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You Are Not Alone (YANA) – Our Stories

Our Own Stories of Survival, Healing, Hope & Comfort (Co-Founders Stories)

The co-founders of YANA-Cancer Comfort are cancer survivors who know first hand what it is like to face the pain and anguish of this disease.  Their experiences led them to a new understanding that God did not create us to be alone in this life or in this battle.  It is our prayer the following stories will provide you with faith, hope & love as you read them.

May God Bless You,
YANA-Cancer Comfort Co-Founders

John_HeadShot_Final John Gronnel ~
Two-time survivor of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

“I know speaking to others helped me cope in my lowest and loneliest moments. ”

My name is John Gronnel and I am a two-time survivor of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

I was first diagnosed in 2000 and again in 2010. When I got the news I felt like I was living a nightmare.  I had always been an athlete and physically fit, this couldn’t be happening to me.  Sadly it was, and although I was pretty asymptomatic when diagnosed, the cure and treatment caused me a great deal of pain and anguish and left me with long term side effects, many of which I still suffer from today.  I won’t go into the details of the treatment, only to say I was hospitalized three separate times with 102° fevers, severe dehydration, given multiple transfusions, and ultimately had to have a bone marrow transfusion, along with major surgeries to save my kidney.

The reason I mention the treatment is because in my darkest moments so many individuals and survivors reached out to me with words of encouragement, cards, texts and phone calls.  The second time I went through treatment a group of ladies made me a blanket and a young boy gave me a chemo cap.  Those items carried such deep meaning for me.

You Are Not Alone Ministries was started by cancer victims who want to reach-out in many of the ways that were meaningful to us.

The scripture from Jeremiah 29:11 gave me such hope and comfort and it is my prayer it will do the same for you as well.  As someone who has walked in your shoes, I want to make myself available to you and your family.

If you should ever need to speak to someone who has been there please don’t hesitate to call me anytime day or night as the need arises.

I know speaking to others helped me cope in my lowest and loneliest moments.  My email is johngronnel@yana-cancercomfort.com.  You can contact me anytime.

Please know that all of us at You Are Not Alone are praying for healing and God’s abundant grace for you and your family.

John Gronnel

John and his wife Corinne in October 2012

John and his wife Corinne in October 2012

 At least someone still has hair...or fur. John enjoys a special visit during his bone marrow transplant.

At least someone still has hair…or fur. John enjoys a special visit during his bone marrow transplant.

Bill_Headshot_Final2 Bill Lange ~
Two-year survivor of testicular cancer

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Hi, my name is Bill Lange and I am two-year survivor of testicular cancer.

My journey started in March of 2010 when I started having pain in my mid back. I went to urgent care to have it looked at. After a series of tests and x-rays over the next week I was diagnosed with stage 3 testicular cancer. The cancer had spread through my body into my lungs and lymph nodes.

It blindsided me. I thought, how could this happen to me? I am in great shape. My physical conditioning was a large part of who I was. Getting cancer was not in my plans. I went through surgery and three months of chemo. I lost 30 pounds and was very weak and vulnerable. I had always been self-sufficient, but now I had to depend on someone to take care of me.

Feeling physically, emotionally and spiritually empty, I felt very alone. Fear of the future was on my mind. I knew God was going to get me through this but the feelings were still there. During this time, cards and phone calls from co-workers uplifted my spirit knowing someone was thinking about me.
It’s been over two years since my last chemo treatment. My journey has opened new doors of opportunities to reach out to others going through many of the same trials. I don’t know what the future holds. I do know that with my faith in God I will continue to help through any trials that come my way.

Bill Lange

Bill and his daughter

Bill and his daughter during treatment

Bill and his daughter celebrate Christmas 2012

Bill and his daughter celebrate Christmas 2012




An Open Invitation

– God Would Like to Walk with You.

One thing was for certain on each our own journeys with cancer. ALL of us came face-to-face with our own mortality. Each of us drew on our faith in God to see us through the pain & anguish this disease brought. Not one of us can imagine going through cancer & the challenges this life brings without God. It is our prayer that you won’t have to face cancer without Him. Perhaps, you have never taken the opportunity to have a relationship with God through His Son Jesus? Why not accept His open invitation now?

We are all born to have a relationship with God. It is our sincerest prayer for you as well. Here is how you start:

  1. Realize no matter how good a life you try to live, we all have fallen short; the Scriptures call this “sin.” “No one is good, not even one.”
  2. “God showed His great love for us by sending Jesus to die for us while we were still sinners.2″ This is the “Good News” (Gospel), that God loves us so much that He sent His only Son to die in our place when we least deserved it.
  3. Turn from your sin and self-reliance to God through Jesus in faith.
  4. Pray the prayer of salvation below to accept Jesus in your heart and begin to live for him, this is what it means to become a Christian. It is more than church attendance or belief in a creed; although those things are good they cannot save you. If you would like to have a relationship with Jesus, simply pray and mean it from your heart.

If you would like to accept God’s invitation to accept His Son Jesus Christ into your heart and life you can pray this simple prayer:

“Dear Lord Jesus, I know I have fallen short and have sinned. I believe You died to set me free from my sins. I turn from my sin and open my heart and life to you now. I confess You as my Lord and Savior. Thank you for saving me. Amen.”

No matter where you are with your walk with God, we’d love for you to call any one of us. Whether you have questions, anger, frustration or just need encouragement we’re here to listen and support.

(Scripture References: 1 Romans 3:10, 2 Romans 5:8)

If you prayed the prayer above to accept Jesus into your heart we would love to hear from you.  We would also love to send you some materials and help you as you begin your new journey with God.  Please fill out the form below and someone will contact you from the YANA Ministry.

  •   Yes, I just prayed the prayer.
      I would like to know more before I make a decision
      I just rededicated my life to Christ.
  •   Someone to Contact Me
      To Receive Materials
      I Prefer Not to be Contacted.

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