When I first started a career, I wanted to help people. Since I did well in the sciences in college, I went into the medical field, feeling this was a way I could contribute to society. My specialization became cytotechnology—the study of cellular composition and the detection of cancer.
I spent most of my days screening prepared slides, in search of cancer cells. If cancer is caught in the early stages, it is possible to cure it by modern technology. I took this seriously and got very good at what I did.
Shortly before I was to be married, I had a physical checkup. I was able to check one of the tests I had myself. Screening my own slide for cancer—just a routine test—brought an unpleasant surprise. The test was positive. This statement from Job describes exactly how I felt: "The thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me" (3:25). I had cancer, although it appeared to be in its early stages.
Over the next several months, I was excited about my upcoming wedding. But this joy was overshadowed by the fear of dying. I calmed myself by knowing that I was marrying a medical doctor, and I felt somewhat safe because I knew I'd have access to the best medical care available. But I knew that nothing was a sure thing when it came to disease—especially cancer. To my knowledge there was no real cure.
Shortly after I was married, I was introduced to Christian Science. My husband loved the newspaper The Christian Science Monitor, and because of his enthusiasm my mother gave him a subscription to the Sentinel for his birthday.
I wasn't in the least bit interested in religion at the time. That was stuff for those who were weak and hopeless. It wasn't me. But since the magazine was a gift, I thought I should take a look at it before I threw it in the trash. The articles didn't make much sense to me, but I did understand the accounts of healing in the back of each issue. These were like mini-stories. Each told about a problem, how the testifier prayed, and what the result was.
I decided I could turn to God. When I did this, the pain went away immediately.
One night while cooking, I burned my finger badly. I asked my husband if he could give me some medicine for it because it was so painful. Being a pathologist, he did not regularly prescribe medication, and since I was getting relief from having my hand in cold water, we agreed not to contact another physician who would prescribe an appropriate medication. So, when we went to bed that night, we set up a cool water bath to put my hand in to lessen the pain.
In the middle of the night I woke with my hand throbbing. I wanted to wake my husband, but I decided not to disturb him. In thinking about what I should do, I recalled the healings I had read in the Sentinel. I decided I could turn to God as the people had told about doing.
When I did this, the pain went away immediately. This was such a shocking experience that I was somewhat frightened. I really didn't know what to think, so I put it out of my mind and went back to sleep. I just couldn't comprehend what had happened. This was bigger than I could imagine.
A month or so later, I was on my way to a doctor's appointment to check up on the cancer. I had over an hour's drive, and it had just snowed. I started out early when no one would be on the road. The sun was bright, and I was basking in the beauty of the fresh snow and shining crystals on the trees. The healing of my burned finger came to mind, and my thoughts turned to the powerfulness and unconditional love of God. I felt very close to Him on this drive through nature.
Weeks later a test came back from the doctor's office with negative results. There was no sign of cancer anymore. By this time, I wasn't surprised. I was beginning to comprehend my unbroken and pure relationship to God. These test results were just evidence of that.
It has been over 20 years since this experience. I believe I was cured during that ride to the doctor's office.
My desire to help others has not changed since the beginning of my career. And I do hope this discussion helps other people. God gives us the answers we need. There is nothing impossible to God!
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