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Blogmas: Day 9 Friend’s Testimony

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Shonna and I…

I have many acquaintances, but few friends who have withstood the test of time. I do believe there are folks who are supposed to be in your life for seasons and you are truly blessed by what they brought to your lives.  However, there are times the season ends and everyone moves on.  One of my good BFF recently gave her testimony on FB, because she does have a story to tell.  Let me tell you about her recent life changing moment.

Back in July, my friend was diagnosed with diverticulitis after many ER visits and tests. She was losing weight and was unable to eat and keep foods down.  In fact, the pain was so bad she would have to go to the ER.  Diverticulitis is an inflammation of the colon where pouches form in the lining of the colon.  Those with the condition have to have a modified diet and must stay away from their trigger foods, which may be different for different folks.  Although, she was dealing with the diverticulitis, she noticed she had a pain on her side.  The pain was annoying at times, but sometimes it would be quite painful.  So she went to her doctor who recommended she have a colonoscopy, which I just found out from her testimony, she didn’t want to have because she doesn’t like anesthesia.  Her doctor told her it was very important they take a look inside her colon to make sure there isn’t anything else going on in her colon.  Her appointment wasn’t until September.

Her appointment in September gave her answers. And not the ones she wanted.  The colonoscopy revealed she had a cancerous tumor.  When she called me from the hospital, I was asking questions that she calmly answered.  I did my best to keep it together, but let me be clear I was in tears crying after the phone call.  She already had an appointment with her surgeon that Tuesday, but things were serious.  The legal part of my mind went telling her to get her things in order whether things went well or not, she needed to do this for her children and so there will be no issues.

In her testimony, she talks about talking to the surgeon and how her daughter asked all the questions she could have had. She did ask him if he believed in Jesus Christ and if they could pray before the surgery.  And he did.  Because there was a cancellation, she was able to have her surgery the following Monday because the surgeon felt it was imperative to remove the tumor as soon as possible.  If she decided against that Monday she would had to wait at least 3 to 4 more weeks, so of course she went with that Monday.

She came through the surgery well, but her recuperation was more strenuous. Because they did have to remove some of her colon, which meant some diet changes as well.  Here is where God showed up and showed out.  The tumor wasn’t cancerous; however, if she had chosen to have the surgery later, the tumor would have become cancerous and have spread.  He ain’t no joke!

My friend’s testimony shows the power of God. I am so thankful for her prognosis.  She is doing much better and giving praises to God and I can’t blame her, because she knows she has more work to do here on earth.  God spared her and hope her story and God’s grace continue to resonate to her and those who hear her story.

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