4 Lessons from a Teacher who fought Cancer

“Cancer means death” that’s what she rationalized when she heard the devastating news when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.  Cecilia Emmett, an English Teacher and a mother of two was completely shattered when she heard the doctor’s diagnosis.  She had lost her husband, Quentin a few years ago to colon cancer, and just when she and the children were getting back on their feet; another hard blow struck home.  Cecilia believed that it was the end of road, but Jesus had other plans for her.

Cecilia Emmett, an English Teacher and a mother of two was completely shattered when she heard the doctor’s diagnosis.

Reluctant to undergo the cancer treatment having seen its toll, but with great persuasion from her family she decided to undergo the treatment which included a surgery.  Through it all she found strength and God’s presence with her.

She shares the life lessons she had learnt:

  1. Never lose hope:

Cecilia encourages everyone to never lose hope in a Sovereign God who has the power to heal and change situations for the better.  She says learn to never be negative and never give up.

  1. Forgive People:

She advises not to hold grudges against anyone instead forgive people who have hurt and offended you.

  1. Stories have a lasting impact:

Cecilia was encouraged by reading Christian books and inspiring real life stories of people who have successfully fought back cancer and won.  She too believed that she can survive.

  1. Confess Biblical Scriptures:

She was encouraged by a cancer patient who wrote healing scriptures and pasted them on the wall of her room.  Day and night she would confess and declare these portions of Scripture.  Cecilia also began to follow her footsteps.      She quoted Jeremiah 17:7 & 8 “But blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit”.

“But blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit” – Jeremiah 17:7 & 8

Incidentally, while undergoing her chemotherapy and radiation, Cecilia having known its side effects as she watched people’s skin peel away, she began to declare Isaiah 43:2, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze”.  Miraculously, her skin never peeled during her treatment.

Looking back these past years, Cecilia says, “God has broken me, melted and molded me to be used by Him”. True enough, today God is using Cecilia to share her story of life and victory over sickness with other people undergoing similar situations.  She takes time to encourage and pray with them.

God has broken me, melted and molded me to be used by Him.

Cecilia’s final advice for people going through cancer: “Cling on to Jesus for His Name, His Word and His blood has the power to heal!”

 

 

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8 thoughts on “4 Lessons from a Teacher who fought Cancer

  1. Isaiah 43:2, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze”. Cecelia quoted this same verse in our church whatsapp group some months ago for someone who was going through sickness. I picked up this verse from her and kept reciting it when I was going through bad times last year with the surgery of my little granddaughter in Australia, and also my illness at the same time. The verse gave me great strength and I clung on to Jesus and he healed my little granddaughter and me. Thank you Jesus.

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  2. When we take God at His Word His promises are ours. A testimony that’s a blessing to all who read it. Praise God.

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  3. The scriptures you quoted are wonderful. With an illness like cancer, which can be terminal, it may not be the Lord’s will to heal us physically in all cases. But we pray for healing. He hears always. No matter what the outcome, the scriptures give us strength in the trial. Whether we live to serve Him here or die to be even more blessed, all things work out for the good of God’s people. What a promise! No?

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  4. Amen! Thank you for sharing your comment. As Paul says in Romans 14:8, “If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.” We will always belong to Him!

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  5. Got me goose bumps reading thro your article Lyn…what a promise ‘that He will never leave us nor forsake us….’
    Cecy’s Testimony is so comforting tho’ we do know how she patiently went through everything because of her unstinting Faith and Trust in her Lord Jesus Christ.
    A lesson for all of us to never lose hope.
    No one could have writtten this better than you sweetie😍

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