Elise's mother, SACS Elementary School librarian Liz Frame, summarized her feelings concerning her daughter's diagnosis as sheer shock.
, described by her
daughter as her
"rock through it all", disclosed she
was overcome with the "helpless feeling [one has] when someone you love is so sick with something you can't see.
would massage her
daughter to alleviate the aches and pains, but describes the cancer as "in and of itself" so it was hard to target.
"I tried to be there," recalls Frame's mother, "I was her
pep-squad…[she was] in so much pain that she
just needed someone to hold onto."
Frame humbly admitted, "I like being in control of my life, so finding myself in a situation where I had absolutely no control was incredibly frustrating and scary.
further admits she
quickly learned to trust wholeheartedly in God- "It was a struggle to maintain my faith in a good God when it felt like my life was falling apart all around me, but honestly, that time in my life is when I felt his
presence the most.
Frame notes throughout the doctor appointments, surgeries, and chemo-treatments her
mother stood by her
side and God had provided.
graduated SACS High school
wrote for this very magazine and wished to pursue her
passion by studying international communications.
Although setback by a serious illness, Frame decidedly used her
experience as a tool to strengthen -not only herself- but others around her
declares, "I will never call cancer a 'gift' or 'blessing in disguise', but I do think God can redeem even the most terrible and painful experiences of your life.
On October 31st, 2014, Frame went in for her
last session of chemo, and a bone marrow biopsy on November 14th reaffirmed Frame as completely cancer free.
Frame delightedly noted her
gratitude towards God for delivering her
and the help of encouragers throughout the 2 years of medical treatment.
"It's been a marathon, " Frame
concludes, "and I am so happy I don't have to run it anymore."
Frame currently works for LIVESTRONG
, a non-profit organization tailored towards providing valuable cancer resources for cancer patients and families.
"There's a lot of hurt and confusion that comes along with cancer," notes Frame
, "so being able to be apart of the healing process and 'pay it forward' and help others like me, that's been the most rewarding part of interning here."
Frame's mother added that through her
daughter's cancer experience, she
has developed a passion for non-profit organizations.
Frame's mother discloses Frame eventually wishes to start her
own non-profit organization.
Prior to her
had been a Christian; however her
mother believes cancer made her
stronger and more steadfast in her
To Frame's mother, trying to cope with cancer without God is unimaginable- "it'd be like floundering in the ocean and God is the rock- hold onto him!
affirms, "I can confidently say that God is good, even if my circumstances are not."