The Color of Hope – Episode 169
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Featuring: Peggy Hoover
Published: June 22, 2019
Rev. Percy McCray sits down with Peggy Hoover, a current breast cancer patient, to talk about how her cancer journey and how God is using her ministry to bring a message of hope, fun and possibilities to others battling cancer.
On first glance of Peggy Hoover’s purple wig and purple top, you realize this is someone who is going to positively impact your life. But her journey started as many others do—with the discovery of a lump. “[God] told me, yes, it is cancer. It’s going to be a hard journey, but you’ll get through it. Stand on the word ‘believe,’” she says. “So I have stood on the word ‘believe’ for the last eight years.” Right about the same time, Hoover’s husband was also diagnosed with cancer. “I knew God had us both,” she says.
After seeking a second opinion from other physicians, Hoover says she received a life-changing phone call from a close friend who was in remission. “She said, ‘God told me to tell you to quit looking and start praying.’ So I began to pray, and my daughter called me,” she says. “She got online and found CTCA.” After some deliberation, Hoover began treatment and surgery. In the meantime, she was also acting as caregiver for her husband, who eventually passed away. Hoover believes being a caregiver, while not easy, prepared her to transition into what is now a ministry of joy. “I felt along the way that God has kept me here for a reason, and I kept praying, ‘Lord what am I supposed to do?’”
The answer came in the form of wigs. Hoover has every color of wig imaginable, and she wears them to coordinate with her outfits. “It just gives people hope and happiness,” she says. “I want to spread the joy.” Hoover says working with cancer patients is a blessing. “I don’t think my struggle’s been half as bad as anybody else’s that I’ve seen, but it’s just knowing that you put a smile on somebody’s face.”
- “When I was getting chemo a couple months ago, this lady’s hair had been falling out, and she was just looking at me, and I said, “Hey, you can get one. They’re seven bucks, you know?” And she said, ‘Oh, I just don’t know how I would look in it.’ I said, ‘Well, let’s find out.’ And I took it off, and we took her in and put it on and let her look in the mirror, and it just made her day.”
- “My boss says to me, ‘I don’t know how you do this. You go get chemo, you come back to work.’ I said, ‘God’s just giving me the strength, and I have enough hope and joy in me that I just keep going. I want to do my job. I’ve done it for 18 years. I don’t want to stop.’”
- “Being diagnosed with something like cancer, people think doom and gloom. The way I look at it is that this gives me a time and an opportunity to show people just because you have cancer doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy life and have fun and just bring joy to other people.”
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