Trust the Process – Episode 128

Trust the Process

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Featuring: Bernice Colvin

Published: September 8, 2018

In part one of this special two-part podcast, cancer survivor Bernice Colvin talks about her experience of being diagnosed with cancer, what it means to go through the highs and lows of a health challenge and how her faith was the bedrock that she relied upon to help her work through the process.

Show Notes:

Bernice Colvin has every reason to be negative. Not only does she have a family history of cancer, her husband passed away from cancer, her career as a physical therapist is thriving, and then seemingly out of the blue…she is diagnosed with breast cancer. In spite of it all, Bernice Colvin wasn’t about to give up. “For me, I walk by my faith,” she says. “I always saw hope in my faith.

“I also knew that the Lord would give me a comforter, and my comforter was my Holy Spirit.” Throughout her treatments, Colvin relied heavily on scripture and prayer as her source of strength and focus, but she also credits her caregiver and support team for walking alongside her through her cancer battle. “Sometimes you’re so overwhelmed by information that’s given to you, that that second person can really write things down for you and understand better, so when you sit down with your caregiver and you’re talking, you will remember things,” she says. “I had a team, and it’s very important to have that team of people, and when you don’t have that support, it’s devastating.”

Quotes:

  • “You’re not going to remember a lot of things when [doctors] educate you about your cancer, and education is one of the most important things that you want to have if you do get cancer. You want to learn about cancer. You don’t want to be afraid to know what cancer is about.”
  • “The moment that I was told that I was a cancer survivor I said, ‘I’ve got to give back. I’ve got to do something.’ Because that’s what God wanted me to do.”
  • “I got my strength and my power from God. Anytime I did my prayer, I thanked Him. I stayed positive, and I knew that I was going to beat this thing. I stood on that Solid Rock, and I didn’t stray from it.”

Resources:

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