Sunday, July 31, 2011

My Miracle- 30 years ago tomorrow :)

I have copied an pasted my testimony that I wrote a couple of years ago.....and have updated just a bit.  MOST people don't know how our crazy story of our life started so here it is.  When I was 8 God granted my a miracle that forever changed EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 First here is a picture of Joanna- just because well she is cute :)

..............As it is my Birthday...I thought I would share some of my testimony of my life with all of you. I grew up in a Christian Family- they are wonderful. My parents taught us from a very early age abut scripture, God's Love for us, repentance, guidance, church, friends in Christ, and sooo much more. As with all children you never realize what you have until you are older or you miss it. That is how I feel as well. I used to cringe when people said I was just like my I consider it a high compliment. (more on that maybe in a later post.)

So a big part of my life that most people don't know....unless you have heard my testimony before is that I am a cancer survivor. When I was 8! Actually a day after my birthday is when I found out. We were on a camping trip with our family. I had the urge to use the restroom.....again and my parents took me to the doctor. They did tests thinking I had kidney failure. What they later found with more tests is a tumor that had shifted to leaning on my bladder.

They did a surgery a day later- 7 doctors.....14 hours later........and I was done. After a yearish of radiation therapy, hospital stays during the week, and coming home on weekends only......AND DID I MENTION LOTS AND LOTS AND LOTS AND LOTS AND LOTS AND LOTS OF PRAYERS SAID BY SOOOO MANY PEOPLE I WILL NEVER EVEN KNOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I was healed- by our GREAT PHYSICIAN! I was officially pronunced cured at age 18!

This was a very difficult time for our family. My dad was a truckdriver, my 2 brothers stayed with grandparents, and we saw each other only on weekends. Very tough - on my brothers, on my parents, on me.....not to mention my dad lost his sister to cancer about 7 years prior to this happening.

My grandmother called me a "walking miracle"- which is soooo true!!! The cancer weighed a whopping 5 lbs. which for an 8 year old skinny girl was a lot! They took out anything that wasn't absolutely necessary for me to live- including all of my "female" organs, scrapped all kinds of organs, and took bits so they were triple sure to remove anything cancerous. They thought before surgery that it was benign, but discovered during surgery- it was malignant and had burst outside of itself. Making my recovery and life- A MIRACLE OF GOD!!!!

It doesn't get any better than that!!! To be born is a miracle of God!!! To be saved by HIS AMAZING Grace- another MIRACLE!!!! To be cured of cancer- ANOTHER HUGE MIRACLE!!!!!!!! What can I say- you all thought I was crazy and Blessed just because of our family, but I say everyday I am alive and can breath in and out - is a miracle Blessed By God!!!!

What can I mom was heartbroken that I would not be able to have children. She even had a crazy notion that she would have children for me.....and when she had to have a hysterectomy as well- cried her eyes out. When she told me about it.....I simply said- God has brought me this far and HE has a plan.

I remember those long days sitting and waiting for a doctors......all the mom would be reading scripture, devotions, praying, and just loving every minute she had with me! I could never know exactly what she and my family went through, but I do know that God did many miracles in all of our lives through this crazy, tough, hard- financially, physically, spiritually time.

Praise God I was able to see HIS plans and when He provided my AMAZING husband who loved me - no matter what. When HE provided each one of our little Miracles- I MEAN HUGE MIRACLES!!!!!!! It just goes to show HIS GLORY even more!!!!

I mean our life is a story that no one could just think up. 2 people from different countries camp.....a girl with cancer.....survives......they marry......and adopt 8 children (more to come!).....I mean who could think that up??? Not me!

But, I am BLESSED on my Birthday to remember all of the many, many, many, many miracles God has given to me....and part of my calling is to share that with as many people as possible! So I wanted to share with all of you!!!!!

Thank you for reading this incredibly long post, and please feel free to share with others my miracle or never know how it may change someone's life forever- FOR GOD!!!!!

I pray that today you are BLESSED!!!  Praying for miracles in your life to show God to others who need HIM!  So glad to be turning 38 today because that means I have experienced a miracle that most don't get.  I have been Blessed with 30 years of life after surviving cancer- ALL BECAUSE OF GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!  PRAISING HIM TODAY AND ALWAYS!!!!


  1. I remember that too. I remember being sad that you had cancer. I remember your mom and grandma so vividly. We were good friends and I am glad we are still good friends. Even though time and miles are between us, God is good. All the time.

  2. Happy Birthday friend and what an amazing testimony!!!! Thank you for sharing :)

  3. Great testimony- how wonderful to think that God used something that could've been bad and scary to save you. All things work together for GOOD to those who love Him and are called according to HIS purpose!!

  4. What an amazing story of God's love and healing!! Happy Birthday!

  5. Wow, praise our Holy God! What an amazing testimony! Hallelujah! :) Happy Birthday!!!

    Hummm, I love to talk about Gods miracles...Do you know, its a miracle I am alive too...I had/have(?) a life threatening illness that has currently been in remission for nearly two years now. It has not been an easy road. It has been one filled with pain and fear, but God saw fit to see me through. I'm so beyond blessed by the miracles that occurred to get me treatments. Sadly it took a young woman dying of the same condition to lead her parents to fund raise money so that somebody else could get treatment. But God uses everything for his Glory and some divinely appointed phone calls were made at just the right moments to make the funding come together for me. I praise God for that- and then that others- complete strangers also reached into their own pockets to keep me receiving treatment when I needed it.

    Everyday is truly a blessing and I need to remember that sometimes!!


  6. You have SUCH a great testimony and God has worked an amazing plan out of your life! Hope you have a wonderful Birthday!

  7. WOW - what a great testimony & Praise God for your miracle! I hope you have a very Happy Birthday! I love your new blog look!

  8. thanks for sharing your very special testimony with us.
    i love each post and look forward to watching your family grow.
    blessings from our house to yours,

  9. Happy Birthday! Your testimony is full of God's grace.

  10. You story is amazing and a testimony to God's perfect plan. :)

  11. Oh girl I just love you! You are a wonderful miracle and I am so glad I've had this blessing of getting to know you!!!

    Happy, happy birthday!!!!!!

    I was crying reading your testimony because I can't imagine hearing that news after my eighth birthday or hearing that about my child. But hallelujah for God's healing and faithfulness!! And although it may have looked hopeless to others that you couldn't give birth just look at what God has done! He birthed hope over and over and over again....8 times (so far!) into these precious ones He has blessed you with. You are a BLESSED woman and such a BLESSING to others!!
    Enjoy your day!!
    Much love!

  12. I know you have no idea who I am, but I stumbled upon your blog in the middle of the night. I just wanted to thank you for you positive message, I to have many a miracle of my life to be thankful for. Right now I am living with Heart Failure....I have heart disease since birth and wasnt expected to live past a year, well I am 36 now and haveen proving Drs wrong since I was born...the ONLY DR that matters is the one that saved me by his grace. I was fortunate enough to have one child, against Drs wishes, but my son is here 12 and a half year later. He is my tangible miracle. I truly empathize with you on how you grewup with the constant Drs and surgeris.....been there, done that. I will remember to lift you up in prayer this evening....thanks again for your beautiful story. God truly is AMAZING!