***FOR THOSE DEALING WITH CANCER***
Throughout my life cancer has been the leading threat to life around me. Back in the '80s, the biggest thing that had everyone cringe was AIDs and HIV... but cancer... that was a category all on it's own. The very first time I heard the word cancer was during a Peanut's Gang cartoon with Charlie Brown when they had a friend diagnosed with leukemia. And since then, I heard it more and more and especially recently. It's been getting out of control, taken the lives of close friends, aunts, uncles and cousins which brings me here and is a powerful story worthy enough to share with all of you.
When I was younger, plenty of my family lived out of State so it took a while for us to really get to hang out with any of my cousins. But we did have one family who lived closest to us so visiting them or them visiting us was frequent. I had a little cousin who was always around me and wanted to be around my father as much as possible so he made arrangements to have her stay with us at least two weekends a month. Within our family, especially our family from Carson and Long Beach, there were a lot of them involved in gangs and drugs so my dad, being the man that he was, tried to help detour her away from that type of lifestyle.
We come from a strong Christian family, a very strong one and it started with my great-great grandfather who was a pastor and a politician. His son, my great-grandfather also became a pastor, and his sons, my great uncles, became pastors as well. Our family's church that my great great grandfather built still stands today ever since the 1800's so that alone is something worth bragging about. So with that being said, the teachings of Jesus Christ was shared throughout generations and plenty of us actually listened and felt the word including my little cousin who followed the Lords teachings and strayed away from what her mother was actually doing.
We all tend to stray away from the Lord but being the loving father God is, he always brings us back within his loving arms. My cousin, thought she found love and ended up getting pregnant in her early 20s only to find out that she was the only who felt the love. She gave birth to a beautiful baby boy but was alone in raising the child. A couple years later, she met a man who entered her life lovingly and willing to be there in support of her situation but turned out to be worse than the first guy. He also got her pregnant and abandoned her right after. There are plenty of single moms out there in this world and Lord knows the struggle they go through to raise children alone. If they are mothers of boys, it's even tougher to raise those boys and turn them into men. What's even tougher than that is raising boys and having to take care of a mother addicted to drugs and a little sister who is following the same footsteps as her mother. In reality, she is the only one working raising 4 children, 2 of whom are grown and taking full advantage of her. Imagine the toll that would do to a person, trying to raise boys to men while taking care of two ungrateful people eating you out of house and home... how selfish is that?
I remember early on her calling me crying like no other asking what she should do... and I remember listening on the other end realistically unable to help her telling her to let them go... but it wasn't that simple. She'd wake up every morning, take care of the boys, drop them off at her aunt's house, then head out to work, go back to her aunt's house, go home, take care of the boys, cook the household dinner, tuck the boys in, go to sleep then repeat the process. Again, this took a toll on her... to the point where she developed breast cancer.
When she was diagnosed, she was devastated but did not give up hope. Because she was taking medication and doing chemo, she was unable to drive so instead of relying on her mother or her sister to step up and help with at least the driving, she would wake up even earlier, get the boys ready, feed them, take the bus to her aunts, take the bus to the hospital, do her treatment, take the bus to work from there, take the bus to her aunt's, take the bus back home, cook for the kids, then finally rest. For those wondering about the aunt and why she was not able to help drive her... she has a condition which does not allow her to drive. So, day by day she did this all while worrying about her kids. While she was going through all of this, she began to pray like no other.
God was always on her heart and she prayed frequently and acknowledged that she made mistakes just like the rest of us, but her main prayer was that her children would grow to be good men and that she could be there to help guide them since their fathers refused. I received several calls on how things were and how hard it was to the point I had to drive there myself to raise hell... but did that work? She called me to the side and just asked me to pray with her, so instead of stressing her out even more with me trying to put other family members in their place, we peacefully prayed to our Lord and Savior.
A couple years later a miracle happened... her cancer appeared to be gone and she shouted with joy "Hallelujah, thank you Jesus!" She was then able to drive again and drove straight to San Diego to tell me the great news. She felt that she had a new handle in life and began to change it radically. She helped out with her church more, was able to raise her children the way she wanted to. She got a house, gave her mother and sister a choice to get their lives together and accept Jesus in their hearts or move on with their lives and even continued on with her college education.
Two years she was doing this then one day I received a tearful phone call from her. She was in a frantic and did not know what to do... Her doctors said that the cancer came back but this time, it spread to her brain... it was worse than ever before. She was unable to think straight, her headaches, vision, everything was just falling apart within her body. I cried like never before and told the Lord that her life was greater than mine and asked to take mine so she would be able to raise her two children. But it's not for me to say! I would go visit her as much as I can to the point where the hospice allowed her to spend the rest of her days at home. This time, things were different with her. She accepted what the Lord had in store for her and was not afraid at all. She even had faith that her children would grow up strong in her absence with the love of God in their hearts. Every time I went to her house, it felt like a church service. She'd give thanks for everything even the cancer she had and would proclaim that Jesus was Lord and Savior. Gave thanks for the cancer she had? Yes! She did, she knew the devil was trying to bring her down but she remained faithful.
Even writing this brings all the emotion out of me but yet, still makes me shout Hallelujah! I've witnessed a miracle in one's soul and it was something I have never witnessed before in my life.
Psalm 23 says,
"The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever."
She passed away a short time later but I won't forget the last words she told me... "God gave me my life and I stood strong with Him by my side. He blessed me with two sons and a loving family. I know that he is calling me. He's not taking my life, he's just taking me to a different kingdom, his kingdom to do His will and I am here to do what he calls me for..." She opened my eyes like they were opened for the first time witnessing the world. She had cancer twice, yes she was scared, but she accepted it. She did not allow the devil to win at all. She stood strong with her faith and I know that she is with Jesus now in paradise. Faith is more than a word we say, it's a lifestyle. My cousin helped me acknowledge God's power during the toughest times. For me to say to take my life instead of hers was me telling God that he did not know what he was doing. Instead, he brought me here, she helped save my soul and now I am here working with Savior Watches able to share this testimony with all of you who are going through or went through the same thing.
To those of you with cancer or for those of you who are dealing with cancer through a family member, please allow me to say this prayer for you...
Lord, you gave us all life and I am truly thankful for that. I know that you are in full control and looking out for all of us including helping us live our lives day to day. For my brothers and sisters with cancer father, I ask that when your will is done, whether they survive the outcome or take their journey to your kingdom, I ask that they for one, know that you are their Lord and Savior and confess that with their mouths, I also pray that their lives touch someone else's life, so they too may get a chance to acknowledge and accept you. I pray that no matter the outcome, the cancer that they endured yells out to others around them, that somehow someway, it will help bring more souls to you. I pray that hearts of friends and family members are comforted by your grace, and of course I pray for full recovery of all Lord and if it is your will to have them live longer, I pray that they acknowledge your miracle and glorify your name everyday of their lives. Thank you Jesus for this life, this gift you have given, with my mouth I confess to you Lord that you are my Savior, you are the Son of God, you were crucified, you did rise from the dead on the third day and you did it all for our sins because you love each and every one of us. And as a result, I truly feel that no matter what, we all survived, because you are in our hearts... In Jesus name, Amen!
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