• Does anyone else feel closer to God after diagnosis?

    Asked by Carol-Charlie on Thursday, January 31, 2013

    Does anyone else feel closer to God after diagnosis?

    I know He has guided me my entire life, sometimes I didn't follow.

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    • po18guy's Avatar

      My faith had been building for several years before cancer arrived. Looking back, I see that the Lord was preparing me for what lay ahead. I have not been angry a single moment, since I expected to be diagnosed at some point in my life. 60% of my dad's side fell to cancer, so it was almost a foregone conclusion. So, when it arrived, it was not the crushing defeat that it might have been. I saw it rather as a challenge to be faced. Faith sustained me through the thick of it and faith sustains me still. I must credit the prayers of many on my behalf for the mercy that I have received. A belief in the next life has made all of the difference in the world for me. We all are approaching that door marked "death" but, once we open it, we can see that it reads "life" on the other side. Yet, we hesitate to approach it. My diagnosis made me take note of my life - how it had been slipping, sand-like, through my fingers almost unnoticed. Now, I pay attention. Cancer has become a blessing inasmuch as my relationship with my wife has deepened and I have an appreciation for each day. I give thanks each morning before my feet touch the floor. Even suffering has taken on a new and redemptive meaning. It has purpose, both in time and eternity. We see that faith is much discussed these days, and often in a negative light. Yet, faith works each time it is tried with a loving heart. The problem for so many is that faith is not untrue, it is simply untried.

      over 8 years ago
    • carm's Avatar

      Carol, although I would love to think that what they experience in the end is the peace of knowing they are going home, the facts as they are related to me say otherwise. I cannot repeat what is said but I can say that every patient regardlesss of age or culture says the same thing and it has more to do with power than peace. It is a necessary final step in the process. Still, your story of yur son's injury must have been so traumatic for you and I couldn't imagine what that must have been like. Thank goodness it turned out fine, Carm.

      over 8 years ago
    • Ovc's Avatar
      Ovc (Best Answer!)

      with out a dout! 0:)

      over 8 years ago

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