Believe the Report of the Lord: 5 things I did when I received horrible news from the doctor
Article By By Rosetta Ann Smith // EEW Magazine // Healing
I walked into the doctor’s office feeling nervous. I had been having frequent pain in my stomach. My appetite was so poor, I had lost 20 pounds in a short amount of time without making any effort to do so.
In my family, we are the “big-boned” type so-to-speak, so shedding weight usually comes only with great sacrifice, work, and persistence. Slimming down, for me, was strange. A few times, I had even thrown up and was just feeling generally poor.
Initially, I ignored it. I figured I would be okay. My husband and I wondered if I could be pregnant the first couple of times I ran to the bathroom to vomit. But the other symptoms were inconsistent with basic morning sickness. I took a pregnancy test anyway and it was negative. So we decided to get an expert opinion.
After a couple visits and some tests, I received a call to come back to the doctor immediately. When I got there, I wasn’t prepared for what she would say.
“It’s cancer,” my doctor told me, “Stomach cancer.”
That’s all I heard before losing it. I literally could not breathe. I began hyperventilating. It was too much, too scary. I wasn’t ready for this. That was 4 years ago and with the help of God, and an awesome medical team, we beat that Stage 3 cancer.
If you have ever received a bad report from the doctor, you know that, at the moment the diagnosis comes, it feels like the world is ending. Suddenly, you have a medical crisis on your hands that is guaranteed to challenge you for some time. Depending on what the diagnosis is, death could even be a potential outcome.
Panicking upon hearing the news is not strange or uncommon. However, at some point, you have to compose yourself, tap into your faith, and trust God for healing. If you have received a bad medical report recently and are stressed out about it, here are five things I did to help me through.
Speak the Word of God: Medical professionals are paid and expected to identify problems, share facts, and worst-case scenarios. When you’re sick, you’ll hear a lot about the issues overtaking your body. But after you know the symptoms, remember that God’s word is the antidote. Grab hold to His promises and don’t let go. One of my favorite promises to cling to is in Isaiah 53:5, “…And by His stripes we are healed.”
Get Lifted Through Worship Music: Worship music has power to shift atmospheres. Even when King Saul was feeling vexed in his spirit in the Bible, he looked for someone to play music to keep him calm (1 Samuel 16:14-23). He ultimately chose David. Melodies can alter your mood. When you’re battling illness, you can’t afford to let just anything into your ears and spirit. Beef up that worship playlist and let it minister to your needs and soothe your soul.
Tell God Your Fears: Afflictions can be very scary. The uncertainty will feel overwhelming sometimes. Even when you try to put on your “brave face,” God knows the truth anyway. He is aware of how you’re feeling inside. Talk to Him honestly, candidly and constantly. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 says, “Pray without ceasing.”
Expect Others To Panic (but don’t you panic!): Delivering the news to family and friends was highly emotional. A lot of them took it worse than me! This is to be expected from those who are weak in the faith—or don’t have any at all. Sometimes, even those considered strong will bend under the weight of such bad news. Just remember not to allow their reactions to impact your response. Don’t you panic. Maintain an attitude of faith and a positive outlook.
Keep Believing. I had plenty reasons to be discouraged. During the treatment process, some days I felt so horrible, I thought I might die. Symptoms worsened. Progress turned into regression. There were many ups and downs. But I refused to accept anything less than victory over cancer. I believed with all my heart that God would heal me, even when it looked hopeless and impossible. Despite the odds, do what I did and keep on believing.
Nobody wants to receive a bad report, but if you do, know that Dr. Jesus is more powerful than sickness. With that in mind, keep smiling, praising, and looking forward to the day when your total healing comes, just as mine did.
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