More than ONE MILLION people in the United States are diagnosed with cancer each year according to the American Cancer Society
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HOUSTON, May 24 /Christian Newswire/ -- Cancer! Just hearing that word can be haunting and emotionally devastating. Cancer is one of the most difficult illnesses to face. Cancer knows no bounds. Cancer attacks the young, old, and any age in between, male or female. There are very few people on this earth of whom cancer hasn't affected their lives either personally or through a family member or friend.
American Cancer Society Relay For Life events are taking place all around the nation during the months of May and June. Yvonne Ortega, a six year breast cancer survivor and participant in multiple Relay for Life events around her home state of Virginia has a wealth of helpful information to share.
Ortega says, "Receiving a diagnosis of cancer is a devastating experience. Our lives are never the same. We are not losing our minds. We are frightened, and this is natural. It's okay to cry. If we look around, we will see we are not alone. God would never think of abandoning us." In sharing this experience, Ortega helps readers see that, though cancer is a difficult illness to face, they do not have to face it alone.
In her book, Hope for the Journey through Cancer (Revell-May 2007) Yvonne Ortega offers messages of hope and encouragement for those who are struggling with the devastating effects of cancer.
This book offers 60 short readings written in a caring and compassionate voice from one who has been there. Each reading contains a part of Ortega's journey from her diagnosis with breast cancer, to surgery, and on through treatment and recovery. She shares her personal triumphs and setbacks with humor and refreshing candor, always reminding us of God's desire to meet us exactly where we are.
Yvonne Ortega is a licensed professional counselor, a licensed substance abuse treatment practitioner, a clinically certified domestic violence counselor, and a member of the Virginia Board of Counseling. She is also a six-year cancer survivor. Ortega lives in Yorktown, Virginia.