"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God." (II Corinthians 1:3-4)
Hearing the words; "Your child has cancer" can be a life-shattering experience. And even more so when added to those words is something like, "Joshua only has one week to live! And his chances are ZERO!" 48 years ago, my parents heard those exact words. At only the age of four, I was much too young to remember much of the initial experiences with cancer, but I DO remember and DAILY deal with the struggles in life as a result of having such a deadly disease.
Long ago, thankfully, God showed me that one of the main reasons He allowed me to go through such a traumatic experience was so that He could use my life as a testimony of His greatness and glory, and so that He could use me to bring hope and encouragement to hundreds of others who have and will experience cancer's grip or that of some other disease or life-changing trauma.
No matter what happens in our lives. God is always in control of everything. He has a perfect plan and purpose and knows exactly what is best. Most of the time, we can't understand or even see His plan until many years later.
I am always encouraged and grateful to God for using my life when I hear and receive comments and letters like the few I've posted below. Knowing I have brought hope and inspiration to others makes it all worth while.
There is always hope, God can do anything! Believe me...I KNOW!! I have been honored to share my story at cancer events all over the United States, and am always looking for more opportunities to bring hope to others!
COMMENTS FROM LISTENERS
"It is wonderful that you are here(literally). You have survived the odds and proved the medical professionals wrong!!! Way To Go!!! Thank you again for joining us. You give us so much more than hope. You show us that yes our children do have a great chance at leading full productive lives and to me that is worth more that gold.""...................
"Miracles always happen...You were given the gift of life and hope. Your scars represent a battle you have won, as a soldier returning from a war. Wear them with pride. May God continually bless you. You are now helping others. It matters not what size your body is...only the size of your heart."...................
"What an incredible story! My 16 year old daughter is 5 months off treatment for rhabdo and we too consider it a miracle. I can't say I know what you went through because I don't but I have a better idea than most. God Bless You!"...................
"You truly understand & articulate so well the meaning of HOPE! You inspire your listeners to reach up as high as they can while allowing God to reach down, all the rest of the way"