Cancer Helped Me Be More Patient – Episode 259
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Featuring: Rev. Maxcine Collier
Published: April 24, 2021
Walking the thin line of clinical care and following one’s spiritual beliefs.
Rev. Maxcine Collier was diagnosed with breast cancer in May 2019 and received her medical care at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), Philadelphia. She discusses with host Rev. Percy McCray the challenging aspects of her cancer journey, including making a difficult decision regarding a clinical procedure.
Rev. Collier, who at the time of this discussion was no longer receiving treatment, reveals how having cancer made her “much more patient” with people. I used to not know what cancer patients were going through,” she says. “I can certainly empathize much more, since my personal experience with others who were battling cancer.”
As a minister and associate pastor at Galilee Baptist Church in Philadelphia, Rev. Collier feels that her ministry has been enhanced as a result of being a cancer patient. “My sermons are even stronger because I have a personal testimony that I can give to others that will give them hope,” she says.
- “I got a telephone call and not the best way to receive that kind of news [you have cancer]. And it was like a bomb had dropped on me.”
- “I was a little scared, and definitely anxious.”
- “I started praying that I would be able to face whatever trials and tribulations would come ahead.”
- “I did the next practical thing and sought out more opinions.”