September Story of Hope

In this month’s story of hope, Betty explains her medical issues and testifies how God remained faithful through it all. She was able to feel His hand on her life in spite of her fear and pain.

“I was living a very normal, happy life. I had everything going for me. All that changed in the month of August 2008 when I chanced upon a lump on my right breast. No matter how hard I tried to put it off, I couldn’t and I knew then that I needed to see a doctor. The doctor asked me questions pertaining to any history of cancer. (I had lost my mother and both my aunts to cancer). The wait until the tests and biopsy reports were to come in, was agonizing. I desperately prayed to God asking for a miracle and never once did I question Him about the difficult situation I was in. Finally the verdict was out…..INFILTRATING CARCINOMA. I had entered a new league….shattered and broken. I sought refuge in the Almighty. I needed the assurance that I would be alright and everything would be fine. I asked God for strength and a positive spirit to face all fear and to help me get through the worst nightmare of my life. God was kind and He heard my prayers. He gave me strength, took away my fears and prepared me for any eventuality. He guided me to the right hospital and the best doctors I could have possibly met. Post lumpectomy, I went through 33 sessions of radiation, 6 cycles of chemotherapy and 17 sessions with injection Herceptin, as the doctor said,”Your enemy is small, but powerful!” The entire period of treatment was a time of pain, agony and suffering but God’s divine grace saw me through all that. My Lord allayed my fears, made me aware of life’s simplest blessings and made me realize how lovely it was to be there, just another day. I took refuge in the Bible and the uplifting hymns and choruses by Don Moen, and neither disappointed me. The word of God revealed to me new things that left me with renewed hope, joy and a will to survive. I vowed to defeat the cancer and not be defeated by it. I wanted to have control over the disease and not let it control me. I did that through my Lord who made the impossible, possible. Pain, anger, tears and sadness were only for those who had given up. I felt happy that God had chosen me and I still believe that He will continue to work in my life revealing His wonderful plan for me. He has woven something special for me and I do not question that. This is why to me life is beautiful and it has a meaning. It’s been 5 years since I discovered the lump. I am glad and rejoice everyday marveling at God’s seemingly simple gifts as I firmly believe that He is working on me. I am healed and blessed by Him. All praise and glory to my Father in Heaven who humbled me by the life He gave me. Thank you dear God for loving me.” – Betty

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