Janet is a wife, mother, teacher, follower of Christ and a breast cancer survivor. She recalls her emotions after she was diagnosed; “I would sit in front of my son's bed and weep because I was convinced I wouldn't see him grow up, graduate from high school, or see him get married.” Shortly after receiving this news, she got another surprise as she found out she was pregnant. Against doctors recommendations to terminate the pregnancy due to her unborn child being at risk, Janet took her own leap of faith and continued with the pregnancy. Nine months later, Sam was born. “God just kept me all along the way. It's been eight years now. Praise God.”
What do you wake up thinking about?
I am thankful for each day of life after cancer. I don't take that for granted. I also think about what's in store for the day and what needs to be done. Since I just lost my mother in October, she's on my mind too. How much I miss her. The mornings for some reason are especially hard.
What's your morning ritual?
Shower, get breakfast, study the Bible, get ready and I'm out the door.
How does social media play into your daily life?
I'm on FB way too much and I get rather depressed comparing myself to other people. I like that I can talk to college friends that I've not seen in years but I don't know that it's worth it.
Are we more connected or disconnected than before?
Social networking is like a faithless lover. It promises connection but delivers isolation. It promises knowledge but delivers distraction. It promises control but delivers idolatry. I read a book this summer about how instead of having to learn things, we just rely on our phones/computers, so we are more ignorant. I would tend to agree. If we were having face-to-face discussions with people, would we show pictures of the meal we just had, or gush about how we just painted our toenails, or about how we just bought pizza cutters? I would hope not. But that's what we post about ourselves. Really? Is that what we've become?
What is most important to you in life?
The truth. And sharing that truth with others.