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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month: DCIS Breast Cancer - My True Story

Updated on October 9, 2016
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Theresa loves to share her true life accounts when the Lord shows up mightily in her life. She knows He still performs miracles today.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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AvonWalkforBreastCancer2013.jpg Author: Avonffw 10 June 2013 CC-BY-SA-3.0 | Source

My "Routine" Checkup


This is an account of my personal experience, and I do not take lightly anyone else’s experience in these types of serious health issues.

In June of 2011, I realized I had not had my yearly mammogram. I immediately called and made an appointment, and to my surprise they told me that I had not been in two years. I thought, where had the time gone?


My granddaughters.
My granddaughters. | Source

Where Had the Time Gone?


I believe the time had gone by so quickly (about 18 months), as my two granddaughters, as well as my son, who is their daddy, had all been living with my husband and I due to circumstances beyond their control. Our youngest granddaughter came to us when she was only three months old, and at the time our oldest granddaughter was a little over two years old.

An Annual Mammogram can Save Your Life


A mammogram is a safe, low-dose x-ray picture of the breast. It is currently the most effective method of detecting breast cancer in its earliest, most reachable stages.

Resource

American Cancer Society

The Belated Mammogram


I was still in unbelief that I had missed my annual checkup, as I am always sure to take care of health issues and appointments. But anyway, I went on to the Imaging Center and had a mammogram, and out of the corner of my eye, I saw it, that white cluster.

At that very moment, without any person telling me, I just knew it was cancer. I prayed to my Lord without one bit of doubt and asked Him to heal me at that very instance, and then came that peace. I cannot even describe the peace that came over me. It is true, His peace, the peace that surpasses all understanding. I told the Lord God right then I would glorify Him through all of this.

So, of course, nothing was said to me at first, and I had to go back into the little closet area to wait, and I knew I would be one of the last ones to leave, as the Lord revealed to me that it was cancer. And sure enough, after I heard everyone else leaving their little closets, they came and got me for more imaging.

Then I went back into the closet and waited for a while. Finally, they came back to get me to speak with the doctor. The doctor informed me that there was a cluster of calcifications and she wanted to do a biopsy the following week. And that was all I was told at the time.


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Breast Cancer Awareness CC-BY-2.0 Author: Jason Meredith 5 Oct, 2006 | Source

A Time for Prayer and Healing


The following Wednesday night, I attended my women’s small group at my church, and they all prayed for me as well.

The following week, the biopsy was done and the doctor commented, ”Huh, that seems to be a lot smaller than I first thought.” I knew then the Lord had already shrunk the cluster. So, I waited for the results and the doctor and another person, a tech, I’m assuming, came in with very concerned looks on their faces, and with my husband sitting by my side, commenced to tell me, “It does not look good, but it is going to be okay.”

I can’t express enough the calmness I felt. I responded in a calm and gentle manner, “I know it will be okay.” And the doctor, the tech, and my husband all seemed to be surprised by my response. The doctor then looked down at my purse which my daughter had given to me that year for my birthday, which had a big beautiful beaded cross on the front of it, and I heard her say, “Oh, okay,” possibly acknowledging the fact that I was a Christian.

What they did not know is what I meant when I said I knew everything would be fine, was that not only did I have no doubt my Lord God Almighty could heal me if it were His will, but what they probably did not understand that if it were not His will to heal me, that would be just fine with me too. If my body was ravaged with cancer, and it was my time to go home to be with my Lord, then I was perfectly fine with that. My mind immediately went to the scripture found in 2 Cor. 5:8 “Absent the body, present with Jesus.”


What is Ductal Carcinoma In Situ (DCIS) Breast Cancer?


Ductal Carcinoma In Situ (DCIS) is considered the earliest form of breast cancer. DCIS is noninvasive meaning it hasn't spread out of the milk duct to invade other parts of the breast.

Resource

MayoClinic.com



After the Biopsy . . .


After the biopsy, the following week, the doctor wanted to take BSGI (Breast-Specific Gamma Imaging) photos, which are more intense, eight-minute photos of each of my breasts. It was at this appointment the doctor told me that the biopsy revealed that I had DCIS (Ductal Carcinoma In Situ) cancer and that my cells were high grade. Once the three eight-minute photos were taken of each breast, they were brought to the doctor for review.

Much to my surprise, the doctor came in with a very baffled look on her face, and asked me to come into another room for an ultra sound, which I thought was unusual, as everything else they had done was more thorough than an ultra sound.

The doctor fervently moved the ultra sound device all over my breast where the cluster of calcifications was inside my breast. She just kept on moving it around the longest while, not saying a word. Then she finally pronounced, “Well, what we are going to do is send all of this to the surgeon to analyze,” and she went ahead and, it almost seemed like she had to force herself to say the following, “Maybe there is no disease.” And, I said, “That would be great!”

Another week went by, and it was time to see the surgeon, who had my images up on a screen and I had glanced at them, and just saw blank, black screens.

The first thing he asked me was, “So, what have you been told?” I told him that the biopsy showed a cluster of calcifications, but now they don’t see anything on the BSGI photos. He said, “That is exactly right, but these things can be microscopic and we need to make sure there is no hidden tumor or anything else.”


DCIS (ductal carcinoma in situ)

Shown is a drawing of a breast duct containing ductal carcinoma in situ. "In situ" means "in place" and refers to the fact that the cancer has not moved out of the duct and into any surrounding tissue.
Shown is a drawing of a breast duct containing ductal carcinoma in situ. "In situ" means "in place" and refers to the fact that the cancer has not moved out of the duct and into any surrounding tissue. | Source
Ductal carcinoma - Histopathologic image from ductal cell carcinoma in situ (DCIS) of breast.  Mematoxylin-eosin stain.
Ductal carcinoma - Histopathologic image from ductal cell carcinoma in situ (DCIS) of breast. Mematoxylin-eosin stain. | Source

What Is a Lumpectomy?


A lumpectomy is a surgical procedure used to treat breast cancer. It is considered to be less invasive than the previously standard radical mastectomy, a lumpectomy involves making one to two incisions in the breast to remove a cancerous lump. They are designed to preserve the existing shape of the breast.

Some "old-school" surgeons still like to say partial mastectomy. They are the same.

Resources

* American Cancer Society

* National Institute of Cancer


What Is the Difference?


He wanted to do a lumpectomy (he was old-school) and called it a partial mastectomy, which sounds a lot worse than lumpectomy to me, but he confirmed they are the same. I asked him, “Even if you do not see anything from the intense photos taken, you want to do surgery?” He said, “Being that the biopsy showed the DCIS cancer in my milk duct, which is non-invasive, but my cells were high grade” (I thought, oh good, at least my cells are high grade –no, it’s not like gasoline where it means great, it means they are very aggressive), but they were contained in my milk duct, which was good, and that the estrogen in my own body was feeding the cells.

This is going to sound strange, non-invasive DCIS cancer is the best kind of cancer to get if you are going to get cancer, as it is non-invasive. However, if left unchecked, the cells could burst out of the milk duct and invade your whole body, which would of course not be good at all, as the cancer would be in your bloodstream and tissue throughout your body.

The day the surgery was scheduled, I was to first go to the Imaging Center and have a wire installed in my left breast (sounds like a lot of fun) so that the surgeon could see exactly the area he needed to cut. It was not as bad as it sounds, but they did give me a shot, which was worse than when the wire was inserted. Then they took photos and said for me to bring the images to the surgeon before the surgery.

When I arrived at the surgical center, I gave the surgeon the photos and noticed that he was looking very perplexed, so I looked and saw a simple wire on the screen going into nothing---another blank screen.

I told the surgeon then that I knew the Lord had already healed me of this cancer, as I saw that it was there, and now it is gone. He still insisted on doing the lumpectomy, “As there could be a hidden tumor.” So, I had the lumpectomy, which was outpatient, if you can believe that, and I told the surgeon that my granddaughters were not going to understand why “Nannie” would not be able to pick them up and hold them, and much to my surprise he said, “Oh, you can hold them, but just don’t do anything too strenuous for a day or two.“

Once the surgery was over, the surgeon came out and told my husband and family that he did not see with his eyes anything to indicate any cancer, BUT that I was to call Pathology in a couple of days to make sure the margins were clear and that there was not anything in the margins that was not seen by the human eye.


Radiation Completed!

Radiation Star received after seven weeks and one day of radiation was completed!
Radiation Star received after seven weeks and one day of radiation was completed! | Source

Montgomery Cancer Center

The Montgomery Cancer Center
The Montgomery Cancer Center | Source
Location of the Montgomery Cancer Center
Location of the Montgomery Cancer Center | Source
My radiation oncologist, Dr. Franklin - the best!
My radiation oncologist, Dr. Franklin - the best! | Source
My hematologist, who is also a partner at the Montgomery Cancer Center, Dr. Davidson - the best!
My hematologist, who is also a partner at the Montgomery Cancer Center, Dr. Davidson - the best! | Source

Coming Home After Surgery


After I returned home from the surgery, and once my granddaughters came home that day, my oldest granddaughter, who is always concerned about anyone’s “boo, boo’s”, saw those stockings on the bottom half of my legs that they make you wear to prevent blood clots, and with a very concerned look on her face, she asked, “Nannie, you have a boo boo on your legs?”

Of course, I did not want to tell her that the real “boo boo” was not on my legs, and so I just said, yes, but it is all better now. Then she said the funniest thing, “It’s okay Nannie, you just need your fast shoes.” I thought, my fast shoes? And she went into my closet and had gotten a pair of my sneakers for me to wear, as in her mind that would help my “boo boo” on my legs and I could walk better with my sneakers.

I believe when she grows up she will be in some sort of caretaker position, i.e., doctor, nursing, rehab or whatever, as she really is so concerned whenever someone has a “boo boo,” and she wants to offer a remedy. I believe that is the case due to her having had many a ”boo boo” on her knees from running too fast and she can relate.

I returned to work just after being out one day and felt great. A couple of days later, I called Pathology and no surprise there to me, “everything clear!” Praise Him! The surgeon told me that he wanted me to have radiation treatment, even though nothing was there now! And he wanted me to have 36 treatments daily (during the week days) for seven weeks, plus one day. I again told him, “The Lord healed me of this, and you still want me to have this radiation?” Of course, most doctors do not want to hear about being healed. He stated it is a preventive measure to take in hindering the possibility of the cancer returning.

I started the radiation treatment, and the techs, the radiation oncologist and the staff at the Cancer Center were the most precious people that I have ever met on this planet.

Those seven weeks and one day flew by, and I will never regret having that experience, as I was blessed enough to get to meet such awesome people at the Cancer Center. Once I had finished my treatment, the techs told me that they would miss me so very much, as they had never met anyone like me, which touched my heart, as I had never met anyone like them and told them so.

Then it was time to go over to the chemotherapy side of the Cancer Center, and see a hematologist about taking the five-year preventative pill, Tomoxifen, which I needed to take for five years to block the estrogen to my breasts, but not to other parts of my body. And once again, that hematologist was so awesome, as he was the first one to explain to me in great detail what exactly kind of cancer I had. (At this present date in 2012, I no longer take the Tomoxifen as I now have large blood clots in both lungs, and Tomoxifen can actually cause blood clots.)

I thank my God, that I did not have to have any chemo, and the Lord placed it on my heart to pray for all those having chemotherapy, as it is obviously a very difficult thing to have to endure. It is heartbreaking to say the least to see all those suffering with cancer.


Pink in Honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. | Source

It's All About the Pink...

It's all about the pink.  My breast cancer was in my left breast.  "Was" is the key word, as it is gone!
It's all about the pink. My breast cancer was in my left breast. "Was" is the key word, as it is gone! | Source

The Only Visible Sign Left . . .


The only sign left that I even had cancer is a very faint, small incision on my left breast, as all of the radiation discoloring has disappeared. The surgeon commented that the surgery did not even affect the contour of my breast.

As I stated first off, this is just my personal experience with DCIS cancer, and I praise Him for healing me of it, and using me to glorify Him through this time, and at the same time baffling doctors and surgeons. I had no doubt whatsoever my Lord could heal me, and the best part – no fear ever entered my mind through this whole experience.


He tells us in His Word,

“Perfect love casts out fear.” 1 John 4:18


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      Faith Reaper 10 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear PS,

      So glad to see you popping in here. I'm thinking of you and your precious family.

      Peace and blessings always and Happy Thanksgiving

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      Patricia Scott 10 months ago from sunny Florida

      Just stopping by to wish you and your family a lovely and blessed Thanksgiving....love ps

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      Faith Reaper 13 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Karen,

      Thank you so much for reading. Yes, God certainly healed me no doubt about it and He is amazing! All the praise goes to Him. I guess I'm still here for a reason, and so I want to give Him all the glory while I'm still here. As I have written here in this hub, even if I had not been healed, I knew I would still be okay for I know I would have gone to my true home.

      God bless

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      Karen Hellier 13 months ago from Georgia

      What an amazing story. Thank you so much for sharing this with us. I am sure all of the medical personnel you came in contact with are amazed and you are a wonderful testimony to God's healing power!

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      Faith Reaper 14 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Frankie,

      Aw, thank you for checking up on me and this hub of my being healed of breast cancer.

      Your visit is perfect timing for I just had my checkup and I am happy to report I am still cancer free! So, I am five years cancer free now : ) ...

      I guess God still wants me here for a reason.

      God bless you big time too!

      (((Hugs)))

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      Frank Atanacio 14 months ago from Shelton

      Just checking up on this hub again and you.. bless you big time..:)

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      Faith Reaper 14 months ago from southern USA

      Hi there, Laurinzo,

      Thank you for reading. Yes, it is my true story of how the Lord God healed me of breast cancer. It was there, and then it was gone. I do love it when He baffles the doctors! Praise Him!

      It's so good to see you here. I haven't seen you around in a long town.

      God bless you too.

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      Faith Reaper 14 months ago from southern USA

      Thank you again, MeetuMeetu. You are so kind.

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      Faith Reaper 14 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Audrey,

      Aw, thank you for the lovely comments. I know He heals and has a plan for me still, for I am still here.

      Just this past Friday, I had my visit at the Cancer Center, and I am happy to report I am now five years cancer free! Praise Him! To God be the glory.

      So, your timing here is perfect for me to share the good news.

      God bless you, sweet lady

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      Live To Write 14 months ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Thank you for such an honest post ....God Bless you!!!

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      MeetuMeetu 14 months ago

      I am equally obliged to get connected to you. You are truly inspiring.

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      Audrey Hunt 14 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      "Your faith has made thee whole" are the words that come to mind as I read your inspiring story of breast cancer. You live up to your beautiful name, "Faith Reaper."

      Rich blessings and continued good health to you my treasured friend.

      Audrey

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      Faith Reaper 14 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Meetu,

      I apologize for missing your beautiful comment here from two days ago!

      The only way I was able to get through something like this was to place my complete trust and faith in the Lord God, who is always there for me. He gives us strength and hope.

      So lovely to meet you too!

      God bless you

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      MeetuMeetu 14 months ago

      I personally adore cancer survivors because of their strong will power and their zeal to live more. Only someone who is very strong from inside can get over such experiences. Congratulations for being a true fighter :)

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      Faith Reaper 16 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Kaili,

      So nice to meet you! You have such a beautiful name.

      Yes, those annual mammograms are of the utmost importance. I couldn't believe I missed mine that year and then to discover I had breast cancer. I just knew something was terribly wrong just from the strange physical effects the cancer was having on my body.

      I am cancer free and I do praise God each day, for I know I am still here for a reason.

      Thank you for reading.

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      Kaili Bisson 16 months ago from Canada

      Thank you for sharing such a personal story and reminding us all how important it is to get these checkups done without fail. So glad to read about your recovery from this dreaded disease.

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      Faith Reaper 19 months ago from southern USA

      Hi sujaya venkatesh,

      Yes, God's blessings to you too!

      Thank you for reading.

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      sujaya venkatesh 20 months ago

      GOD'S BLESSINGS!

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hello Terrex,

      Yes, praise Him for His healing touch! I am thrilled.

      So nice to meet you and welcome to HubPages.

      Blessings

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      Terrex 2 years ago

      Very happy for you :)

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Paula,

      Oh, yes, indeed, I love to boast on the Lord when He shows up mightily and performs His miracles, and I have seen many.

      I am still here, as I have stated before, for some reason, so I want to share all that He has done in my life with anyone who will listen.

      I love your word there, transforming!

      Thank you for stopping by my side of HP Town and leaving such lovely comments.

      I appreciate to the vote up to the Heavens ...how sweet, you're the best!

      Peace and blessings to you, lovely lady

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      Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Faith.....A positively wonderful and inspiring true story of healing through the love and trust you have in the Lord. I understand why you are happy to relate this miracle to everyone......It can be transforming!

      Peace, Paula...Voted Up to the Heavens!!

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Peggy,

      I am so happy you have stopped by here to read this day! Oh, thank you so much about the grands. They are now 7 and 5 years old, and I have a grandson now too, who will be 3 in October, plus another grandson on the way! I am so blessed to have those precious darlings in my life and being I am still here, to love on them and give thanks for every moment I spend with them.

      Oh, yes, I thought that was so precious of her wanting to help me get better faster with the shoes : ) ...

      Yes, I just had my mammogram this year and still cancer free! It is so important to not forget to have your annual mammogram ...I know for sure about that fact.

      Thank you for your lovely visit this day.

      Peace and blessings to you and yours

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Rebecca,

      Thank you. Me too! Yes, I know without a bit of doubt, He healed me and I am still here for a reason.

      I appreciate your enthusiasm.

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Your grandchildren are so cute! The reaction of getting out some shoes to help heal you was sweet and caring. Sounds like you have bounced back from those health scares in good stead and your faith was certainly a part of that no matter what the outcome would have been. This is also a good reminder to get those mammograms!

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      Rebecca Mealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Hurray for you and your Faith, Faith Reaper. I am glad this turned out well for you!

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, how sweet of you, dear Shyron!

      Yes, He truly heals and I am still here for some reason : ) ...

      I know full well He still performs miracles to this day, as I have witnessed one after the other! Praise Him.

      God bless you and (((Hugs))), sweet friend

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      I came back just to share this again, so others can read about God's love and healing miracles.

      Blessings and Hugs dear friend

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, dearest Bobby, I appreciate you coming back to comment. I do that all the time myself. I will read a great hub and then the phone will ring or whatever, and I am thinking I already commented ...

      You are so kind to return and leave another lovely comment for me this day. I appreciate you sharing.

      I am still here, so I know there is a reason why ...

      Hugs, peace and many blessings to you

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      Robert Morgan 2 years ago from Hutchinson Island, FL - Myrtle Beach, SC - Scottsdale AZ

      I can't believe I didn't comment on your post. Have no idea what happened, I read this the other night and had just assumed that I had written and told you how much I loved this hub. I am so happy for your awesome recovery and your willingness to share your journey. I'm sharing this with friends and anyone who is in the midst of cancer. Blessings to you dear one.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Aw Bill,

      I am glad you saw it now. Yes, this is one of the first hubs I posted when I first joined three years ago. Hard to believe it's been three years here.

      Oh, you are so sweet about the tears. Now, I have tears for your precious mother, which I did not know either.

      Yes, for some reason I am still here and so I do try to make the best of each day. I know of too many too who have been lost to this terrible disease. Some of my best hubs are from when I first joined HP, at least it seems to me. That's why I do like the highlight wheel, so we can dig up those older hubs many may have not read yet.

      I feel your hugs and sending them back to you this lovely Saturday from southern USA. Thank you for blessing me this day by your visit.

      (((Hugs)))

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      We must not have known each other when this was posted. I just saw it on your feed.....my goodness....tears this Saturday morning. You are beautiful. Thank you for sharing your story. Blessings, of course, and great thanks that you are now all right. My mother died of breast cancer.....we've lost some good ones to this disease. So happy that you aren't one of them.

      hugs coming your way

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Thank you, dear Chris,

      Yes, no matter the outcome, I was not afraid to die. However, for some reason I am still here, and I know God would have me to glorify Him. I am so sorry about your great loss. I appreciate you sharing about you lovely wife, and I do remember reading your beautiful hub where you wrote a bit about her.

      I appreciate your lovely wish or blessing for me here. You are so kind. I am happy to see you today on my hubs.

      God bless you too.

      Peace

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      Chris Mills 2 years ago from Maple City, Michigan

      Faith, I am so happy for you, that your situation turned out as it did. I appreciate that you have left the door open for things turning out differently in spite of faith and prayers. During my wife's ten years of living with this disease, we prayed, laid hands on her and anointed her with oil on several occasions. Thank you for sharing your experience. May your days be long and filled with overwhelming joy.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Frank,

      Oh, wow, you have not read this one before? Yes, indeed, I was completely healed without a doubt, much to the bafflement of the doctors. I love it when He does that, baffle the doctors. I am still here for a reason, and so I will share of His miracles and mighty deeds in my life and will never forget to give Him the glory. He is such a sweetheart for allowing me to live and still have both breasts just as if nothing was ever there! He is sweet like that, you know ... you are a sweetheart too.

      Thank you for visiting my true story of healing.

      God bless you too, dear heart

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      now I understand why you reap so much Faith Gob bless you period

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hello sujaya venkatesh,

      So nice to meet you. I appreciate your straight to the point comment!

      God bless

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      sujaya venkatesh 2 years ago

      a must read hub

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Stella,

      Oh, that is so wonderful they got all of the cancer in your daughter! Praise God. Yes, we are all still here for a reason, and I know it is to use our God-given gifts to bless others to His glory. Just like you and your gift of music.

      Thank you for the lovely comments here.

      God bless you and yours

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      stella vadakin 2 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

      Faith, God gave you healing and you are so blessed. My daughter had thyroid cancer and when they operated on her the cancer was encapsulated and they got all of it. I am so glad you are healed and doing good. Your granddaughters are beautiful. God Bless. Stella

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Shyron,

      Yes, His love knows no bounds and His grace is a beautiful free gift, and I praise Him! He hears and He heals.

      You are so precious. Yes, I am well, sweetie.

      (((Hugs))) and much love to you always.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Faith, I cried happy tears again at reading this. How blessed we are to know His Love and healing touch. I wish that every living being could know His Amazing Grace.

      I hope that all is still well with you.

      More blessings and hugs sent to you.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Flourish!

      I am so sorry that I am just now seeing your comment here! Oh, yes, I would be honored for you to link this hub here to your survivor's hub or an upcoming one. Thank you for thinking of me, lovely lady.

      Blessings to you to always continue to flourish ... I know you are a strong lady and survivor too.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Do you mind if I link to this either in my survivor's hub or a similar upcoming one? I thought of you when I was writing and listening to all those survivors songs. You are a strong lady.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hello MsDora,

      Always a blessing when you stop by to read. I am so blessed to experience His peace, the peace that passes all understanding, like no other. Yes, Praises to Jehovah-Rapha! Amen!

      God bless you and yours

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Cynthia (techygran),

      Thank you so much for stopping by my side of HP Town and leaving such generous comments. You are so kind. I praise Him each day and hope to glorify Him. I love it when He baffles the doctors!

      I appreciate the vote up, tweet, pin and share.

      You're the best!

      God bless you and yours

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Faith, so glad I read your testimony today. Thanks for your demonstration of what trusting faith in God can do. I celebrate with you for your healing and continuing good health. Praises to Jehovah-Rapha!

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      Cynthia 2 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

      Dear Faith Reaper,

      This is such a touching piece-- your faith is phenomenal and you would appear to be mightily (but meekly) outreaching to the HP community with the Love of Christ. I'm in awe. Voting you up, tweeting, pinning, sharing! ~Cynthia

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hello Ibidii,

      I appreciate your visits to my hubs this evening! Yes, Praise Him! I know without a doubt, He heard my prayers and He healed me. I am still here for a reason, and I believe that is to glorify Him.

      Bless you too!

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      Ibidii 2 years ago

      Wonderful story and praise the Lord you were healed with your Faith! Bless you and your family and darling granddaughters!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hello grand old lady,

      I am so sorry I missed your lovely comment from 18 hours ago! Yes, praise God for He certainly healed without one shadow of a doubt. That is exactly why I began writing here to share of what the Lord God has done in my life for His glory.

      God bless you

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 3 years ago from Philippines

      Thank you for sharing your experience through this precious hub. Praise God for your healing! Now you can write 1,000 more hubs:)

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Peg,

      Yes, He is so faithful to rain that peace, the peace that surpasses all understanding, down on me, and I know, as I truly experienced it through this and have been cancer free since 2011. Praise Him! If I had cancer just 10 or 15 years ago, I know I would have freaked out (which is a normal reaction), and so I am thankful for that intimate and personal relationship with Lord, who I know gave me such peace and then healed me! So great is His faithfulness.

      Each person's experience with cancer is different, and I wanted to share my personal experience as it happened.

      I am so blessed to celebrate the joy of each day and life, especially enjoying the laughter of my grandchildren. I have a grandson now : ) He is a sweetie too.

      Thank you for leaving such lovely comments this day.

      I hope you are enjoying a lovely weekend so far.

      Blessings always, dear Peg

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      Peg Cole 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      This inspiring story of your faith and the healing of your body is sure to help others in their times of need. I could feel the power that you were given and the peace you described. Thank you for sharing your powerful story of overcoming this scary disease. I know the Lord has blessed you for your love and courage to face this and the challenges of life.

      Your Grandchildren are beautiful, just like their parents' Mom.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Shyron,

      Yes, we are blessed beyond measure indeed to know of His great love and His healing touch!

      I am so glad you have stopped by to read this evening.

      God bless you and yours. In His Love Always,

      Faith Reaper

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Faith, I cried happy tears at reading this. How blessed we are to know his love and healing touch.

      Thank you for sharing this with your readers.

      Shyron

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Aw, Dear Ed (ahorseback),

      Bless you for leaving such kind comments to me, but all the glory goes to our Lord God, for He is the healer no doubt! I know that I am still here for a reason, and I believe it is to share what He has done in my life with others for His glory and His glory alone.

      We all win, when we know Him!

      I appreciate you taking the time to read and may God bless you and yours,

      Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hello sunilkunnoth2012,

      Thank you so much for reading! Yes, God is great and when we place our full trust and faith in Him, miraculous things happen indeed, if it is His will. I know that I am still here for a reason, and so I will share my stories of how He has worked in my life. This is the reason why I write here on HubPages, really. I appreciate your lovely comments to glorify our Lord God.

      God bless you,

      Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi sweet friend, deergha,

      I appreciate you and thank you for reading and I am speechless when I think about it now, just how God had healed me and I am still here to tell about it. He is amazing. You're the best!

      Hugs and much love,

      Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Audrey,

      I am so glad my story and faith has truly touched you and thank you for sharing such. I appreciate your comments so much, even though you do not believe in the sense as I do!

      I appreciate you reading and leaving such wonderful comments.

      Hugs and much love,

      Faith Reaper

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      ahorseback 3 years ago

      Faith Reaper, about says it all ! I'll tell you this girl , every time I read a hub , comment of yours ! I see first hand why God has angels working ....Here on earth ! You are one of those angels somehow I know this . This side of the pearlies is where you belong !. ....I'm a reader and when I read something like this , I know there's a higher power ! You win !......Ed

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 3 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      God is great. Trust Him and He will cure you. You have proved it. Your testimony will give new life to many who lay losing hope when they face the similar issue. Thank you for sharing your feeling and knowledge here. Really wonderful and very much appreciable. Dear best of luck and pray for good health. You are rare example of true spirit and high confidence. Keep it up.

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      deergha 3 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      You are a true Faith Reaper...amazing testimony. Almost speechless to say anymore ...Many things are said above...hats off to you my dearest friend.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      You know--faith is an amazing thing--I am not a believer in the sense that you are --but I do know that so much of how and when we love has the ability to change not only us, but those around us-I am truly touched by your story and by your profound faith

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Anna,

      I am so glad you stopped by for a visit here! Thank you so much for your lovely and kind comments. Yes, He heard and He healed, and I am still here for a reason.

      More Hugs to you,

      Faith Reaper

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      An inspiring and upliting story.

      Your faith rings out so clearly in your words and the strength and peace it gives you is abundant.

      I am so glad that all was well for you and you that you have emerged stronger in both spirit and happiness.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hello sallybea,

      So nice to meet you! Thank you for reading and leaving such lovely comments here. Well, I know I am still here for a reason, and I truly believe that reason is to glorify Him.

      Yes, my granddaughters bring much joy to me in this life, and I am glad they were living with us during that time. Yes, those women at the top there in the photo ... one can see the love and joy shining through indeed. Thank you for noticing such. You are very perspective.

      You are so right, my story could have had a very different outcome for sure, but it was His will I am still here, and I know there is a reason for such.

      Again, I am so thank to have met you precious heart.

      Hugs and much love to you this day,

      Faith Reaper

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 3 years ago from Norfolk

      Faith by name - faith by example and a pretty awesome story too. A story which could have had a very different outlook! Sometimes the good are not meant to die young.

      Love the photo of the girls and also the one you chose to grace the top of your Hub - their love and enjoyment just shines through.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Dear Audrey,

      Aw, thank you so much! What a kind and lovely thing to write here in a comment. Yes, I truly remember seeing each one of the doctors' faces with their perplexed looks at the thought of ... where did it go? I so love it when God baffles doctors; however, I am mindful He uses them to heal too.

      Yes, I am still here, so I know there is a reason ... to glorify Him.

      Thank you for blessing me here this night with such generous and kind comments.

      Hugs and love to you from southern USA,

      Faith Reaper

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      Audrey Selig 3 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Dear Faith. You have so many friends, and we all love you for your courage. You are so strong and such a good Christian. Your story is so real that I can picture you with your perplexed physicians. I am so glad to know you and to know cancer passed you by. You made all the right decisions. Thanks for sharing. Hugs. Audrey. Many shares.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Dear Stages OF ME,

      Thank you for reading and, yes, our Lord God is an awesome God, who heals! That is my prayer that by telling of His mighty works and miracles through prayer and of His healing, many will receive a blessing. Thank you for sharing about your mother, and I will keep her and you in my prayers too.

      God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Dear precious sister Skye,

      Such a blessing to see you here this day once again! Yes, I truly knew right then, and then His peace just rained down on me, and I told Him right then, that I would glorify Him through this no matter the outcome. So great, so great is His faithfulness!!! Praise Him! To God be the Glory! I know I am still here for a reason.

      Thank you for sharing of your miracle too. I believe it is so important that we tell of His mighty works and miracles, for they are still happening this day! The prayer of those right with God is powerful and effective! When we truly believe Him, that He is able and without a doubt can heal, if that is His will, then we know He can and will heal.

      You are more valuable and beautiful than any of the rarest gems on this planet.

      Yes, thinking back of that time when the girls and my son lived with us for those 18 months or so, I wondered how we made it through that time, but we did and really, it was a precious and joyful time to have them there during that time. Yes, my oldest granddaughter is always so concerned when someone, especially Nannie, has a boo boo : ) Since she was healed from her broken arm and severe nerve damage this year, and He healed her completely when the doctors were saying she would never fully regain use of her left arm, and today, just a short time later, she has full use of her left arm and there is no sign of any nerve damage ... she says she wants to be a doctor ... or a teacher, at the moment.

      I appreciate the share and vote

      Keep on shining your light for His glory.

      Love you too,

      Faith Reaper

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      The Stages Of ME 3 years ago

      Faith Reaper

      Thank you for sharing, this hub will bless so many. My mom found her breast cancer in a similar way after being quite late on her regular studies. Our God is an awesome healer and your faith has truly set you free . Blessings always :)

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      skye2day 3 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      Faith, Hello precious sister. God truly works through his children. You are a light in a dark world faith reaper. I love your faith and how you glorify our Lord in all things, as it should be.

      Your story is touching and what an inspiration to all who come to read. Our Lord is master physician indeed. I love how you knew that you knew and had the peace of God that transcends all understanding.

      I was in the hospital last year with pneumonia in my right lower lung. I prayed in the hospital for healing. The Doctors told me I would need to stay 3 or 4 days. Well the next morning the Doc walked in with intern and said they saw nothing in my lungs from the chest scan after I was admitted. I told them it was a miracle and suggested they had probably seen many of them in their work. They did agree but they were stunned my lungs were clear!!!! I went home in a few hours. Truly a miracle. I knew when I prayed my lungs had cleared of the pneumonia. It was awesome.

      I love ya faith reaper. You are a gem of gems sister. You keep the hubs of love coming girl. May God Bless you and yours each day.

      I love how you added your darling granddaughters in your story. They are so precious, just like nannie. I chuckled at the ' boo boo' comment. Too cute.

      shared and voted.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Thank you so much Jamie for your kind comments here. I am so sorry your mother had to go through such an ordeal; however, I am thrilled she has recovered. I know I am blessed to not have had to go through any chemo for sure. Yes, grandchildren are little blessings from above and do heal the heart, mind and body with the joy they bring into one's life and love like no other. I pray that your mother's little side ailments subside.

      Hugs and love to you from southern USA,

      Faith Reaper

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 3 years ago from Reno NV

      Thank you for sharing your struggles and your recovery. My mother went through a few years of the nightmare yet has recovered, at least physically. She has so many little side ailments that have arose due to the aggressive chemo. But the grandchildren help in the healing process. Much love from Nevada. Jamie

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Crystal,

      So lovely to have you stopping by to read this evening! Yes, it is indeed a wonderful thing to be healed. Praise Him! To God be the glory! That day I saw that huge cluster of calcifications, was the day I truly knew of that peace, His peace, the peace that surpasses all understanding. It is hard to put it into words, but I actually felt His peace falling down on me, like rain from Heaven above, healing rain.

      Thank you for reading.

      God bless you and keep you,

      Faith Reaper

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      Crystal Tatum 3 years ago from Georgia

      How wonderful that you are healed! Your peace of mind throughouto this ordeal is astonishing. Thank you for sharing this wonderful story during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Crafty,

      Yes, I, too, believe I am still here for a reason. I know without a doubt the good Lord God healed me of such cancer and I do believe it is important to share our stories with others, just as you have stated here. That was in 2011, and in 2012, I had surgery, female related as they wanted to be sure it was not cancer, and they could not tell otherwise than to do surgery. After six weeks, in June of 2012, I had such a sharp stabbing pain in my left ribs. I could not take a deep breath without such pain. I went to the ER and the doctor there did a CT Scan and they found large blood clots in both lungs, more in the left lung. They said I could die at any second if one broke away. I was on blood thinner for a bit. After six months, they did another CT Scan and they clots were gone for they had absorbed into my body. Again, I had no fear of dying, as I know where I would go if I did die; however, once again, being I am still here, I know He still has plans for me.

      Yes, it is comforting to connect with other people who have gone through what you are going through.

      God bless you,

      Faith Reaper

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      Faith, you obviously have a lot to live for, especially those beautiful grandchildren. I have never gone through cancer, and I know it's one of the hardest things for a person to endure. I've been sick in the past with surgeries and when I come out of it ok, I say to myself, "God has a plan for me. He's not done with me yet." Even though while we go through these things, it's painful and often we don't understand it. I'm glad you came through it.

      I think it's important and wonderful that you shared your story here. I know when I was going through several surgeries, I sought information on the internet. It was comforting to connect with other people going through the same thing.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Thank you so much, dear moonlake.

      Yes, indeed, a miracle of healing without a doubt! I give all praise to Him. I do love it when the Lord God baffles the doctors.

      I appreciate the vote up and share.

      Have a great weekend.

      God bless you,

      Faith Reaper

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      moonlake 3 years ago from America

      What a miracle, so glad all turned out well for you. I’m sure your faith brought you thought this. Voted up and shared.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Dear word55,

      So glad for your visit here this day! Thank you so much for your kind comments. Yes, I give all glory and honor to my sweet Lord for healing me. Being I am still here, I know He has many plans for me.

      God bless you, Faith Reaper

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      Word 3 years ago from Chicago

      Hi Faith, You are proving that Faith with works is healing, overcoming and achieving. My hat is tipped to you. Keep having it, Faith!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Aw, Dear lyric,

      You are such a genuine and kind person and also so generous in your commenting to me. I do hope you know how special you are in His eyes and mine too! All of us fall off track precious heart. I really do not consider myself to be "religious" either, but I do love the Lord so very much, for He knows me and still loves me, just as He loves you too. I am glad He is not finished with me yet, and I am still a work in progress.

      Being that I am still here, I know there is a reason and I pray that I glorify Him and Him alone and not myself, and that really is the only reason I started to write here on HubPages to begin with ... and I pray that I never come across as too preachy. I just want to convey a message of love, hope and maybe leave a kind word here and there.

      It is okay to doubt, and search Him out, for that is when you will truly find Him. He will never give up on you, never.

      Thank you for mentioning my sweet mother (I do not think I wrote of her here that I see), but she did go on to be with the Lord last Christmas, just four days after her 84th Birthday. Her whole life, she never spoke an ill word against anyone, that I had ever heard. I praise Him for blessing me with the sweetest momma on the planet.

      I appreciate the vote up and across and sharing.

      When you delight yourself in the Lord, He will give you the desires of your heart.

      God bless you and yours,

      Faith Reaper

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      Richard Ricky Hale 3 years ago from West Virginia

      Ahh Faith, your name says it all. First off, I'm so sorry about your dear mother and the fact that you had to experience breast cancer at all. This article taught me new things about you and it does explain who you are today. Your a gentle soul for sure Faith, you've inspired me and thousands more I'm sure. Your strength, wisdom, and FAITH are something to reckon with.

      Faith, I mean this from the bottom of my heart, your special. You have great gifts and you always shine a light when I seem to fall off track. I'm not what you call a "religious man," but I know God exist and I'm thankful for everything. Do I show it? No, I'm afraid not. Sometimes I question believing. I know though, deep down inside, he's real and I try my best to live right. I appreciate every thoughtful comment and word that you ever write. There's always a message worth taking note in your articles. Voted up and all across but funny, shared on Facebook. For that, I thank you dear Faith.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Aw, thank you dear Maria, you are truly a beautiful person. I am blessed to know you and call you friend.

      It seems a lot may have missed this one, as it was published a month after I joined HP 18 months ago, so not many knew of me then LOL. It is slowly getting around.

      I had no choice but to write this one, for I know without a single doubt, He healed me, just like that and I love it when He baffles the doctors.

      Thank you so much for the congrats. I am really so shocked and humbled by such, for I know many who are so deserving. When I first decided to write on HP, it was just to write a message of love of hope and share what I call my "Boasting in the Lord" stories of how He truly has worked in my life. So, that is why I write non-fiction and attempt to glorify Him and Him alone, and not myself.

      I pray I have never been too preachy, but gently sharing the love in my heart that was placed there by Him, to all who read and in my commenting to others.

      You have such a beautiful heart and give so much love to all.

      Love, Faith Reaper

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      Maria Jordan 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dearest Faith,

      I simply cannot believe I missed this beautiful, inspirational and miraculous story of your inner strength and deep faith. You are a beacon of hope for everyone you encounter.

      I wanted to publicly congratulate you on Most Religious Hubber in this year's Hubbies. You are the real deal and I am ever so proud of you.

      Love, Maria

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Aw, Dear Cynthia,

      You are so precious to leave such lovely comments here. Well, I had written this hub so very long ago, a month after I joined HP, 17 months ago, so you may have not known of me then. Many did not know of this hub, but I placed it on the highlight and it is slowly getting around and I am thankful some have shared so that others may know of the power of praying and faith and His healing me without one bit of doubt!

      I am so glad you found this hub now dear friend. You have blessed me this day with your beautiful comment. I love it when God baffles the doctors!

      I am glad to write of when the Lord does a powerful thing in my life to His glory and His alone!

      God bless you. In His Love Always, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Dear suzzette!

      Thank you so much for reading two days ago! I am so sorry, I just have seen this here, please forgive me.

      Yes, He did heal me no doubt about it one bit. I know He has plans for me, for I am still here, and here for my grandchildren too. Thank you for leaving such lovely and generous comments dear friend. You're the best!

      Hugs, Faith Reaper

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      cynthtggt 3 years ago from New York, NY

      Faith, I just read this post today and am wondering why I never saw this before. Generally, I do get notifications from you when you publish. What a marvelous testimony of God's power, and how you describe your relationship with the physicians you worked with is inspirational as well. For it is true, as they said, "they would miss me so very much, as they had never met anyone like me, which touched my heart, as I had never met anyone like them and told them so." This is such an important hub for its demonstration of the power of faith, written by a reaper of it.

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      suzettenaples 3 years ago

      Faith: I just found this and read it. Of course your faith would heal you. This is a lovely story and I am so happy for you that've everything turned out well! God has plans for you and one is being around for those precious granddaughters. This was joyful and unifying to read. Thank you for sharing this with us.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear FlourishAnyway,

      Thank you so much for reading. I appreciate your kind comments and thank you so much. Yes, I am still here, so I know there is a reason for such and I pray I do flourish wherever I am, and I appreciate your lovely comment.

      Please do not forget your annual mammogram!

      Hugs,

      Faith Reaper

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      This is a touching, life affirming story of healing and faith. I wish you well in your life and health. May you flourish in everything you do.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Morning there my dear friend, Joe!

      What a lovely way to start off the weekend ...with your friendly face shining brightly on my hub page here! You are such a light here on HP, and I am so blessed to have met you. I am no heroine, but I am still alive for a reason, I truly believe and so are you and your precious wife. We do know how to cherish each moment of each day once death faces us straight in the face.

      God is so good indeed and all I care to do is glorify Him through my experiences in this life.

      May the Lord God bless you and keep you and yours.

      When we delight ourselves in Him, He gives us the desires of our hearts.

      Tons of Hugs to you from southern USA this beautiful day,

      Faith Reaper

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      There are real heroes who walk this earth, and you're one of them. My wife survived hairy cell leukemia, not once, but twice, so I know firsthand the perspective of a family member and loved one.

      Thank you for your courage and willingness to share this incredible story as well as the brilliant and God-favored team who took very good care of you.

      With great wonder, respect, and aloha for you and the God who showers His abundant grace on us every single day of our lives...

      ~Joe

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Thank you so much, Devika,

      It was with the Lord's strength and knowing Him in that personal and intimate relationship, that no matter what, I would be okay. When one experiences His peace, the peace that surpasses all understanding, it is like nothing else one can experience. I know He healed me without a doubt and I am still here for a reason. Praise Him! To God be the glory!

      God bless you,

      Faith Reaper

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Breast Cancer ~ Ductal Carcinoma In Situ (DCIS) ~ My True Story what an incredible story and the way you approached the situation was more than just positively with a great mind like yours you can manage any obstacle

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dearest RealityTalk,

      Thank you so much for telling me that and, yes, it is so very hard indeed to lose my mother and, as I have stated many times here, she was the sweetest person on this planet that I have ever known. In my entire lifetime, I never heard her say one ill word against anyone, and she lived to be 84. My dad died a long time ago from a stroke.

      I, too, am so very sorry for your great loss and that of your wife's too. Yes, losing a parent is very tough for sure.

      I failed to mention this in my comment in the wee hours of the morning here before, and my eyes were so very blurry too, but since you are here now, I want to tell you that I am so very glad to know that your are doing so well after your serious health issue too.

      I hope nothing for the best for your continued good health precious heart.

      I do so hope you are enjoying this lovely day with your precious family.

      Hugs and much love to you and yours always, Faith Reaper

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      RealityTalk 4 years ago from Planet Earth

      Faith Reaper, thanks for your kind words. And I am so sorry for the loss of your mom this past Christmas. My wife lost her dad around the same time you lost your mom, and I lost my dad just a year ago. It is not easy losing a parent.

      Once again, I wish you the best of health and the best of life!