From the day I first found out that what was interfering with my ability to swallow food, talk and even breathe was a tumour in my throat, God promised He was going to heal me. Half an hour before I went to the doctor I asked God to speak to me. Immediately I heard, “Jeremiah 29:11,” which in my ESV Bible reads, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for wholeness and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
In September 2010 I was diagnosed with a rare form of lymphoma which is considered incurable. I was told it was stage four; the cancer had infiltrated pretty much my whole body and all of its systems. The prognosis was stark according to the medical statistics and I spent some of those early days in fear, but as time went on I had joy and peace, and faith in God because He has been so very present with me throughout. It has truly been a journey of testing and of faith to walk through these past few months. Many times my faith faltered, but thanks to the love of God, and the prayers of a hundred or more people who have faithfully lifted me up to the Throne Room, I’ve had the strength to make it through.
On February 4, 2011, I travelled to Vancouver for more tests, and procedures to prepare me for a bone marrow transplant. The CT scan showed that except for a small spot on my throat where a huge tumour had been, there was no sign of cancer anywhere in my body. Previously all of my lymph nodes had been involved. The results of the bone marrow biopsy were normal! In other words, no cancer! I could hardly believe it!
I want to thank everyone who has prayed for me over the past few months. This has truly been a shared journey, and I am so so grateful for your encouragement. Please pray now for wisdom. The doctors want me to go through with the bone marrow transplant. They see this as a remission rather than a miracle. I want to witness to them about what the Lord has done and decline the transplant, but I need great wisdom, and the knowledge and conviction that this is what God wills for me.
God has been faithful to His promise. I am whole again, and I rejoice in knowing that He has a future and a hope for me. There are already a couple of things lined up for me to begin in my new community of Powell River as soon as I am able. One is an outreach ministry to the folks in the rural neighbourhood of my church. I’m longing to reach those who are lost with my testimony of His love and power to heal; to serve my God and my King! My life truly belongs to Him now!