Being a mom is hard work. Anyone who thinks otherwise is either delusional or has never been a mom. Going through surgery and treatment for cancer, along with its lingering effects, is also hard work. Put them both together and you’ve got quite a challenge. Sadly, there are a lot of women who fall into this category. A few of you cyberfriends unfortunately come to mind.

When I was diagnosed Katie was 10 and Taylor was a few days shy of turning 13. The only “cancer moms” I knew of, I didn’t really know. I finally found some women at a message board who started chemo for breast cancer the same month I did. A few of them were mothers and it was great to chat with them, to encourage and be encouraged.

Not all women in the same position have had that available to them. Not until now, anyway. For the last year Whymommy at Toddler Planet has been blogging about her experience with cancer and chemo and radiation and mothering two young boys. She’s been an incredible resource for so many people, mostly women, on so many levels. But now she’s taken it a step further.

Today is the official launch date for a new website – Mothers With Cancer. There are sixteen contributing moms, myself included, and while none of us are happy about fitting the criteria, we’re thrilled at the prospect of helping other women in the same situation. Our cancers and our stories are different, but there are two common denominators – cancer and mothering.

If you know anybody who could benefit from this website, please direct them there.


  1. Monnik on June 9, 2008 at 10:12 am

    What an amazing project to be a part of. You guys will help soooo many people.

  2. His Girl on June 9, 2008 at 11:26 am

    all things work together for good for those who love God…*sniffling* this is so lovely. stupid satan loses again. *cheers!*

  3. Kris on June 9, 2008 at 1:17 pm

    Wow, what an amazing resource and support group. That is a great idea.

  4. Katybug on June 9, 2008 at 4:42 pm

    What a wonderful way to encourage other moms who are dealing with cancer! Unfortunately, I know someone who could benefit from this. The mother of one of Little Bit’s friends was diagnosed with breast cancer this past year. I will forward this site on to her. Way to let God use you in a mighty way!!!

  5. The Daily "B" on June 9, 2008 at 6:04 pm

    This is amazing! Wonderful way to encourage and reach out to fellow mothers with cancer.

  6. Sing4joy on June 9, 2008 at 6:42 pm

    Oh my goodness sakes!! And then I was also going to say what HisGirl said but she cheated and said it first! Stupid Satan! HA! I love that you are choosing to let your light shine instead of hiding it under a bushel or sweeping it under a rug!!

  7. Sing4joy on June 9, 2008 at 6:45 pm

    Is it odd to say that I am so proud of you?

  8. His Girl on June 9, 2008 at 10:09 pm

    s4j- I was wondering the same thing- I was feeling all proud of Jenster & wondering where that came from!it’s cause it’s just so cool!

  9. Jenster on June 10, 2008 at 8:24 am

    Thanks ladies. I really have to give Whymommy props for thinking of this. Most of us have our “how we found out” posts up and I’ve gotta tell ya, some of them are absolutely heartbreaking. These are incredible women.And I know what you guys mean about not sure if using “proud” is right. I mean, I don’t want to be proud to be a part of it because I don’t want anyone to be a part of it. Know what I mean? But there are so many moms with cancer (and dads, too) and I am proud to be a part of something that just might help somebody. (Not “proud” in the bad way, though. lol) I feel very strongly that I would have been totally disobedient to God if I’d turned this down. So He gets the ultimate props!

  10. Gretchen on June 10, 2008 at 12:05 pm

    Oh, here’s that post. I must of scrolled right by…Props to WhyMommy and all.of.u.!!! I will definitely add this to must reads on my blog.xxxooogretchen

  11. Becky on June 10, 2008 at 3:48 pm

    I’m definitely going to keep this in mind, as I know of someone that is getting some tests done right now. (Y’all should make a button/ link for your sidebar and for us to pass around…or maybe HisGirl would do the honors, using her Fab skillz)! It’d help to get the word out, as there are no doubt many women out there that could use the support!See how the Lord intends to use this for His honor and glory? To take a bad thing and turn it around to help others find The source of Hope! Exciting stuff!

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