The Double-Edged Sword of Faith vs Prostate Cancer

The Double-Edged Sword of Faith vs Prostate Cancer
Living & Loving with Prostate Cancer One of my jobs as a medical social worker involved working in a dialysis unit. Patients were there for hours at a time, which meant there were opportunities to share life stories. I’ll never forget an elderly woman who began our first conversation with the statement “I know why I’m on dialysis.” Her comment didn’t seem unusual, because most dialysis patients understand the underlying medical issues that brought on their kidney failure. As she began her story, I found her explanation startling. She said she was confident that she was on dialysis because God was punishing her for something awful she did in her youth. In the months we shared together, she refused to talk about her terrible misdeed, deserving of dialysis and death. It was obvious her faith was a source of torment rather than comfort. Years later, I met a man with terminal cancer. His attitude was very different. He was confident he’d be healed of cancer, but not by anyone in the medical profession. He maintained that in his death, he was going to a place where there would be no suffering or disease. He was looking forward to this healing and arriving at his final destination, which he said was heaven, where there would be no suffering, sadness, illness, or disease. Two terminal patients, and both believed in God. One was in torment, the other living with confidence, comfort, hope, and peace. In a study titled “Religious people cope better
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  1. Frank Marr says:

    I am not that good with words faith wise but I believe in God and Heaven and further that I am not being punished for some misdeeds in my life. I truly like the quoted words from above “The God I’ve come to know is a God who shares my struggles, a God who hears my prayers, who wants to comfort and strengthen me, who gives me victory over death and dying, and is worthy of eternal praise.” I’m blessed beyond belief. God is sharing in my journey as a prostate cancer survivor and a bladder cancer survivor. I have two cancers so one I suppose could say why me. I chose to say why not me instead of someone else as I have a good and gracious God sharing my walk of faith.

  2. Gary Penner says:

    My faith in God has been a major component of dealing with stage 3 prostate cancer over the last five months. I have felt God’s presence every step of the way, and through online discussion boards, have been able to encourage other men with prostate in their walk with God during their cancer journey. I found special comfort in the story of the woman who knew that if she could only touch the hem of Jesus’ garment, she would be healed. One night after my radical prostatectomy (Feb 1. 2017), I was faced with quite a bit of pain. The words “please, Lord, touch this pain and brush it aside” came into my mind (I believe directly from the Holy Spirit, who knows how to pray when we do not). My pain subsided immediately. I shared that story with a total stranger — a man with prostate cancer in a closed Facebook group after he expressed frustration with pain. He told me that my message, the Holy Spirit’s message, touched his very soul and changed his approach to his prostatectomy recovery.

  3. Brian says:

    Many decades ago (even as a child) I came to understand that sometimes the answer to prayer is “No” – prostate cancer, dialysis, sickness, etc. notwithstanding.
    Sometimes our prayers will go unanswered. But, I have faith that God does hear every prayer, even the ones he chooses not to answer.
    To quote Job – “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him” (Job 13:15 KJV).

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