Bea, Edna, and Betty

By May 13, 2012Cancer & Faith

This post was written by Cindy Hamilton as she shares her breast cancer journey with us. Please say a prayer for her today.

Update from Cindy Hamilton: She was sitting quietly in the waiting room when I arrived last Monday.  I smiled at her when I sat down. “How did you make it last week?” I asked.  She had sat beside me the previous week as she received her first chemo treatment.  “I made it OK—not too bad.”  She proceeded to tell me about a few of her aches and pains as if we had been friends forever.  Her tooth ached, and she didn’t know how to handle it.  “Probably because I’ve been chewing that nicotine gum in order to stop those cigarettes. “  Bea has lung cancer.  Chemo will do that to you.  We are thrown into a sisterhood whose membership is based on cancer and it’s antidotes—God and chemo.

An hour and a half later, I was situated in my recliner ready to receive my 8th Healing Drip.  Across from me, two ladies sat side by side.  One of them (Betty) was trying to cover the other one (Edna) up with her blanket.  Edna was this precious little black lady.  Her head was covered with a bright turquoise turban.  She was freezing.  “I’m always cold,” she explained as she peeked at me through her glasses behind the skimpy blanket.  Betty asked the nurse if she could get another blanket for Edna.  It seemed there was none available, so I asked Edna if she would like to use my shawl.  A friend had just given it to me. “It’s a prayer shawl,” I explained.  “My friend, Ginny, crocheted this shawl, praying with every stitch.  She would love for me to share the shawl and the prayers with you.” Both Edna’s and Betty’s faces lit up.  Betty said, “Isn’t that just like God, to sit all of us together!”  Betty was as enthusiastic and talkative as Edna was quiet.  She was bubbling with the need to talk about her God.  She would grasp her hands together and look up to heaven, telling us how good her God was to her.  She did not stop talking the entire hour and a half that I was there.  Cancer had not dulled her spirit or her enthusiasm for life.  “Isn’t it great that we can talk like this?” she said.  “It makes the time go by so much faster!” Betty was a hoot!

 How grateful I am that God has given me these precious people!  We have unwittingly walked into each other’s lives for a reason.  We are strong—yet vulnerable, optimistic—yet cautious, fearful—yet fearless, normal—yet not.  God has thrown each one of us into another dimension, literally a paradigm shift of our lives.  We have each other, and we will never be the same again.

 Please say a prayer for Bea, Edna, and Betty.

 The mountains may shift, and the hills may be shaken, but my faithful love won’t shift from you, and my covenant of peace won’t be shaken, says the LORD, the one who pities you. Isaiah 54:10

Author WBC

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  • Sue Alice says:


    I forgot to say i will pray for Bea, Betty and Edna also.

  • Sue Alice says:


    I will pray for all of you daily. You come to my mind so often, so I just stop and say a prayer for you. I am glad your WBC,s were good for you…..been talking to them. Hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day. Blessings and prayers to you. I love you.

  • Laverne (Missy) says:

    I will add these women to my personal prayer list. Yesterday I did the Y-Me breast cancer race (5K) and i must admit I was humbled by all the MEN and women out there supporting by racing, walking, jogging and the fellowship was outstanding. Quite a bit of our furbabies was out there celebrating a good time.

    In our small discussion group we are praying for the nephew of one of the members. He is 7 years old and he’s at Jude Hospital. Please keep him and his family lifted up.

  • Christine Smith says:

    I’m praying for these beautiful women! This week I found out a good friend was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and it’s spread to her liver. She is the principal of a Christian School my children attended and loved by so many parents and kids. Her prognosis is not good, yet her heart is centered on God and revealing His light to those who are witness to her journey. Please pray for Jeri Schall- She will be covered by a prayer shawl too…as more than a thousand kids and families will be praying for her in love. Her last name sounds like “shawl” and the children call her Miss Schall.

    God is good!

    • Lori Schall says:

      Thank you for your kind words you said about my sister Jeri.
      May 31st she went to be with her God who she served for many years.
      Thank you for your parayers.
      Lori Schall

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