I Will Not Let Cancer Make Me Ashamed – Episode 286

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Featuring: Rev. Percy McCray

Published: October 30, 2021

Life with cancer should not cause you to hide in shame.

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Show Notes:

Rev. Percy McCray addresses the potential psychological impact of feeling ashamed and stigmatized after receiving a cancer diagnosis.

To help drive the conversation on this serious issue, Rev. McCray points to research from the Research Triangle Institute that says 60 percent of patients feel a “disease or health-specific stigma,” during which they experienced some form of “exclusion, rejection or blame.”

The research concludes: “Those findings indicate that fatalistic beliefs about cancer are prevalent and basic education about cancer for the general public, patients and caregivers is required.”

You won’t want to miss this important conversation that will present three biblical keys to help patients not feel ashamed by being diagnosed with any illness or disease, and particularly cancer.


  • “This stigmatization can leave individuals in many cases, feeling isolated, which is far away from others, places, or people, like sitting on an island and then they can feel vulnerable.”
  • “These are all real emotions and perceptions that cancer patients and their caregivers actually can go through.”
  • “Cancer very much, like Goliath when he came to Israel, cast a huge shadow of fear, of doubt.”

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