LionFighters

Over the last year, I’ve been working on a big project behind the scenes. I’m so excited, and I can’t wait to share it with you today, because you are my people!
So drumroll please…Here it is — I’ve joined with Children’s Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska to start a brand new blog called LionFighters. Don’t worry, Genuflected won’t be going anywhere, but the addition of LionFighters is a wonderful way to reach out to all those moms and dads who are trying to make sense of their journey through childhood cancer.
A doctor, nurse, and child life specialist will join me to write on the blog. It’s going to be an amazing place to connect, learn, and build support for families who are going through the isolating experience of childhood cancer.
And do you know what? If you’ve been through a sudden change in your life — the onset of a traumatic event you didn’t see coming — then some of these posts will resonate with you as well. Pain is universal, but so is the need for community and connectivity. That’s what this blog will foster.
I hope you will hop over and check out this new space. You are so welcome there, just as you are here. And maybe you know someone who is going through the struggles of childhood cancer? Maybe you can share the blog with them? I promise it will bring them hope and comfort in the midst of the storm they are walking through right now.
God bless and here is a little tidbit from the very first post on LionFighters:
When my son Cooper was first diagnosed, it felt like normal would never be a word we used to describe our life ever again. After all, my friends were talking about playgroups and their next vacation, while I was trying to understand what acute lymphoblastic leukemia would mean for our family.
Things had flipped upside down. Fear and survival seemed to be all that remained.
But time marches on. Test results come back. The words the doctors say start to make sense.
And, after a little bit, you notice that normal has indeed started to creep back in. It doesn’t look at all like it used to. Life will never be the same after childhood cancer. Normal will never look the way it once did.
But still, normal does return. In small ways, it works its way back into your life. One day, you notice you have a routine for doing laundry or eating lunch in the hospital. Suddenly, nurses start to feel more like familiar faces than strangers, and doctors like guideposts for the journey.
You start to settle in, because that’s what families do. They make their home where their heart is—even if that means a crowded hospital room. They have a snack shelf and a game drawer. They develop a bath routine and a list of favorite foods from the snack room.
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10 thoughts on “LionFighters

  1. So excited for you friend! Have you read “The Art of Work” by Jeff Goins? You doing LionFighters reminds me of a story found within its pages about embracing your calling in light of unexpected circumstances. Cheering you on!

  2. Best wishes with your new website, Jenni! That is so exciting. I pray that God will open many new doors for you and your words. How cool that you’re teaming up with others!

  3. Congratulations, Jenni! What a great support this will be for moms and dads who went through the same thing you did. Way to go for turning your family’s struggle into a pillar of strength for other families!

  4. So great, Jenni – what a blessing for you to be a part of creating a safe place that will support families in need and offer them support. We didn’t battle cancer, but our son had a rare kidney condition at a young age and it was so hard to not have anyone to tell me what the new normal would look like while I searched to figure it out. Such an impactful way to use your gifts for His glory and to share the power of your story. Congrats! Blessed to be your neighbor at Holley’s today.

  5. Love that you are starting this. I am praying over it right now. I hope it is the biggest encouragement to others! Great job! Cheering you on from the #RaRalinkup on Purposeful Faith.

  6. Jenni,

    I love everything you write about at Genuflected and the new Lionhearted site is just an extension of your beautiful heart.

    I am SO happy to see that you have created this much-needed resource for parents.

    Congrats – you are one of our featured guests at Inspire Me Monday at Create With Joy and I am happy to help you spread the word!

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