Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Breast Cancer Diagnosis

If you’re reading this, you know that I’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer. That diagnosis has thrust me into a whole new world.  I have a new language to learn, new emotions to deal with, and a new battle to fight. Hopefully, this site will serve to keep you updated on my condition and where my family is along this journey. The Diagnosis Update and Travel Notes links above will keep you informed and maybe even bring a smile to your face. Right now, exactly one month to the day after I was biopsied, I am on the precipice of something unknown. There is one given, however, and it is Romans 8:18: “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”  Like Aslan said to the children after they were made aware of their eternal journey, I am being called ‘Further up and further in.’ I thank you all for praying for and with me as I discover new depths of…well…all kinds of things. Please know that you will be getting this raw and unfiltered and unrefined–how else will you know how to pray for me?  I’ll start each post with a medical update and then I’ll end with my musings. Thank you for all the love, prayers, and support for my family. It makes all the difference in the world to know that we don’t walk this out alone. And since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, we will throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles and, thanks to your support, we will run with perseverance the race marked out for us!

From the trailhead of the journey,


72 Replies to “Breast Cancer Diagnosis”

    1. Jesus is the Lord of your life. Sickness and disease have no power over you. Col.1:21,22 . I am praying for you pleading the blood of Jesus. Jesus bore your sickness and pain. Therefore you give no place to sickness or pain. Ps. 107:20
      Love you dear cousin knowing our Heavenly Father can heal you.

  1. Yolanda~please know our family is sending love and prayers your way! You can get thru this, coach! May God bless you always. Love you!

  2. Praying for you and your family during this time. You are an amazing woman and I know as you share your journey you will be used to glorify our God! Love you Yoli!

  3. Yo, just read this, I am so blessed to know we serve a mighty God who loves us. Know that I (we) will be praying for you.
    Lord we do pray for Yolonda, that you Lord would have your way in her life, if it be your will and desire to heal our friend we ask that you do because we know and believe you can, again Lord your will be done. May your peace be with yo and her family and may you receive all glory in Jesus mighty name
    Love you and will be praying.

  4. So sorry to hear about your diagnosis. This truly hits home since I lost my daughter to leukemia August of last year. I know there are different types of cancer but they all truly suck. I will keep you in my prayers and may our Lords will be done I pray for the best outcome for you. God loves you so much, Don’t ever doubt or lose hope. Stay Positive… United in Prayer

  5. I was diagnosed in 2001. My first chemo after a partial mastectomy was on 9/7/01. I was getting ready for school on 9/11/2001, listening to the news, when the first plane hit the towers. We spent the entire day watching the coverage with our students. So tomorrow marks a 16 year survival milestone for me.
    I remain positive every day that God will get me keep me cancer free. Keep a positive attitude and know that you can conquer this with God’s help.

  6. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken. Ps 62:2. So sorry to hear of this. I will pray for you.

  7. With this website and you being authentic in your musings, you will inspire, comfort and help others who perhaps will or are facing the same thing.

  8. Almost five and a half years ago now, when I was diagnosed with breast cancer, the Lord gave me a promise. It is Isaiah 41:10. It says, “So fear not for I am with you. Be not dismayed for I am your God. I will help you and strengthen you. I will hold you with my righteous right hand.” He has kept that promise ever since that day.

    I am excited to see what he will do for you during your journey. I believe we serve an awesome God who loves us and is with us always. I know that he is with you no matter what comes your way. And, as Christians, that’s all we need to know. Rest in his promises today!

    1. Praying for you and your family!!! God is with you and will carry you through!!! When I went through mybladder cancer last year, Casting Crown’s “Just Be Held” became my song of inspiration. May it bring you comfort!!!

  9. Yolanda, I’m so sorry to hear what happens to you these days. I have you in my thoughts and prayers every day and believe that you will get through this and being healthy agains very soon. Sending lots of love from Greece these days, next week back in Germany. <3 :-* Big hug and kisses!!! Love, Janina

  10. Praying for you and your family. I know you all have a strong faith. Having been through the cancer life with my husband, and many close family members as well as many friends. God has a plan, even if it is to have you share your experience with others. May you experience peace & comfort during this time. Also if you ever need good chicken soup let me know. I would be blessed to bring some.

  11. “Do hard things”.
    A fitting slogan for the road you are headed down. I know of no one more equipped to travel that road than you. Loved by God, your family, and friends including Lexie and I, there is no outcome possible other than a positive one. You are in my prayers everyday.
    The strength you have boggles my mind. A smile for everyone and the ability to help folks through their issues, be it physical or emotional is a gift from the Lord and you have not wasted it..
    I don’t know anyone whom I trust more with what is most precious to me.
    I look forward to many, many years of friendship and fellowship to come.

  12. Thank you for the update. You are a fighter. With the help of all of your prayer warriors and your personal walk with Christ we can keep WINNING!

  13. Thank you for keeping us updated on your journey and providing a way to better prayer for you and your family. You are very missed by the Circus family and we are all praying for you for a complete recovery. You have been and will continue to be in my prayers.

  14. You are so strong and so secure in your faith that you will climb this mountain and revel in reaching the top. We will be with you with our prayers lifting you past the difficult climb until together we reach the summit. You and your family will remain in my prayers.

  15. We all love you Yolanda and are praying for you and your family. May God lift you and carry you through this journey with perseverance and knowledge.

  16. I know you will do well because you can blow out such a bright light. And contrary to belief you don’t have to be strong all the time. You just be Yolanda!! Kick cancers ass!! From your biggest fan.

  17. Thank you so much for the encouragement! I’m very blessed. If you subscribed with your comment, I unsubscribed you in error. I tried to correct it, but this is what happens when a novice tries to run a website! it won’t happen again, I promise.

    1. I know how it is I don’t know what I’m doing either. I’m pretty sure I sent two messages. Lol They’re both good. PM me on messanger anytime. Love ❤️ you to pieces.

  18. I know you will do well because you can’t blow out a light that burns so brightly. And contrary to what everyone says you don’t have to be strong all the time. You just be Yolanda and go with it. If you need a friend just pm me on Facebook anytime day or night. Prayers and hugs and kisses. Your biggest fan, Laurie.

  19. Isaiah 41:10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee:
    be not dismayed; for I am thy God:
    I will strengthen thee;
    yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you for a complete healing.

  20. Beautiful sweet Yolanda, I’m speechless and my heart aches for you. I know this one thing is for sure though, your life is in His hands and He alone knows what you will have to face. Depend on Christ each and every day, each and every moment. May His love surround you and comfort you on the good days and bad. I need to share this with you: my wonderful adopted mom, Mama Quay (what I lovingly called her), was such a beautiful example. She lived for Christ every single day, as she also lived with cancer on and off for about 33 years past the age of 50. The doctors were amazed at her faith and trust in the Lord and would tell her repeatedly that it was the very thing that made her different from others going through the same thing. It’s what made her keep going! I found out later that God used her testimony to bring others in the hospital and cancer center to a saving knowledge of Him. She would always tell me, “The good Lord never promises us more than today, so what are we going to do for Him today? I will not worry about tomorrow”. It was her life’s testimony. Always trusting Him to help her through whatever came her way and never doubting His love for her. I share this with you because I hope this will encourage you to just keep on: Keep on loving God, keep on living, keep on serving, keep on trusting in Him. This must have been a very difficult thing for you to share, but thank you for doing so. I for one am thankful you chose to share your journey with us. I love you my dear friend and you certainly will be in my prayers.

  21. Sweet lady, with Jesus you can do this. You are not alone. You may not know all of us personally, but we are the body of Christ and we have come to care for you and have gotten to know you from your face book and show. We are your unknown friends who have your back.

  22. I am so very sorry that you are journeying along this road. Although it has been 16 years, I remember the path well. Keep radiating joy in the midst of heartache… keep your eyes on the author and perfector of your faith… and keep trusting when things just don’t make sense. The Claperos will be praying for you and your family. ~Valerie

  23. Sweet Yolanda, we are sisters indeed as we were biopsied and diagnosed on the same day. I am so sorry that I asked you for prayers on that day without knowing you were facing the same battle without asking you if you needed my prayers! Rest assured you are now daily in my thoughts and prayers. Love you and thanks already for the lesson in selfishness. You have been a true gift from God since the day He put you in my life as an angel, literally!

  24. Praying for you Yolanda!
    ‘He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless. Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion. But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.’ NLT

  25. Hugs to you, my sister through my brother, James T. You are a fighter and you are full of faith. I am praying for your journey.

  26. One more message among the many here: I will be praying for you, for your family. You are loved, Yolanda. Not to make light of a heavy time, but James needs you to keep his Thursday shows on track!! 🙂 I’m praying that God brings healing on the other side of this tunnel and lots of air time on the radio.

  27. Yolanda, I first met you when you and your family where stationed in N.D. I remember you well. I will add you to my prayer list. May God bless you and heal you. Jean

  28. Yolanda, we are so blessed to have met you. You are in our daily prayers. God bless and guide you thru this trial. We never know God’s plan or who He brings into our lives with each new experience. Love and hugs!

  29. Yolonda, God bless you and thank you for sharing this with all of us here. I have a friend who had a biopsy done today. I haven’t herd from her yet, but I am going to send her this link. She and I will be praying for you and I know this will help her through her tough times. Thanks again for sharing.

  30. Yolanda, I’m so sorry to hear you have to go through this!!! Hang in there, girl. I’m almost 10 years in remission with ovarian cancer. It’s a tough road. And simply unfair. Chemo?? I got the book Chemo Brain. I’m so glad, too, because I had never heard of it and I thought I was also losing my mind at the same time I was taking chemo. How I wish you did not have to go through this. You are adored and loved by so many!!

  31. Sending nothing but good thoughts & vibes your way.
    Stay positive, be strong & courageous.
    You got this this it doesn’t have you~!!!

  32. Thank you, Yolanda, for letting us know what is going on in your life! We think of y’all often and know God will guide you through this journey into previous unknowns. He is the Great Physician and we are calling upon Him to do His work in a mighty way, to prosper you and not to harm you… all for His glory! He has great plans for you and we’re eager to see how those will be revealed in your life. May you be strenthened and filled with His peace as you await more answers and discern how to proceed. We are lifting you up in love!!

  33. Praying for you in this journey. Listening to you right now on James T. with tears in my eyes. You are and have been a blessing to many and an example of Christ to those who hear your beautiful voice. May the Lord be near to you and may those who are close to you be blessed and drawn to Him. Praying for you dear sister.

  34. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in March of 2011. Its a tough fight but you can do it. Your a strong Christian woman. Let the good Lord carry you.

  35. Yolanda, I just noticed your FB picture with the swim team and staff surrounding you in pink swim caps. So I’m just now learning of your diagnosis. You know I will be praying for you, sweet friend. I can picture your beautiful face and hear your voice…you are so very brave, and your feet are firmly embedded in the Rock of Christ. I have no doubt the winds will come, but He will ensure you remain standing. What glorious hope in dark times – that our preservation is in Him, not our strength.

  36. The healing power of the Lord, prayers, humor and optimism are mainstays of the healing process. The Lord has the power, you have the prayers of so many and your own faith, humor and optimism are abundant! You’ve got this! Thank you for sharing your “journey” posts.

  37. Hi Yolanda, I know you’re going to be fine. A woman like you Will beat and overcome this obstacle. Honestly, I miss your great hugs. You’re in my prayers. Your Friend, Bobby.

  38. I love your work on the radio show-you always cheer me. I want you to know I was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma in 1998 and the prognosis at that time was 8 years and I have survived over 20 years. I had lots of chemo. The thing is as we know the Lord is with us through trials and it’s not to punish us. You will grow stronger each day in the knowledge Him. May you have the wisest doctors and nurses for your care!

  39. Yolanda, hang tough through this ordeal! You are being lifted up in prayers and thoughts all over the country. A mighty God is in control.

  40. God will carry you through the storm. The Bible tells us, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze” (Isaiah 43:2). Every difficult situation you face, whether big or small, is preparing you to be stronger. God will use your trials to produce greater faith and strength if you allow Him to. Your pain has purpose, even when you don’t understand why in this moment.
    God Bless You Yoki, Love, your Aunt & Uncle Darrel & Barbara

  41. As an avid listener of James T Harris since he began his KNST career on Sunday nights. I thought that you were awesome when you were on James’s show or a short segment and was elated when he made you part of the show for the one day of the week. I looked forward to Thursdays or the other day that you going to be the co-host. I missed hearing you while you were gone as you are great additions to the show as the wonder twins. and was wondering what had happened to you when you were on last week and told your story. I hope you get well and win the battle with that terrible disease. My grandmother died of breast cancer when I was a child in the in the late 60’s and it was a very sad time for me. You do very well when you have hosted the show on your own. Unfortunately I would like to hear you for the total 4 hours when you host the show alone instead of having someone else host the show for the last 2 hours. Again You are Awesome Get well soon.

  42. Yolanda, Since I left Tucson and haven’t kept up with the show, or much about Tucson, I’m only recently finding out =about your breast cancer and your journey through it. I met you only once or twice, but felt that you were a “friend in the fight” and am really sorry that you’re going through this. At the same time, I see what a strong woman you are and surrounded by loving family and support. I would like you to know that my thoughts , prayers, and visualization for your return to excellent health is near. You’re beautiful family is an inspiration and I pray for them as well to help you and come through this journey together. All my best wishes…

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