Nelson wanted to help provide a place where others in similar situations could turn. In 2012, she convinced Emanuel Medical Center to open Jessica’s House, a home where people could join support groups and participate in activities together. Today, Jessica’s House is a part of EMC Health, a nonprofit formed by Covenant Ministries of Benevolence when the hospital was sold in 2014.
Cancer is the illness that seems to touch everyone—most of us have a friend or loved one who has traveled this journey. An experience with cancer often forces us to confront mortality and what matters in life while giving us time to consider those questions. These Covenanters graciously share a glimpse of their experience with “the big C.”
Last summer I worked my way through a massive biography of Thomas Cranmer, the archbishop of Canterbury during the reigns of Henry VIII, his ill-fated son Edward VI, and, briefly, Henry’s oldest daughter, Mary.