Heather Von St. James is our guest for the ninth episode of the Finding Joy podcast! Heather is a mother, wife, blogger and advocate for the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance — and as of this February, she's also a 10-year cancer survivor. Talk about amazing. Back in 2005, at the age of 36, Heather was diagnosed with Mesothelioma shortly after giving birth to her first child. Heather was given just 15 months to live.
After the diagnosis she and her husband, Cameron, immediately searched to find the best mesothelioma treatment care available. Their search placed them in the care of Dr. David Sugarbaker, a renowned mesothelioma surgeon who helped rid the cancer from Heather's body. Sugarbaker's famous saying, "with hope the odds don't matter," is a saying Heather holds on to after all of these years, and something she shares with many who are facing cancer.
Heather now shares her personal story on a national level to help spread hope and awareness for others going through this, in hopes that one day no one else will have to.
Christian author and speaker Suzie Eller talks about the release of her new book, "Come With Me," and what it means to be a 13th disciple.
A few years ago, Kristen Chidsey and her two children were diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis. In this episode, Kristen and I talk about their battle against the disease, as well as what it's like to be a blogger, mom, wife, daughter and friend while trusting God through it all.
Lisa Appelo is our guest for the sixth episode of the Finding Joy podcast and I can't wait for you to get to know her because she's amazing! On her blog, Lisa writes "Four years ago, life as I knew it shattered in a thousand irretrievable pieces. I never asked God why but I sure did ask — what now? Oh, how God has answered. In a thousand ways, God has been True and Faithful." Today, Lisa is a widow and mother to seven children, but that doesn't stop her from writing and proclaiming God's faithfulness. In this episode, Lisa and I talk about the power of prayer and learning to claim scripture; how to bring glory to God in the hurt, in the waiting and in the healing; and finding joy amid loss.
After growing up feeling like she would never measure up to the Barbie dolls she and her family members played with, Barb committed herself to a new way of thinking and slowly learned to embrace her God-given identity as a woman of great value. In this episode, Barb and I talk about how she broke free from the chains of body image issues and how she is learning to trust God on an even deeper level after a recent career change.
Radio host Kimberly Ann Bonds talks about how she learned to surrender the pain, heartbreak and struggles of her childhood and early adult years in exchange for God's peace, love and grace.
In this episode Sarah shares her story of seeking joy, health and contentment amid her battle with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue — specifically, how the valleys of life can add richness and wisdom to our lives, while changing our perception and finding joy in limitations.
In this episode, Taylor and I talk about her hospitalization from anorexia at age 12, her journey with food since that hospitalization, how social media impacts our self-esteem and how our thoughts hold more power than we realize.
Michele Cushatt talks about how she found joy and continues to lean on Jesus after going through divorce, adoption and battling cancer three times.