Coping With Juanita’s Passing

By E. Jeffrey Hill In 2001 everything looked good for our family—our nine children (ages 4 to 23) were all doing well, I loved my job as a university professor, the house was paid for, and we had good health. It would be clear sailing to retirement in just 15 years.  Or so we thought! Then my wife Juanita noticed a lump in her breast.  The doctor’s diagnosis was devastating—the tumor was 10 cm and there was only a 50 percent chance for long-term survival.  Our whole world changed overnight! ...
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How Can You Help a Cancer Victim?

By Susan F At the age of 53, during a regular yearly exam, my doctor found a small lump in my breast.  “Do not worry,” he said.  “It’s probably just thickening of your tissue.” I immediately stopped worrying.  I was young.  I felt fine.  There was no history of cancer in my immediate family.  I exercised regularly and was not overweight; it was just some thick tissue. I have never been more wrong!  Within just a few days I found myself in surgery having a biopsy followed by lumpectomy and ...
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Do Trials Bring Us to God?

By Spencer W In the summer of 2012 I learned that I had a brain tumor on the left side of my brain. When I found out I broke down completely. I had always been a healthy, active, normal kid. Now I was a normal kid with a brain tumor at age 18. I went into brain surgery within three days of my diagnosis and when I woke up I couldn't move my right arm at all. Although I was able to think coherent thoughts, I could not speak. Before this experience I had always been an independent person. I ...
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Why Pray if God Already Knows What We Need?

By Kyra M. During my sophomore year of college, I learned that my older sister had cancer. I can still remember how I found out. It was a Friday in February—the 13th, in fact. I had just left the Testing Center at my college after a disappointing test and was trudging home in defeat. I turned my cell phone back on and saw there was a new voicemail from my parents. They told me that my sister had just had an MRI and it was confirmed—“she has a tumor." I nearly tripped on the sidewalk as I h...
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Does God Answer Prayers?

By Tara H. I was always taught growing up that there is a God, our Loving Heavenly Father, and that he hears every prayer given from the lips of his children. I didn't realize how true that was until high school. I was a senior in high school. My sister was now in remission from fighting breast cancer. The world was finally looking brighter until my parents called us kids together one evening. We were told that my dad had been diagnosed with stage four esophageal cancer and the doctors had...
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