Cancer Changed My Life
Author: Julie Douglas (Washington, US)
When I was diagnosed with brain cancer in March 2014, my life, dreams and goals changed instantly. The doctor said that after seeing my X-rays, he’d expected me to enter his surgery on a stretcher. However, as God enables me, I am fighting this cancer.
One way is by relying on God’s promises. As I was raised in a Christian home, God’s word permeates my mind. Every morning, my mum and I read scripture and pray. I have a very supportive family and know that people around the world are praying for me.
Even so, I have to be careful about my thoughts. Feelings of despair, discouragement and defeat come easily; but I can’t dwell on them. Sometimes, when I get a report that my cancer is growing, I want to give up, but I know I can’t. I resolve to trust God whatever happens, since I know that the Lord not only loves me but knows what I’m going through. God has plans for my life. It means a lot to me to remember that the Lord is here with me in every moment.
During these times, I remember stories of people who had to rely totally on God. I’d be terrified if I were to face lions (Daniel 6) or be thrown into a fiery furnace (Daniel 3). Yet I don’t read about these men trying to escape. They trusted in the Lord’s love and protection. Examples such as theirs help me to stand firm. I don’t know how my story will end, but I do know I will continue to fight with everything I have and to trust in my Lord and Saviour every step of the way.
Prayer: Dear God, thank you for giving us strength to endure hard times.