Why I'm Part of We Build People
Greater Than Series: Emily Thuston Bennett
Today marks the halfway point of the YMCA of the Triangle's We Build People annual campaign!
This is my second year serving as captain of the Preschool and Family programming team, and I couldn't be more proud to raise money for an organization that I've seen first-hard do good work for the people in our community. Here’s why.
Greater Than Series: Ethen's Fight
Today, meet a friend I’ve known since middle school. Between school and church, I’ve always enjoyed being around Emily. Her enthusiasm for life is contagious, her ability to encourage those around her is inspiring, and her strength can only be explained by her love for Jesus.
Greater Than Series: Claren Englebreth
Meet my fellow Wolfpacker, Chrsitie Baucom. Christie and I met as freshmen at N.C. State, where we’d walk over to BUS 200 together - ah, such simpler times! Over the years, we’ve been able to stay in touch (thank you, social media), and last year she was able to be an ongoing encourager for me during my cancer treatment because her family was slowly coming out of their own battle.
One Year Cancer-Free!
Over the next few weeks you’ll be meeting some of my favorite friends and their inspiring stories. The idea behind the phrase “Greater > Than” is that we are all greater than the challenges life presents us, and we can get through them!
Today, meet a fellow Young Mom Against Cancer. Claren and I met in chemo, and, as it would turn out, our families go back decades and we’re second cousins by marriage. It’s crazy and we still can’t believe it.
I’ll let Claren tell her story…
Greater Than My Toughest Obstacles
It's hard to believe it's been a year - I'm back at work, immersed in activities, trying to keep up with my kids. And while the details of cancer treatment have faded, I don't remember much of what life was like before cancer.
Rounding out the Easter season: My live witness at The Gathering
We climb the Mt. Everest of life obstacles, and then we just want to slide down the other side of the mountain and creep back into everyday life so no one asks us about what we just did.
I JUST CLIMBED MT. EVEREST - why would I want to talk about it?
Sounds kind of silly doesn’t it?
When we scale a challenge, WE SHOULD TALK ABOUT IT! We should acknowledge what we’ve overcome.
In the words of Carl: Our home away from home.
A few weeks before Easter, our pastor, Will McLeane, approached me with an idea: “What if you shared a live witness of your breast cancer journey in front of the congregation on Easter morning?”
What I heard: “No pressure, but how about sharing your testimony in front of hundreds of people on the church’s most visited day of the year?”
I love public speaking, but there’s something so reverent about being on stage at church and leading those in the congregation. It was something I had never done before and hadn’t very much seen before, as I spent a majority of my faith life growing up in the Southern Baptist church.
In the words of Carl: She called.
It was April 10, 2018.
The girls spent the night at Jennifer’s parents’ house because we were headed out early to Rex Hospital. This was a planned visit, though. Jennifer had surgery scheduled for the morning with Dr. Jendro to get her port placed.
Just one year earlier, to the day, I was driving Jennifer to Rex for another appointment. 2017’s third passenger was a soon-to-be-born 9 lb, 1 oz Halle. 2018’s third passenger was a 6cm cancerous tumor and what felt like the weight of the world on our shoulders.
Two words so simple, but two words I’ll never, ever forget.