Christopher A.

Christopher A.

from MO
Story #275
I grew up in the Church as my dad was a pastor and went forward at the age of 7 prayed a prayer and was baptized. But I never lived my life for Christ. I actually lived 3 different lives, one at home, one at church, and one at school. Throughout my teen years the question if you Die tonight will you go to heaven kept entering in my mind. I would always blow it off but finally at the age of 18 on a Sunday evening my Senior Year of High School I could no longer ignore the question and I couldn't answer yes to the question. So I prayed to receive Christ in the back pew of my church. It hasn't been a smooth road but its been a good road. In 2013 we lost my dad suddenly to cancer and the following Spring of 2014 I began to have vision issues and started seeing eye Doctors and corrected the problem with new glasses but my primary doctor wanted me to do an MRI. The results came back I had a Brain Tumor... after visiting several Doctors and finding out it was in a bad location and they couldn't do surgery. I found my self clinging to God and His promise for everything to be Good. Having only been married since 2010 and we had a 1 1/2 year old. How could this be good God... after several more visits to Doctors and several possible diagnosis we still needed to do a biopsy but no Dr where I live would do one. We traveled to Mayo and within a few days of being at the Clinic I was scheduled for Surgery to drain the fluid off my brain caused by the tumor and to do a biopsy. Surgery was successful (I woke up not paralyzed) and they were able to get a biopsy. After getting home we got the results I had a rare Children's tumor as a 31 year old guy. But the several Doctors said this was very treatable and possibly curable. I soon started my radiation treatment 25 treatments 5 days a week for 5 weeks. I had no energy I had to have help driving, getting up off the treatment table, had to take long naps during the day very humbling. December came and it was time for post treatment MRI. The results came back a week later... I was Cancer FREE! Not only was the tumor Gone but my oncologist couldn't tell that there was ever anything there! Through this whole process we wanted God's goodness to be shown, despite losing my father a year earlier to cancer and then all the troubles and trials my family and myself went through. God was right by our side and every step we took on this unknown path he lighted the way. Post treatment I have had several side affects from the radiation but I still know that God is good and His plans for me are perfect. And no mater what I go through I know His plan is perfect and that no mater the outcome here on earth He is good and perfect. Because I put my trust in Him at the age of 18, He guides my path here on earth and I when I die from whatever I die from, I will spend eternity in Heaven with Him!

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