Here is a little of what those 27 Days taught me.
- The tests showed cancer, yet God knew it wasn’t cancer. And still:
He was close to me.
He spoke to me through His word.
He comforted me through His people.
He worked miracles through His mercy.
He did not base His help on the fact that He knew there was no malignancy.
Rather He offered grace on my perceived reality.
I did not have His insight and He took that into consideration.
He treated me not as I deserved, but as I should have been treated had I really had esophageal cancer.
And that is amazing.
2. The Lord has blessed me with many friends, but He has given me a friend as no other;
My husband Pat…
Who carried the weight of my sorrow and did not complain.
Who carried the weight of his own sorrow and did not bend underneath it.
Who came home from work in the middle of the day and stood strong as I cried on his shoulder.
Who put me to bed after my crying jag and let me rest.
Who then changed his shirt for one that was not soaked with my tears and went back to work.
Who made himself the guardian of my sleep.
Who watched me for hours, while I napped.
Who made himself a prisoner to my tiredness.
Who prayed every day for my life.
Who prayed all day for my life.
Who stretched his soul up to God’s throne and claimed my restoration.
Who loved me.
3. The Lord uses His people to comfort and restore His own.
I kept a partial list of blessings God gave me through other’s hands. Here they are:
Lindsey read PET scan for me.
Tony bought a book for me on cancer treatment.
Julie called and prayed with me.
Sissel wrote to me almost every morning with an encouraging verse or thought.
Maria wrote to me with bible verses and encouragement.
Anna and Iris took over Mommy’s needs with PACE for me.
Debbie P. called me often.
Julie called and said she wanted to visit and give me a book.
Nathan offered me his settlement for the car accident, for use in alternative treatment.
Maria and Edwin purchased the Truth About Cancer for me and made sure I was able to eat organic fruits and vegetables.
Julie called again to check up on me.
The Andrew’s University maintenance department has been praying for me.
Dan, the electrician prayed fervently and was even brought to tears interceding for us.
Jamie’s wife woke up at 5 A.M. the morning of my needle biopsy to pray for me, even though she did not know I was having surgery.
Debbie G. called frequently and suggested things about how to get a diagnosis. She even checked with the doctors at her job to get ideas.
Bill called and asked Pat how I was doing.
Eva lent us her champion juicer and infra-red machine.
Karen said she would pray for me.
Becky gave me a hug and said she was praying for me.
Eva E. said she would pray.
Julie was willing to plan Nikki’s 25th birthday for me.
Sissel and Greg looked into the name of a doctor who treated someone in California with mouth cancer and had great success.
Cheryl said she was praying.
A friend donated a large sum for doctor bills.
Lynn from M.E.E.T. Ministry was so kind. I always felt encouraged after speaking with her.
Pastor Phil and Lindsay are praying for me.
Chris said he prays for me every day.
Akeem said he is praying for me.
A friend donated funds so I could go to MEET Ministry.
Mark and Ruth have been very instrumental in getting the correct diagnosis. Mark guided us in understanding how this should proceed and then God worked a miracle and got me scheduled for my biopsy at Mark’s hospital in less than 24 hours.
Dwayne and Alex not only prayed but supported me in every way.
Mark and Dawn are praying for me. They sent organic kale and oregano oil. I took the oregano oil when I had a post-op fever and felt better the next day.
Gabriel researched nearby hospitals, that are better in cancer treatment than Lakeland.
All my children have been praying for me.
Pat was used by the Lord to get me to go to the doctor at the beginning of this whole thing.
Pat initiated conversations with Mark about the tests they were doing. He followed up on that, even though I thought it was a waste of energy. I am so grateful Pat listened to the Lord and not me.
Nate offered to take care of any fund-raising I have to do for medical bills.
All my family has been praying for me.
Nikki bought me an “It’s not cancer!” flower bouquet.
Sissel sent me a “We are praying for you” flower bouquet.
Even though my mother did not know about the cancer diagnosis, she knew I wasn’t feeling well and had lost weight and she called me a couple of times to tell me to eat more and to rest.
Ron and Lori have asked how I am doing, and are praying for me.
Allison and family are praying for me.
Lindsey and Tony pray for me each night.
Debbie and Mario pray fervently, even to tears for me.
Mario told Debbie some bad health news from me, so I wouldn’t have to do it.
Lindsey did research on histoplasmosis.
Daniel has been very solicitous and sits with me daily.
The McKinleys pray for me.
Andrews University is cutting trees from the front yard, which keep out the sun and decrease light in the house.
Debbie P. has been having her work friends and her mother pray for me.
Pat’s boss is allowing overtime, to help with the doctor bills.
Julie brought corn bread, a book and a card for us.
The church offered to help with travel expenses to MEET Ministry.
Yudy said she would pray for me and her friend is going to pray too.
Today, as I write this, the doctors still have no real diagnosis for what is growing in my lung. They explain that the lymph nodes in my heart, bronchus and chest that look like cancer are just responding to the mass in the lung. They do not believe I have cancer, but they cannot say what I do have or why.
I am convinced that
“… this happened that the works of God might be displayed.” John 9: 3
And so I share His goodness with you.
That you might believe.