Hannah Jane Nancarrow

“If I could tell the world just one thing it would be —  we’re all okay,

And not to worry, ’cause worry is wasteful and useless in times like these.

I won’t be made useless.

I won’t be idle with despair.

I will gather myself around my faith,

For light does the darkness most fear.”

You know those days that you awaken to a sharp pain, an awful wrenching in your stomach, a sudden realization that, today, something is barring you from your happiness?  Sometimes the discomfort is physical. Other times it’s emotional or spiritual. Sometimes it’s worry, sometimes grief or loss or injury. It’s those days that make you want to stay in bed, to hide away from the existing pain and protect yourself from the plethora of other things that threaten to steal your joy — and it’s those days that it’s more important than ever to rise…

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Hannah Jane Nancarrow is a San Diego State University alumni, with a B.A. in journalism and new media. After graduating in 2011, Hannah worked in local T.V. news before her dad was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. Hannah managed and contributed to her dad’s incredibly popular blog ( and social media platforms before he passed away, after 11 months of bravely battling and blogging. The diagnosis was a catalyst for her own writing and for following each whim and dream. Today, Hannah writes her own blog and has been a keynote speaker at San Diego Women's Week, Relay for Life, and a top fundraiser for cancer-related causes throughout San Diego. Hannah also has a passion for health and fitness, since losing 75 pounds in 2011. She earned her Spinning® and group fitness instructor certifications, and teaches weekly cycle classes in Encinitas, California. Hannah also earned her real estate license and works in the family business, Nancarrow Realty Group, in North County San Diego.

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16 comments on “Rejoice!
  1. Nigel says:

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  2. sue demott says:

    Dear Hannah. I feel I have known your family for ages, through my brother: Bob, Chris Kimmie and Tyler Wells. I know that Tyler and Graham have known each other for a long time. I remember being at one of their baseball games in high school and you had kittens at the game, and Kimmie took one home (that is still alive today!).. Anyway, the bottom line is that my daughter Katie DeMott (Bob’s niece) died, in June, after her three year fight with an uncurable cancer. Graham was there for Tyler with support. Our whole family is praying for your family, and yes, I think faith in the God cannot be underrated as a source of comfort. We can always find answers through him, even if they’re not what we want to hear. God bless, Sue DeMott

  3. Ziva Gottesman says:

    I grew up watching you on tv…you might have known my Dad Rabbi Aaron Gottesman who passed in 2005…I have watched your story, heard your story from you and others Thank you for sharing and for being so open and loving… I send healing and pain free thoughts to you and your family.Take care, Ziva Gottesman

  4. Anonymous says:

    God Bless you and your family Rory Devine

  5. There are those of us as far away as Washington State that hold you up in the most powerful way that we know how, in Jesus the Christ’s name we lift you (your family) into his hands for comfort and joy, yes, Rejoice!

  6. Angela says:

    Thank you Hannah for the reminder to REJOICE! It’s so easy to forget to be thankful during the trials that life throws our way!

  7. Desktop Mail says:

    Good Morning . . . I hope your beautiful family had a wonderful Thanksgiving!!

    We have a nursery here in Encinitas, where our biggest crops are hydrangeas in the spring & poinsettias at Christmas. The greenhouses are currently seas of red, with smaller patches of white & pink in the mix. If you guys would like to have them, we would like to get some of them to you to enjoy in your home. If you’re up for it, you’re all more than welcome to come to see the greenhouses before all the plants are shipped out.


    Lisa Weiss-Groot FlorAbunda Nursery

    Sent from my iPad


  8. kB Edwards says:

    Your moments reflect my own moments. Our tears are earned…and allowed.

  9. Monica Way says:

    ….for lightness the dark most fears. Amen. 🙂

  10. Judy says:

    Hannah….I understand the pain you are experiencing for I experienced it also, when my father lost his battle to cancer when I was just 10 and he was 42. Embrace the moment for they become the memorie. Say the words you need to say for they are the truths he needs to hear and you need to share. There is love around you to embrace. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  11. helenstratton says:

    Dear Hannah,

    Is your father in need of a lift chai?. I bought one new in Feb. for my husband and only used it a short while. I would like to see it go to someone who could enjoy and get the benefit of this type of chair. I would be willing to let your family have the chair as a gift. It gave my husband a great deal of pleasure and I would like to have that gift continue to be of help to someone.

    Sincerely yours,

    Helen Stratton

    Sent from Windows Mail

  12. kateatkins8 says:

    You and your family are a true inspiration to us all. Gratitude took on a whole new meaning this year. Wishing you all the best for this holiday season and the new year.

  13. Sammy Gross says:

    Thankyou both for sharing and reminding each of us that today is all we have. We can certainly plan for the future but sometimes God has other plans for us down the road. That’s why I have found that praying and ending with “thy will be done” is what counts. If we got everything we wished for it may not always be in our best behalf. My continued thoughts of health-wealth-and love for you and your family….we don’t always know the reasons why-but we do know who holds the future…..

  14. Anonymous says:

    Beautifully spoken, my dear. You and your family are an inspiration to me. Hugs to all. Sue

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