My Cancer Diagnosis
In February 2001, I began to feel extremely tired even though I felt no physical pains in my body. This continued for a while until the day my husband and I got invited to supper with some friends.
As we devoured our meals, everywhere suddenly began to look foggy.
I could hear people talking but couldn’t seem to see anyone clearly. I remained conscious of everything happening around me but could not visualize anyone or objects. Finding this very strange, I asked my husband to please take me home immediately.
We dropped by my family doctor, who conducted some initial tests and referred me to a specialist. Within two days, they sent me to an Oncologist.
I was totally clueless about what an oncologist did; I now recall the doctor never told me what he specialized in, and neither did I bother to ask.
He ran another test withdrawing something from my spine. After examining the result, the Oncologist took my hand and flat-out, announced, “ There’s something serious with your blood”.
I was soon after hospitalized, and then the lineup of tests began. The nurses drew out so much blood from me for tests that I wondered if I had any more blood left. There were a series of tests upon tests.
The next morning, the doctor announced that I had Acute Myeloid Leukemia (Cancer of the blood). ”It was still in the marrow,” the doctor said. I froze. Startled by the news I’d received.
I can’t really explain how I felt, but God was the last thing I thought of. All I had was fear. The doctor assured me that he would try to keep the cancer from getting into the blood as it was still in my spine.
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My Chemotherapy Treatments
After two days, I began my chemotherapy treatments. Miserable is an understatement. I felt emotionally wrecked. The niggling weird feelings were horrible.
Then came the depression. I didn’t want to talk to anyone. I wanted to be all alone. The chemo treatments made me very depressed. Now let me say this, I was born in a Christian home but wasn’t a practicing Christian.
I knew nothing about the Word of God nor any of His Word related to my health. I was hooked up to blood work. I had more faith in the doctor than anyone else, so it was good that the doctor didn’t want to tell me how sick I was.
Incessant Bouts of Depression
After about five weeks, the doctor came in and said to me that the treatments were working. The doctor asked me, “Do you realize how sick you were?” “I guess not,” I responded. “I got you in remission,” he continued. He said the treatment is working, but there was not a 100% guarantee.
I couldn’t control the incessant bouts of depression. I would feel so helpless and worthless. I’d lost all my hair, lost 43 pounds, and didn’t want to go home yet. I realized how sick I was when the medications were taken away in the last few weeks. Thankfully, some people always came around to pray for me in the Hospital.
I Almost Died
After this Leukemia, the awakening thought that I almost died started coming hard at me. It suddenly dawned on me that I could have been dead. Even though I didn’t have a relationship with God at the time, I believe He showed me grace and met me at my level. Each time I went to the hospital for treatments, for some strange reason, I’d be impressed to read a certain sign by the roadside.
The signs were moving frontlets of bible verses. Each time I passed and read them, I felt something pulling me to come closer to God. Around that same time, I heard about this Hawkwood Baptist preacher in Calgary, Bernie Smith. I would go to him and ask him many questions. I wondered if God would want me back after so many years of turning my back on him.
As I learned about God’s love and mercy towards me, I decided to start going to church and got baptized thereafter. All the fears I had about where I would go after I died gradually dissipated. Before now, I lived in fear, neither hopeful in this life nor where I’d end up after life.
As I studied the Word of God, God started giving me his own thoughts. He would direct me, “Read this, read this.” They were like God actually talking to me. All traces of fear and agitation left me. I had absolute peace. That is my miracle!
The Signs Were Everywhere
I see now that God had been there all along. I had lots of signs in the hospital. God was trying to get my attention but I didn’t know it at the time. God shook me from this sickness to realize it. Perhaps you’re reading this, and you don’t really know this Jesus. God is waiting for you to come to Him. Don’t harden your heart!
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My Worst Fear
During my cancer period, I had this terrifying fear of death. It’s human nature. This is because we were made for eternity according to Ecclesiastes 3:11. That means that we were made for a life beyond this one. We were made to live eternally. So departing from the earth is not where life ends.
Perhaps you say, no, I’ll take my chances. Well, eternity is a long time to be wrong. Do you want an eternity of pain and regret? Or an eternity of peace?
Death still remains the biggest problem of man. But there is good news! There is a solution. Jesus Christ is the solution. The scriptures say that “ Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no name given on earth by which man shall be saved” Acts 4:12
Jesus went on to say in John 14:6 that “ I am the way, the truth and the life”. No one comes to the father without Him. The life He gives is a final rest for your soul and a relationship of peace, joy and hope here on earth.
I am a Cancer Survivor!
I am now 81 years, and it has never felt better. It is the same peace I have today. Even If someone tells me I’ll drop dead in 5 minutes, I would not worry. I have no doubt God loves me and that I will spend eternity with Him.
My life ever since has seen upward motion. Not without challenges, though, but with ever-increasing victories. I am so glad to present to you this Jesus who helped me from my depressing thoughts. He is the best thing that can ever happen to anyone.
I am so grateful to God that I went through this. The shaking from this cancer helped me find my way back to God.
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God bless You!
My Cancer Miracle Cure
—Story by Mae from Canada.
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