We didn’t ask for it, and we weren’t prepared for it when it struck. In fact, the most devastating news came at what was supposed to be our most joyous occasion in years.
Hearing the doctor declare that the biopsy results confirmed my husband had cancer came the same day my book, “Hope Prevails: Insights From a Doctor’s Personal Journey Through Depression” was released. The launch party was planned for five days later, and a major book signing event was to be held just two days after that. And yet, amidst all the celebrating, our hearts were breaking.
We had walked this path before – a different cancer, yes, but cancer nonetheless. We were not newbies. We had visions from the previous go-around infiltrating our mind. Minus the hellacious surgery he had to endure with his first bout of cancer, the rest of the treatment would be much the same: unwelcome but necessary.
The truth is cancer stinks. The truth is cancer hurts. The truth is cancer doesn’t just affect the one diagnosed—it impacts the entire family, and to some degree, friends and extended family as well. The truth is, nobody asks for it, and nobody wants to go through it.
Cancer is an enemy and just like the enemy of our soul, it seeks to steal, kill and destroy. And if that is what we focus on, that is what will happen. But as with everything in life, it’s a matter of perspective and you get to choose your perspective.
The truth is, unless you allow it, cancer cannot plunder faith, eradicate hope, quash love, abolish peace, mute courage, annihilate memories, nullify friendship, or steal eternal life.
The truth is that we will all go through difficult times, the cancerous times: relationship difficulty, financial strains, health issues, job problems. They aren’t wanted or invited. But the even greater truth is that we don’t walk through these trials alone, and we can have peace through them:
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).
So while the fiery darts are flinging and we must walk this valley, we do so with swords drawn, prayers raised, and a faith in the One who has already overcome it all.
Because of Him, #PeacePrevails!
A short brief about Hope Prevails.
Insights from a Doctor’s Personal Journey through Depression
Dr. Michelle Bengtson
Speaking from personal and professional experience, a neuropsychologist unpacks what depression is, shows how it affects us spiritually, and offers hope for living the abundant life.
Neuropsychologist Offers Hope to Those Struggling with Depression
-By 2020, depression will be our greatest epidemic worldwide
- An estimated 350 million people worldwide suffer from some form of depression
- Helpful features include personal stories, biblical truths, prayers, and music recommendations
In Hope Prevails, Dr. Bengtson writes with deep compassion and empathy, blending her extensive training and faith, to offer readers a hope that is grounded in God’s love and grace. She helps readers understand what depression is, how it affects them spiritually, and what, by God’s grace, it cannot do. The result is a treatment plan that addresses the whole person—not just chemical imbalances in the brain.
For those who struggle with depression and those that want to help them, Hope Prevails offers real hope for the future.
Hope Prevails is available now wherever books are sold. To find out more, see: https://drmichellebengtson.com/hope-prevails-book/.