Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Finding Hope and Coping With Cancer

 Angie here: Today I have the distinct honor of interviewing someone I admire for her ability to give hope to others. Yvonne Ortega is the creator of the radio program, Finding Hope for the Journey. She interviews a guest each week that has a message of hope for those dealing with breast cancer, cancer, or those who help treat cancer. I was on her show a few weeks back and loved the way she keeps it positive and moving so fast you wonder why it had to end so soon. Please welcome our guest, Yvonne...
Author and breast cancer survivor, Yvonne Ortega.

            Angie: How did you decide to create a radio show?
Yvonne: So many people and events helped me during my bout with breast cancer, such as
cancer support groups, patient navigators, prostheses shop owners, oncology
library volunteers and Relay for Life. I wanted to give back to others what had
been given to me. I also wanted to make sure breast cancer patients knew how
much help is available to them.

Angie: What made you choose to write short pages of encouragement versus a book
length non-fiction?
Yvonne: When cancer patients deal with surgery, chemotherapy and radiation, they need
encouragement. However, they usually don’t have the energy to read a full-length
book with long chapters. Many have told me they loved my book because they
could read a short chapter and receive hope. They could also stop when they
needed a nap, went for treatment or needed to go to bed early at night.

Angie: What did you do to stay encouraged during all the appointments, treatments,
and bad days before you had this book?
Yvonne: I played praise and worship music whenever possible. I prayed and read the Bible
daily. When certain Bible passages met my needs for comfort, peace and hope, I
memorized them. I asked God to help me keep my sense of humor. I watched
comedies, read joke books and asked for humorous cards. I journaled daily and
told God with all honesty what I thought and felt. A gratitude journal helped me
write down things for which I was grateful each day. I also asked God to use my
journey through breast cancer for good in my life and the lives of others, for His
honor and glory and for furthering His kingdom here on earth.

Angie: At Church on Sunday I found out that one of my friends was just diagnosed with breast cancer. I am so glad I have a copy of Yvonne's book, Finding Hope for Your Journey Through Breast Cancer. I will be giving it to her. I can't do anything about her cancer, but thanks to Yvonne I can share hope. I have a guest post of hope posted on my personal blog today also. Please visit:

About the author: Yvonne Ortega is a certified domestic violence and abuse counselor and a breast cancer survivor. She lives in Virginia.

You can find out more about Yvonne by visiting the links below and by listening to her weekly radio show live on Tuesdays or by archive. I know you'll be blessed.

Yvonne Ortega, LPC, LSATP, CCDVC
Speaker, Author, Counselor, and Cancer Survivor
Finding Hope for Your Journey through Breast Cancer, Revell  9/2010


  1. Thanks for being on the blog Yvonne and sharing your journey! this is a great thing you are doing for patients.

  2. Yvonne, what a blessing you and your work is to a whole lot of people. Thank you for sharing part of your journey here and thank you for what you are doing for people in the same situation.

  3. Yvonne, thanks so much for being with us today! And for sharing hope through your book.

  4. Yvonne,
    It seems you have devoted your life to helping others as a counselor and I'm sure you've changed plenty of people's lives for the better through your work - Now you will reach so many more with your book! God Bless!

  5. We're so glad to have you on the Faith Blog! It's so neat to see how God is blessing you and using you to inspire others.

  6. Thanks so much for the inspiration. As a breast and bladder cancer survivor, I want to do more for others. God has certainly taken care of me through dark times.

  7. Ladies, thank you so much for your positive comments. Remember no matter what happens to you, God can use it for good in your life and the lives of others if you let Him.
    Love & Prayers,
    Yvonne Ortega
    author of Finding Hope for Your Journey through Breast Cancer