Cancer. We hear the word and recoil, thinking of the destruction these rogue cells cause. Several of my friends are currently enduring the ordeal of cancer treatments. Both of my parents died of cancer. Most of us have friends, colleagues or family who have been touched by this terrible disease.
We are all blessed when Christians choose to glorify God in diagnosis and treatment for cancer. Louise has been a wonderful example of this. Though very much wanting to live, she has sincerely and openly confessed that, “For me to live is Christ; to die is gain.”
She wished she hadn’t looked
Louise has been extremely ill this past year. Miscarriage claimed her first child then later in the year, her twins. Illness, dizziness, infections, and fatigue followed the second miscarriage. By the end of November all the tests results were in: stage 3 bladder cancer. Further tests revealed the cancer had spread to her ovaries and uterus. Louise’s doctor showed her the images and pointed out the cancer. She wished she hadn’t looked. Prognosis was 6 months of treatment in hopes of stopping the spread with the possibility of surgery afterward.
Brian and Louise grieved, and cried out to God. They questioned, they wept, they turned to the Scriptures and they prayed. Their physical families and the church family circled around them and lovingly helped and provided for them.
The prescribed chemotherapy was in pill form, taken at home, two weeks on, one week off. Extreme fatigue, nausea and vomiting, and dizziness ensued. The food that would stay down smelled foul and tasted terrible. Louise shaved her head. She slept a lot.
Through all of this she would text friends about the things that God was teaching her. She told everyone of God’s goodness to her -doctors, nurses, and anyone else who would listen. Most people will at least politely listen because who wants to discourage someone struggling with cancer?
After the second cycle of treatments Louise had a good week. She felt stronger. She could eat. Her abdomen was pain-free. Louise went in for her next set of testing. The doctors were concerned about something and put a rush on the results.
Tuesday night the oncologist called Louise. “Oh no. Something must be wrong for the doctor himself to be calling me in the evening.”
The voice on the other end was incredulous. “Louise, I can’t explain it, but we find no trace of cancer in any of your tests.”
Louise gasped, “Praise God!” She wanted to be sure. “Are you sure it is me? Please read me the health care number.” He did. “Yes, that’s my number.”
The doctor continued, “I examined the results very carefully and asked two of my colleagues to give me their opinions. We are in agreement. There is not a hint of cancer anywhere.”
God has done this!
Excitedly Louise exclaimed, “This is God! God has done this!”
“I need to read that paper you gave me,” her doctor replied.
“Paper? What paper?” Louise was puzzled.
“It was called, ‘God’s Bridge to Eternal Life.”
“Yes, God is the one Who did this and that tract will tell you about our wonderful God!”
Brian and Louise quickly spread the news. They are keenly aware that God does not always or even often answer prayers for healing this dramatically. Her doctors want to quadruple check the results. So far the tests have all shown the same thing: no trace of cancer. The doctor showed her the cancer-free images next to the first ones. She’s glad now that she had looked and could see the difference.
Thank you and give God the glory
To those of who have been praying, thank you. Brian and Louise want to give God the glory. They don’t want to squander this opportunity to point others to God. They approach God with open hands and continue to give Him their lives to use as He wishes.
Brian and Louise do not know what the future holds; none of us does. But today, and with gratitude, we praise God for healing Louise.