Keeping the Faith During the Battle – Episode 130
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Published: September 22, 2018
Prostate cancer patient Edward talks with the hosts of Health, Hope & Inspiration about how his faith helped him through his diagnosis and subsequent treatment, and how the value and importance of partnership with people who are invested in you can keep you going through the most trying circumstances.
The last thing Edward was expecting was a cancer diagnosis. However, the shock didn’t last long. After spending three days in consultation at CTCA, Edward was given a treatment plan, and immediately felt like he was in the right place: “I just stepped to the plate and started the process of getting healed and getting better.” As he adjusted to the treatments, Edward gradually discovered a community of other patients who were going through a similar process and who had a shared sense of hope and discovery of purpose. Though Edward’s cancer journey is ongoing, he realizes that his connectedness to others gives him strength to continue and enables him to strengthen and encourage others.
- “The day that I was told I had prostate cancer, it was like a slap in the face. I was stunned. Not in disbelief, but just stunned. And emotionally, I didn’t cry, but I felt a bad feeling inside. So, I thought about it, I prayed on it, and I said, ‘I know what I have to do. I have to take steps to get this done and get it treated.’”
- “I had people that I would talk to on a daily basis. Some had the same cancer that I had. Some didn’t. They were inspiring to me because they were hanging in there, and I said, ‘I can overcome this. And I’m going to deal with this regardless of whatever.’ And I tried to stay around people that were positive.”
- “People I’ve met, I’ve never seen them in my life before, they’ve never seen me in my life before, but when I’m here, I feel like a family as opposed to a patient in a hospital.”
- “It was just the fact that we’re all in this together, and we’re sharing our experiences, and we’re going to get through this together. And that’s what counted for me, and that’s what helped me get through to where I am today.”
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