Tag: cancer

Tell Me the Stories of Jesus

By Dana Haight Cattani DANA HAIGHT CATTANI was diagnosed with uterine cancer in April 2012. She lives with her family in Indiana.     How impressionable and vulnerable we are in the face of a story.1 —Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie   When the sacrament meeting speaker began telling a story about a young mother who had …

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Job’s Comforters

By Dana Haight Cattani Dana Haight Cattani was diagnosed with uterine cancer in April 2012. She lives with her family in Indiana.     Or download the audio file here: Job’s Comforters A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver. Proverbs 25:11 Succor the weak, lift up the hands which …

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Walking Into the Forest

By Rev. Patty Willis     During my early years, our family lived where there were few to no members of the Mormon Church. So my siblings and I attended services conducted by my father in our living room, my mother playing the piano and teaching us Primary songs. When I was eight years old, …

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Rachel, Not Comforted

By Dana Haight Cattani “But on the whole his life ran its course as he believed life should do: easily, pleasantly, and decorously.” —The Death of Ivan Ilych, Leo Tolstoy1   From beneath her fashionable blonde wig, Darla introduced herself to my gynecologic cancer support group. A first-timer, she listed a few descriptors—grandmother, business owner, widow …

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The Good Patient

 By Dana Haight Cattani Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment. Anonymous   To obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. 1 Samuel 15:22     I CANNOT COUNT the number of needle pricks I have had in the past two years. Since my cancer diagnosis, …

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His Eye Is on the Sparrow

By Dana Haight Cattani I HEAR THE telltale thump. Walking to the window, I confirm what I already suspect. In spite of our decals and shiny reflector tape, another sparrow has flown into one of the panes along the back side of our house and fallen to the deck below. In vain, I watch the …

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