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Changes that will please the Lord and keep our body in good health.

I greet you in the loving name of Jesus Christ.  I am so blessed and honored to be able to share my healing testimony with you today.  Jesus Christ is the only one that has the power to heal the body and to Him belongs all the glory and praise for my health and strength that I enjoy today.

Well, this story begins in September 2010.  My husband and I had just celebrated our Silver, 25th wedding anniversary and had a lovely party with lots of friends and family.  Afterwards, we went out on a weekend getaway to Nashville and we never felt better in our lives.  Life was carefree and we were so happy to be sharing this special time together.

About a week after we had returned home, we were sitting around and my husband was rubbing my back and said to me “hmmm honey what is that on your back?”  Surprised, I asked him what he was talking about.  I felt for myself and discovered a large knot on my upper back.  We were both puzzled by how it could have come up so quickly and unnoticed.

After a day or two I called my doctor to see if she would take a look at it.  About a week later I was in her office and she examined the tumor and ruled out breast related issues.  She told me it was probably just a fatty tumor and that it was nothing to be alarmed about.  But, she said that she would feel better if I went to see a general surgeon and let him take a look at it.

A week or so later I was at the general surgeon’s office with Clint (my husband).  The surgeon said that he thought it was just a fatty tumor as well and wasn’t too concerned about it.  He said because it came up so quickly, was so hard and painless that he wanted to take it out and have it tested just to make sure.  We scheduled surgery for the following Thursday, November the 4th.

After the surgery I went home that night thinking that this was a normal procedure and nothing to worry about other than recovering from the surgery.  My parents were in town and were taking good care of us for the weekend.

Saturday morning the phone rang and it was the general surgeon.  He asked how I was and then began telling me about the surgery.  He said that he had removed a lemon sized tumor from my back left chest wall.  The tumor was in the muscle and he could not remove it all.  He felt like he had gotten about 95% of it from what he could tell.

He said that it looked malignant from all the visual signs but that pathology had it, and it would be several more days before we know for sure.  He assured me again that it looked cancerous to him to the point that he had already spoken to a muscle cancer surgeon and set me up an appointment for the next week. 

He said that they had already talked and that the next step would be a second surgery to remove the muscle around the tumor and a margin of safety, followed by radiation treatments.

Well, I hung up the phone and told my family the news.  It was very disturbing to us all, but we were banking on the pathology report to come back and prove the doctors wrong.

The next week we were in the office of the second surgeon.  Clint and I went in and they took x-rays and then we met the doctor.  He was very matter of fact with us, saying that he had already talked to the first doctor and that they had decided what had to be done.

He told me that the tumor was like an orange and that the 1st surgeon had gotten the inside and that he was going to get the skin and lining and all the outside area for safety.  He mentioned that we would have to do some radiation and chemo either before or after the surgery.  He said he would let me go see those doctors and then they would decide who would get me first.

He told me that this surgery was going to be worse than the first one, that it was going to take longer to recover and that we had a lot of homework to do and this was going to be a long journey.  He was very anxious to set up all the appointments.  I asked him “What if the pathology report comes back and it isn’t cancer?”  he replied, “Well then you can go to Tunica and celebrate!!!”  That was very distasteful to me.  I said, “No sir, if the report comes back clear then I will be shouting at the church house, not Tunica.”

I was so nervous, confused and disgusted that I told him I was just going home to pray about all of this.  He urged me again of the seriousness of my condition and wanted to go ahead and schedule all of my appointments.  I refused and asked Clint to take me home.

When we got to the car, I lost all control of my emotions and broke down.  We sat in the car for what seemed an hour and cried in disbelief of what we had just been told.

When I got myself together, I told Clint that I was not going to let that doctor touch me.  Clint asked me what I wanted to do and said that he would take me anywhere in the world I wanted to go.  He would spend any amount of money and would support whatever decision I made regarding what we did next.  That gave me great peace and hope.

The Lord instantly brought to my mind several people I knew that had been healed through natural alternative medicine.  He reminded me of all the books I had read in years past of the body healing itself through juicing, diet, etc.

We came home and I immediately began to fast all sugar and meat.  I was only eating enough to take the pain meds that I had to take.  I became very weak and my body had withdrawals from the sugar.  My mind was warped from all the harsh pain meds and fear mixed with anxiety.  But my spirit was still reaching for the Lord and direction on what to do.

I had no clear direction on what to do next.  All I had was faith and my Bible.  I could not sleep so I would read my Bible all hours of the night and early morning.  The church family was so good to bring me food and to pray for us.

The Lord gave me so many precious promises in His Word, those days of searching and seeking His face.  There are too many to mention here.  I have these scriptures marked in my Bible and tagged and dated.  Many are barely visible from all the tears that were shed over them.

One thing for certain is that our God will hear and answer when we cry unto Him with our whole heart.  This was the biggest walk of blind faith I had ever taken in my life and it was very fearful.

The main key verse that stands out as my healing promise was Jeremiah 30:17 “I WILL restore health unto thee and I WILL heal thee of thy wounds saith the Lord”.  That one verse became my song for the months to follow.  I posted it everywhere, even in the shower.

That week the pathology report came in the mail and Clint, the children and I sat down on the couch and prayed before opening it.  I remember praying “Oh Lord, whatever this report says, I will still trust in you.  I still believe that you are the healer and I will not be afraid.”  Clint asked me if I wanted him to read it and I said no, I can do this.  So I read it out loud to my family.

The report read as follows:  Surgical findings: removal of 8 cm sarcoma on the left lateral chest wall.  High grade, sarcoma with malignant fibrous histiocytoma type present in the skeletal muscle.

We sat there and held one another and prayed and confirmed our faith in God to see us through this valley and reaffirmed that we were trusting in Him to heal my body His way.

Early one morning about 14 days after my surgery I could not sleep from worrying and thinking about all that the last doctor had told me.  I got up and went into the living room about 3:30am.  I began to walk around and around the coffee table rebuking the enemy and his torment on my mind.  I quoted scriptures and prayed and wept deeply.

I thought no one understands the pain and suffering and worry that are involved in the unknown until you are faced with it.  Trusting God to lead and guide you to the other side with no road map is very challenging.

But our God is faithful to speak to us just when we need the encouragement the most.  After praying for about an hour, I laid on the couch and the Lord began to speak to me as though He was sitting in the room.  He said….. “November the 4th, six years ago I put before your brother a similar mountain.  One that seemed bigger than he was.  I gave him a choice to live or die.  He chose death (suicide).  On November the 4th, I have placed before you a mountain that is bigger than you are.  You cannot conquer this yourself.  You have a choice.  Will you choose life or death?”

Then silence fell in the room.  It literally felt as though I was afraid to speak.  I was being asked a question by the Lord Almighty.  I hesitated and began to tremble and said “Oh Father, I choose LIFE.”  I listened.  A few seconds later I heard the Lord say, “Then you SHALL live.”

The Bible says in Deuteronomy 30:19, “I call heaven and earth to record this day…that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore chose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.”

From that moment all the fear that had crippled me, instantly left my body and mind.  I stood up and began to dance around the living room.  I wanted to shout but did not want to wake the family.  I did begin to sing softly and rejoiced with many tears of joy.  It is amazing what peace you can experience when you hear the Lord speak life into your ears.

The next morning I felt lead to seek an alternative medicine doctor.  I prayed “Oh Lord, I am but a little child, please guide my hands and mind and lead me to the doctor you want to use to heal my body.  I was very afraid of all the new age that is affiliated with alternative medicine and I wanted God to hand pick my doctor.

I called the one I felt the Lord leading me to and I called and talked to Ginger, the receptionist for about an hour re: Dr. Bradley Frezza, ND.  I wanted his whole religious background and beliefs.  I felt so good after talking to her and a peace to move forward.  I called Clint and he said yes, let’s make an appointment.

We walked into Dr. Bradley Frezza’s office and the first thing I remember the most was the peace and calmness of the office.  We talked to Dr. Bradley Frezza for what seemed to be 3 or 4 hours.  I knew that God had led us there and I was at perfect peace that I was going to be healed as God had promised.

Dr. Frezza recommended that I do the “Incurables Program” by Dr. Richard Schulze.  It is an intense 30 day detox fast and cleanse.  My friend Lisa McCarter had also recommended it to me as well.  I felt like the Lord had confirmed it and I agreed.  Clint ordered the program and the following Monday we began.

Along with this detox program Dr. Frezza recommended I do a full body cleanse through colonics which he offered at his office.  We agreed that this would be helpful and so our journey into alternative medicine had started.

I called on a dear friend, Mr. Fred LaByer and asked him to consider loaning us his grown daughter Amy for the next 30 days to minister to my family while I was fasting and doing these treatments.  They were so kind to graciously loan her to us and what a blessing she was.  She cooked, cleaned, nursed, tended animals, guided our house and kept things afloat while I was recovering.  I thank God for sending her to me during those hard days.

Also, I want to mention how God sent to me another old friend that came to my rescue.  Mrs. Lisa McCarter.  She was sent straight from heaven to set aside this fast with me.  She was so faithful to come and bring her books and Bible, herbs and teas.  Some days we laughed til we cried and other days we prayed and interceded and searched the scriptures.  I love Lisa!!  She made the whole experience a pleasure to travel.  She was the one who gave me my first cold sheet treatment (artificial fever treatment).  Wow, she is a true friend and I will never forget all she meant to me those weeks.

I had cards and letters and prayers pouring in every day.  The Lord was reassuring me every day that He was there and so were the people of God.  My parents were going to come and help me too.  Several people from the church brought food, and Sister Cathy Vantreese was always coming and calling which meant so much.

I fasted through Thanksgiving and Christmas that year.  Wow, that was very challenging.  But, God gave me strength and determination to do it, because I know in my own will I would have failed.  I lost approximately 22 pounds in 40 days.  I was beginning to feel so good.  You would think that you would be so weak you couldn’t walk, but actually it is the other way.  I had lots of energy!!!  Jesus truly is the bread from heaven and he satisfies the hungry with manna from heaven.

No meat, no cooked food, no bread, no sugar, nothing but carrot/veggie juice and a raw salad every day.  Lots of green superfood drinks with detox teas and tonics those days.  I did liver flushes, kidney flushes and bowel detoxification.  My senses became very keen after about 15 days.  The sky was bluer and the colors became brighter.  Sounds were louder and it was very interesting how the body, once it is cleaned out of the toxins and heavy metals that are in the body, how much clearer thinking and clarity the body has.  I highly recommend a detox fast for everyone, even if it is only for a few days.  Especially if you are sick, fasting is the body’s way of healing itself.  Cooked dead foods really slow the body down.  Sugar is a stimulant that slows the blood down and makes you tired and drained.  It also feeds cancer cells and works against your healing process.  Dr. Frezza says that digestion takes 60% of the body’s energy, so if you are fasting food, all that energy can go into healing and restoring the body.

I had my blood drawn in early December and my bloodwork was not good.  My white blood count was down and my red blood count was high.  My other numbers were low as well.  I continued on the fast and cleanse along with going every week to have my colon cleaned at Dr. Frezza’s office.  I knew God was at work in my body, soul and mind.

In January of 2011, a friend told me about a doctor she believed could also help me.  She recommend Dr. Qualls in Southaven.  I had no idea how important this was going to be to my health.  I did not understand what a upper cervical chiropractor had to do with cancer healing, but I was trusting God to guide me and I felt that this was definitely His leading.

Clint and I went to see him and he assured me that he had been helping people with all kinds of health issues and that this was something he felt like he could help us with.  Again, his office and staff spoke peace to my trembling heart.

I have been seeing Dr. Qualls since January and I thank God for him and Dr. Frezza.  I feel like the Lord has placed me into the hands of two God fearing men that trust in the Lord to heal their patients.  I know they pray for me and that means so much!!!!

It was in January when I started the alkaline water.  Dr. Qualls and my sister-in-law Carol have been so faithful to keep me in water.  The first few weeks on the water I felt so much energy I could hardly sit down.  It has made such a difference in my life.  I do not want to be without it.  The alkaline water has been a big factor in my healing and recovery.  I am so glad the Lord showed it to us.

We had my blood retested in January and my white blood count was totally in normal range, Praise God!!!  The Lord was healing the body and things were all going back to normal.  My cholesterol was still very low and Dr. Qualls was concerned about it.  He said that it really needed to improve by the next blood test or he felt like we may have to increase our efforts.

Much prayer and extra nutrition and exercise was on my top priority list for the next several weeks.  I began walking several miles a week and staying faithful to my vegetarian diet.  I was now seeing Dr. Frezza once a month for a colonic treatment, which I am still doing.  Along with 30 minutes of infrared sauna treatment.  It is such a blessing having such good care within driving distance.

I was so afraid that I was going to have to travel half way around the world to get well, but God is so faithful to provide just what we need and to make it within our means.  Praise His name!!!

So in March we had the blood redrawn.  I made the appointment to go see Dr. Qualls for the results.  When I went into the examining room, he was holding two pieces of paper.  He said in this hand I hold the bloodwork of a recovering cancer patient, in the other hand I hold the bloodwork of what appears to be a fully recovered cancer patient.  He said I went from being on the edge of the woods to out of the woods.  He said my cholesterol levels had gone from 114 to 161, and on a vegetarian diet, that was truly the mercy of the Lord.  Amen.  He was soooo happy and was rejoicing in the Lord.  I left his office that day a very happy lady.

So we decided to have an x-ray of the surgery area to confirm that the tumor was gone and that nothing was regrowing.  I had refused to have cat scans and pet scans due to the high levels of radiation and toxins that it puts back in the body.

On April 14th, I went to Baptist Collierville hospital and had an upper chest x-ray in the region of the  surgical incision and surrounding areas.  Clint had laid hands on me that morning and prayed that God would go with me and get all the glory for my healing.  To be perfectly honest, I was nervous but not fearful.  I thought if this is not a good report, it will be time for another 30 day fast.

The x-ray technician took the pics and stayed gone a long while.  Finally, she came back and said “Ma’am, what year did you say you had your surgery?”  I told her that I had it 6 months ago.  She left and came back again and said “Are you sure it was 2010, or was it 2009?”  I thought, Oh my!!!  Then she came back in the room and said “That is really strange.  The x-ray was totally clear.  It does not even indicate you ever had surgery in that area.  There is zero scar tissue and there is always scar tissue in the x-ray after surgery.  Hmmm, that is strange.”

I said, “No ma’am, that is not strange at all.  Praise God, Jeremiah 30:17 has been my song these last 6 months and it says, “I WILL RESTORE HEALTH UNTO THEE.  I WILL HEAL THEE OF THEY WOUNDS, said the LORD” He has healed my wounds to the point the x-ray machine can’t even find the wound.  PRAISE THE LORD who is faithful and just to heal His children just as His word promises!!!!!

As of today, I stand here claiming my total healing and restoration.  I have full assurance that God is the only One true wise God and He alone is the only source of help for those in desperate need.  He WILL come to your rescue, He will hear when we call out to Him.  He waits for us to acknowledge our need for Him and He desires to show Himself strong.

Even though the surgeons and naysayers didn’t believe God had created the body to heal itself through prayer and fasting.  Even though the faith journey seemed desperately lonely some nights and days, I am here to encourage you that God’s ways do work.  He has created everything you need for your body to heal itself.  The main thing is to repent and abase yourself before a Holy God and acknowledge His authority over your body and mind.  It has to be total surrender and trust.  All the people in the Bible that received their healing, the Lord said it was their faith that made them whole.  Jesus said “Fear not and be not afraid.”

Fear is crippling.  The medical world wants you to fear and tremble and the enemy of your soul wants you to doubt and surrender to death.  The devil came to kill, steal and destroy.  BUT, Jesus came to give life and not only life, but life more abundantly.

As I close, I would love to share a few key verses that the Lord blessed me with during the hardest part of the journey.

Psalms 17 says:

“Hear, O Lord, attend unto my cry, give ear to my prayer.  Let my sentence come forth from Thy presence.  Thou hast proved mine heart; Thou hast visited me in the night, Thou has tried me.  Keep me as the apple of Thy eye, hide me under the shadow of Thy wings.

From the wicked that oppress me, from my deadly enemies (cancer), who compass me about.  They are enclosed in their own fat, with their mouth they speak proudly (my naysayers).”

Psalms 18:39 says:  “For Thou has girded me with strength unto the battle; Thou hast subdued under me those that rose up against me.”

Psalms 21:4  “He asked life of Thee and Thou gavest it him, even length of days for ever and ever.”

Psalm 23:24  “For He hath NOT despised nor abhorred the afflicted, neither hath He hid His face from him, but when he cried unto Him He heard.”

Psalm 25:18  “Look upon mine affliction and my pain, and forgive all my sins.”

Psalms 27:14  “Wait on the Lord, be of good courage and He shall strengthen thine heart.  Wait I say on the Lord.”

Psalms 30:2  “O Lord my God, I cried unto Thee and Thou hast healed me.  O Lord, Thou hast brought my soul from the grave, Thou has kept me alive.”

Psalm 30:11  “Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing, Thou hast put off my sackcloth and girded me with gladness.”

Psalms 34:4  “I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.”

My final thoughts:

I know that Jehovah is still healing today.  He will guide your feet, He will put you in the right path if you seek Him with your whole heart.  But, faith without works is dead.  He requires us to act when He leads.  He expects us to be good stewards of the health and healing He has given us.

It is time for us all to take a fresh look at our choices we are making regarding our health.  Does our choice honor God?  What we are eating, drinking, reading, watching, entertaining?  His word says that our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit.  Let’s fearfully consider making some changes that will please the Lord and keep our body in good health.

I pray that this testimony encouraged you.  I am available to share this with anyone that needs it.  You can find a copy of this written testimony on my blog found at: restorehealthuntothee.wordpress.com.”

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