My Daughter Has Breast Cancer

Yesterday  I answered my phone as I saw my daughter Leah’s number pop up.  I eagerly punched the button to talk to a young lady who has demonstrated such love to her dad, her family and so many others.  She is the mother of my two grandsons.  I was not ready for what she had to say.  She told me that she had just received news that she has breast cancer and will be undergoing surgery very soon to remove a large mass.

I felt like somebody punched me in the gut.  Tears filled my eyes and I found it difficult to speak.  My little girl was hurting.  I have four amazing children.  Leah has been the rock in our family.  In good times, she is the life of any get together.  In tough times, she keeps everybody close.  As her father, Leah has brought tremendous joy into my life.  From a child, she has always been disciplined and lively.  How can I forget checking on her after she had gone to sleep and finding her clothes laid on for the next day in the shape of a body?  No bed time was needed as she would trudge off to bed on her own.  On family trips she always had a song in her heart and on her voice.  If she wasn’t singing songs from The Cabbage Patch cassette tape, she was making up songs on her own.  “Going around the curve” was her favorite whenever we would travel winding roads.

Leah has always been willing to challenge you when you were not living like you should.  I know that my life would never have gotten back on track had it not been for Leah confronting me.  That takes tremendous courage to do so to your father.  But she did and I am grateful.

The picture at the top of this article is what Leah has chosen for her Facebook profile as she fights this thing.  I know she will fight with everything she has.  She is a tough young lady.  In her school days, she played softball and basketball.  In softball her teammates had to be aware whenever Leah had the ball in her hand.  If she was throwing it to you, it was coming at full speed even if you were only 5 feet away.  In basketball, she shot the ball with such force that backboards and rims are probably still shaking.  Needless to say, she did not score many points.  On the other hand, the person she guarded did not either.  She was relentless in playing defense.

So now she gets to bring that toughness into a new arena.  Fight she will.  I am asking each of you to pray for Leah as she fights.  God is taking her down a new path.  I am confident that she will follow the Good Shepherd and bring every ounce of energy she can muster.  Leah, Dad loves you so much.  Part of me hoped you would avoid this kind of pain, but I know you will become an even more amazing lady through this.

Perhaps you have or are battling cancer.  If you want to make note of that in the comments, we will all join in praying for you and those we know who face this.

Please note: I reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive or off-topic.

  • Bret Teegarden

    Frank, you can count on the Teegardens keeping your daughter, you and the rest of your family in our prayers.

  • Jamie Johnson

    Frank what a very sweet and oh so true blog this is. It breaks my heart to hear this news. I pray God gives Leah strength and comfort as she fights through this.

    • Jamie, I’m sure you could relate to some of those things growing up with Leah. Thanks for the kind words and prayers.

  • Judy Woodall

    Wow, what news… Leah and your entire family will be in my prayers as she fights.

  • Kim

    I saw this news on FB early this morning and my heart broke for Leah and for your whole family. I know she is a very strong person. She’s always had an inner strength that so many envy. Even as a little girl you could see determination in her eyes. Leah is fighting this fight and will come out a better person. God always has purpose in all things. Whether it be to bring us closer to him, or closer to each other, or to show us how strong we are when we forget, or just simply to have a testimony that gives him all the glory. He’s going to get the glory in Leah’s testimony and she will be the one to tell her story to others one day. My prayers are with you all.

    • Kim, she has grown up as a full version of that little girl. Thanks for the prayers and the wonderful words.

  • Mitzi Perry

    We love you guys and have wonderful memories of the fun we all had as young seminary families. We will be praying for Leah and the family. She is a fighter and now we know why! God has given her such strength and courage knowing that He is in control. Keep us posted Frank!
    Love you bunches ~ Mitzi and Dale

    • Thanks Mitzi and Dale. I know you have hurt when your girls have hurt as well.

  • praying for you and your family.

  • Garrell Garnett “G”

    You hate to see any woman effected by this, but when its someone so close to you its even worse!!! But Leah those who know you, know that you are a strong willed woman & will bounce back 100%.
    You’re in my thoughts & prayers.

    “G’

    • G, you’ve been a good friend to Leah. I know she really appreciates it. I do too.

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  • Jenny Sanders

    Mr. Gantz, You may not remember me, but I graduated from ABSS with Cameron. I was Jenny Sanders then. I found out this week about Leah’s diagnosis from a mutual friend of ours. I completely identify with what she is going through, since I too was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 30 in 2008. I had two small children and a husband, and I was scared to death. What I CAN tell you is that the support of her family and friends and the faith she has in Jesus will get her through this. I will continue to pray for her, but I will also pray for you and the rest of the family. I know this is hard for you, and sometimes it is hard to know the best way to help. There are no words, but remember that the Lord has a PERFECT PLAN for Leah!

    • Jenny, when I was speaking on the phone with Leah today, she mentioned you and what you have been through. It meant a great deal to her. Thank you for your prayers and encouragement.

  • Rhonda Little

    Frank you are all in my prayers, Please keep us updated my friend….she is strong and will fight this fight to tell the story! ♥ to all.

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  • Nancy (Tifft) Rardin

    Frank, my mom fought the ugly breast cancer battle last year and won with a mighty miracle of God… I am praying for just such a miracle for your little girl.

    • Thank you, Nancy. That is an encouraging word.

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