Let's give Him some Praise!
~ Praise Break Report ~
The following is Part 3 of Jacqui Ingram’s testimony, having going through multiple rounds of chemotherapy after being diagnosed with Stage 3 Triple Negative breast cancer, to find out that chemo had not shrunk the tumor enough to have surgery. Jacqui then started a third round of chemo, to then find out the chemo was doing more harm than good, and the doctors needed to take the tumor out:
“Once again, I’m sitting in the doctor’s office expecting to hear good news. NOOOOPE! This time they were saying that the tumor still hadn’t shrunken enough, and my options were - 1.) surgery with extreme volume loss that would need to be followed by some type of reconstructive surgery or 2.) mastectomy. The look on my face must have said it all.
My surgeon then conferred with another surgeon on her team who had been trained in a different type of procedure and asked me to come back tomorrow. I cried the moment I got in my Lyft. I cried so hard I started sobbing and just was thinking WHYYYY MEEE?!?!?!! I fasted...I prayed...I listened to my worship music...I’m bald...I have full-blown neuropathy...I didn’t complain...and NOTHING HAS CHANGED!
Halfway through the ride, I put on my headphones and started my playlist on shuffle. Song after song, God ministered to me, and I started to feel better. I will not lie and say I was ready to do cartwheels out of joy, BUT I was no longer hurled over in the back seat sobbing. 2 Corinthians 12:9 came to mind as the music was playing, and even though I was hurting, I knew I would be OK.
The next day, the new surgeon came in, took one look and said, “Yes, you’re definitely a candidate for the tissue mobilization procedure!!! It was a new procedure designed with a more cosmetic approach to removing the tumor vs the more traditional “just snatch it out, who cares how it looks when we’re done” approach.
My surgery was scheduled for March 4, 2020. This was approximately two weeks before the pandemic hit and all elective surgeries were canceled. I just praise GOD that I was able to have my surgery and not have to live with a cancerous tumor for another three months!
Fast forward to July 23, 2020, I’m sitting in the Doctor’s office, post-chemo, post-surgery, post an extremely painful radiation process, and she lets me know, I’m done. I officially received my No Evidence of Disease (N.E.D) status aka CANCER FREE!
This Thanksgiving Day [11/26/20], I am extremely thankful to be a CANCER SURVIVIOR!!!!! I am thankful for my complete healing!!!! 👏🏾👏🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾. I thank God for bringing me through! I KNOW God to be Jehovah-Rapha and am filled with so much gratitude, thanks and PRAISE.”