There Is Always Hope – Episode 199
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Featuring: Steve Beers
Published: January 18, 2020
Catholic Deacon Steve Beers provides spiritual care to patients at CTCA. He shares with Rev. Percy McCray about the power of hope—and how he sees God show up when all seems hopeless.
Deacon Steve Beers serves the Catholic community at CTCA. More than twenty years ago he walked his son through treatment for leukemia. This experience opened his life up to the power—and need—of strong faith and community support when facing cancer care. He speaks with Rev. Percy McCray about the power of hope and the importance of a strong support system for those facing challenging cancer treatment.
Often cancer causes strained marriages and broken families, but the care Deacon Beers sees at CTCA, tells a different story. “The spiritual side, the holistic approach, the support systems that (CTCA) offers…(is) a tremendous benefit for not only the recovery of the patient, but the families and the caregivers.”
Deacon Beers also shares about the power of hope when medical prognosis seems hopeless. “The very inner spirit of people can cover a lot when they have the confidence that they aren’t just depending on very talented people, but they also have something beyond that in which to hope.”
He saw this hope show up in a big way most recently when a cancer patient returned from the brink of death. This experience gifted him the encouragement he needs to carry out his ministry. “Yes, that is what God is here for. He is here to give me the strength to keep going because I know those things can happen at His will.”
- “The limits of medical provision do not limit hope.”
- “Just because there may appear to be nothing else clinically that can be done, that does not necessarily mean that that’s the end of the road.”
- “I do not think there is ever a time when you say, ‘There is no hope.’ There is a time to say, ‘It’s okay to let go. And things are prepared for you, but this is not the end. This is a different road.”
Integrative Approach to Cancer Care at CTCA