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What in the World Are You Doing with Cancer?

Facing the Unthinkable in the Prime of Life

by Hannah McGinnis



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 10/3/2013

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 240
ISBN : 9781490800240
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 240
ISBN : 9781490800257
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 242
ISBN : 9781490800233

About the Book

Cancer? Don’t only old people and little kids get cancer? How on earth did I get cancer?

That’s what Hannah McGinnis thought when she found out she had Hodgkin’s lymphoma as a twenty-one-year-old college senior. She didn’t qualify for aid, wigs, or wish-fulfillment programs like children under eighteen, but she didn’t feel old enough to be lumped in with middle-aged women and men fighting cancer. She found herself in the prime of life, battling a formidable disease without warning and without resources for her situation in life.


In What in the World Are You Doing with Cancer?, McGinnis walks through her journey with the disease, from her diagnosis to the final treatment and her later reflections. She reveals her thoughts, fears, joys, and struggles with a touch of sarcasm along the way. Ultimately, though the diagnosis was both surreal and frightening, she found hope, a deeper purpose, and a faithful God.

McGinnis encourages us—whether we have cancer or not—to remember that God is sovereign, to finish strong, and to find the eternal perspective in whatever unexpected trials we may face.

About the Author

Hannah McGinnis is passionate about encouraging others to follow Christ. She grew up in Dallas, Texas, with her parents and two sisters, and she attended Wheaton College. While a senior at Wheaton, Hannah was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, finishing chemotherapy four days after graduation. Since then, she has taught high school English in Honolulu where she enjoys living by the ocean, spending time outside, and the laid-back island lifestyle.