My Faith Is In the Middle of My Ostomy Struggle
Where do I start with this one? My statement to you and the world is my faith is in the middle of my ostomy story.
My faith is everything to me. I walk in faith every day. I know that I exist today, I live today because He lives in me.
It says in the Bible “Now faith is the [a]substance of things hoped for, the [b]evidence of things not seen.” This is from the book of Hebrews in the New Testament.
This is the new covenant that we live under since Jesus went to the cross at Calvary. It is found in Hebrews 11:1. Hebrews chapter 11 is the great Faith Hall of Fame. Read it sometime. Amazing Reading.
What I Did First
As soon as I was diagnosed with cancer, my march towards having to have an ostomy started. From that point on I was walking in faith.
I immediately went and researched healing scriptures from the Bible. As you can see my faith is in the middle of my thoughts towards getting healed.
I needed to find healing scriptures, where God promises that I have been healed. All of the promises of God are yes and Amen. In the Bible, you will find this “2 Corinthians 1:20 New King James Version (NKJV)
20 For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.”
You can read that in 2 Corinthians 1:20 King James Version (KJV) For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.
After I found the Scriptures
I wrote them out on a sheet of paper. I used a concordance and a Bible to cross-reference them. Then that sheet of paper became nine pages of healing scriptures, that I had with me or around me for the next couple of months.
Wherever I went they were within reach for me.
I researched entire sections of the Bible so as to not leave out anything according to context. The context, what is before and what is after is important to me, and to the proper understanding of the scriptures.
My wife and I prayed over these scriptures, and we believed that every one of them was true for me and my life.
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My Faith Is in the Middle-How My Faith Builders worked
I needed to put everything into action. Getting my faith activated was important to me. I learned many years ago, that God can’t drive a parked car.
How true that is. I can sit and think, or hope that something will take place, but that’s not good enough. God wants a commitment, then a walk towards what you are believing to be true.
In this case, I picked out a few scriptures that I could believe on for me, and then my wife and I prayed these scriptures. We believed these to be true for me right now.
Again everything that was being done by us was putting our faith right smack dab in the middle of this whole medical situation.
As we did that, and every day after that as we continued to believe, we added thankfulness and praise to God Almighty and to Jesus and thanked Him for my position in the righteousness of God as a Born Again Believer.
My Walk Started and What Followed
At this point in time, I started getting measured for my radiation treatments. You know where they figure out all of the measurements for where the radiation is getting aimed at in my body. The tumor was going to be targeted from multiple angles.
My radiation treatment each day was 22 minutes and I know for sure that the radiation machine stopped at least 10 times.
So that is 10 times that it stopped…. aimed…. and shot. Then it would stop and everything would then move to the next position. Then it was rinse and repeat.
Now I do know it wasn’t that simple, but I made it that simple, so that I could handle the 22 minutes each day.
I had to go through 27 of these treatments. For more reading on these radiation treatments, you may go to my post titled How to Get Through the Radiation Treatments for Colorectal Cancer.
What Exactly Did I Do To Put My Faith in the Middle
This whole thing is mental, will power and belief. I needed to kick the fear out of any equation. There wasn’t any way that I could fear, doubt or even say anything negative.
You see once I committed to a fact (which is a scripture) It is written, then I had to believe it was true for me.
You see that’s where the rubber meets the road. Could I do that? Could I stay with the belief, have no fear, speak no negative, and just keep telling myself that I was the well and the enemy of this world was trying to get me to accept cancer, to accept all the side effects that I was told might happen?
I was already healed by Jesus when he went to the cross for me, a believer.
Isaiah 53:3-5 reads
3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. 4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
So I was already the healed. But getting back what he said He took it all on so that I could be totally free from all sin and death.
Practical Tips of Faith
So an example would be that I read the scriptures a couple of times a day. Then when I was doing treatments or when I visited the cancer doctors I would expect a good report. And you know what, I received several good reports throughout the 364-day process I lived through.
I would get told things such as:
- “I see the tumor shrinking really well. We are right on target, and you appear to be doing really well handling the side effects that patients usually experience with the radiation.”
- “You are responding very well. I would put you in the top 95 percentile for all the patients and how they handle these side affects.”
- “You seem very calm with everything that you have been going through. Many patients will show a bit of anxiety by now”
- You appear to be in my upper 90% of patients in dealing with the chemo side effects that most people are affected by.”
So as you can see, we claimed that the side effects would be minimal and that I would totally healed of cancer. I was and I am.
I would visualize being cancer free. I would listen to Praise and Worship music while I was under going the radiation treatments, 27 of them in total.
I did have the tumor get burned into submission And it had no sign of cancer in the biopsy after the removal and the colon cancer surgery I went through.
My faith did get me through the nearly year of treatment plans. I don’t even want to think about where I would be now. I am very grateful for my results.
You Can Do This Too
You can make your claims using the Bible verses as I did. It has nothing to do with me, but everything thing to do with the Word of God. Bless you as you move forward with your walk of faith.
George writes from first-hand experience about having a stoma and living with an ostomy. As a former cancer patient and a survivor of colon cancer, you can draw from his experiences. His goal is to help you as he shares the realities of living with an ostomy.