"Beauty From Ashes"

You don’t need to be perfect to be loved by a Perfect God | CompassionThatCompels.org
by Amber Swenson What happens when you don’t feel beautiful anymore? This was the same heart-stabbing question I asked myself every time I caught a glimpse of my hairless reflection. Looking at that image in the mirror was a daunting task and one of the hardest parts of dealing with cancer treatments. Chemotherapy changes everything:… Read More

"A Clean Heart"

Jennifer finds cleansing through cleaning after a cancer diagnosis. A Clean Heart | CompassionThatCompels.org
I don’t remember how I came across Compassion That Compels; it may have been Facebook or Instagram. I I had finished chemotherapy and was approaching a bilateral mastectomy. I received a message that there was a Compassion Bag for ME! I picked up my bag from the Altar’d State store in Asheville, NC, and on that same… Read More

"How a Journal Saved my Life"

I sat at the curb in a wheelchair as the hospital attendant tried to make small talk. I didn’t mean to be rude, but I simply wasn’t up for pleasantries. After all, I had just found out I had cancer. My husband pulled our vehicle up to the curb and helped me into the vehicle. That’s when I noticed a small package from the hospital gift shop. I looked at him and asked, “What’s this?” He smiled, “It’s for you.” Inside the bag were a brand new journal and a chocolate bar. For the first time, a small ray of light broke through the dark cloud that had settled with the word “cancer.” Writing and chocolate, I thought, he knows me so well. I spent the following weeks and months filling those pages with the emotions and fears that accompany a cancer diagnosis. My words spilled onto the pages in rage, questions, prayers, and finally faith-filled peace. A few, short weeks later, an oncologist pronounced me “cancer-free,” but that would not be the last time I faced the ugly demon of cancer. Read More

"Why I Love My Scars"

My Scars, My Roadmap | CompassionThatCompels.org
by Danielle Stepp Society loves perfection.  A flawless diamond, a porcelain complexion, or a chocolate so smooth it feels like satin in your mouth.  The closer something is to perfect, the higher its quality.  Or is it? Growing up, I remember my mom always putting vitamin E capsules on my scrapes and burns.  She would… Read More