Cancer Changed My Life

Bible Reading: Isaiah 40:28-31
Author: Julie Douglas (Washington, US)
Sunday 5 April 2020 © The Upper Room.

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. 

Hide the testimonials
Thanks for your daily devotions. It helps me to stay focused and realise my work with a deaf blind lady is all worthwhile. E'OD