Introduction: As a woman with a past case of Stage 3A breast cancer, this is one of the processes I utilized as I was waiting to begin my first chemo treatment on February 4, 2010. I had received my diagnosis on January 7th of that same year. I was unduly frightened as the tumor expanded from walnut-size to the size of a large lemon between December 21, 2009 and January 4, 2010. The thought of how big it might be by the time I could finally get my first cancer treatment was overwhelming. This thought process helped me maintain a greater sense of calm. Obviously, it worked for me as I have been gratefully “in remission” or cancer-free since the 11th of August, 2010.
Perhaps this mental, emotional, and spiritual thought process might prove helpful for you as well.
You suspect you have cancer or a tumor growing within you or you have actually received that diagnosis from a trained physician. You wish to request to be healed of this dis-ease that became a disease from God. You ask God to heal you. You hand over custody of this cancer or tumor to Him; however, you find numerous ways to re-possess what you had released into His hands. Here is how you can avoid playing a tug of war game with God.
Step 1: You have prayerfully requested that God heal this cancer or tumor or other malady growing or residing within you. You state, “If it is the higher order of things, God, please heal me. I hand this over into your hands. I trust you. I release the outcome to your divine plan. Thank you in advance for my healing.”
Step 2: Someone you love or trust or some person who has heard about your condition confides, “I am so worried about you. I don’t want you to die. Aren’t you scared? Aren’t you worried? I bet you can hardly sleep for worry.”
His or her words reactivates within you your feelings of fear. This causes you to reach out and retrieve this malady. Because God has given us free will, He regretfully yet lovingly releases it back to your hands.
Step 3: In a moment of strength, you get yourself back together. You once again pray, “Please God, I commit this malady to you. Please take it into your hands and sanctify it.” God gladly takes the malady back into His hands.
Then you find yourself researching this condition on the internet or you see a television commercial or show or movie where someone dies of this condition. Or something else happens that reactivates your worry. Once again, you grab the condition out of God’s hands and take it back into yourself.
Step 4: This cycle could go on and on. The good news is that for as long as the malady has been in God’s hands, it has not grown bigger or worse inside of your body. It might even have shrunk in size. So if you could manage to distract yourself for longer periods of time while God has guardianship of this malady, you have a much greater chance of being healed.
Therefore, do something that brings you pleasure and joy. Watch a comedy movie or show. Read a book. Stroke and pet your dog or cat. Take a walk in nature. Spend joyful time with family or friends. Get involved in an absorbing craft project of some type. Play a sport. Do anything that keeps you from thinking about this malady for as long as you possibly can. This gives you a greater chance to be healed.
Step 5: As a well-known quote states, “Prayer is taking your cares to God. Faith is leaving them there.”
Tips & Warnings:
* Remember to take deep, calming breaths.
* Trust that the perfect outcome will happen in God’s perfect time.
* Learn what lessons you can learn along the way that could be of benefit to yourself and others.
* One way to gain help for yourself is to reach out to help others.
Here are some other articles about breast cancer that might prove to be helpful:
- Healing Seeker’s aka Debbie’s journey through Breast Cancer
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