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ANGIOSARCOMA SURVIVOR IS NOW AN AUTHOR

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Marissa Henley - Angiosarcoma Survivor
” For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 8:38-39

Marissa Henley was diagnosed with angiosarcoma in October 2010. She has successfully defeated her disease. She is the author of “Loving Your Friend through Cancer”.

The Diagnosis

“I found a lump in my breast in October 2010. Two weeks later, a biopsy revealed that it wasn’t breast cancer. It was rare cancer called angiosarcoma. I was diagnosed the day before my 34th birthday and had three young children.”

The Journey

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“Because the cancer was rare and the prognosis was not good, I was treated at MD Anderson Cancer Center, 600 miles from my home. I received 7 rounds of chemo, five weeks of radiation, and surgery. After my first two rounds of chemo, all the rest of my treatment took place at MD Anderson. I also received a clinical trial drug during most of my rounds of chemo. I have been NED since July 2011.

Because of all the time I spent in Houston–14 weeks over the course of six months–our young family faced a lot of challenges. The Lord was faithful to meet every one of our needs, often through the sacrificial service of our friends and family. They were so amazing that I’ve written a book to equip friends of cancer-fighters to support their friends the way my friends supported me.”

Motivation to fight cancer

“When I was diagnosed, my boys were 6 and 4, and my baby girl was 18 months old. I begged the Lord to allow me to live long enough for my daughter to remember me. I wanted more time with my husband and kids. I never expected to have these many years, and I’m thankful for every day I spend with my family.”

Biggest hindrance

“I was heartbroken to be away from my kids so much when I didn’t know how much time I had left with them. I missed all three of their birthdays that year, and those were three of the hardest days for me. We traded those months with the hope of gaining years, and I’m so thankful to have been with them for so many birthdays since.”

Message to other cancer patients

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“Take one day at a time — it is overwhelming enough just facing one day with cancer without looking too far ahead. And don’t be afraid to ask others for help. Your friends are suffering with you, and they will be blessed by the opportunity to serve you.

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