The surgeon spoke to us immediately following the procedure. His news was truly “music.” He felt that he was able to remove the entire tumor. It was approaching maturity and was beginning to invade the spinal column and ultimately the cord. He told us that in just a few months, Adam’s symptoms would have been paralysis and possibly internal bleeding. At this point, he had no symptoms and the tumor was gone. Our next step was to wait for the Pathology Report to determine the necessity for chemo or radiation. This was the first time we heard that there was a possibility that he would not require either. It was almost too much to hope for!
Pathology reports came back indicating that all was well. What should have been a three month stay in Memphis with 6 – 9 months of chemo ended in a two week stay with no chemo or radiation. There was a definite risk that the tumor would return. Adam would return frequently to St. Jude for close observation. Truly, a small price to pay for such wonderful news.
At that time, I thought that living with the anticipation of the cancer’s return would be like a cloud above us. However, just the opposite happened. God’s mercy is truly a wondrous thing. I do not think you can explain it. We returned to St. Jude for the next 17 years knowing that we could be given less than favorable news. That never happened. I always felt that He could take care of whatever occurred and give us the strength to deal with it as well. He more than proved Himself. Through all of this, God revealed His care for us in numerous ways. He miraculously provided finances for us when we desperately needed them. He provided the best insurance we could get even when everyone was denying Adam coverage due to his diagnosis of cancer. He revealed to me that I, too, appeared to have this same type of cancer as a child which spontaneously disappeared without us ever knowing it existed. He provided me with a new part-time job that allowed me more flexibility and even less hours. Ultimately, he cured our baby. The list goes on and on.
Just recently, Adam had to give a speech at Chattanooga State about a personal situation. He told me that he shared his cancer story with his class and how God miraculously revealed and cured his cancer. I truly wish I could have been a fly on the wall; however, I would have drowned in my own tears, I am sure!
Whether you are celebrating the wonderful health of your family or are facing uncertain issues in the future, know that God is faithful. He sees things as only He can see them. We may never know or understand all that is going on, but you can trust that He does. He loves you and wants to encourage you and bless you through your situation, just let Him. If you do not know Him as your Lord and Saviour, do not go through this situation or your life alone. He wants to be there for you. Just ask Him. His Word tell us that He is faithful to forgive us of our sins when we ask Him, and that He will never leave us nor forsake His own. He’ll see you through. May Christmas 2007 be remembered for the beginning of your special relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.
May God richly bless you all! You truly bless us! We love you!
For all of you who have heard me tell about this event in our lives it is amazingly evident how two people can have the same experience and see it from totally different perspectives. I am thankful to my wife for sharing her memories of that Christmas twenty years ago. I will be sharing her story in the morning service on December 23rd at Dallas Bay. I hope to see you there. If you read this from a distance just log on to our website www.dallasbaybaptist.com and listen to the mp3. Merry Christmas.