God’s Promises For Healing; True For Today?
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I was diagnosed with a liver disease at age 18 as a result of autoimmune disease. This led to a liver transplant in 1992.
My Search For Truth
During this journey my superficial relationship with God (I grew up going to church but did not truly know Christ) turned into a desperate search for truth during which I encountered the True, Living Lord Jesus.
After completing my undergrad, while traveling in Europe, I became ill again. I was diagnosed with Burkitt’s Lymphoma, an aggressive form of cancer, which was a complication of my immune suppressed state due to transplant. After returning to Canada for treatment, which was unsuccessful because the cancer spread to my liver, my physicians took me off my immune suppressant medication to fight the cancer.
15% chance for Recovery
Although they told me this wouldn’t happen, my body began to reject my transplanted liver, leading to liver failure in the midst of the cancer treatment. Plans for a bone marrow transplant were no longer possible without a functioning liver and I was given a 15% chance for recovery with any further treatment, from several specialists.
I began to search the scriptures desperately for what God says about healing and longed to understand if God’s promises for healing were still true for today.
A Dream for Healing
While still in the hospital the Lord gave me a dream in which I was in a wonderful place, surrounded by multitudes of people, feeling safe and at peace. In the dream a man came up to me and told me that I could not stay. When I protested, he told me that it was not yet my time to be in that place. When I awoke I believed that the Lord had given me this encouragement that I would overcome this illness.
6 months followed where I did not seek further treatment or medical appointments. Despite incredible weakness (I spent most of my days on the couch) I began to spend most of my time reading books about healing, in prayer, or reading scripture. I felt almost cocooned from the world while I began to seek more and more closeness with the Lord.
No Cancer; No Medical Explanations
Although I did not see any instant change, little by little my strength grew. Finally in April 1998 (6 months after my last chemo treatment) I had an ultrasound and no cancer was evident on my liver or anywhere else. Medically there were no explanations and several of my physicians had to agree that it was miraculous. Although the cancer was gone, my liver was still being rejected by my body. In September 1998 I had a second liver transplant.
Once my health returned, I began to work at a Christian ministry for young women called New Life Girls’ Home. I was so excited to have my life back! Those years were a time of growth and emotional healing for all of the trauma I had walked through. I grew so much in my Christian walk!
Hope in the midst of a Challenging Journey
I felt prompted to continue my education in 2001, so I attended graduate school and completed a Masters in Christian Counselling. However, more obstacles were to come. Shortly after graduation my kidneys began to show signs of illness and I was diagnosed with chronic renal failure. I began hemodialysis in 2003.
I was devastated and experienced a period of depression, where I felt like I had lost all control of my life as I sat in a hospital for 4-5 hours 3 times per week for treatment. In 2004 I began nocturnal home hemodialysis, which meant that I was trained to administer my own dialysis every night for 8 hours while I slept. I felt like I had my life back! Sadly I lost my Mom in 2006 and walked through an intense time of grief and loss.
Then in 2007 I met my soon-to-be-husband Paul. He fell in love with me in the midst of all the health issues. We longed for children and despite the odds, I have been blessed with 2 beautiful healthy children, Samuel and Magdalena, who were born in 2009 and 2011. I am so grateful to the Lord for all that He has done!