I just got around to reading yesterday’s Post & Courier today and I was pleasantly surprised as I read a wonderful story about Kristie Higdon’s courageous fight – and temporal loss (at age 38) – with breast cancer. Kristie was an active member at St. Andrew’s. The article made reference to her strong faith mentioning how her faith allowed her to face her death without fear. I would add that Kristie’s strong faith in the person and work of Jesus Christ not only made her courageous in her fight with cancer – she was confident that nothing could separate her from the love of God in Christ – but also informed how she lived and explains most clearly the “why” her short life was so fruitful and left a lasting impact.
The article is well worth the read. For me, it highlights how a person, even in the midst of death, can live with an eternal perspective (afforded by her faith in Christ) and give herself away to others, ministering in her weakness and need to the weaknesses and needs of others.
Kristie’s funeral at St. Andrew’s last month was sad but glorious as we were reminded that the death of Christ’s own are precious in His sight. Her family continues to be remembered in our prayers; I would commend them to yours.
Here’s the article:
In April, 38-year-old Kristie Higdon celebrated with friends after two doctors performed blood work and examined her body for cancer but found none. The registered nurse thought she was in the clear because the breast cancer she had was aggressive and typically would have reappeared by then.
Higdon, who co-founded the local affiliate of the Young Survival Coalition last year and was the subject of a story in The Post and Courier on Oct. 3, 2011, first was diagnosed with Stage 1 triple receptor negative breast cancer at 33 in February 2007.
A double-mastectomy later that year, primarily out of caution, found more.
The ambitious young woman who had a list of aspirations, from furthering her career and buying a home to getting married and having a child, put her life on hold as she tried to save it.
So when she got the all-clear April 2, she celebrated the milestone and her healthier future with friends . . .