Is there an upside to cancer? There is if you're Joan Butman. In her latest collection of faith essays, I Don't Buy Green Bananas (center stage with cancer), Joan takes on her biggest challenge yet: a cancer diagnosis.
Facing a terminal illness hasn't dampened Joan's faith or her sense of humor. She takes us along on her "road trip with God," through her diagnosis, surgery, and recurrence of her "tribble"- the name she affectionately calls the tumor discovered in her abdomen. Throughout her journey, Joan learns the true meaning of the scripture "Do not be afraid, for I am with you," and experiences the peace and joy that come with accepting God's will:
"I can say with confidence that you will find delight in anything you do for Christ, whether it be washing dishes, changing diapers, or battling cancer. When you get to know Jesus, He will give you a role in his show, even though there is no guarantee you won't be written out of the script."
All proceeds from I Don't buy Green Bananas (center stage with cancer) go directly to the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research (CIBMTR) where her sister is the Chief Scientific Director. CIBMTR is an organization of international scientists who share data on their blood and bone marrow transplant patients to improve the success of these procedures. For more information on CIBMTR, please visit their website at www.cibmtr.org.