that is supporting Heather and Hana during cancer treatment. Be notified of updates during this time by submitting your email address.

  • Rest

    I loved being in worship with my congregation at Japanese Presbyterian this morning. The songs and spoken word resonated with themes of being loved and held in the midst of difficult things. It was an encouraging way to transition from work to medical leave and a time of healing.

    The next few weeks are full, but also intentionally planned to be restful and peaceful. Ocean and mountains. People and solitude. Movement and stillness. With a few pre-op appointments thrown in for good measure.

    Thank you for wanting to follow along and stand with me in hope as we navigate this next step of surgeries, treatment, and intervention. I’m grateful to have you by my side.

    Hope With Me:

    • For deep rest, lots of laughter, and thoughtful conversations over the next few weeks.
    • For the first surgery (lumpectomy and lymph node biopsy) to be successful in removing all the breast cancer with clear margins. (I am hoping for cancer-free lymph nodes as well!)
    • For peace during the waiting times—waiting for surgery, waiting for pathology reports, waiting for follow up appointments.

    Direct link to this update:

    Rest


  • A New Start

    Welcome to the new place to find updates about Heather’s cancer treatment and recovery. 

    First, a couple notes: The previous platform (posthope.org) was permanently shut down. Those updates are lost to cyberspace, but I believe all the donations made through the site were deposited into my account prior to the closure. If you have questions about this, please email me for clarification. 

    Many of you have asked how to support Hana and I during this time. I’ve created a short list of links under the heading “Ways You Can Help” and hope that gives you some tangible ideas. 

    If you want to subscribe and receive an email when I post an update, sign up for the personal update mailing list

    I will also end each post with a “Hope with Me” list. I am so grateful to be surrounded by a diverse and thoughtful community. Some of us pray, some send good mojo, some hold others in light, others know just the right words, or can offer a good laugh. One of the best ways to support us right now is to hold onto hope with us – in whatever way is authentic for you. I’m deeply grateful you are here, and walking with us. 

    Finally, a quick re-cap and health update: 

    On May 10th, I was diagnosed with ER/PR+, HER2- breast cancer. There’s a longer story to the cancer’s discovery that I will save for another post. In the days following the diagnosis, I received a myriad of scans and tests to figure out the nature of the tumor and the effect on my body’s wellbeing. In that process, they discovered three unfriendly masses in my thyroid. Two of them were biopsied, and one was determined to be highly suspicious. 

    The current treatment plan is for a lumpectomy with lymph node removal in July, reconstructive surgery in August, to be followed by thyroid surgery in late August or early September. The pathology of the tumor and lymph nodes will determine whether the next steps will involve both chemo and radiation. The oncologist will be designing treatment based on both the breast cancer and the final thyroid pathology.

    Hope with Me: 

    • This health challenge is renovating my life in some significant ways, starting with the need to slow down, rest, and learn to heal. Hope with me for an open heart to receive these lessons and let slower days be enough. 

    • That Hana and I would find ways to connect and play.

    • For this final week of work at my church before I begin medical leave – for good connections, and the wisdom to finish what needs to be done and let the rest go.

    Direct link to this update:

    A New Start


Ways You Can Help


➙ Check out the Hope With Me section at the end of each post

➙ Gift Cards to Amazon or Door Dash to help
with groceries and meals

➙ To make a tax-deductible donation to Heather’s medical expenses, you can go to her page at HelpHopeLive.org

➙ If you want to contribute to non-medical expenses, or have another way you want to offer help, please email Heather and her communication team at Heatherane2024 @ gmail.com

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