Suffering from a life-threatening affliction can rob people of their joy, focus, and inner peace. Battling with physical frailty usually also means battling with a roller coaster of emotions and heartaches. Quite often, hope is hard to come by. Writer and poet Christine Heath is no stranger to the challenges of suffering from a serious illness, and it is for this reason that she published Journey of Seasons, a collection of poetry that spans 30 years of her adult life battling with cancer, domestic violence, and sexual abuse. By sharing her uncommon story, Heath intends to inspire hope.
Having survived cervical cancer, a brain tumor discovered in 1993, and yet another brain tumor that was detected in 2016, Christine Heath’s life is nothing but a ball of hope and inspiration. All throughout her journey of battling cancer, Heath learned the value of winning small victories one day at a time. With her unwavering faith guiding her all throughout the process, Heath continues to survive, and she documented her emotions through her poetry.
Aside from battling cancer, Heath also survived a deadly car accident with her daughter, two failed marriages, and two miscarriages. If it weren’t for God’s sustaining grace and her family’s love and support, she would have succumbed to adversity a long time ago. Christine Heath believes, however, that God has called her to a bigger purpose.
Christine Heath was motivated to create Journey of Seasons through the encouragement and emotional support that her husband extended. Her husband convinced her that her story is worth sharing and worth learning from. Sharing her gift in writing to the world is her way of reaching out to those who may be going through a difficult time and are searching for answers. She may not fully know the extent of the impact and influence she will make on her readers, but she is confident that there are people out there who will find the strength they need to move forward after reading her poetry. While life may be filled with unexpected twists and turns, Christine Heath wants her readers to realize that good things can still come out of bad life events.
“My hope is that in your prayer time, whatever you are dealing with, you set that aside and let God help you see the bigger picture. Remember always that he will never give you anything you can’t handle. Let love share your pain and your pain show grace,” Heath shares.
As she subscribes to the motto “live for today,” Christine Heath can only imagine life near the beach after she sells her house in the next couple of years. Career-wise, she can opt to publish a second book or go into motivational speaking. While these are all beautiful possibilities, Heath is not discounting the potential of coming across new and exciting opportunities in the near future. At this point in her life, what matters most is enjoying each day God has gifted her with and making the most of the new moments she is privileged to enjoy. As she continues to live meaningfully, Heath wishes to continue to inspire hope among those who are suffering from a threatening affliction.