I have always known that Jesus died for the forgiveness of my sins what I didn’t know is that He also gave his life so that I would have abundant life on earth. It wasn’t until August of 2007 that I began to learn just how much Jesus loves me. After experiencing a pain that doctors could not diagnose I approached my friend, Marcie, for prayer. The pain persisted and still no answers. I began meeting with Marcie every Tuesday for prayer and bible study and what Marcie began to teach me was that God wanted me well. I learned that when God said in Isaiah 53, “…by His stripes we are healed”, He meant it.
After 8 months of no answer to my symptoms I was diagnosed with stage four Ovarian Cancer in early June of 2008. (Please note there is no stage 5). I later found out I had about a 4% chance of survival. The cancer had spread to my lungs and my lymph nodes. I had a tumor on each of my ovaries the size of a softball. As I sat in my hospital bed after hearing the news that it was indeed cancer the Holy Spirit took over and I felt an overwhelming peace. The entire time I was experiencing this it was though I was in a bubble of peace. Not a word was uttered to me about how bad it really was. My friends and family were the buffer between me and the doctors. In Proverbs 18:21 the scripture says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue…” I was insulated from the negativity and the harshness of the words that were spoken about me. Looking back I can see this was God’s protection for me.
Before I found out that I had cancer I was at Avista Hospital, in Lafayette, Colorado, which is where I had initial tests done. It is important to understand that I had no health insurance. After a few days of being in the hospital and fighting with my new insurance, which would take effect just 6 days after I had been admitted, I found out I had a $30,000 hospital bill. A couple of days before I was taken to University Hospital my mom came up to my room and told me she had talked with the man in charge of billing. He told my mom the hospital was going to take care of $25,000 of the bill and that I would be responsible for only $5,000. Later that year my mom’s friends had a garage sale for me. Guess how much they raised? $5,000! You can see how wonderful God was to meet all of my needs, which is what He says He will do in Philippians 4:19: And my God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus. One of the many lessons I learned through this experience is that God’s promises are true. All I have to do is have faith and believe.
I was transferred to University Hospital in Aurora, Colorado, and diagnosed on June 4th, 4 days after my new insurance went into effect. Days after I was admitted a woman came to speak with me about my insurance. She told me they were not going to cover anything because they were considering this cancer a pre-existing condition. After getting out of the hospital, from surgery, I applied for Medicaid right away. My human service worker told me not to count on it because I was not qualified. About two weeks after our first meeting he called to tell me that Medicaid would cover me and would back pay all the way to the beginning of June! After being told this I was brought to tears. Once again God was meeting my needs. In Numbers 23:19 it says, “God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should change His mind.” His word was true then and it is every bit as true today.
I was told that I would be going through 6 cycles of Chemo which meant about 5 months. I was not going to be able to work and had no idea how I was going to pay rent and bills. I applied for social security and was told that I would have to wait at least a year before they even looked at my case and would probably get back pay at best. Two months after applying I got a call from a case worker saying I was approved! God wasn’t going to stop at just paying my medical bills; He was going to make sure I had money for everything I needed. One of my favorite verses from the bible is Hebrews 13:8, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”
My aunt, Candi Corless, works for Grace Church in Arvada, Colorado. I had been to church with her a few times but never joined the church. I had quit going to my home church and usually only attended on holidays. I remember the first time I met Pastor Rick and Shelley. I was at University Hospital and they walked in my room together with smiles on their faces. I knew who Pastor Rick was from the few times I attended Grace but had never met Shelley. They talked with me a while and if I recall correctly we prayed. I had never met anyone at Grace but that didn’t stop them from sending me cards and flowers or coming to visit with cards signed by staff. Pastor Bud sent with my Grammy, a package of chocolate the day I went in for my 5 hour chemo. That was a good chemo and there is no such thing as good chemo. I had so much support throughout this entire experience. My family and friends stood by my side. From my best friend being with me every chance she got to my Grammy and late Nana sitting by my side on almost a daily basis. Last Christmas my best friend’s mom gave me a frame that said, “Friends are God’s way of taking care of us.” I believe this whole heartedly.
On September 29th, 2008 I was told that I was officially cancer free and in remission. All medical research proved that I would die but never once throughout this entire journey did I think I would. God says in His word: By His stripes I am healed. My new oncologist once said to me, “and if this cancer reoccurs…I looked at him and said, with confidence, “This is not going to reoccur!!” Everything I needed he provided from preparing my soul even before I received this diagnosis to performing a miracle of complete healing. I am alive today as a living testimony of God’s healing power. One of the most important things I learned was that not only did Jesus’ death on the cross bring forgiveness for my sins but that it also brings healing. Scripture says in Psalm 103: Praise the Lord oh my soul and forget not all his benefits—who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases.
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