One of the reasons we decided to drive to Ohio, was to visit my Aunt Jeri. She was recently diagnosed with Lymphoma on top of the Muscular Dystrophy that she currently suffers from. So today, we drove to the James Cancer Hospital and Solove Institute at The Ohio State University. The facility is massive, and they have some of the greatest physicians and students there. Being that “The James” is a research/learning hospital, there are patients from all over the world that converge there to see their physicians. Including my aunt.
Aunt Jeri has held a special place in my heart for many years. I can remember the long trips to visit her when I was a child. And how she made every visit so much fun. Her smile is infectious, and her personality reminds you of how much she loves you.
So when I found out that she was sick enough to be admitted to “The James,” I knew that we needed to go there too.
Now, if you read this blog enough, you will know that I believe that God does amazing things for those who believe in him, but I wasn’t prepared for what I would learn when I got there.
When Aunt Jeri was initially diagnosed with lymphoma, the doctors wanted to begin her chemotherapy right away. However, they were a little nervous about her strength, and if her body would be able to withstand the treatment. So, they asked her and her husband Rick, to come to “The James,” so they would be in the hospital for her first treatment, just in case something went wrong.
Aunt Jeri is a strong woman of faith, who believes that God has a plan for everything. And that he works everything to the glory of his name.
I am thankful that we serve a God like that, and one who performs miracles. Miracles that happen when all hope is lost.
So the doctors perform the first round of radiation on Aunt Jeri at “The James,” and she quickly goes into a seizure. A bad one. Then things Got worse. So bad in fact, that the physicians asked if she had a “Do not resuscitate” order, and began to prepare Rick for what they thought would be the inevitable, that Aunt Jeri would die.
But God had a different plan.
The doctors called for a chaplain. When she arrived, she spoke with Rick and asked him if she could anoint Jeri with oil and pray in the Spirit over her lifeless body. With a resounding “YES!” Rick joined her, and they began to pray. They called out to the Lord for healing, and that Jeri’s body would respond and that the seizure would subside. And much to the disbelief of the physicians and nurses, that’s exactly what happened.
That leads me to today. Yes, Jeri still has cancer. and she is still struggling. But the Lord intervened, because he is not through with her yet.
Although it is somewhat difficult to see her battling, I am so encouraged by her spirit! She consistently talks about sharing her faith with people in the hospital, as well as her family. Most folks would be depressed,and just lay around and Mope. But Aunt Jeri is a woman on a mission. She has drive, commitment, and the empowerment of the Holy Spirit. I am so glad that we got to experience that today.
I know what you are thinking, why is this such a big deal, when she is still sick??Because God gifted her with a second chance and a unique story that can be used to reach people for Jesus. After all, that’s what the scripture teaches that we are here to do.
The #1 reason that people come to Jesus, is because someone they know was impacted by him, shared their story.
Would you commit to pray for Rick & Jeri, as well as my sister Jenny, who is battling Cancer??
What do you think??
Till next week,