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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Celeste, our buddy here on the blog, gave me this verse and it's so needed for all of us right now. I was all set to write a light-hearted blog post but we all just had a curve ball that has left us breathless. Our dear, dear Di was diagnosed yesterday morning with ovarian cancer. While we're thankful it was found in a routine PET scan, we're reeling and grieving that she has to go through this again.

There are some people who light up a room. Di is that person. She can make me laugh and just being around her lifts any care I might have away. She has so much love and compassion for people. She's the best grandma around and a wonderful mom and wife. Go here to read her daughter's post about yesterday. Di has this way of just looking at a situation that makes me giggle. Sometimes we laugh so hard we cry. I would do anything for her, just anything. I'd even take this on myself if it would mean this cup would pass from her. I can't do that, but I can pray. I can research the best treatments. I will go with her anywhere we need to go for treatment. I could take her wig shopping, but I hear Amber has already claimed that joy. :-) I can hear the laughter now. (Anywhere Di is you'll find lots of laughter.) So I'll do the things I can and know God loves her even more than I do. I know He has her wrapped in His big arms. He has us cradled there with her because He knows those of us who love her are hurting too.

Now realize that after surgery I won't be allowed anywhere near her morphine pump. Last time I gave her a shot of pain meds when I thought I was calling the nurse! I will never live that one down. All of us will be in town for the surgery. We'd planned two days of brainstorming together but God knew we needed to be together for this. Isn't that cool how He had it all planned out? And there is nowhere any of us would rather be than with Di.

We'll know about staging and treatment at the end of the week, but please, please keep Di in your prayers. Let's flood the gates of heaven with our petition on her behalf! Thanks for praying, friends. I know you love her too.


Colleen Coble  
posted at 5:32 AM  
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At 10:04 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

That's right, Colleen. We love our Diann so much. She is such a special blessing to anyone who has ever met her. I'm so glad we'll be there in Indiana during the surgery, and we'll be praying and encouraging. It truly is a God thing that we already had our plane tickets purchased and a place to stay (your house.) She is blessed to have you and Denise so close, but I'm so thrilled Kris and Mel and I will also be able to be close at hand.

May God carry Diann through this with abundant health, abunant blessings and joy because of the joy she has given to others. I look forward to the miracles God can provide.

At 10:12 PM, Blogger Amber said...

You will never know how much your support and prayers for my mom encourages the rest of the family. It floods my heart with hope to know so many are lifting her up to the Most High! Thank you for being the best of friends to her. =)

At 10:19 PM, Blogger Peggy Blann Phifer said...

While I don't know Di I did meet her once at the Dallas ACFW conference in 2006. It was funny. I was Treasurer that year and I'd overpaid her. She tracked me down to return the check so I could redo it. :)

I agree, Colleen, she lights up a room, or in this case, the hotel hallway. Her smile is infectious. Her books make me laugh.

Joining all of you in prayer for her surgery and recovery.

At 10:31 PM, Blogger Katy McKenna said...

I am so glad you wrote about Diann, Colleen. Thank you! Those of us who love The Girls and have been so blessed by Di are PRIVILEGED to pray for her, her family, and you. When we know the day of surgery, we'll be right there with you in spirit, lifting her up to Jesus and asking the Father to surround all of you with His strong arms of comfort and grace and healing.

Amber, I have it on good authority that your mother is very open at this time to an auburn wig, so that she can finally wear the gorgeous brown outfits that Colleen has been denying her.

I know Diann's beloved Christmas season has come and gone, but I am thinking of O Come, O Come Emmanuel right now. God With Us! God With Diann. Amen.

At 10:43 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

Amber, Diann is such a special woman. She has a strength and beauty that uplifts everyone who knows her. We want to keep her healthy and going strong.

At 1:20 AM, Blogger Ruthie said...

Please let Diann know that I am praying for her...and for all of you Girls. My brother and I are both cancer survivors (I, too, hate the big "C" word!) so I know what it's like from both sides of the bed. I will also be sharing Diann's need with my online group, Heavenly Daze, a bunch of ladies around the country who love to pray. (HD was started by Angie Hunt and inspired by the books she and Lori Copeland wrote some years back.) So there will be scores of women praying...even on a Caribbean cruise!

At 1:40 AM, Blogger Pam S. said...

Diann, I am very upset about your cancer news. Know that I am praying for you--and crying, too. You have been such an encouragement to me through your funny and kind words on girlswriteout and your emails to me.

You are one of the funniest, sunniest writers I know. When I am really down, I pick up one of your books and feel better. It's one of the reasons I've read four of your books twice and one of them--HOT FLASHES--three times. (The other reason for multiple readings was to figure out how you crafted them.) :)

Glad, so glad, that your family and girlswriteout buddies will be nearby.

Amber, your post (the "here" on Colleen's post) was very touching and meaningful. You are greatly blessed to have such a close relationship with your mom. Praying not only for your mom, but for you, your dad, and all the family, too.

At 6:34 AM, Blogger Sharon A. Lavy said...

Sorry. Praying. God bless you as you go through this journey together.

At 7:18 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

It would take something this momentous to get me to agree to let Di wear brown. But okay. She can wear it if it makes her happy. LOL

At 7:46 AM, Blogger Kimberly Cash Tate said...

How sad to hear that Diann is going through this. Thank you, Colleen, for letting us know and giving us an opportunity to pray for her. I will be lifting her up to he Most High, the One who is able to heal and able to do exceeding abundantly.

Diann is blessed to have such treasured friends. May God bless you all as well as you care for her.

Much love,

At 8:11 AM, Blogger Tina said...

Praying, Colleen. She Is a wonderful person and I you all are such great friends. It's so hard, but she is so lucky to have her friends.

At 8:23 AM, Blogger Lisa Faye Harman said...

From the moment I met Di in Doc Hensley's writing class, she has been an encouragement and joy to me. I am praying.

At 9:25 AM, Blogger Pattie said...

I am so sad to hear this news. Praying for her!

At 9:41 AM, Blogger Kristin said...

Prayers! Our God is mighty to save.

Moses said to God, "Suppose I go to the Israelites...and they ask me, 'What is his name?'

God said to Moses, "I AM who I AM."

Exodus 3:13-14

At 9:55 AM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

Oh! Colleen, I have just the silky top for her to try. It has other colors with it, but it looks good on me, and I'm a winter. I'll pack it...need to remember to pack it...someone remind me!!

At 10:01 AM, Blogger Beverly said...

Wow. Oh my goodness.

You could say that Diann is my "breast-friend" :-) as she and I met through cyberspace as I was going through my breast cancer journey. What an amazing experience she is.

As a cancer survivor, I have so many thoughts...but until you/we have the facts, I will just focus on the richness I know God will give through His Spirit, through His people, and through His truth that He will whisper to her heart and her family's heart along the way.

Diann and Amber, remember to BREATHE. Sometimes in life you have to remind yourself to do such a simple thing, and this is probably one of those times. I am reminded of a teacher's point, about God BREATHING LIFE INTO MAN in Genesis. I pray that every time you "remember to breathe," you will also be breathing in of His peace and strength.

My challenge to myself and the rest of us...and not with any sense of judgement or rigidity ... but that is to be on my knees when I pray for Diann, because that way I will KNOW that I have truly focused for her. Not that I won't be letting the prayer-arrows fly throughout the day, but sometimes I just need to KNOW that I was truly attentive.

Colleen, please keep us updated. Thanks for being there for Diann! May He honor and encourage you all as well!

At 10:09 AM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

We love you, Di! You have a whole army on their knees at His throne. He is good and able to do anything He pleases, and I know He has you securely in his grip!

At 10:23 AM, Blogger carla stewart said...

Diann, I'm so sorry to hear that you have to go through this again. Please know I'm praying, asking for healing and all good things to come your way. I'm so glad your pals are there with you.

Love you.

At 10:26 AM, Blogger Jaime said...

Prayed while I was up with Chloe at 2 AM and will continue to pray ... hugs from me and your little Girls Write Out Chloe ...

At 10:27 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Chloe IS ours. :-) We prayed her into existence. And we will all pray this cancer OUT of existence! Thanks for all the outpouring of love, friends. Diann is just so blessed to have you all.

At 10:32 AM, Blogger Catherine Terry said...

Diann, I have "known" you through your books and public avenues. I will definitely be praying.... Our wonderful Lord cradles each of us in His arms, especially during such times. Praise God that you're surrounded by loving family and friends!

At 10:36 AM, Blogger CatMom said...

I am lifting up Diann in my prayers today, and will continue. I'm sorry to say I didn't get to meet her in person in Denver (met Colleen and Kristin though) but I am sure she's a wonderful person (and I love her books!!). Sending hugs from Georgia, Patti Jo Moore
( 1 Peter 5:7)

At 10:44 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

You cannot begin to know how much your comments of encouragement mean to me! God has touched my heart through you, reminding me AGAIN of His presence and love for me--through you!

Colleen, Denise, Kristin and Cheryl, I don't know where I'd be without your friendship. Thank you for caring and walking this storm with me.

Thank you to our friends here at the Girlswriteout Cafe. :-) I've so enjoyed getting to know each of you through our blog and hope to enjoy lots more fun in the days ahead.

You know I see the world through a quirky lens, so there will no doubt be many crazy stories ahead. Stay tuned . . . . ;-)

At 10:47 AM, Blogger Robin Jones Gunn said...

My heart goes out to you, sweet Diann and to you, too Amber.I know you and your mom are very close. Sending my love and prayers.

At 11:13 AM, Blogger Janet Lee Barton said...

So very sorry about this news, Diann! Praying for you, sweet friend!

At 11:28 AM, Blogger Michelle V said...

I'm praying!!

Michelle V

At 11:32 AM, Blogger Mary said...

I understand how you are feeling. I found out recently that a friend of mine was diagnosed with colon cancer. Initially, I was shocked, sick,and could not sleep. I felt helpless and that I needed to do something. I prayed for Diann yesterday and was shocked today. I will be praying for her, her doctors,her family, her fans, and close friends. I made a facebook group page for my friend who has cancer so people can pray, support her, and encourage her. I have included the link below so you can see it. It has been helpful to her and may be helpful for Diann.

At 11:39 AM, Blogger Tracey Bateman said...

Love and prayers for DiAnn and for all of you. She truly does light up a room. No many people honestly do that. Thanks for the post Colleen. Please keep us as updated as Di is comfortable with. I am praying.

At 11:58 AM, Blogger Malia Spencer said...

I know I hardly ever comment anymore but I still follow this blog and all you ladies are very special as your works or you personally have touched me in some way. Diann you have touched me both personally and through your writing. How can I not love someone who loves chocolate as much as I do and shares that in their writing? You have such a beautiful spirit and I will praying.

This is one of my favorite healing scriptures and of course there are dozens more. I will be praying them over you Diann!

Isaiah 53:4-5 "Surely He hath borne our griefs (Hebrew: sicknesses) and carried our sorrows (Hebrew: pains) yet we did esteem Him stricken, smitten of God and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and by His stripes we are healed."

At 12:38 PM, Blogger Pamela Meyers said...

I am sitting here shaking my head. I had a sense yesterday when Colleen posted y'all were praying for Diann who was having surgery & later Colleen Twitted that she was researching ovarian cancer on the Internet.I immediately said to God, "Please not let it be about Diann"

About five years ago my best friend was diagnosed with Stage Four ovarian cancer. God took us on a miraculous journey over the next eleven months.

You don't say, but I'm hoping that finding in in a PET scan will help make a huge difference since it was found that way and not when it's advanced to Stage Four.

Diann you will be prayed for often. If you ever want to "talk" I've been there, done that through my friend. I'll also be praying for your docs and other caregivers.

Get the snazziest wig you can find and wear all the brown you want.

Love ya!

At 12:54 PM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

Di, you know I'm bombarding Heaven for you! I love your sweet spirit, and I especially your funny bone. ;)
So I'll continue to pray you through this bout of cancer like we all did the last. And if the going gets rough, I've got an extra pair of quirky view glasses you can have.

At 1:05 PM, Blogger Susan Meissner said...

Praying for you, Diann!

At 1:44 PM, Blogger Julie Garmon said...

Ane Mulligan just sent a prayer request my way. Praying right now...a friend you've not yet met.

At 2:26 PM, Blogger Nora said...


Thanks for letting us how and when to be lifting our sister in Christ up to the Lord!

I don't know Diann personally but my friend Ane does and I've heard lots of funny stories.

Nora St.Laurent
Finding Hope Through Fiction

At 3:11 PM, Blogger Heather Diane Tipton said...

Thanks for posting about this Colleen.

Di, I'm praying for you!

At 4:55 PM, OpenID sallyhanan said...

We'll pray here. Look up her local Healing Rooms, too.

At 6:20 PM, Blogger Kameko said...

My prayers go out to Diann, her family and all of you. I know that our Lord has Diann cradled gently and will take care of her.

At 6:39 PM, Blogger Suzanne said...

Oh Diann, this is sad news. I'm praying for you here in Pennsylvania. Know that you are loved by many.

At 7:41 PM, Blogger Crystal Laine Miller said...

Praying so hard! I have had several aunts with this--one just finished chemo. (She's in remission!)

Diann is my friend from Doc Hensley's class and she's just the nicest and happiest person I know.

At 9:32 PM, Blogger Celeste said...

Joshua 1:9 has been huge for our family through some really tough times.

"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go."

I love that! God IS with you.

I continue to cling to this verse. Recently we've had something really tough come up (no new diagnoses, PTL) - but still tough and emotional. God has called me to do something that my flesh fights. But I want to live a life surrendered to Him, and I see that in you ladies as well.

So as He commissions us, I'm going to include another verse that just recently has become powerful to me. As Joshua commissioned the Israelites, God daily commissions us.

So here's the Israelite's response - and a good example for us.

Joshua 1:16 -
" So they answered Joshua, saying, "All that you command us we will do, and wherever you send us, we will go."

Diann, I send a big hug and will continue to be in prayer. I look forward to reading the crazy posts you promise us... and believe with all my being that God is going to use you mightily to touch many lives for His glory. You go girl!

At 9:59 PM, Blogger hotcoffeenow said...

So sorry to hear this news, but prayers are going out to you from here also! Look forward to hearing about the wonderful miracles God can provide. Know you have touched many and are loved in return.


At 12:14 AM, Blogger Rachel Hauck said...

Praying for dear Di. You are so right, Colleen, she lights up a room.

Love to you, Diann!


At 7:52 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

I read through all these posts this morning and felt like I'd walked into the GWO Cafe and we just had an awesome prayer meeting and group hug! :-)

Please know that I don't take your prayers lightly. I covet them! They are strength and life to me and I am humbled that you would do me the honor of going before the Father in my behalf.

I am blessed, blessed, blessed to "know" all of you. God is so good to me!!

Crazy posts will be forthcoming. ;-)

At 8:20 AM, Blogger Jenny said...

Praying NOW
Abba Father, we bring our beloved--Your beloved Di to you again. We ask that Your holy hand of healing blanket her with Your peace and comfort, a barrier against all fear. We ask that You fill her doctors, nurses and all techs with a wisdom beyond their abilities in such a way that they will recognize Your hand in this. Open doors for Di to sing Your praises in this new place so others will hear of Your mercy and grace. Be glorified in this, Abba, as our precious Di is healed. Thank You, Father, that this is not beyond You or too small a thing for You. Thank You that You reign over all and love us each one. Thank You for Your precious Son, our Great Physician, in whose holy Name we pray. Thank You, Jesus.
Amen and amen


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Kristin Billerbeck
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.

Colleen Coble

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.

Denise Hunter

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.

Diann Hunt

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.

Hannah Alexander

Cheryl Hodde writes romantic medical suspense under the pen name of Hannah Alexander, using all the input she can get from her husband, Mel, for the medical expertise. For fun she hikes and reads. Out of guilt, she rescues discarded cats. She and Mel are presently taking orders from four pampered strays.

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