Healed from stage 4 breast cancer
On August 2013 I felt a knob in my breast. Not taking chances, I went to see the doctor, who send me for tests. I had a mammogram, and it revealed (according to the radiologist) a cyst. He told me not to be alarmed, because many women walk around with cysts every day, and that I should come see him after one year.
A few months went by. I wasn’t really worried, but gradually my breast started to feel differently, and it became sore. Eventually my skin started to become hot and red with inflammation. Even the shape of my breast changed. I had a sharp pain underneath my arm.
I decided to go back to the doctor, and this time the tests revealed a well-developed, very aggressive carcinoma. The cancer had spread to my glands underneath my arm as well. There were also a numerous amount of lymph nodes that were infected. So it was stage four cancer already.
While I was in hospital during the time the tests were done, the doctor told me I had an inflammatory type of cancer, which is very difficult to control. It can spread very quickly, and is very invasive.
The news spread very fast, and all over people started praying for me. Prayer groups were formed, and people who did not even know me, prayed for my healing. Many came to visit, and the support were overwhelming. I studied the Word of God, and talked to Him non-stop.
When the test were done, the doctors told me, I had to undergo chemo therapy to control the spread of the tumour, and to see if they could let it shrink a bit before I had to undergo a mastectomy. It was too severe to be operate on. Thereafter I had to undergo radiology.
On arriving at the oncologist the following week, before starting the treatment, there were no sign of inflammatory cancer any more. I was instantly healed from that. Thank You Jesus! The remaining tumour still had to be treated. The oncologist told me, he never saw such an aggressive tempo of spreading of any cancer ever! At a tempo rate of 99%, it was very scary! They also told my husband, I had about six months to live, and the chances of survival is about 10%. One of the funniest things we as people do, is to believe that things like this, will never happen to you. It was always happening to other people!
The chemo treatment started. A very aggressive type of treatment due to the severity of the cancer. I was so sick from the treatment! It was the worst experience ever! To survive something so severe was only Grace from God! There were days I felt like just to give up and die! Some days I couldn’t walk 6 steps without collapsing. I become so weak and tired all the time. I was always cold, even when it was hot. I couldn’t eat much, and did not keep much in either. My family had to do everything. I cannot appreciate it enough! They supported me through everything.
At this time I received a book from my brother with the title: Healing begins with SANCTIFICATION of the HEART – No disease is incurable, written by Dr MK Strydom. This opened up a new world of thought for me. Previously I had a very good, (so I thought) relationship with God. I was brought up in a home where I learned about God from very little. My father was a minister in one of the main church groups in South Africa – The Dutch Reformed church.
What I learned from this book, was to start believing radically, and trusting radically. I also learned about the role of long time stress and the wrong mental thinking patterns. These factors plays a tremendous role in the possibility of developing any disease. If we do not repent for our wrong thinking patterns, and start to change our thought life, according to God’s Word, we will not be saved from our illnesses. I even had to repent for a low self-esteem. I were not a very confident person, and didn’t believe I was good enough for many things. I always thought other people can do things better than me. God showed me, I was worthy after repenting. It took me a long time really believing it though.
One of the necessary things to do, is to forgive. Go over your life and forgive EVERY person who wronged you in the past. Repent for un-forgiveness and speak peace over those person’s life. (Even wish him or her prosperity)
The next step is to study the word of God intensely, and trust Him to open your mind to His Word. By doing this, I started to understand God’s word on a different level than before! God opened my understanding in such a way, I couldn’t believe it at first! Suddenly verses I couldn’t understand in the past, started to make sense.
I started to trust Him fully for my healing. I declared it, and thanked Him. I even asked Him to wait a bit with the healing, because I needed a break from my work as teacher for a while. He granted me my wish in such a way, it was overwhelming.
For example: Every time I had to go back for another session of chemo, the oncologist were so surprised by the rate my body healed from the previous treatment. You cannot receive the next treatment before your body reached a certain level of healing from the chemo. After the second chemo session, the lymph nodes were healed! Impossible! The cancer that were in my glands were also gone! Over the next months, the tumour became smaller, and didn’t spread further. Every time the healing rate were perfect. Not too fast, but fast enough to be impossible in the eyes of the medical practitioners.
During a time of such a severe illness, where your life is at stake, there are so many battles to fight in your head, but God started talking to me in many different ways. He supported me through messages that were sent to me from different sauces. Every time, I needed some word of encouragement for a specific problem, (pain, weakness, despair, and loneliness ext.) the specific answer and encouragement I needed at that specific time, came. The pastor of the church were used several times. Even a stranger in the street, were used. I could open my Bible at a certain verse several times, or read the same verse in different books or articles. It stood out so much, I couldn’t miss it!
Some of the examples were the following.
At a time I felt so afraid and weak, while we were driving in the car, and then we drove past a truck with the words JESUS LOVES YOU, on the front window. I felt the love of the Lord so overwhelming, and were relieved of the fear. Some of the messages were repeated sometimes for special attention. I think in the past, I did not know how to listen to the voice of the LORD properly. You have to be seeking His will, and to give your life to Him in every aspect of your life.
I was talking on the phone with my brother, and during our conversation he realized he received word from God for me. He thought originally the message was for him, but when talking to me, knew the message was for me. The words were: What I started, I will complete. In Afrikaans (Wat Ek begin het, sal Ek klaarmaak). The next Sunday, the pastor in church used the EXACT same words during his sermon. His words were: God said: What I started, I will complete! A week later, when talking directly to me, in a conversation, he used (He didn’t know I received this message twice already) the same words! What a confirmation from God!
When the chemo treatment were done, it was time for the mastectomy. By that time, God showed me so much mercy, and love, I knew it would have been necessary. I told the doctor so, but he was adamant that it was of utmost importance to do the operation. At last he gave in, and told me that we could wait to see what the final test will show. The following morning (the day of the operation) the radiologist were told to mark the exact place where the tumour was, so that the surgeon doesn’t cut through the tumour itself. But – There was NO TRACE of the tumour! All gone! At the end I had an operation where they removed only the area where the tumour was, as well as some of the glands underneath my arm. No live cancer cell could be found! I was totally healed!
In hind-sight, I would not even had that operation done either!
Now, three and a halve years later, the oncologist told me, it wasn’t necessary to come and see him every six months any more, but I can only come once a year. He also told me, the chances of re-occurrence were very high for the first three years, but thereafter the chances were about 10 % for the next two years. Thereafter, the chances are about zero. There is only three months left of the 10 % chance. Remember, I had only a 10 % survival rate! No trace can be found of any reoccurrence. I am truly healed!
I learned a lot during this time, and am still learning. Fear is a constant battle to overcome. I also learned to trust God’s timing. It is always perfect! God listens to you, and will answer you on the right time, but you have to trust Him 100%.
Combat stress as far as possible, and make time to rethink your life often. Search your soul for impurities and repent. When you are stressed, your body secretes cortisol that is the biggest reason we get sick. Your immune system cannot handle all the cortisol in the body after years of following a stressful life.
Life goes on, but God has a plan and purpose for YOUR life.
Other people’s lives are important, but you must never allow your mind to dwell on negative people who tries to overshadow you, or to make you feel bad about yourself. Speak life over their lives, and forgive them. Care for them, but don’t let them use you to feel better about themselves.
Start to follow a healthy life-style by eating healthy and to be active. Juicing is the best way to support your body’s immune system. There are a lot of information on the internet in this regard. Also try to get your body to become alkaline. Lemon juice on an empty stomach every morning is one of the natural ways. You cannot sit back and wait for God to heal you. You must ask, repent, trust and follow protocol yourselves to support your healing process. Learn as much as possible.
I am also starting to try and go all natural with beauty products and soaps, by starting a natural range of products especially for people with cancer and other illnesses. God showed me so many things, I cannot keep it for myself. I must help other people, through His grace, by doing this and by sharing my testimony. I believe this is part of my purpose in life.
Remember the devil did not succeed to destroy my life, but it doesn’t keep him from trying again. So the battles of life will not go away, but I’ve learned to bring it all before the cross of Jesus, and to remember that we are washed clean by His blood. By His stripes we are healed. Mentally and physically. He will protect you, if you believe that He will. God always waits for us to come to Him. He gave us a free will to either choose to follow Him wholeheartedly or not to. Ask, and you will receive. Jeremiah 33:3. (This was one of the verses that were repeatedly send to me by God)
No matter how many people stand by you, but at the end it is only between you and God. You can be healed! Thank You Jesus!
All glory to God the Farther, Jesus Christ the Son and the Holy Spirit, forever and ever! Amen.
Anne-Marié de Kock