Amazing Weekend. Full Week.

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We had an amazing weekend, thanks to Mary Ann and Alex Herrera in Hilton Head!!

The children had an absolute blast.  It was precious.  From our “Hilton Head cheer” as we got off the interstate, to playing in each of the FOUR pools (one with a waterslide!), to early morning walks on the beach in our PJs, to collecting shells  (Selah is the MASTER shell collector!), to eating at Salty Dog, eating Ice Cream at Coligny, shopping, Sea Pines playground, playing “makeup party” with the girls, throwing the frisbee with Samuel…..much laughter and joy!  Beyond grateful.

Then I returned home for a precious time with the women at NEPC who surrounded me in prayer.  They even coordinated a meal for our family which was needed considering we had just returned to town one hour before our prayer time.

Update on this week:

I met with Dr. Tucker this morning.

Wednesday morning, May 6 I’ll go in for my echocardiogram to get a baseline on my heart function. Thursday, May 7 (our ten year wedding anniversary) at 8:40am  I’m having surgery to get my port put in.  (The port is basically an “easy access” point for my chemo.)  My first treatment will likely be on Monday, but I’m waiting for the nurse to confirm the time.

Words are inadquate to express my gratitude for each and every one of you who has chosen to walk this journey with me.   The Lord has called me to take this journey publically, and I pray that this blog will serve as an encouragement and support for those who are going through breast cancer, or any other trial. I do not want to draw attention to my story, but rather let’s all focus on God’s story, and how His PEACE, JOY, and LOVE is bigger than the dreaded “C-word”: cancer.  Jesus said in John 16:33: “In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”  I want my blog (and my life) to point to Christ, who offers HOPE through the hard.    

Thank you so much to each of you who have sent me facebook messages, commented here, and sent me texts or emails. I have read each and every message.   God is so good, and His love is felt through each of you.  We’ve never felt so loved and supported.

I’m working on getting the funcionality to “subscribe” to the blog and hope to have that up and running soon so you automatically get the posts  in your inbox.

His grace abounds,





  1. Bonnie Stone says

    Glad you had a good weekend with your family! All of your family here in Rowland are praying for you and hoping that this will not be a hard journey for you. Love to all!

  2. Marsha Ward says

    So glad y’all had a great weekend at the beach! I am so proud of the woman you have become and I know you have the strength you need to get through this trial with God’s grace. Love you my sweet girl ♥

  3. Miranda says

    You exude grace, faith, and joy. I am honored to pray you along this journey. God is good. God is faithful. I wait quietly before God-my victory comes from Him. He alone is my rock and my salvation-my fortress where I will never be shaken….Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in Him. from Psalm 62

  4. Carol Pope says

    I attend church with your Aunt Marsha. Just wanted to let you know you and your family will be in my prayers. It is a blessing to read your blog. Thankful that you are already giving glory to our God.

  5. Elizabeth Luadzers says

    Andy and I have been thinking about you constantly since hearing this news. We pray that you have a speedy recovery. Lots of love, Elizabeth Luadzers

  6. Kathy Powell says

    Praying everyday for you and your sweet family. God will shine his light. You reflect that more than anyone else I know.

  7. Karen Sammons says

    Praying for you and your sweet family, Brooke! Praying also for wisdom for the hands that care for you!

  8. Bailey brown says

    All I can say is that you are the best aunt ever I want you to know how much I love you you are always in my prayers

  9. Marie Pitt says

    Brooke, I found out about you through a mutual friend, Sarah Lewis. I also see Dr. Stillwell and Dr. Tucker. They are fabulous! I pray for the best possible out come with your treatments – complete healing. I want you to know that I am here if you need someone to talk to or ask questions. I was diagnosed 10/21/14 with Her2 triple positive stage 4 metastatic breast cancer (spread to the rib and liver). I know you are going to do great because I see the love and support you already have and because of your wonderful outlook and giving God all the glory. He is an Awesome God! This is going to be a beautiful journey and you will grow in ways you never imagined. Lean on Jesus every day. He is right by your side.