Amy Luscher Smith • February 25, 2019
I’m an author, encourager, and daughter of the Heavenly King, and my breast cancer diagnosis in 2016 is an integral part of who I’ve become.
On July 26, 2016, I was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer, which means that my tumor—about the size of a quarter—really, the cancer cells in it, had broken out of the ducts into the surrounding tissue.
My world had narrowed to the size of a pinpoint on me three times in my life—when I welcomed my precious babies, Hannah, Ben, and Sophie. Unfortunately, this was the fourth time. I knew then that my journey wouldn’t be like the three earlier ones I traveled as a young momma. It was my journey, nonetheless.
My cancer wasn’t detectable by breast exam—it was centered and deep. It took a mammogram and an ultrasound to find it. The needle core biopsy was much worse than my tattoo I’d gotten a few months earlier and without a creative artistic expression as an outcome after the procedure. The genetic testing I opted for came back negative which gave my girls, my niece, my sisters better information about their potential risk.
After a lumpectomy, a surgery to place a port-a-cath for chemotherapy, and two years of chemo and radiation, I have arrived at the place called, “Remission.” God is good, and I am blessed.
Cancer survivors are encouraged to give legacy gifts as part of their transition from treatment to remission. Legacy gifts can be the gift of time—mentoring the newly diagnosed or sitting with patients through treatments; money; or items to make treatment easier—a knit cap, a chemo support bag, an item of encouragement.
My legacy gift is the story of my cancer journey and the faith that inspired me for the battle contained in the book, My Faith Sparkles: Memoir of a Cancer Survivor. For each book sold, one will be donated to a cancer center or support group to inspire a patient undergoing treatment.
I hope that people who know me now and who get to know me through my book will take from our relationship a touch of encouragement, a little brush of the hand of God.
I hope you see a faith in God that can “shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life—in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor for nothing (NIV, Phillippians 2:14-16).
I would love for you to be a part of the My Faith Sparkles Launch Team!
“How?” you ask? It’s simple: