The Journey Begins

I am Angela Grojean, and I was diagnosed with breast cancer on Tuesday, November 13, 2018. Specifically, ductal carcinoma in situ and invasive ductal carcinoma.

When I received that call on Tuesday, the lights went out for me. Picture yourself reading a book and someone deliberately hits the light switch and it is completely dark. At that moment, the way I see it, you have two choices. You can choose to sit in the dark and not read your book, or get up, go hit that light switch and carry on.

Does that mean I can’t be angry or sad, hell NO!

I prayed and attended church regularly, exercised, went to routine annual mammograms, made healthy food choices, and volunteered in my community. WHY ME!

I had all of the same feelings and reacted the same way other people who are diagnosed with cancer every day. The thing is, cancer doesn’t discriminate! It doesn’t care what race you are, gender, age, religious or social status. At that moment, after I received the call, I decided to turn the light switch back on, get out my pink boxing gloves and fight! I was going to reach out to friends and family and ask for emotional, spiritual and physical support. I was going to choose to live in abundance and I wasn’t going to believe my life was over because of one phone call. I was going to choose to look at it as a bump in the road.

So, you may ask why I am starting a blog when I just found out I have cancer? I found out one week ago and every night since then, I’m awakened at 3:30 a.m. by this nagging voice in my head telling me to share my story.  For me, it is the Holy Spirit, for others it may be something different depending on your belief. I believe the Holy Spirit was adding an additional purpose to my life besides being a mom of four children, it was asking me to invite others on this journey with me. It isn’t just about breast cancer and that I plan to survive. It’s sharing through the sufferings we all face and seeing how making a choice to get up and turn the light switch back on can ignite blessings we never knew could exist. It’s seeing how gratitude, being thankful for what we do have, can help us live in abundance.

To be honest with you, I am not on any social media, unless you count Pinterest. I can barely keep up with my own life, let alone others. As for a blog, forget about it! A blog never entered my mind! So, writing a blog is completely out of my comfort zone. However, over the last year, I have learned that the only way to grow is to be uncomfortable.

So take this journey with me and maybe you will be inspired to live in abundance!

27 thoughts on “The Journey Begins

  1. This is BEAUTIFUL! YOU are as beautiful on the inside as you are on the outside! Tiny, but for sure MIGHTY! Your faith and fighter mentality is inspiring and I am with you 1000%!

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  2. I sent you an email as well. Angela you are a very special women and you are a little but mighty one! You will beat this!!! Love you, Nancy

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  3. You got this girl!!! With God on your side there isn’t anything you can’t do. I am so incredibly proud of YOU for stepping out of your comfort zone….just think of the impact you are making and the example you are for those kiddos.

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  4. It is difficult to be so vulnerable in good times but even more so when life tosses you into a storm. Courage and strength has brought you to this blog ( and Spirit). Through it I know you will find love in those who want to walk with you on this journey, supporting you. We are here for and with you.

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  5. Angela, you are such an inspiration! You have always been such a bright light and a little spunky too so I am not surprised that you made the choice to turn that light switch on and fight! Sending love, hugs, and prayers your way. Love you girl!

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  6. Angela! I love reading this! You have already touched and inspired me with your words. Often times you choose to be private but I applaud you for sharing your story! Not always easy to let people in! Like I text you last week, you are small but mighty! Don’t jack with Angela!!! I’m here for you!!! Xoxoxoxo

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  7. Wow — what a way to enter the social media scene! So proud of you for opening yourself up, asking for help and you will undoubtedly be a light to each of us on this journey with you. Peace, love and healing to you my sweet friend. You and your family are in my heart and prayers.

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  8. WOW! You entered social media with a splash. 🙂 Thank you for listening to the Holy Spirit and sharing your story.
    I know you will lead many to him by your example. I can’t wait to read some of the books you listed and gift others to friends as Christmas presents. You have an amazing village ready to help you at every turn. Hugs to you my dear friend and continued prayers for all of you.

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  9. You are such an amazing and special person! Gentle as a lamb, but can be fierce like a tiger! We love you, and are here every step of the way. You got this😍😘.

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  10. Thank you so much for putting yourself out there with this blog. You are so loved, Angela! We want to go through this with you, every step of the way. I have no doubt that you are going to battle this with so much grace, because that’s what you do. You are an inspiration, and I know that this chapter of your story is just that…another chapter to inspire faith, hope and love like the chapters that have come before it. So much love and constant prayers for you, sister!!!

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  11. I have always been inspired by you and am even more so now! You are an incredible person with a beautiful faith. Many prayers for you and your beautiful children! You have an amazing community behind you every step of the way!

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  12. Dearest Angela…I will never forget how welcoming you were to me when we first started at SMA, and I didn’t know a soul! I remember walking back to my van after our conversation in the parking lot and thought…..that is one really nice, special lady. THANK YOU for being you then, and all the time. My family and I are here for you and will be praying for your full recovery daily. Hugs and stay strong!

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  13. Angela I am very sorry to hear this news. Thank you for writing and for sharing. You have a struggle ahead of you, bump in the road! I believe with everything that I am you can beat this and get over that bump!! You have a loving family that will be there every step! I am sorry it’s been so long since we’ve seen or talked. Have no doubt sweetie, you have (always have) a very special place in my heart. I will be thinking and praying for you. If I can do anything I gladly will!! Stay strong…. lots of love Cathy

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  14. Angela,
    I love your story of turning the light back on, so appropriate for you as you have always been a bright light in my eyes. You have taught your children love, **kindness**, and grace through your example, and through this journey you will continue to teach them the most important lesson of all – how Christ can carry us through the most difficult of situations if we have faith. You will be in my daily prayers, I love you and will look forward to your return to good health. I am with you on this journey.💗

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  15. What a strong and amazing women you are! You have always inspired me to do more and be more! Love you dearly! You are always in my prayers!🙏🏻❤️

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  16. Angela: Thanks for doing this. You got this! We are strong women in the family. Aunt Carolyn will back this up & your mom too! I am so proud of you coming out of your comfort zone to blog your story. I am on this journey with you, cuz. Love ya.

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  17. Angela, I’m so thankful for you and your continual “YES” to all God is asking of you! Your writing this blog is such a beautiful testament to your faith and strength. You have a gift as your writing is amazing. I will walk this journey with you in thought and continual prayer and feel privileged to be a very small part.
    Love you dear sister in Christ!

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  18. You honestly just made my day – my week- my year. Angela – you and the kids will truly be in my daily thoughts and prayers. I am so inspired by your courage and strength. God bless the entire Grojean family and I KNOW you got this!!!

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  19. Angela your blog is beautiful! My family has been praying for you and those prayers will continue. If you need help with anything I am more than happy to lend a hand. Blessings to you!

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  20. Angela, your mom is my nephew Alec’s choir director and mentioned to my sister yesterday that you were going through this and I just cried. Your blog was shared with me by a mutual friend of ours and I dove in reading immediately. I instantly felt bad that we had lost our connection and are here in the same city. I don’t understand this exact journey but I understand where you are coming from emotionally and I’m so proud of you, your light, your bravery and strength in tackling all of this. You have touched me, you will touch others. I send big hugs to you. Much love, Steph

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