"I'm a woman of faith," Deanna Favre said in her interview on ABC's Good Morning America. After the NFL launched an investigation into alleged inappropriate behavior by her husband, Brett Favre, she said her faith will help get her through this.
A New York Times bestselling author and activist, Deanna Favre and co-author Pastor Shane Stanford appeared on the show Thursday to promote their new book, The CURE for the Chronic Life. They both share experiences with a life-threatening illness. They have combined their strengths, faith, and hardships to write a book that inspires readers to rise above despair and conquer the joys of a great life.
And with recent headlines of her husband's alleged sexting, she has one more disparity to add to her list.
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre met with NFL security personnel earlier this week over the alleged inappropriate voicemails and photos he sent to former New York Jets gameday host Jenn Sterger when he played for the team in 2008.
Responding to the scandal, Deanna stressed, "Faith has gotten me through many difficult struggles. It will get me through this one. I'm handling this through faith."
In her new book, Favre talks openly about the struggles in her marriage to Brett that involved his drug and alcohol usage. She also discusses her struggle with breast cancer after she was diagnosed in 2004. She founded the Deanna Favre Hope Foundation to raise money and awareness for women around the country. The foundation supports breast cancer education and breast imaging and diagnosis services for all women, including those who are medically underserved. The organization focuses on underinsured and uninsured women.
Just eight days before her diagnosis, Favre's 24-year-old brother, Casey Tynes, was killed in an all-terrain vehicle accident on the Favres' Mississippi property. Favre has certainly had her share of hardships in the spotlight.
In a 2007 interview with CBN News, Favre talked about her realization of her diagnosis and what she thinks God has in store for her life.
"I have always been one of those people who never ask why because I feel like there is a reason for everything," she told CBN News. "And now I can see God's hand in it, and I can see that He is using me to provide hope to other women, even to help get His word out."
In The CURE for the Chronic Life, Favre and Stanford, an HIV-positive minister, frame their stories of struggle and revelations around a forty-day spiritual treatment plan and devotional guide that provide practical daily connections to life lessons, Scripture, and prayer suggestions.
They tell readers that the chronic life is not what God intended.
"Too much of our world understands crisis firsthand. Recent earthquakes in places like Haiti and Chile remind us of the fragile nature of life. In fact, there are 'earthquakes' happening every hour of every day for families and individuals through the consequences of poor marriages, abusive childhoods, poor decision patterns – you name it," they write. "The debris is strewn from one end of the journey to the other. And when we are dealing with life on these terms, we find ourselves living in the trenches of warfare or in the ruts of complacency. Either way, we are unable to become what God has placed so deeply inside each of us.
"Too often, or as human nature is expected to do, we focus on these worries of life and remain hostage to the whims of this world. And all the while, our souls are craving something more, something different. We crave awe and wonder. We are built for such, to run and to praise – not to be tied down by the meaningless goals and broken relationships.
"[W]ith the chronic life, a cascade effect takes place until every part of our life is touched. The results of this pattern for life leave us living 'Chronic in Crisis,' thus evoking other worries of what the crisis will mean for us. And the cycle continues on from there. But God's plan is different. God wants us to live 'Chronic in Christ,' throwing off our worries and experiencing the wonders of God's love."