Now that mum’s Stage 4 Colon Cancer is in remission with her PET-CT scan showing resolved metabolic activity and her CEA markers consistently in normal range, there are days when even I tend to forget the details of this blessed journey we have been on this year. It has really been an epic year for us from being told my mum had stage 4 cancer in February, when all she had was appeared to be irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms, to being told in March she only had 6 months to live if she didn’t do chemotherapy, to her being in remission by June and now being in better health than ever before, having no need to go the regular high blood pressure medication she had been taking for the last 20 years. ALL this in the same year!
Hence, I decided I will be recording on our journey to capture God’s blessings every step of the way, to remind us to be thankful for everyday that we have now, and also to let all of you out there who might be going through similar struggles, know that you are not alone.
You, too, can overcome cancer.
Most days, I thank God for the MNC I have been working in for the last almost 8 years. Looking back on my mum’s cancer recovery journey, I really thank God that because I was always constantly under so much pressure at work to make decisions, and cope daily with a vanity of new crisis, the experiences enabled me to be more calm about my mum’s situation. After the initial shock and painful crying sessions at my work mind kicked in and told me that crying would not help my mum; I needed to do what I could within my circle of influence, to get her better.
February 28 was a very special day because within the space of 48 hours, I had 6 random unrelated people tell us to let mum heal the “natural way”. These 6 people are:
1) A traditional Chinese Doctor – who has ever reversed his patient’s cancer over 9-12 months
2) Ms J, whose own mothers’s cancer was reversed by juice therapy, and she is now selling juicers
3) Ms S, the shop assistant doing a negative ion machine treatment for my mum (who also shared a testimony of an advanced breast cancer survivor who reversed her cancer with the negative ion technology)
4) Aunty D, whom I had not met in 10 years, and randomly bumped into at an NTUC store, who is now into natural healing
5) Ms A’s aunty, whose husband survived colon cancer
6) My husband, who had watched his grandfather suffer the side effects of chemotherapy
God tends to repeat something to me when he wants to get a point across to me. But I was still skeptical, so we prayed and asked God specifically for a 7th person to give me this advice, and he had to be a MEDICAL DOCTOR, as a sign of confirmation.
On Mar 2, my family went to church together for the first time in a long time. Even my dad went! Rev John Ting was giving the sermon, and as he came to the end of his massage, he suddenly talked about trusting God about cancer. I have been in ARPC for almost a decade, and had listened to him talk about depression, heart diseases, childlessness, but not cancer before. And he chose to speak about CANCER the very day before my mum’s operation with my whole family there at service together for the first time in this church! God was indeed reassuring me He knew intimately what we were going through, and He had His special purpose for allowing us to go through this experience.
“He is too loving to make a mistake”.
On Mar 3 – Mum was wheeled into the around 1030am. The nurses did a briefing, prepared her pre-op procedures and wheeled her in. The nurses said the surgery would normally take up to 4 hours so she should be out by 4pm. But at 4pm, when we asked, they replied, “Perhaps another 2 hours”. Terrifying, horrible thoughts rolled through my mind… but I tried to shake off the paranoia and just pray. I remember telling myself to sit down, but I would stand up again soon and walk to the narrow window to see if the “Operation In Progress” light outside my mum’s operating threatre had been switched off. Then I would sit down again and repeat this action every 10 minutes. Indeed, I think hospital walls have perhaps heard more sincere prayers than those at churches. My FIL and MIL were both really supportive, to have come and waited with us outside the operating theatre.
Eventually, the operation concluded at 630pm. Thank God it was keyhole (not open and invasive) surgery, for quicker recovery, and also, no stoma was needed, so it was more convenient for mum to move around. Thank God for answering the prayers of many praying for us. And even though it seemed a tad crazy, but since some people had said negative ions could help with healing, I left the air ion machine blowing at mum the whole time in the hospital. Mum looked really weak, with tubes still stuck in her nose and arms. The doctors gave her morphine to relieve the pain. I left dad to stay overnight with mum. N was still overseas, so I spent the night alone at home, mostly drifting in and all of consciousness rather than really sleeping.
This was the devotion for that day from :
“If you are faced with the question of whether or not to surrender, make a determination to go on through the crisis, surrendering all that you have and all that you are to Him. And God will then equip you to do all that He requires of you.”
I think surrendering to God is easier when times are hard. Because it is only then that I feel so helpless and desperate. Yet, when times are better, I tend to become proud and lean on my own strength again. This time though, it was not possible to get through this crisis on my own. I truly had to surrender everything to God that night.
On Mar 4, 1 day after the operation, my mum struggled to walk with the help of the physiotherapist. It made me so sad seeing her trying so hard just to sit up with the pain from the wound. The TCM doctor also came to visit, and said my mum was having an infection after checking her pulse. Honestly, I didn’t believe him then, because the doctors had not mentioned anything to us about my mum having an infection. It was only much later when I got her blood test results history on Mar 27, that showed her white blood count was high on Mar 4. She had indeed had an infection, as noted by the TCM doctor.
(to be continued)
Mum’s Stage 4 Colon Cancer Recovery Journey Series:
The complementary treatments my mum underwent to put her cancer into remission:
- Raw Diet, Vegan Diet and Juice Fast
- Electro Lymphatic Therapy (ELT)
- Colon Hydrotherapy (Colonics)
- Nefful Negative Ion Clothings from Japan
- Saline Flush, Coffee Enema, Wheatgrass Implant, Probiotic Implant
- Vitamin C High Dose IV
- Vitamin B17
- Ozone Therapy
- Insulin Potentiated Therapy (IPT)
- Exercise with Oxygen Therapy (EWOT)
- Breathing and Pilates Classes
The doctor (who lives what he preaches on 100% raw, vegan diet) who treated my mum, and health educator who transformed the way I look at a “healthy” lifestyle: