O Lord, open my lips,
That my mouth may declare Your praise.
When someone who has gotten cancer goes through treatment, chemo, radiation, surgery and it appears to have done the job, the Oncologist will not for any reason pronounce cancer free till after 5 years have passed.
Fiver years ago this month I took my wife to see her regular doctor because she showed me something very ugly that had been growing on her of about a year. She knew about it when I was going through my bypass surgery but would not say a word for another year. After her annual trip home she showed me what looked like a flaking hockey puck growing on her left breast. We jumped through the medical hoops and did our part at home detoxing her system and strengthening her immune system with cancer fighting foods.
It would have been 5 year ago this week when she started a very intense schedule of chemo. We rode that to completion with a lot of great success as the tumor was down over 85% from a month and a half earlier. Then she started the second round but was concerned about waiting for the surgery till after it was over. So she asked and the Oncologist agreed for her to stop chemo for 3 weeks so she could have the sugery. It came in late December. Other than a bleeder that got missed she came out of the surgery like gang busters. They went back in and fixed the bleeder and after she was fine. At that point the surgeon told me of the removed mass all margins were clear. To me that meant nothing so I asked how much of the actual tumor was till in there that was still malignant. He told me at the core a bit the size of a 1/4 of a pea showed malignancy and it was buried deep in side. Once clear of the surgery she went back and finished up the chemo.
Through all of that her only side affect from the chemo was fatigue. Never hand nausea and infact had a great apetite the whole time. We did only fully organic food, no sugar, and plenty of those foods were know cancer fighters, like apples, tomatoes, bitter melons, almonds and so on. She did her trip and came back and finally went in for the radiation portion to reach those places the initial surgery was not able to get through. Even so I doubted there was cancer in the hidden lymph nodes under both sides of the sternum but she wanted to be sure. Still I already knew that God had healed her completely from the cancer at the time of the surgery.
This afternoon she had her 5 year anniversary oncology follow up visit and he said finally she is cancer free. God is so good. He healed her, he has kept her clean since. A lot of people prayed for her all over the world and now I am happy to tell them all their prayers were answered.
Never doubt that God is not in the midst of your storms. I can tell you that in our darkest hours when he seemed nowhere to be found He was there. Every so often that slimmer of His glory peaked through. Not much, almost impossible to see but just enough that you can catch a glimpse if you keep looking. He is there as faithful as always.
I can say that strange at this sounds I have had more doubts on little things than on something this significant. I knew from the start what the outcome would be. He never told me, but I knew He would be faithful. He gave me my beautiful bride because I need her and I knew He would not take her then and He did not. So trust in the Lord as He is forever faithful.