When I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I received a lot of advice. Everyone seemed to have different suggestions and ideas to share with me, and many of them were helpful. However, the best advice I received came from two wonderful, wise, Christian women. Their words of wisdom guided me in the way I approached my breast cancer diagnosis, treatment, and healing. And it is their words I want to share with you today, hoping that they will also help you in your cancer journey.
Don’t Think of It As a Fight Against Breast Cancer
One of the first messages I received was from my friend Llyona, and her words immediately touched my heart. I knew God was speaking directly to me through her.
“God’s love and healing light flooding every cell in your body with life-giving power. That’s what I am going to focus on.”
“Hey. The Lord has been talking to me all afternoon. He said not to look at this as a fight against cancer. What you fight, you draw to yourself. The 91st Psalm says – He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty whose power no foe you can withstand. Cool, huh? He said to ask Him to heal this, which I’m sure you already have. Then, ask him to dissolve any negative thoughts and emotions that may be hidden that could cause dis-ease and replace them with His Spirit. Ask for them to be revealed so you can make changes in your perspective or circumstances and, of course, ask forgiveness.”
“Then give everything to him – your life, body, thoughts, and feelings and rest in His love. Focus only on Him, loving Him, thanking Him for the healing already completed, praising Him, trusting Him. Ask for all your fear to be removed and stand boldly in His Healing Presence and Grace. Tell Him you only want His will and His way for your life and ask for Him to totally orchestrate your treatment. Then see yourself get out of the boat and walk on that water in perfect faith right to Him with outstretched arms. He will catch you, I swear, and then hold His hand and never let go trusting Him completely. God is HUGE, and He loves you completely.”
Let the Lord Fight This Cancer Battle For You
A few days after this message, I received a beautiful card from my cousin, Kim, a cancer survivor. On the front of the card was the Bible verse that had meant the most to her during her cancer journey, Exodus 14:14 “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”
I’d never noticed this verse in the Bible before, so I read the 14th chapter of Exodus for context. Moses was leading the Israelites out of Egypt. Pharoah and his great army were pursuing them from behind, and ahead of the Israelites was the sea. It looked bleak for the Israelites. And, they were terrified.
But Moses tells them not to be afraid. But instead to stand firm, and you will see the deliverance He will bring….The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.
And God did. He parted the red sea, and the Israelites were able to escape.
Through Llyona and Kim’s messages, the Lord showed me how He wanted me to approach my cancer journey.
Why “Don’t Fight Your Cancer” Is The Best Advice I Received After Being Diagnosed with Breast Cancer
I chose not to fight my cancer. I knew I couldn’t battle this unseen enemy in my body, but God could. He who made me knew what He needed to do to heal me and make me healthy again.
Instead, I turned my thoughts and focus towards Him. I spent more time reading my Bible, praying, and asking Him to show me areas of my life I needed to change. I memorized my Bible Verses on hope and healing (my promises from God) and listened to my playlist of songs about hope and healing.
And on those tough, difficult days when the side effects of chemo or radiation treatments left me feeling sick, puny, and exhausted, I trusted God was healing me of this disease.
By doing this, a fantastic thing happened. I had a peace I’d never felt before. I’m not saying there weren’t tough times or that I wasn’t afraid at times. Going through cancer is one of the toughest things I’ve ever gone through. It’s hard. But through it all, there was the assurance that no matter what, God was in control, and He would see me through it.
So, if you are facing a cancer diagnosis, I encourage you to place this struggle in God’s hands and allow Him to fight the battle for you.
And, please feel free to email me or leave me a comment below. I’d love to hear from you and pray for you as you go through this journey.
Jenna Bailey says
Hello Jelane. What a blessing to find your site. I just received a breast cancer diagnosis today. It seems surreal and I am not sure how to think or feel other than that I want to trust the Lord through this. In fact, I want to learn to really rest in Him and the diagnosis is a way for me to practice this rest. That is how I want to always feel, but I also know that this will be a process. I am encouraged by your site already and will continue reading. God Bless.
Hi, I am not a breast cancer patient, but there are a few ladies in my church who are survivors, and one newly diagnosed. i have been asked to lead our Women’s Ministry. My church has an amazing, loving, caring group of women. Though I have not had cancer, I do have Marfan’s Syndrome and have lived through several high risk surgeries. I fully believe in the power of prayer!! October is just around the corner and I wanted to find the best way(s) to help our sisters who have breast cancer. We have a meal train and it is very active. I remember one of my dear friends who said she could hardly stand to have even her nightgown touching her skin after chemo. Are there any suggestions on ways we could provide comfortable clothing, nice headscarves, or hats for our friends? Most of us are older women and not really interested in walks. Thank you for any help you are able to provide. This is the most uplifting site I have found on the internet! God Bless you.
Patty, how wonderful your church has asked you to lead their Women’s Ministry. The meal train is a wonderful idea. Please check out two of my posts for more ideas: How to Help Someone During Cancer Treatments and Awesome Free Products for Breast Cancer Patients. These should give you some ideas to start. And keep checking back; I’ll be adding more tips soon. Thanks for commenting, and I hope you’ll let me know how your women’s ministry is doing.
Victoria Irving says
Thank you so much for the wonderful words of faith and encouragement.
I was diagnosed with IDC a couple of weeks ago. Very few people seem to understand why I am so calm. I believe God has a plan for me. I don’t know what that plan is so as I walk this journey I remember Isaiah 41:10. Here we are told not to be afraid, God will take care of us and deal with our enemies. I went to see a plastic surgeon yesterday who told me I was not a candidate for implant surgery due to being a diabetic. If I should get the same diagnosis about the Diep Flap it will be ok. I believe He knows best.
Thanks for sharing, Victoria. I’m so glad you have found that peace that passes all understanding. And, you are so right, God has a wonderful plan for you.
Isaiah 41:10 is a Bible verse I rely on often when I start to fear something. It’s a great reminder that He’s in control of it all and will take care of us.
Praying for your continued peace, strength and healing as you go through this journey!
Thank you so much for your article on trusting God. I try not to worry but sometimes my faith get weak. I will continue to pray, prayers for healing.
I think God understands when our faith gets weak. This is a tough journey to go through. But I know He’s with us holding us when we’re feeling weak. Just keep hanging onto Him.
I’m praying for His strength, peace, and healing for you during this time!
Cindy Beauregard says
I was diagnosed 6 days ago and am facing a bilateral mastectomy. I was having a moment of real panic and terror last night feeling like I am strapped to a rocket ship about to launch and I desperately want off.
God spoke to me through your testimony and it gave me great peace and strengthened me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
I am so glad the God spoke to you through this post. I’m praying for as you go through this journey. May the Lord fill you with His strength, peace, and healing.
Jami Johnson says
Hi Cindy. I am now facing the same thing. I pray you did well and are already on your road to recovery. God bless you!
Jami, praying for you as you begin your journey. 💗🙏
Eva Vargas says
Hi, I have no doubt your words will help, I was diagnosed March 11th, 2022 for Breast Cancer, I’m not in a treatment yet, I do not know what to expect, but definitely I’m scared of uncertainty, I’ve experienced God’s presence, I know I have, so I’ll ask him to fight this while I stay still and whenever I felt sick, I’ll repeat myself he’s healing me. Thank you so much, I think I’m ready for treatment after reading your post. ❤ 🙏
Hi Eva. I’m so glad my post helped. I know how difficult this time of waiting for a treatment plan can be. I pray God will comfort you during your journey and give you peace and healing. Please email or message me on Facebook anytime. I’d love to know how you are doing. ❤ 🙏
Ita le Grangeita says
Thank you fore this wonderful testimonial…. I just finished radioterapie, and i also know God had healed me…. lots of love
Congratulations on completing your your radiation treatments. Praising God for your healing! Thanks for sharing! ❤ 🙏
Jean weed says
I was diagnosed the same day and am still awaiting treatment. I know God will guide me but I am terrified. I thought maybe we could keep in touch. Good luck on your journey🙏
Jean, Praying for you as you begin this cancer journey. I hope you will let us know how you are doing. ❤ 🙏
Kimberly Mendez says
I’m with Eva! I was diagnosed on Apr 6, 2022, my 41st bday…
I’ve done exactly what you’re saying thus far! I have my moments, but they are just moments and I’m pulled back onto my focus of my Faith! God is working even now, I know it… THANK YOU for this… I was just reading on what to expect from radiation had it was a bit overwhelming, and emotional.. then this popped up and put my heart at peace and reminded me who this battle belongs to! I need to stand firm and He will fulfill His promises!
Right now working on my new lifestyle with food intake, etc (that’s a Change in its self).. a couple more tests to confirm and determine next steps, Lord willing will be lumpectomy and radiation..
Thanks again and God Bless!
I’m so glad God let you to this post just when you needed it! He is so good at providing us just what we need when we need it! 😊
I am praying for you as you go through this journey. I hope you will let me know how you are doing. You can email or FB message me anytime.
Thanks for your post…i was just diagnosed with breast cancer yesterday… I “thought” i beat cancer (thyroid cancer almost 7 years ago) only to be faced.with this again. MaNy things going through my mind…many fears of not knowing where to go from here. I see a surgeon Tuesday…each day is a gift from God…we get them 1 at a time, so I’ll pray to make the best of each one. (scared but trusting Him)
I’m sorry you are going through cancer again. I’m praying for wisdom, comfort, peace, hope and healing during this journey. I know it’s scary but just keep hanging on to God. He’s got this and He has a perfect plan for you. I’m always available via email or Facebook if you want to contact me. I’d love to know how you’re doing. 🙂
Lori Wood says
Jelane, thank you for sharing your story. I was diagnosed with breast cancer on February 15. My MRI was today and I’ll get results next week which will guide our plan for treatment. I talked to God throughout that MRI praying for healing, peace and courage to get through this. This diagnosis completely blindsided me, but I know with complete confidence that this is all in His hands. I pray the Lord still has a purpose for me on this earth and that he shows me His plan for my life. Your words truly touched me and I want to thank you for being an inspiration to others. Prayers appreciated!
Lori, thanks so much for sharing your story. You are in my prayers as you go through this journey. Please feel free to email me or message me via facebook. I would love to hear how you are doing. ❤ 🙏
Wanda Fisher says
Was diagnosed with breast cancer this past week and will see the surgeon tomorrow to find out what I am to face. Reading your post helped me to focus here and help me get in a better frame of mind as I prepare for tomorrow. Bless you. Keeping a positive attitude here in Kansas! Still feeling so blessed!
Wanda, you are in my prayers. God’s got this and will hold you throughout this journey. Please feel free to email me or message me via facebook. I would love to hear how you are doing. ❤ 🙏
Carmela Arellano says
Hi! Thank you for this inspiring article. See, I have been browsing since the past 2 weeks after I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I was shocked fo awhile when my doctor confirmed to me my case. Been receiving a lot of messages such as “I will get through this..” etc. However, upon reading this, you gave me a different perspective then on how I will look at things most especially after my mastectomy.
Thank you! This is great!
I used to say “God is my healer”. But until I have read your article that I have understood how God will heal me.
God bless. 🙏
Carmela, thanks for sharing. I’m so glad this article inspired you and my prayers are with you as you go through journey. Please email me or message me on Facebook anytime. I’d love to hear how you are doing.
Krista Hall says
I feel the love and strength of our Heavenly Father through your beautiful words! Thank you for being an inspiration as my journey with breast/lymph node cancer begins this week. Thank you for your faith❤
Krista, thanks for your kind words. They mean so much to me. My hope in this blog is to write my story for His Glory! I am keeping you in my prayers as you begin your cancer journey. Please email me or message me on Facebook anytime. I’d love to hear how you are doing.:)
Sihle Mlotshwa says
I was diagnosed with breast cancer last week and will be going in for double mastectomy next week and chemo afterwards. I feel like I am in the middle of nowhere but yet trusting that God is in Control. I do not know where to start in terms of physically preparing myself for the journey. I.e. food changes, supplements, etc
Sihle, I’m sorry you are going through this. Praying for you as you begin this journey. Take it one day at a time, one minute at a time if you have to. In regards to food changes, supplements, etc. check with your oncologist. He or she should tell you what you should and shouldn’t take during treatments. Be extra kind to yourself right now. Get plenty of rest and do things you enjoy. Most of all keep trusting God to take care of you through this.
Renette Botha says
Jelane, thank you for sharing your story. Having faith in God and believing that He has you in His hand, is the most important thing. I can testify to that in my own journey with breast cancer..
I pray that God may bless you, Lesley and Laura abundantly.
Thank you so much, Renette. Your words mean so much to me. I pray God continues to shower His blessings on you too! 🙂
I was diagnosed with Brest cancer April 2021. This diagnosis was a surprise to me, but it was no surprise to my God. As I laid on the radiation table I would pray for God to heal my body. This has been a very difficult journey, but the Lord has been and is with me through all of it. God has a plan for each of us. May the Lord bless and encourage through His Word. I give all praise, glory, and honor to My Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
Thank you, Laura for sharing your story. I love hearing inspiring testimonies like yours. You’re so right, God has a plan for each of us and will see us through every step of our difficult journeys. I pray the Lord will continue to heal and bless you beyond measure. 🙂
Lesley Chapman says
Thank you. I’m Christian,mother, Pastors wife. I have a lot of medical issue.As soon as I saw this I knew it was for me.Now Brest Cancer.
Lesley, thanks for letting me know how it touched you. I’m praying for you as you go through your breast cancer journey.
Love and Prayers!