Faithful Friends and The First Season

Alongside us on this crazy roller coaster through cancer, two of our dearest friends have been planted. They have joined us at appointments, surgeries, chemo cocktails, and numerous cry sessions. They have held our hands as we have ventured into the unknown, and have triumphed with us in the victories. We have worshiped together, prayed for one another, and celebrated several occasions. God brought this passionate, genuine, selfless couple into our lives at the very beginning of this battle, and we can’t imagine having forged our way through it without them standing firm and rallying beside us.

He is a photographer and life-journalist by hobby. He resembles Jesus not only in his physical appearance, but also in his character. Selfless, compassionate, humble, generous, loving, and prayerful. His laugh is contagious and you’d be lucky to catch it. He is a gentleman. A leader. A father. A Christ-like friend. A true blessing.

She is a dancer. Hip-hop, ballet, contemporary, and jazz. A real-life ballerina. She has a heart of pure gold. She is a friend to hold dear for a lifetime. She speaks encouragement, life, and wisdom. Her gentleness, selflessness, and caring demeanor uplifts and offers strength. She is a mother. A hospitable host. A faithful friend. A prayer warrior. A true blessing.

These two have offered shoulders to cry on, words of encouragement, and a multitude of cries to Jesus upon my behalf for healing. They have documented our journey and brought life to a sometimes dark situation. Through photographs, videos, and sound recordings, they tell our story. They have blessed us more than they could possibly know. Today, we share a taste of what they have captured since diagnosis.

Get your tissues ready. If this video doesn’t move you in some way, you might want to check your pulse. This montage captures a glimpse into this battle. It begins at diagnosis in January of 2012, and ends in August of 2012 on the last day of my first season through treatment. At that time, we thought I beat it entirely. Little did we know, we had another year in the trenches. Through hair loss, weight gain, and several firsts… enjoy.

Stephanie Madsen | Cancer Survivor from Mark Nava on Vimeo.

Proverbs 18:24 (MSG)

“Friends come and friends go, but a true friend sticks by you like family.”

4 Comments on Faithful Friends and The First Season

  1. linds_r
    June 19, 2013 at 10:09 AM (11 years ago)

    Yep, totally made me cry. Beautiful video xx

  2. Jacqueline
    June 19, 2013 at 1:04 PM (11 years ago)

    You are such a beautiful person! I struggle daily with a disease with no cure and you give me strength!

  3. Ginger
    June 19, 2013 at 2:57 PM (11 years ago)

    What a beautiful video — tells a beautiful story of beautiful you. much love Ginger (and Dave)

  4. Sarah B.
    July 18, 2013 at 9:09 AM (11 years ago)

    Thank YOU! Thank you for being so courageous to share your story. Thank you for showing us how much you love our Father. Thank you for being a fighter, and a victor. Thank you for just being you, and allowing us to see how strong a person can be in their faith, how strong a marriage can be, and how strong a woman can be with the will to live. God Bless you Stephanie!! <3


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