Girls Write Out
Thursday, August 30, 2007

You think you’re ready. You know the possibility is there. You can handle it. You’re prayed up. Then the phone call from the doctor tells you what you suspected all along, and you find out maybe you weren’t ready after all.

That happened to me yesterday. Remember the quarantine, the biopsies, all that? Well, I had another biopsy on Monday that confirmed a diagnosis of B-Cell Lymphoma. Not the best news in the world, but not the worst, either.

Two things I’ve learned since starting this crazy journey in June:

Number one, life is short, use fluffy towels.

Okay, maybe not real deep, life-changing words here, but it’s what I’ve learned. When my husband dragged home these cheap towels, I didn’t complain. But after the health issues, I decided, when you’re going through something like this, you just gotta have thick, fluffy towels.

Number two, life is short, eat chocolate cake.

I can merely type the word “chocolate” and gain weight. How wrong is that? To make matters worse, we have this restaurant in town that makes chocolate cake that is out of this world. I drool every time I pass it. Now I ask you, does it really hurt to have a slice of chocolate cake once in a while? No. I say give the woman her cake—especially if that woman is me.

Of course, I know that I’m not in this alone. God walks every step with me, showing His love to me in so many ways—usually through wonderful friends like you.

And there you have it--what I’ve learned on this recent journey. If I come up with any other words of wisdom, I’ll let you know. In the meantime, I have a piece of cake calling my name.
Diann Hunt  
posted at 3:00 AM  
  Comments (39)
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At 11:10 PM, Blogger Julie Carobini said...

Diann, I was just thinking of you today and wondering what might be going on since we hadn't heard from you in awhile. So sorry to hear about your diagnosis. Really sorry. I'm glad your sense of humor is still intact, though!

You are in my prayers...seriously. I'm sure I speak for many. Please keep us updated, okay? Now pass a piece of that cake over here...

At 11:22 PM, Blogger Kristy Dykes said...

Prayers are going up for you, Diann. I'm stunned to hear your diagnosis. Didn't know the extent of your ordeal. Only what you've posted. Please keep us informed. Love ya!

At 12:07 AM, Blogger Kristin said...

We have to keep you prayed up girl, and in SPA bathrobes and towels. I totally wasn't expecting the towel comment, I just laughed right out loud. Only you can have a day like today and do that. You are such a blessing to us all. : ) Kristin

At 1:48 AM, Blogger Anna Marie said...

Same here, Prayers to you!

At 3:23 AM, Blogger Pam S. said...


Ouch. That news was no fun. Am praying for you.


P.S. My friend brought BE SWEET from America and I got it yesterday! Started reading it last night. Can't wait until tonight to read some more!

At 6:18 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

I say we take chocolate cake with us on any doctor visit from now on. Maybe I'll buy a whole cake!

At 7:50 AM, Blogger Jaime said...

I'll have a piece of chocolate cake and say prayers for you while I consume it! Keep us posted for prayer purposes. Maybe you'll get an influx of well wishers bestowing fluffy towels on you! :)

At 8:13 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Thanks so much for the encouragement!

Oh, here's a fun tidbit. When the doc gave me the biopsy on Monday, I took a look at the long needle beforehand (it was HUGE). He says, "I'm surprised you'd look at it. Most people don't want to see it." I said, "I wanted to know how big it was so I could tell my friends it was three times that size." ;-)

Love you all and appreciate your prayers so very much!!

At 8:53 AM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

Di, you're amazing. We're privileged to have you as a friend and will continue to lift you in prayer as you go through this. Here's to fluffy towels and chocolate cake!

At 9:16 AM, Blogger Katy McKenna said...

Di--We are with you, lady. Prayers and towels and cake, all the way. Honestly, I would not have thought of the towels. I went through a frugal stage where I hung clothes to dry, and let me tell you how QUICKLY those stiff scratchy bathtowels got rejected!! We will NOT let this happen to you, dear friend!

At 9:27 AM, Blogger Katy McKenna said...

Di--Here's my advice: Don't try to learn too much during this ordeal! It will strain your brain and you need that thing for the long term. Every experience is a learning experience, both the seemingly insignificant event and the seemingly huge, so no sense in forcing yourself to get more out of this than the towels and chocolate. Sometimes, I try to "learn the lesson" of some situation in my life, and the lesson turns out to be approximately like algebra--I never use it again!!! You know I'm kidding--kind of.

At 9:36 AM, Blogger Lynette Sowell said...

Nothing like chocolate-chocolate cake...yum!! (you do know that cacao has healing properties?...) Anyway, you're in my prayers as you journey. God is bigger than anything/everything! :) ~ Hugs

At 9:37 AM, Blogger Pam Meyers said...

I'm praying. He is Jehova Rapha, the Healer. You've enouraged me this morning with your words.


At 9:42 AM, Blogger Megan DiMaria said...


We all thank God for you and for your precious sense of humor. Know that you're surrounded with prayer--and the occasional piece of chocolate cake.

A prisoner of hope,

At 9:48 AM, Blogger Georgiana said...

Praying for you! Praying God's peace surrounds you and He gives you wisdom during this season. Glad you have your sense of humor. A merry heart does good like medicine.

At 10:11 AM, Blogger Tina said...

Chocolate cake at every doctor's visit. That is great!

Many prayers.

At 10:27 AM, Blogger Cara Putman said...

Diann, I've been praying and will continue to. Darn, I'd hoped you'd have a different diagnosis! But we serve a God who can do anything, so I pray that He will surround you, heal you, and protect you in this journey. And if you're in Dallas, I have a feeling you'll have tons of chocolate cake!

At 10:45 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

I'm sitting in a coffee shop reading all your kind words and trying not to cry.

Thank you so much for your encouragement and support!!

At 10:45 AM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

Okay, we've cried ... well since you're being honest, I guess I have to. I bawled. Then I got mad. Now I'm ready to fight for ya, girlfriend. And praise God, it's a form we CAN fight. I know Colleen has on her boxing gloves, and man, if I was a B cell, I'd be afraid. I've seen her gloves!!!

At 11:33 AM, Blogger Rachel Hauck said...

Praying for you friend!!! Next to prayer, I think eating chocolate is the best medicine, oh, and laughter, which you do beautifully!


At 11:51 AM, Blogger Winter said...

Diann, many prayers sent your way. This will be an interesting journey for you, one I hope you can write about one day.

At 12:47 PM, Blogger Annie said...

Di- My prayers are with you as you go through this. I know what it's like and it's no fun. My dad was diagnosed with Leukemia last week so all of the emotional stages are there. Just know that you're not alone and that not only is God right there with you, but all of us are too. We love you!! May the Lord heal you and protect you. May His ever-present love and peace be with you always. Amen

At 1:30 PM, Blogger Malia Spencer said...

Diann, praying for you. I'm glad you're keeping things in perspective. Fluffy towels are great and so is chocolate molten cake. Chili's has a decent one with vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce. Or if you want to go gourmet Morton's steak house has one of the best I've ever tasted. Nothing like a great filet followed with the chocolate molten cake. Wishing that for you, along with pounds of DeBrands. :)

At 1:32 PM, Blogger Eileen said...

Chocolate cake, DeBrands and a long soak in a hot tub with a fluffy towel waiting! Sounds like a good plan. Praying, praying for you sweet lady.

At 2:22 PM, Blogger Kellie said...

Praying for you!

At 2:29 PM, Blogger Kayla said...

Well, now at least you'll know what God is healing you from and you'll come out of it with a great story!

That's all we really care about, right? The chocolate and the story :)

At 2:44 PM, Blogger Suzanne said...

Praying for you Diann!

At 3:25 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Annie, I'm so sorry to hear the news of your dad's diagnosis. I'll be praying for your family as well!

You all have touched my heart deeply with your comments. Thank you so much for making the journey easier.

It's unanimous. This stuff goes in a book. *g*

At 3:42 PM, Blogger celestemc said...

Oh Diann, my heart literally aches for you - and strange as it sounds, maybe even more for your loved ones and friends who are closest!

Recently health issues have hit home in our family. Colleen knows my story, maybe she has already clued you in to my daughter's battle with osteosarcoma. This isn't the time or place for details for I pray that you are nothing but ENCOURAGED as you read these posts!

But what I learned through the journey is that GOD IS FAITHFUL. Somehow He uses our brokeness to reveal His strength.

I love reading your entries, and I KNOW that HE will be glorified. What's that verse in Phillipians... in all that you do, do if for the glory of God? Something like that... (I stink at keeping my verses memorized).

We considered our journey to be like a mission field. It sounds like you already are working yours at all your hospital appts/tests/etc... you go girl!

You will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.

God is good, even in the crazy times. He WILL carry you like you've never been carried. I can tell He already is!

(Oh, and I just got a new puppy 2 days ago to try and reduce all of my chocolate cake consumption!) Up a couple of pant sizes is kinda discouraging for me (I'm a big girl already...) But I tell ya, I sure appreciate the simple things now... ESPECIALLY FLUFFY TOWELLS!

At 4:16 PM, Blogger Deena said...

Father, I lift Diann up to You for a healing touch. Thank You for her laughter and for her humor, and for chocolate cake. Thank You for fluffy towels and healing medicine and wonderful women who surround us with love and prayers.

Father, Diann is more than a wonderful author. She is a dear friend and sweetheart, and a daughter of the King! Meet her needs, Lord, and surpass her dreams. Fill her mouth with praise and her heart with joy.

Anoint her work as she strives to glorify You in all she does. Hold her close, and give her doctors wisdom. I'd love it if You just healed her and left them scratching their heads, but do as You will.

In Jesus' name, amen.

Love you {{{{{{{hugs}}}}}}}}}}

Any cake left??

At 8:02 AM, Blogger Page McManus said...


I'm stunned, but I have to remember that God is in control, even when it seems our world has spun out of control. He is with you on this road, he'l never leave you nor forsake you.

My thoughts and prayers are with you. Keep us informed.

At 10:26 AM, Blogger Rhonda/WA state said...

While I'm sitting here reading these comments, tears are streaming down. I don't post often but read up as much as I can. I feel I know you girls. I feel so comfortable with you all like having friends you never had. Plus I've read many of the books you guys have written.

Diann, you lifted me up this morning. (Ok, between the tears.) Hang in there girl. As you can see, all of us are praying for you.

Please pass the chocolate!

At 7:23 PM, Blogger Crystal Warren Miller said...

Praying for you, Di, here, too. And I say eat the cake while it tastes good. You can diet another day!

Love, Crystal

At 8:55 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

What are you saying, Crystal? There may come a day when I won't enjoy chocolate cake? SAY IT ISN'T SO!!!!

At 8:49 PM, Blogger brendalottakamaggiebrendan said...

Diann, I'm just so surprised at this news, and sorry. Your wonderful sense of humor cracks me up. But know that I'm praying for you,sweetie. God bless

At 1:26 PM, Blogger hhickam said...

Get well, Diann. The world of writing (and reading) needs you!

Homer Hickam

At 10:15 PM, Blogger Swaziland Mazzucas said...

One of the things they worry about as you go through chemo is losing too much weight. Keep the cake coming! ;)

At 8:37 PM, Blogger Shauna said...

Di, each time I eat chocolate I'm gonna pray for you! That's a lot of prayers a day! LOL! Seriously, though, I'm gonna consider it my reminder to lift you in prayer!

At 9:05 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Wow, Homer Hickam, great to hear from you! We LOVE October Sky!

Swaziland, keep the cake coming? You are my friend for LIFE!

Shauna, I can't think of anything better than knowing you're praying for me each time you reach for chocolate. Thank you!


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Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

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Colleen Coble writes romantic suspense with a strong atmospheric element. A lovable animal of some kind--usually a dog--always populates her novels. She can be bribed with DeBrand mocha truffles.

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Denise Hunter writes women's fiction and love stories with a strong emotional element. Her husband says he provides her with all her romantic material, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too.

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Diann Hunt writes romantic comedy and humorous women's fiction. She has been happily married forever, loves her family, chocolate, her friends, chocolate, her dog, and well, chocolate.

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