My spiritual journey through cancer

This is on my wall right by my computer so I can be reminded of what is important in life.

I haven’t written much about my spiritual journey and cancer … mostly because I don’t want to turn off readers who may not believe in God or a higher power. But tonight I am giving a talk at New Thought Unity Spiritual Center (where I go), and it has inspired me to look back on how much God has carried me through the crazy roller coaster ride of having stage IV cancer.

Actually, I’m pretty nervous about my talk. I’m certainly no expert on spiritual matters; I can only share my experience. Two things I want people to take away from it are: 1. No matter what our circumstances, we can transform our lives, and 2. With God all things are possible.

Before I was diagnosed with metastatic disease, I remember telling someone going through it, “I don’t know how you do it; I could never handle it.” Now I know I can do more than handle it; my life can be enriched and glorious despite … or maybe even because of the experience. My relationship with God became very up close and personal when I heard I had a life-threatening disease. I know one thing: I can’t imagine rising above my circumstances without God in my life.

As Eleanor Roosevelt said, “A woman is like a tea bag; you never know how strong you are until you’re in hot water.” I believe my strength comes from knowing there is a Higher Power that loves me unconditionally and is guiding me to my highest good. And as the title of my blog indicates, I do believe and have witnessed miracles.

My faith has been tested for sure. I’ve questioned God when scan results turned bad and when dear friends of mine have died. I don’t believe God makes these things happen, but God certainly has helped me come out on the other side of these traumas. I believe my friends’ spirits are immortal and that they have transcended to an amazing plane with blessings beyond our imagination. That comforts me, and helps me make some sense of the tragedy.

God is present when I make treatment decisions, leading me with that “gut feeling” and still, small voice that sometimes comes from other people. God is present in all the wonderful people who have come into my life since being diagnosed with cancer. I believe God is leading me to my higher calling with this blog, book and mentoring I do with other survivors. And I know that everything I give, comes back ten-fold.

It’s been my experience that gratitude makes all the difference. The more I thank God for my blessings; the more come my way. Never in my wildest dreams would I anticipate having a book published by a well-respected New York City publisher. Nor would I ever believe I’d find so many incredible people who have beat the odds of terminal cancer. Each story I hear brings me so much hope, and I’m excited and blessed to be able to share that hope with others. I never take my health and blessings for granted, so I’ve made a commitment to appreciate each day.

When I was re-doing my office, I put up a wall decal, which summarizes my experience: “Faith makes all things possible, love makes all things easy, hope makes all things work.”

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4 Comments

  1. Heidi Bright, MDiv says:

    Well said, Tami! Hope your talk goes well, too.

    ... on November 6th, 2013
  2. maria says:

    Cancer Survivor and YOU Can Be Too!!!!
    Miracle Healer and a Spiritual TEA saved my Life!!

    I’M ALIVE!
    “ Cancer Is A Deadly Disease That Kills!’
    My name is Maria Chiapetta I’m 62 years old a native of Calabria, Italy. I have made Port Chester, NY my home for over 40 years. In August 2012, I was experiencing pains that were so excruciating I was ready to give up on living it was then that I was diagnosed with stage 3 Cholangiocarcinoma. Cholangiocarcinoma is a rare and fatal cancer that develops in the smaller bile ducts and branches inside the liver. It is the second most common primary liver cancer in the United States that is often compared to Pancreatic cancer, which is the first. The bile duct allows bile, which is made in the liver and stored in the gallbladder, to flow into the small intestine. Bile is a liquid that helps to both break down fat found in foods and helps the body get rid of waste material filtered out of the bloodstream by the liver. Cholangiocarcinoma is compare to pancreatic cancer because of its high death rate and similar symptoms.

    The cancer was so aggressive my health started to deteriorate rapidly. My Oncologist Dr. Donald B. Boyd a great Doctor affiliated with YALE NEW HAVEN HOSPITAL and Greenwich Hospital in Greenwich Connecticut immediately placed me on Chemotherapy. Given the locally advanced nature of my cancer, I was prescribed an aggressive regimen combining chemotherapy with one or more cytotoxic antineoplastic drugs. Chemotherapy was given with a curative intent or it may aim to prolong life or to palliate symptoms. But the treatment was harsh! In November 2012 my daughter Ersilla Chiapppetta was asked if I had a living will because I had taken a turn for the worse. I was given a life expectancy of 6 to 9 months. I was preparing to die. Up until May 2013 I had been admitted into the hospital a numerous amount of times. In June 2013i was introduce to Rev. Johnson. Rev. Johnson is a phenomenal Spiritualist and Miracle Healer.

    **Rev. Johnson is a pioneer with a new approach on fighting cancer. Her religious practices and Spiritual Tea have stabilized my cancer to a point where I am no longer in need of Chemotherapy or any analgesic medications. In the words of Dr. Boyd “It’s REMARKABLE!”

    It was a terrifying and painful journey. Today I feel sensational! I enjoy quiet times with my family and looking at the sunrise every morning. Thanks to Rev. Johnson, The Miracle Healer when all hope was gone and my prayers didn’t seem to be answered she gave me a second chance at life. Her healing hands would be beneficial to people with other illnesses and diseases.***

    Sincerely,
    Mrs. Maria Chiappetta

    For more on my story contact me
    at mariachiappettaimalive@yahoo.com

    Rev. Johnson
    Phone: 203-434-1722
    Email: rev.ijohnson@yahoo.com
    Mail; PO Box# 7911, Greenwich CT 06831

    ... on November 7th, 2013
  3. maria says:

    Cancer Survivor and YOU Can Be Too!!!!
    Miracle Healer and a Spiritual TEA saved my Life!!

    I’M ALIVE!
    “ Cancer Is A Deadly Disease That Kills!!’
    My name is Maria Chiapetta I’m 62 years old a native of Calabria, Italy. I have made Port Chester, NY my home for over 40 years. In August 2012, I was experiencing pains that were so excruciating I was ready to give up on living it was then that I was diagnosed with stage 3 Cholangiocarcinoma. Cholangiocarcinoma is a rare and fatal cancer that develops in the smaller bile ducts and branches inside the liver. It is the second most common primary liver cancer in the United States that is often compared to Pancreatic cancer, which is the first. The bile duct allows bile, which is made in the liver and stored in the gallbladder, to flow into the small intestine. Bile is a liquid that helps to both break down fat found in foods and helps the body get rid of waste material filtered out of the bloodstream by the liver. Cholangiocarcinoma is compare to pancreatic cancer because of its high death rate and similar symptoms.

    The cancer was so aggressive my health started to deteriorate rapidly. My Oncologist Dr. Donald B. Boyd a great Doctor affiliated with YALE NEW HAVEN HOSPITAL and Greenwich Hospital in Greenwich Connecticut immediately placed me on Chemotherapy. Given the locally advanced nature of my cancer, I was prescribed an aggressive regimen combining chemotherapy with one or more cytotoxic antineoplastic drugs. Chemotherapy was given with a curative intent or it may aim to prolong life or to palliate symptoms. But the treatment was harsh! In November 2012 my daughter Ersilla Chiapppetta was asked if I had a living will because I had taken a turn for the worse. I was given a life expectancy of 6 to 9 months. I was preparing to die. Up until May 2013 I had been admitted into the hospital a numerous amount of times. In June 2013i was introduce to Rev. Johnson. Rev. Johnson is a phenomenal Spiritualist and Miracle Healer.

    **Rev. Johnson is a pioneer with a new approach on fighting cancer. Her religious practices and Spiritual Tea have stabilized my cancer to a point where I am no longer in need of Chemotherapy or any analgesic medications. In the words of Dr. Boyd “It’s REMARKABLE!”

    It was a terrifying and painful journey. Today I feel sensational! I enjoy quiet times with my family and looking at the sunrise every morning. Thanks to Rev. Johnson, The Miracle Healer when all hope was gone and my prayers didn’t seem to be answered she gave me a second chance at life. Her healing hands would be beneficial to people with other illnesses and diseases.***

    Sincerely,
    Mrs. Maria Chiappetta

    For more on my story contact me
    at mariachiappettaimalive@yahoo.com

    Rev. Johnson
    Phone: 203-434-1722
    Email: rev.ijohnson@yahoo.com
    Mail; PO Box# 7911, Greenwich CT 06831

    ... on November 7th, 2013
  4. Beth L. Gainer says:

    I LOVE this post, Tami! Every person has his or her own belief system, and I think it’s great that you have such a strong faith. I hope the talk went well.

    ... on November 9th, 2013

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