Stepping into the realm of cancer, it’s like navigating through a storm of emotions – fear, uncertainty, and heartache. But within the tempest, there’s a rock-solid anchor: hope grounded in faith and the promises of God. These unshakable truths sustain us through life’s toughest battles! Learn how to arm yourself with faith-grounded principles to overcome any crisis. #HopePrevails! Even in Cancer!

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My cancer journey started with my husband’s diagnosis with cancer. He was diagnosed 22 years ago with a very rare form of abdominal cancer. When we sat in front of that oncologist, the oncologist said, Mr. Bengtson, you’re too young for this, but you need to go home and get your affairs in order. You have less than two years to live.

That was 22 years ago. My husband is still with us, but he’s gone through two other types of cancer since then. And, in the midst of his three bouts with cancer, I lost my mother to lung cancer.

In August 2016, the same day that my book Hope Prevails: Insights From a Doctor’s Personal Journey Through Depression was released, my husband sat across from the surgeon to hear the news that we had hoped we would not hear: the pathology results had returned a diagnosis of cancer.

Just a week before, the surgeon assured me he had gotten clean margins as he took a biopsy. Something in me knew then what the result would be. I can’t explain it. We prayed that the results would come back negative. Friends and family prayed as well. Yet somehow I knew what I would hear.

My mind flashed back to hearing the same news years before…the pain, the devastation, the fear that came upon hearing that your husband had cancer and was told to “Get your affairs in order…” Really? Our baby needed his father and I needed my husband. Just how does one go about “getting your affairs in order”? Nothing prepares you for that.

And then the week that Breaking Anxiety’s Grip: How To Reclaim the Peace God Promises was released, we were on our way to an oncology appointment for my husband when I received a call from my doctor.

And I answered the phone thinking, This, this is odd, but I answered the phone. They said, “Is this Dr. Bengtson?” I said, “Yes.” And they said, “I’m so sorry to tell you this, but you have cancer and we need to schedule you for surgery right away.” And we were on our way to my husband’s appointment.

I thought, wait, what?
No, no. They must have the wrong person.
I’m healthy.
I feel good.
No.

She said, “Dr. Bengtson, are you there?” I said, “Yes, yes. I’m sorry. I’m you, you just kind of. Surprised me with this news.” She said, “Well, we need to schedule surgery right away. Can we do that now?” And I said, “No, I’m on my way to my husband’s oncology appointment. I’m going to have to call you back when I can look at a calendar and talk on the phone at the same time.”

I underwent treatment and then had a recurrence in January and started treatment again.

Through all these crises with cancer, here is what we know. God proved Himself faithful before and we know that with each crisis we face, He will be faithful again. Now we know how to fight in a way that we didn’t know before. We know how to war against the enemy who seeks to steal, kill, and destroy our family (John 10:10), and to stand on the truths God has given in His word.

4 truths to stand on in times of crisis

  1. We believe that no weapon formed against us or our family will prosper (Isaiah 54:17).
  2. We know that God knows the plans He has for me, my husband and our family, and those plans are good, they are to prosper us and not to harm us, and they include a future and a hope! (Jeremiah 29:11)
  3. We believe that despite what our circumstances look like, God will work all things together for our good and for His glory (Romans 8:28).
  4. We trust that God was not taken by surprise by these crises, and that ALL of our days are numbered in His book (Psalm 139:16). No medical report can change that.

We have hope in
a God who sees,
a God who knows,
a God who heals,
a God who restores,
a God who cares,
and a God who is faithful to keep His word and fulfill His promises!

Because of Him, #HopePrevails!

Yes, even in cancer, #HopePrevails!

Where have you seen God fulfill His promises in your life? We’d love for you to encourage others with your testimony of His faithfulness in the comments below!

For more information on helping a friend or family member with cancer, check out these helpful articles.
How to Support a Friend with Cancer
The Day I Was Diagnosed With Cancer: 18 Promises to Hold Onto When Crisis Hit
10 Lessons Learned After Being Diagnosed with Cancer
Practical Grace – How to Not Be a Friend to Someone With Cancer (Part 1)
Practical Grace: What Not To Say to Someone with Cancer (Part 2)
Practical Grace: How To Be a Friend to Someone with Cancer (Part 3)

 

 

Depression doesn’t have to become a permanent part of life.

There is hope.

Hope Prevails and Hope Prevails Bible Study

 

Hope Prevails: Insights From a Doctor’s Personal Journey Through Depression and the companion Hope Prevails Bible Study help the reader understand how depression comes to be, recover their joy, reclaim their peace, and re-establish their true identity, while knowing their worth, remembering their secure destiny, and being confident that nothing separates them from God’s love.

Hope Prevails and the Hope Prevails Bible Study are must-reads for anyone suffering from depression or knows someone suffering from depression.

 

Stepping into the realm of cancer, it's like navigating through a storm of emotions - fear, uncertainty, and heartache. But within the tempest, there's a rock-solid anchor: hope grounded in faith and the promises of God. These unshakable truths sustain through life's toughest battles! Learn how to arm yourself with faith-grounded principles to overcome any crisis. #HopePrevails! Even in Cancer!

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