As we approach Christmas we count our blessings. May His blessings be yours now and forevermore.
We were blessed to be invited to the Annual Christmas Gathering held by the Women’s Ministries of Fitchburg’s church of the Nazarene. And they blessed us with many gifts for our boutique.
Nancy LeShane had a wonderful program prepared for us. It is powerful to spend an evening with our sisters in Christ. The Nazarene women have stated that the purpose of their Women’s Ministries is to know God personally, grow in Christlikeness, discover and use spiritual gifts, love and serve others, and in all reflect the beauty of the Lord Jesus Christ.
And even more gifts from our sisters in Christ at Highland Baptist Church in Fitchburg. Kristen Lyons organized the members of their women’s ministry team to honor CareNet PRC with a baby shower.
Wendy Mattis, our Director of Development and Paula Butler, our Nurse manager presented our story and Mindy’s story. You can watch Mindy’s Story. Go to www.friendsofcarenetfitchburg.org click on video’s then 2017 banquet. David Benson’s story is on the website also. And soon to be posted will be the video of Lorraines Story.
Lorraine was diagnosed with breast cancer in June of 2017. The diagnosis came just two days before her thirty first birthday. She was told that she had to go on a hormone blocker and would probably never be able to have children. It would be another month before she realized she was pregnant. Her oncologist told her that pregnant women have had chemotherapy before and were able to have beautiful healthy babies. It had its risks and not every doctor on her cancer team felt this way. She said, “It became quite clear to me that my baby was my silver lining. My little angel to get me through cancer.” Being told that one of the risks with both the mastectomy and chemotherapy was preterm labor and lower birth weights, and since this was her first pregnancy she was desperate for knowledge to prepare myself for any outcome. She said, “I googled pregnancy classes in Fitchburg and found CareNet Pregnancy Resource Center. Each week I came in and received my own pregnancy class with two nurses. They taught me the signs and symptoms of labor and what to expect in a preterm situation. While going through the hardest time in my life, I was grateful to have them as a resource because they provided me with so much comfort and peace in unknown territory.”
Thank you and Merry Christmas to all our friends of Care Net Fitchburg.
Gail Gardner, Executive Director