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Cec met Gina Conroy, a writer and ballroom dance instructor, at the Successful Writer Conference in Tulsa, Oklahoma. They're standing in the promenade position.
Cec was delighted to reconnect with Jeanetta Chrystie at the Successful Writer Conference in September. 

Thanks to Patricia Yohn for sending this fun picture with Cec from the Southern Christian Writers Conference in June. 
When Someone You Love Has Cancer
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Cec's book When Someone You Love Has Cancer makes a nice gift for caregivers and loved ones. 
“I’ve Been Preparing for This”  
Only twice in my life have I made the statement, “I’ve been preparing for this.” The first time was February 27, 2007, when I stood and watched my house burn to the ground and the loss of my son-in-law, who died in the fire. My best friend came over, hugged me, and those words tumbled out of my mouth.
I hadn’t consciously thought of them, and yet, as I heard my own words, I knew they were true. The painful, traumatic experiences of my past had prepared me for the losses and grief of that moment.
Recently I said the words again, although the situation was less distressing. Again, I realized I could handle the stressful situation because I had been preparing for it. In neither case had I known what would happen, and I had no warning. Only when it came, the past triumphs and hardships had been enough to make me know I could cope and that this disturbing experience would become preparation for others in the days ahead.
Whether you believe God sends or allows traumatic events isn’t as important as knowing that God has a destiny for each of us. If we remain open and learn from hardships, failures, and unjust situations, we’re able to face and overcome every obstacle.
In the Bible, Paul writes, “. . . Nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God . . .” (Romans 8:39 NLT).
During my recent experience, I awakened with a Bible verse ringing inside my head: “You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you” (Isaiah 26:3 NLT).
I falter and fail at times, and have to keep re-learning life’s lessons, but my experiences have fully convinced me that, with God’s help, I can handle whatever comes my way.
Personal news
  • I’ll teach an adult Sunday school class in my home church the first two weeks of October.

  • On October 19, I’ll conduct a brief seminar at Beulah Heights University in Atlanta on the topic of writing for publication.
  • November 4-5, I’ll speak for Homecoming at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee.
Just for fun:
Did you know that Twila claims to be the wind beneath Cec's wings? Cec, however, says she's the hot air behind him.
Words from My Assistant, Twila Belk
I've had the privilege of being a regular contributor to Positive Note Magazine this year. In the latest issue I have a short article titled "How to Encourage a Chronically Ill Friend." (See page 6.)
Also, because October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I was asked to write an article for the October MTL (More to Life) online magazine.
Over the last few weeks I've been dealing with chemo-induced peripheral neuropathy, which means I've had pain, numbness, tingling, and weakness. It's no fun.  My oncologist has decreased my chemo dose three times, and I had to skip a week of chemo because of it. I'm hoping the neuropathy will reverse once my treatments are finished, but there are no guarantees. As it stands right now, my last infusion should be on October 14, and then I'll have surgery and radiation.
I look forward to getting the cancer behind me and moving on to more exciting things next year. I'm delighted to have the opportunity to keynote and teach at the Called to Write Conference in Pittsburg, Kansas, March 30-April 1, and I'm slotted to be the keynoter for the Kentucky Christian Writers Conference in June.
If you’d like to follow my breast cancer journey and get periodic updates, you’re welcome to visit my Care Pages site. (To access the account, you'll need to log in.)
Here's my latest Care Pages update--A Little of This, a Little of That
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