Posted by Betty Ann Miller as told to Jon Federman
When I was a teenager, I survived Stage III Hodgkins, a lymphatic system cancer. The intensive year-long radiation and chemotherapy left me weakened and prone to chronic medical issues. Those challenges deepened my compassion for others and eventually drew me to JF&CS – first as a client and then as an active supporter.
In 2001, I participated as a client in a Jewish Healing Connections (JHC) spiritual support group for caregivers and people living with serious illness. I needed some professional emotional support for managing my daily life. Almost everybody has moments that are unbearable, but there are some of us who live in those times more often than not. That supportive experience was profoundly important to me at the time.