The Refiner’s Fire

Two sons, her daughter, her husband.  All had cancer.  Three died. "The refiner’s fire is not a comfortable place to be. It involves intense heat and repeated hammering. But it is in the refiner’s fire we are purified and prepared to meet God."  This woman's faith grew through these terrible trials, and she provides hope and compassion to others.   The Refiner's Fire
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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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Did I Survive to Serve Others?

By Gordon F For 131 days I thought I was going to die. Everyone around expected me to. For some time my brain functioned only partially. When I finally left the hospital, I weighed only 107 pounds; I couldn’t sit up, roll over, walk, or even feed myself. My short term memory was practically gone. Anyone who came to visit had to fully suit up in medical gowns, gloves and mask. What had brought me to this? My wife and I had been out in the morning when my leg started to drag. By the end ...
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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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What Is True Happiness?

By Kaimahi T. My childhood and teenage years had mainly been focused on football. I absolutely love the excitement and energy of making a big play or sacking the quarterback! My brothers and I would play whenever we had a chance. I played little league football starting at age eight and joined the high school team as a freshman. As a sophomore in high school, I had the opportunity to play in a semi-final game for the state championship. I started my junior year now hoping to get scholarships ...
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