My Cancer Diagnosis – The C Word
My Cancer Diagnosis. As I explained in my last post, it all started in Peru. My husband and I had taken our three kids to Peru to visit family, and while I was there my father insisted I see a dermatologist about my acne. The dermatologist sent me to an endocrinologist, who felt a suspicious lump on my neck and sent me for an ultrasound. The radiologist said I needed a biopsy.
Now here I was, back in the U.S., waiting for the results of the biopsy I had booked as soon as I got home. The wait was excruciating. Finally, the hospital called. The results were inconclusive, and I needed to see an endocrinologist. Ugh!
The endocrinologist convinced me to schedule another biopsy. I was hesitant, but I really wanted to know. Unfortunately, this time the results were conclusive: Cancer. The lump in my neck tested positive for papillary thyroid carcinoma. Needless to say, I was absolutely shocked!
Right away the doctor said I needed surgery, and possibly radiation. In fact, everyone around me – including my husband, who is a medical provider – was saying that I needed to have surgery, and needed to do this right away. Now, now, now! There was an urgency in their voices, and pressure in their words.
But my inner voice led me to seek other venues. I don’t know how to explain this other than to say it was intuition and faith. Although there was a big fear factor, my inner voice said, “No, let’s hold on, learn more, explore options.”
I clearly remember going to the Bible seeking wisdom. I asked in prayer what I should do, and in answer the Lord sent me to a specific verse: Acts 27:34.
Wherefore I pray you to take some food; for this is for your health: for there shall not a hair fall from the head of any of you.
I believe that God talks to us in many ways; for me at this specific time He talked to me through His Word. He can send us specific sentences and words in the Bible. These sentences and words provide the revelation that leads us to the path He has created for us. In this case, I knew that the rest of this passage in Acts had nothing to do with my situation. But it was clear to me that food, nutrition and lifestyle did.
So I went online and began to do some research about nutrition and cancer, and that’s when it hit me. Six months before my trip to Peru I had been led to radically change my diet. At the time I didn’t know why I was doing this. There really was no explanation. I had no real idea why I suddenly went from eating meat and dairy to going completely vegan, but I did. In fact, all through my time in Peru I stuck with this diet. I had such a conviction that this was what I needed to do.
Now as I started learning about nutrition and its impact on cancer, I saw it clearly, especially when I read The China Study by T. Colin Campbell, PhD. God had been taking care of me long before I realized it! These foods were not good for me right now, and the divine spirit that lives in me had led me away from them. When I realized this truth I could not stop crying, I was filled with such awe and delight to know that the Creator, a greater being, was watching over me.
I had already experienced many moments of fear. Now, knowing that God had been walking with me and before me even before I realized it or had any inkling that this cancer was growing in my body, put some ease, comfort and trust in my heart that I could continue to follow His lead. And I did. Our intuition or inner voice, is powerful and we may be surprised to learn how much better we can do through life if we just listen.
The revelation light in me leads my path to walk in fearless faith.
I have found my cancer journey to be a positive and profound transformational experience. I’m inspired to share my healing journey here, and trust you’ll find hope, encouragement and purpose as you discover the healing power that lies within you.