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Journal

May
30
2020

Five years!

Five years ago today I found out that God had healed me of cancer. Five years.
 
FIVE. YEARS.
 
Five years! Hallelujah! Five years ago I jumped out of my seat and danced around praising God, and I do it again today to celebrate. 
 
Five years ago I saw God work in ways that I had only dreamed about and hoped for. In ways that seemed to good to be true. 
 
Five years ago, God turned our mourning into dancing. 
 
I want this to be clear. When I say God healed me, I mean the God who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Jesus is the one who healed me. When we prayed for healing in Jesus’s name, what that means is that we acknowledged the authority Jesus has because He is God, and appealed to that authority. He is the one who everything was created through and the one who holds all things together (Colossians 1:16-17). If we had prayed to someone or something else to do it, nothing would have happened. We prayed to Jesus for healing because He invites us to ask (Matthew 7:7-11). We cast these anxieties onto Him because He cares for us (1 Peter 5:7).
 
The same Jesus who healed the leper, the blind man, and all the other people we read about in the Bible also healed me, Ruth Lindberg. There is no one else who can do this. 
 
I wrote the account below a year ago and posted it on Facebook to celebrate the four-year anniversary of being healed, and so I am simply re-posting this here and updating the timeframe to describe what happened that morning in the oncologist’s office. All of my CTs, labwork, and physical exams for the last five years have shown no cancer and I have been in good health.
 
I had hoped to throw a big party in the backyard to celebrate this day with whoever could come. Celebrate with me this way instead - with a prayer of praise and thanksgiving. Thank you Jesus! To Him be all glory and honor and power forever and ever. Amen.
 
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On this morning five years ago, I sat in my oncologist's office waiting for the results of my CT scan the day before. A few weeks beforehand, God had made it clear to two prayerful leaders from my church that He was going to heal me of cancer. God confirmed it to me personally a few days later through a powerful, physical encounter with the Holy Spirit - which I had not believed could really happen, until it happened to me. Yet more often than I care to admit, seeing is believing, and I needed to see the results of that CT scan.
 
The nurse pulled up the radiologist's report on the computer screen and we read these words together: “No enlarged hilar or mediastinal lymph nodes. Resolved enlarged right-sided intrapulmonary lymph node. IMPRESSION: No evidence of metastatic disease. Interval resolution of the enlarged intrapulmonary lymph node.” In layman's terms, the cancer that was clearly there six weeks prior was completely gone. My CT was completely normal.
 
I leaned back in my chair, stunned. God did it. He really did it. And then I jumped out of my seat and started hooting and hollering and dancing around, King-David-in-his-ephod style, not giving a thought to anything but amazement and wonder and profound joy. The poor nurse had no idea. She looked like a deer in the headlights as I put my arms around her and gave her a big hug. I sometimes still wonder if she knows she had been given a front-row seat to witnessing a miracle.
 
My oncologist came in a little later, and agreed there was nothing there to treat (so no need for the chemotherapy they were all thinking I would need). We went together to the radiology department so we could see the scans ourselves. The radiologist had pulled up four of my CTs for us to look at, which is what I have recreated in the picture here. Top left was from over a year prior, when my chest CT was normal, he explained. Top right was when the lymph node had started to grow but was not big enough to ring any alarm bells. On the bottom left was the CT from six weeks prior - I added the yellow arrow to point to the pathologically enlarged lymph node which was biopsied two weeks afterward and showed recurrent cancer.
 
"And here," he said as he moved his mouse pointer to the image on the bottom right, "is your scan from yesterday, and the lymph node is back to normal. It looks like it did a year ago.” I don't think he realized he had a front-row seat to a miracle either, but I thanked him and my oncologist and went on my way. That was five years ago today. I am glad to report I am still cancer-free, and still amazed and profoundly joyful. We prayed to God in Jesus's name for healing and He said yes. I know this raises as many questions as it does answers, but one thing we can be sure of is that Jesus is the same, yesterday, today and forever, and he is still doing miracles as he did here two thousand years ago. And for that I will be thankful all the days of my life.
 

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Comments

  • Marlene Long : Hallelujah!! I praise the Lord with you and Doug!! I've been thinking about you over the months and years, and of course praying very hard that you were 🙏 well. I'd love to join you in your backyard party! PRAISE THE LORD!,,😀🙏!
    6/20/20
  • Sue Temple : We rejoice with you and your family! God is great!
    5/31/20
  • Bess Malek : Thankful that the heart of Christ moves towards the wounded and diseased and ragamuffins and does not cross to the other side to avoid our sores and groans. Praise God that he Heals.! Yesterday, Today and Forever , as is His way. Rejoicing with you, Ruth!! Psalm 16
    5/31/20
  • Rachel Mack : Ted and I are so very thankful for this milestone. You have trusted the Lord and He healed you. Psalm 26:3 "For I have always been mindful of your unfailing love and have lived in reliance on your faithfulness."
    5/31/20
  • Sherri Berry : We are so thankful for your miraculous healing! What a testimony you have to God's faithfulness. We love you!
    5/30/20
  • amanda robertson : Praise God!!! Thanks so much for sharing! ❤️
    5/30/20
  • Stacey Sawicki : We praise and rejoice with you. God is so good. All the time! Congratulations!
    5/30/20
  • Becky Searle : We have been praying for you daily over these years, Ruth and Doug, and rejoice with you. Hallelujah! Becky and Howard
    5/30/20
  • Rich Soderberg : Congratulations, Ruth!!! We rejoice with you and celebrate God's goodness and mercy toward you. Rich & Jean Soderberg
    5/30/20
  • John McMurray : What a joy to hear the good report! As a retired radiologist, it was pleasant to see resolution of disease on your posted images. I rejoice here in Kingsport with the good news for you and your family. May you be a blessing to many! Praise HIM.
    5/30/20
  • Mark and Melinda Carlson : Amen, and praise be to the Lord Jesus Christ -- marvelous healing power.
    5/30/20
  • Arturo de Leon : Through the HolySpirit we rejoice with you from Raleigh NC. We too have experienced and rejoiced in His healing mercies recently. Our God hears our fervent pleas to miracles of healing! Thank you Lord for your forever Mercy and Love to your children as manifested through Ruth. May healing for all that we continuously pray for be done in accordance to His Will. So very happy for and with you through this miraculous journey. God bless you and see you soon is with us ALL the time❣️ For His glory, Your 2nd cousin in NC Rosemary Espino-deLeon,MD❤️🌹
    5/30/20
  • Nathan Smith : Praising the Healer and rejoicing with you all!!
    5/30/20
  • Ajit George Kuruvilla : That’s really special news, Ruth. I’ve continued to pray for you over the years.
    5/30/20
  • jill goring : So so so so thankful!! Doing a happy happy happy dance with you today! Wish we could join you in your backyard with all the other friends and family who can't join you either :-(...Next year, right? I've been thinking about how the people of Israel brought thank offerings to the Temple to acknowledge God's answers to prayer...there was something so tangible and public about that....And I love that God wanted that--He didn't want people thinking things 'just happened'--He wanted them to ask, and then give Him credit for the answer. :-) Your Caring Bridge posts are the equivalent of your public thank offering :-). Enjoying the sunshine today with you, miles away but close in heart and spirit. Blessings, Jill
    5/30/20
  • Robin Uhlenbrauck : Praise the Lord! 💖🙏✝️
    5/30/20
  • Greta Carlson : Thank you for sharing this! Sometimes we need to be reminded of those miracles, reminded to be watchful and expectant, reminded to always give him praise! Thank you, Ruth, for your reminders! Praising Jesus with you!
    5/30/20
  • Theo Beels : Thank you for sharing . This is a beautiful example of God's power and love, but also of your faith!
    5/30/20
  • Jill Schilz : Ruth, this makes me want to get up and shout right along with you. This was one of the most amazing, if not the most amazing, things I have ever been witness to in my life — and you are right to give all of the glory to God. More power to you, sister! And hugs to your sweet, sweet crew… So happy for you all. XO
    5/30/20
  • Pam Smythe : Thank you, Ruth, for sharing this so we can be reminded of God's goodness & faithfulness to you...and rejoice with you!! And praise Him too!
    5/30/20
  • Judy Lind : Rejoicing with you! What a beautiful miracle! Thanks for all your journal entries throughout your cancer journey! They were a powerful testimony of God's faithfulness to you and your trust in Him! God has helped me share your story many times! God's grace to you and your family!
    5/30/20
  • Jan Kolva : PRAISE THE LORD, Ruth! XOXO, Jan (a friend of Bess)
    5/30/20