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One of my closest friends works with me. Most of you know Emily Long as a signature at the end of an email or as a voice on the other end of a phone call. Emily is my assistant. If there was ever a moment in which I appeared to fulfill my obligations as a pastor, Emily did work in advance to insure I didn't fall flat on my face.
Two weeks ago Emily was diagnosed with breast cancer. She is still figuring out what the diagnoses means in practical terms, but it appears that the cancer was caught early, which is a miracle since most women don't get their first mammogram until 40. Emily is 36.
The photo above captures the outstretched hands of her friends wearing bracelets inscribed with the words 'hope' and 'strength'.
When you read this, you will want to do something. There will be a day when your help might be necessary, but for now, you can do two things that Emily will receive with gratitude: 1) lift a prayer on her behalf, and 2) walk beside her on this journey by reading her blog Breasts Beware.
Emily always complains about not being a good writer. The blog indicates otherwise. If you're compelled, leave a comment and let her know she isn't navigating the stormy waters of a cancer diagnoses alone. Let her know she's got a few assistants.