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|Friday, March 28, 2014|
|Praise God—I've Won My Battle With Cancer|
I never thought I'd hear those words coming out of my doctor's mouth. I had gone for a biopsy to see if I had cancer. I assumed it would show I was OK.
In a split second, I went from feeling I was the picture of health to being told there was a chance the cancer in my prostate had already metastasized.
You never know how you'll respond to a life-threatening dilemma until you are faced with it. I heard myself telling the doctor I wouldn't agree to surgery (I had friends who had very bad side effects when they had their prostate cancer cut out). But I told him I would do whatever I could to fight this disease. Cancer wouldn't take me down.
Then I called my wife. I asked if she could she meet me for lunch-we needed to talk. She dropped what she was doing and met me. We talked unemotionally about our options (there are many) and about how we believed God would bring us through. That was comforting because my wife is an intercessor. I jokingly have told friends I know God listens to Joy's prayers because she is His favorite daughter.
But I didn't want to tell anyone else when I was diagnosed last July. I waited two weeks to even tell my mother. Prostate cancer has no symptoms until it's in the late stages, and I didn't feel "sick." I didn't want people to treat me as if I was dying.
Now I can report that, two months ago, I left the country for an experimental cancer treatment for prostate cancer. It was successful. Today I am cancer-free. I am certain the Lord ...
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