I became very restless in my spirit and kept replaying the conversation in my mind. On the one hand, I couldn’t agree with the doctor about having a mastectomy; then again, a mastectomy couldn’t be that bad, and if it would help my recovery, why not? There was such a struggle in my spirit.
From the time I found the lump, I had been spending more time in prayer, asking God for the lump to be noncancerous. When it was not, I prayed for healing, help, strength, and direction throughout all I would experience.
Not knowing whether to have a mastectomy or not, I retreated into the secret place of the Almighty and prayed.
I recounted all that the doctors had said in God’s presence and asked Him to help me make the right decision; specifically, I asked for my peace to be restored if I didn’t need the mastectomy. The burden lifted immediately, and my peace was restored. That made me conclude that I didn’t have to do the mastectomy and to trust that this was God’s will in this matter. My peace has remained ever since.
I told the doctors I wanted to skip the mastectomy and go on to chemotherapy. Of course, they were shocked and wanted to know why. I simply told them I didn’t want it and stood my ground.
In December 2012, I was scheduled to start a treatment plan of six cycles of chemotherapy every three weeks, followed by radiation. During this period, I was working, attending appointments and surgeries, and going on with life as normal, although I felt a bit run down. We already had a family holiday planned in December 2012, so I told the doctors I didn’t want to start chemotherapy until after my holiday.
I started chemotherapy in late January 2013. After the third cycle, I developed an infection in the area around the PICC line used to administer the treatment and was admitted to the hospital for eight days for acute oncology/hematology. The doctors concluded that the risks of carrying on with the chemo outweighed the benefits. I ended up completing only three cycles of chemo as it adversely affected the quality of my life.
Among other issues, my skin broke out in acute dermatitis. The associated itching caused discomfort and pain which made life almost unbearable. I would use the prescribed steroids and topical creams and then have to stop due to the side effects of the steroids. My GP finally prescribed a non-steroidal topical cream containing Urea which helped significantly and restored some comfort to my skin.
Radiation commenced in May 2013 and by August I had completed my treatment. A few weeks later, I was given hormonal treatment drugs which I was to take for about five years.
In 2013, after completing the treatment I was declared cancer-free. By God’s grace and mercy, I continue to be cancer free.
I am so grateful to my husband, family, and friends, doctors and nurses who supported me throughout this difficult time.
Cancer is an assault by rogue cells trying to take over the body and break down everything in its path. Its attack is also intense on the mind and spirit.
The purpose of this website is to support and give hope to Cancer Patients and their caregivers through Bible-based information on cancer, prayers, visits and numerous tools as they navigate the journey with cancer.
I am a champion of the truth that a strong belief in God can make all the difference in the world when you are faced with a cancer diagnosis. My faith eased tensions, boosted my attitude, supported, and improved my overall health. I believe prayer led to optimism, reduced stress, bolstered my immune system during my most difficult times and this set me free from the circle of affliction associated with cancer.
Therefore, as you receive medical and nutritional care, consider and include into your cancer care, the faith perspective.
May you overcome every obstacle and challenge and receive hope during your difficult times.
All my love,
Titilayo Ewa Adeliyi
Breast Cancer Thrivor