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    One way to survive three cancers

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      Carol-Charlie

      Wow... Not much I can add.... I was diagnosed with Stage IV Epithelial Ovarian Cancer in January 2006... In Feb after surgery, My Gynecologic Oncologist Surgeon told me he'd removed a 39 pound tumor, my ovaries, and had scraped all the cancer he could see from my abdomen . I asked him how long I had....... "six months" was his reply. I'd been terrified when first diagnosed and told God how scared I was.... my fear left instantly... I wasn't singing and dancing, but I was a peace..... Then I asked Him to please take my hand and lead me to where He wanted me to be. Here I am writing this eleven years later. The night prior to my surgery (because I'm a poet) I wrote these few lines...
      I Know
      @ 2006 Carol Notermann

      I know that I’m not in control, but thank God that He is.
      I know that I’ve no need to plan, for the best plan is His.

      I know that as in “Footsteps”, there’s only one set in the sand.
      And, I know that I am clinging very tightly to his hand.

      about 13 hours ago
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      po18guy

      Thank you from my heart to all! Honestly, from my dealings with various cancer patients, I see the greatest difficulty among those who either do not believe in anything, or who believe in everything. The word they use most often is "terrified." Well, I have never been terrified! My journey has been indisputably providential. With the flames raging behind me, each and every door has been either open, or unlocked as I reached it. As an example, after being originally misdiagnosed as not have a malignancy, I was "coincidentally" scheduled for a consult with a doctor at Fred Hutchinson. He "just happened" to be their T-Cell Lymphoma specialist. How could that happen by chance, when combined with too many other similar small miracles both before and after? I credit him with saving my life three times now but there is a larger hand guiding the entire process.

      For those who may not have the Book of Sirach (Ecclesiasticus) in their bibles, have a look at chapter 38. https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=sir+38&version=RSVCE
      If that is not prophetic and providential, I do not know what is. For those with a lot of spare time, who are bored, or just love reading the miscellaneous rantings of a cancer patient, the "condensed" :-D version of my journey can be found here: http://www.tcllfoundation.org/testimonials/4/james-ferrell

      The grace of faith - ours for the asking.

      about 9 hours ago
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      BoiseB

      What a beautiful Bible passage. I believe that all of us here can point to that miraculous moment in our cancer battle; many of us more than one moment.

      about 2 hours ago
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