Friday, April 11, 2008

Cure Catherine

This will be the first blog I have ever written that includes a Call to Action. But this one will. And I plead with you to read and act.

As many of you know part of the message that has been burned in my soul is about living through trouble. I have written about trouble in my book and I talk about it every time I stand in front of a crowd to speak – which happens to be quite often.

The message is simple. We will all have trouble. It doesn’t matter the color of our skin, our age, our religious affiliation or our income. Life brings us trouble. Sometimes we bring the trouble on ourselves and sometimes it just comes. And trouble comes in many different forms. It can come in the form of such things as heartache, uncertainty, distress, depression, loneliness, financial pressures, hopelessness, separation and physical illness.

The question is NOT if we will have trouble. The question is how we handle the trouble that comes our way. The trouble can hinder us or it can spur us on. The trouble can destroy our faith or cause our faith to increase. Trouble, in other words, can make us or break us.

A few weeks ago Catherine Carswell, a 21 year old college senior from Macon, GA, was planning her wedding. Today she is planning on saving her life.

She is documenting her experience from her diagnosis of breast cancer to the chemo treatment to all the love and support she is receiving from her family and friends. And she is doing it with a sense of humor and a lot of class. And there is no telling how many people her frank and honest communication will touch. I want to help her touch them.

In the meantime, if you are a reader of this blog, there are six things you can do:

1) You can donate to the” Cure Catherine” fund to help defray expenses for this family. An account has been set up at Wachovia Bank, 150 Tom Hill Sr. Blvd, Macon, GA 31210. The account number is 2000034559509.

2) You can purchase a Relay for Life “Cure Catherine” tee shirt for $15. Send me an email at and I will get you in touch with the folks who are selling them.

3) You can pray for Catherine Carswell and her family and friends.

4) You can read Catherine’s blog and learn great lessons in handling adversity from a 21 year old girl.

5) You can celebrate with Catherine when all the drama and trauma has passed and she is healed.

6) And as Catherine says, Ladies, PLEASE check your Ta Ta’s.

I’m pleading with you readers out there to join me in helping to “Cure Catherine.” In doing so I have a feeling we will help ourselves as well.


Anonymous said...

Catherine is an amazing Christian woman. If a good attitude can cure this cancer, she will be cured. But Catherine does not only depend on her good attitude,family, friends and her wonderfully skilled doctors, she depends on prayer and God's healing hand. My prayers are with Catherine who is a WINNER!!!!


jenny said...

Catherine is a good friend of my mine from my youth group days at Martha Bowman Memorial United Methodist Church in Macon, GA. Thanks for supporting her!

Anonymous said...

Thank you Bruce for that touching blog about me! Also, thank you for helping me getting the message out! Would love to meet you soon! Thank you!

-Catherine Carswell

Cameron said...

When my grandfather called me today and told me what he had heard, I could not believe it. I have not spoken to Cathrine in several years but I did know her for a long time as we were childhood friends. Cathrine was and I am sure still is an amazing person with the same fiery spirit and beautiful heart. Cathrine, if you read this I am praying for you and your family. You are making cancer look good, you look beautiful! And now I am going to check my ta tas!