Do you believe that God is still the same God who performed miracles in the past? Have great faith as Reah shares how God stood by her family while her mother battled with stage four breast cancer.
In 2016, my mother was diagnosed with stage four invasive ductal carcinoma. She was already 57 years old, and her doctors felt that it would be pointless for her to undergo an operation because the cancer cells had already spread to other areas of her body. They advised us to just let her live the most of her life—with us, her family—because she might have only a few months left to live.
The news took us all by surprise. Before the diagnosis came out, Nanay would usually just complain about a headache or backache. It never occurred to us that she could have a growing mass in her body, much less a terminal disease. We did not know what to do.
One day, instead of sulking or losing hope, we all gathered in prayer as a family and asked one of our pastors in Victory Pioneer to pray for her.
True to our faith, when we went back to the hospital, the doctors told us that Nanay could still have hormone therapy combined with radiation. We knew that it would still be hard, but it was a relief to know that there was still something we could do. Any little hope we could get at that time was already a big thing for us.
Since Nanay is staying in Mindoro, she would have to fly to Manila for her treatments. Each time I would see her go through the treatments, I would feel so bad inside. It was always heartbreaking to see her in great pain. Seeing her in a helpless condition made me want to give up. But Nanay’s faith strengthened mine.
After a year and a half of treatment, Nanay asked God to let healing be His birthday gift to her this year. Before her scheduled bone scan, Nanay prayed with Tatay and claimed healing for her sickness. She was in full confidence that God would take away her cancer—regardless if it is stage four and her body is not young enough to respond to treatments.
Though impossible, in February this year, Nanay’s bone scan results came back clear. There was no trace of cancer. Not even a bit. It was all gone!
When the doctors saw her test results, they were all in disbelief. Just a few months ago, they requested another test (a PET scan) and like the first one, it came back negative, too. They, along with the rest of my family, are simply in awe of how God made an impossible thing possible.
Now, Nanay is living her life like she never had cancer. She is very active in the ministry and has made a decision to devote her whole life to Christ. Her resolve and unwavering faith in God inspired me to be strong in my faith, too. Each time I would feel the need to give up, I would go back to the time we prayed together as a family and remember how God has been faithful to us through everything. He was faithful then. He is faithful now. He will be faithful in the years to come!
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8)
Our God stands with us through all trials in life. He is the same God who performed miracles and healed thousands of people in the past, and He can do the same in our lives. He can make impossible things possible through His great love and grace. Let us not lose hope and believe that He is always faithful.