November is stomach cancer awareness month. You may be as surprised as I was to learn stomach cancer is the fifth most common cancer type in the world. Who knew?

I had a lot of people wonder why I’d take the radical option to remove my stomach when my 88 biopsies came back clean.

To be honest, I questioned my decision up until they put me under anesthesia. Then, because of how challenging the recovery has been, I wondered for weeks if I had made the right call. If CDH1 impacts 90%, what if I was part of the 10%? What if I changed my entire life for no reason?

At my one month check-in, Dr. Davis told me the pathology results showed there were several spots of stage 1A cancer. Just like that, all the what if’s disappeared. When I received a copy of the pathology report, I saw there were in fact twelve spots of cancer. Twelve.

In my deepest gratitude, I thank God for giving the doctors the wisdom, knowledge, and talent to perform this complex surgery.

I am grateful for being saved. I am humbled that I have a future.

HDGC has a 90% chance of growth with a 5% survival rate. I went to extreme measures to guarantee the foreign cells inside me couldn’t kill me.

In the same way, sin has a 100% chance of growth with a 0% survival rate. Being set free from it’s death sentence is easier than chemo, radiation, or organ removal. It’s as easy as trusting Jesus.

I want to tell you this: there is hope. There is a future. There is an abundant life.

We are all going to spend eternity somewhere, I hope you’ll choose to spend it with Jesus.

There’s a 0% chance you’ll regret it.

One thought on “Statistics

  1. Catherine, you are a light in this dark world. Your faith has been a real encouragement and inspiration for me. I am so sorry for what you are going through and will continue to live with. You have been and will continue to be in my prayers. Thank you so much for sharing your story. I had no idea you are such a good writer!


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