EllenThank you for visiting the website of Find The Missing Piece, Inc, a non-profit organization. We are often referred to as our acronym of FTMP. My hope is that you will find this website useful and a blessing!

I developed the concept of FTMP and the idea of offering free housing to cancer patients in 2012, after having a personal experience with the lack of affordable housing in Houston, Texas in 2010 and 2011. When I began developing ideas on how to overcome the housing crisis in Houston for out of state cancer patients who wanted to come here for treatment, I began to notice other needs that have been overlooked. I discovered, patients need assistance with co-pays, insurance deductibles, financial and estate planning, private nursing care, caretakers, food costs or special meals, college scholarships and even the simplest of things, such as parking costs. Based upon my own personal experience, my husband and I experienced many of the same things as we walked the cancer journey.

These overlooked needs felt like a jumbled up jigsaw puzzle and we were always looking for pieces to fit together as we tried to remain steady or grounded. The logo of FTMP was created and designed, with jigsaw puzzle pieces to represent these missing pieces or unmet needs that exist in people's lives during cancer. The many different colors inside the heart represent the different cancers that have personally affected my life. The blue color at the bottom of the heart represents colon cancer and the empty puzzle piece in the middle of the heart is space for all the rare and unusual cancers. This disease is known to destroy anything and everyone as it touches people and affects their lives. Once you have heard the word cancer in your life, your heart is forever changed. Your normal has been stripped away from you and nothing seems to fit together correctly in your life again. These missing pieces add more stress to your life when cancer is stressful enough without adding to it.

In November of 2012, I published my memoir of the journey we experienced and there are additional plans to publish Bible studies and additional publications in 2013. The book is available to purchase from the on line store at $25.00 a book and a portion of the book proceeds will go to help fund FTMP. I recently returned from a week of inspirational speaking in Atlanta and I am continuing to speak publically about the rollercoaster ride of cancer and how to hold on during this bumpy ride. I believe the key is to remain positive and focus on the glass being half full and not half empty. Based upon personal experiences, I know you will laugh and smile again. Soon there will be good arising out of the worst of times you may now be in the middle of experiencing. To experience what God has for your future, you must remember the lessons you've learned and move forward with courage in the days ahead. You can reach Ellen for speaking engagements at ellen@ftmp.info.

If you have further questions that are not answered here, please contact us and someone will get in touch with you as soon as possible.

At Find the Missing Piece, we want to help you with some of your missing pieces and help manage the chaos, so you can concentrate on getting your health and your life back to normal as soon as possible.

God Bless You-

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