Sometimes the hardest thing about being strong, is being weak. That was the case for Rachelle Jones.
Rachelle is one of those strong people. She defines herself in many ways. Christian. Mother of two. Collegiate women’s basketball official. Former athlete. Picture of health. Super woman.
But never weak. Always strong.
When she found the lump, she immediately contacted her doctor. She had never been sick in her life, but finding a lump has a way of injecting a harsh dose of equal measures panic and urgency into any situation.
In what surely felt like an out of body experience, Rachelle was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer and began treatment. Life had changed.
That might be one of the most unexpected aspects of cancer—just how life changing it is.
But for Rachelle, it was not her own life that she was scared would change. It was the lives of her children—how would this affect her high school-aged son and daughter? She had always been the one with the answers. She had always been the one they could count on to be strong.
Seeing a person who has always given strength to others show any small sign of weakness, can be a rattling experience—especially when that person is your mom and the cause of the “weakness” is cancer. Rachelle didn’t want her children to have such an experience. She prayed throughout her treatment that God would give her the strength to maintain a sense of normalcy for her son and daughter.
A year later, with the love and support of her devoted family and friends, Rachelle returned to collegiate basketball. Life was starting to return, not to normal, but the new normal. Rachelle is healthy, she is once again physically strong, but she is forever changed.
In this way, change was good. In this way, Rachelle is stronger than ever before. She came through a situation bigger than her own physical strength and she came through it stronger—mentally stronger, spiritually stronger.
That there are people who have enough strength to overcome and in doing so give us strength, is amazing.
Coach Yow was a giver of strength. It seemed she always had more than enough to go around.
The same is true of Rachelle.
Their greatest gift is that in the face of great adversity, they show us how to be strong, even when they feel weak.
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