The Death of Cancer
If you are one of those people who are afraid of cancer, you are not by yourself. There are millions of people around the world afraid of that diagnosis. At this point, everyone is familiar with it. They know someone, a relative or friend who got cancer and either they lived or died. Cancer is the boogey man that comes out in the daylight; always lurking somewhere trying to gain access to people and trying to turn their hopes and dreams into ashes.
I’ve been telling my story for over ten years now and every time I tell my story I expose a little more of what I have been through. Not just back in 2002 when I was diagnosed but also what I have discovered throughout the last 14 years post-cancer. I want to share this with you because although medical science is doing everything that they can to come up with a medicine to annihilate cancer people are still dying; thousands on a daily basis. It doesn’t matter whether you are rich or poor.
My story is unusual in many ways but I know there are others out there that have experienced something similar. I hope they gain the courage to tell their story so that they can let those diagnosed with cancer or who will one day be diagnosed know there is hope.
In 2002, I had a colonoscopy at the suggestion of my primary care physician. As many of you know that intrusive, invasive procedure sends a long tube with a camera on the end down into your rectum and loops through your colon while taking pictures of your colon. They sedate you. I was able to see the screen that shows vivid color pictures. Because I was sedated I don’t remember everything but one thing that stands out very clear, I was in the recovery with both of my assistants on either side of the bed. The doctor came in and said, “Diana you have cancer and it is a shame because you are only 39 years old.”
Immediately I heard a male voice say to me, “You don’t have cancer.” He was adamantly correcting the first physician with a more authoritative and surety in his voice. So I grab a hold of what he was saying and immediately believed it. I didn’t want to hear that diagnosis but now in hindsight I realize how calm I was because I heard that second voice. I just believed the physician that told me I didn’t have cancer and I recognized who it was. It was Almighty God, my Lord speaking to me. Wow! He handled the situation saving me from this dread life snatching disease but all of the worries, the chemo and radiation.
I know it was Him because prior to me going to the hospital, for some years I had already accepted the Lord as my Savior and had started to build a relationship with God through prayer and fasting and reading His Word. And just believing Him and having faith in everything He told me. On a daily basis I prayed and talked to Him and He showed Himself to me in a very strong way. He showed up to be my Savior and my friend. I had been through some things in my life. Issues with family, my upbringing wasn’t great. I never felt connected to my family. I actually told people my mother was dead and I made up a fictitious mother to tell people about because that is how bad my life was growing up. It was emotional pain I had gone through. But in that time was when I started to talk to God and somewhere around 29 years old I began to make Him my Savior. I took those steps because I needed Him desperately. And thank God I did because on that day when that doctor gave me that diagnosis, if Jesus wasn’t my close friend that I thought I could depend on, I don’t know what I might have done. I am pretty sure I wouldn’t be here to tell you my story or to have met my 10-year-old granddaughter Layla.
Unbeknownst to me, my first cousin Ellen had been diagnosed with colon cancer. I didn’t know it at the time but found out a few months later. We were the same age, both born in March. I found out after I had surgery that my cousin had colon cancer too. You may call it coincidence but there are no coincidences. I appreciate that God healed me from cancer. I did not have to take any chemo or radiation. It was simply because I had faith, established faith by growing my relationship with God. When God said I didn’t have cancer, I believed Him and I told the doctor. The doctor just kept saying I did and even referred me to an oncologist. But I kept repeating that I don’t have cancer. The doctor asked me why I kept saying that and I told him, “Because God just told me I don’t have cancer.” He brushed it off and looked at me like he felt sorry for me. Especially after he delivered a death sentence to me by saying it was a shame since I was only 39 years old like I wasn’t going to survive this.
Ten days later I was cleared. They said I didn’t have cancer. I know the doctor thought I was crazy, especially since he made it know he’d been a gastroenterologist for over 20 years. He said he emphatically knew it was cancer. But 10 days later he was looking at me perplexed because the tests showed I didn’t have cancer anymore. I reminded him I told him God said I didn’t have cancer but he laughed and walked away. I did still have to have the surgery to remove a tumor but I am here all these years later at 53 years old. No cancer! Because I believed God.
And my darling cousin Ellen died not too many years after I had surgery. There are days I feel guilty and ask God why her and not me? Why did you let me live God? Although I know the answer, I am just so grateful to God daily that He saved my life. And I serve Him with every ounce of my being. And part of that service is sharing my story with you that Exodus 15:26 says, “I am the Lord which heals you.” If you take cancer medicine, take that along with it. And if you are courageous enough to believe God, talk to Him daily and ask Him to save your life and He will do it. But cut a covenant with Him. Tell Him you will serve Him the rest of your life in whatever way He deems fit if he would just save your life. He is the only one who can kill cancer. Then you will have your own story to tell everybody in the world just like me.
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