Grief to Grace

Thanks to the iconic pink ribbon, breast cancer awareness and early detection are at an all-time high. Now, Sarah McLean, a cancer survivor, is ushering in the next stage of care for affected women by providing services for dealing with the emotional aftermath. 

Sarah McLean and her husband Steve and children Colin & Tatum“During cancer treatment, you go into survival mode to deal with the physical effects. The emotional effects are often put on the back burner,” McLean said. “But the next critical step of the journey begins after the treatment—the recovery and restoration.”

McLean, a two-time cancer survivor, remembers what it’s like to think, “I can handle this,” only to find herself, and her marriage, falling to pieces. The 38-year-old knows how it feels to worry that she won’t be there for her children. She felt weak and discouraged. She’s questioned her attractiveness after having a double mastectomy.

Her heart was broken. Her faith was rattled.

“I tried to coach myself through the emotional roller coaster, but the more I tried, the deeper I went into depression,” McLean said.

Now that she’s on the other side of the disease