The Good News Is the Bad News May Change – Episode 176

The Good News Is the Bad News May Change

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Featuring: Miguel Arellano

Published: August 10, 2019

Miguel Arellano chooses to hold onto hope and the prayer support of others to continue to fight his colorectal cancer.

Show Notes:

Miguel showed up at his church’s prayer meeting immediately following his diagnosis. “I thought it was really important to set the table for my recovery. And the first thing was—is to praise God.” He went in for a scan after some treatment and expected a miracle, but the cancer showed up on the film. “I cried out to God. I cried just like I’ve never cried before…because the expectation was—this was going to happen (divine healing)—and it didn’t happen.”

As a child, when Mr. Arellano fell and hurt himself, he learned to dust himself off, rub some dirt on it, and go on with the day. He takes that same attitude toward his cancer journey and faith. “It’s okay to cry. It’s okay to be defeated, but then you know what? You just dust yourself off, rub some dirt on it and then go to the next level,” he said. “I want to be 90 and seeing my great-grandchildren around me and saying, ‘You know what? He dusted himself off…and kept it moving.’”

Mr. Arellano’s believes working with the team at CTCA and the power of prayer from others will help him heal. “What happens with prayer is that it sticks to me and it stays on me. And I absorb it, to where I can fight through the things that maybe other people can’t.”


  • “The way that I grew up, as far as my circle of family members was, if you had something wrong with you, rub some dirt on it, and then get going.”
  • “Go see your physician, go get your checkups, and go do what you need to do, even if it’s the possibility of getting bad news. ‘Cause you got to tackle the bad news.”
  • “You can’t have faith without action. You’ve got to do something. And so…my job right now is to get healthy.”


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What is Colorectal Cancer?