The words replayed again and again in my mind as we left the hospital. My eyes glanced from person to person, coming and going, as I wondered what news they had each been given and the new trials that lay ahead of them. For one, “Living with cancer,” printed on the front of a pamphlet said it all. Earlier that sunny morning, my companion and I received a call to visit a certain sister in the hospital. We were not given any details of why she was there. Our only tasks was to bring a Book of Mormon and other LDS reading materials for the resident of room number 4473. A short visit, a quick but earnest prayer and we were on our way back home.

According to Pub Med Health Website, cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in the body. Cells are the building blocks of living things. Cancer grows out of normal cells in the body. Normal cells multiply when the body needs them, and die when the body doesn’t need them. Cancer appears to occur when the growth of cells in the body is out of control and cells divide too quickly. It can also occur when cells forget how to die. The website goes on to explain the possible causes, symptoms, signs, tests, treatment, expectations, complications, etc. The title of the pamphlet in the hands of her son explain the seriousness of the news. Cancer requires changing ones lifestyle to endure the battle ahead.

Living with cancer…it is possible to continue with life. Changes are required but one is not without hope as they face their new condition. Becoming more and more common among mankind, cancers affect is practically everywhere, bleeding into homes, families, altering emotional and physical conditions. Cancer leaves lasting scars upon each life it touches. Rarely is anyone untouched by cancer in some aspect, directly or indirectly. Many face the probability of dealing with cancer, but we are all living with a lethal type of spiritual cancer. Sin, mistakes, weaknesses. No person is without them. Spiritual cancer has symptoms, causes, expectations and complications  as well; however, treatment is more powerful, lasting, and guaranteed. Christ suffered for all of our smallest mistakes to our most serious sins. It is because of His sacrifice and suffering that we can conquer spiritual cancer. He is our Savior, Redeemer, and chemotherapy. We don’t need the pamphlet, “Living with Spiritual Cancer.”

With application of Christ’s atonement, we can be in remission the rest of our days if we are willing to make certain lifelong changes. How grateful I am because of the hope my Savior gives me to be free of the deadly spiritual cancer I’ve struggled with in my life. I know that with sincere repentance, we all can be forgiven of our pasts, no matter how severe the cancerous cells or how late it is caught. With God, there is no such thing as past the point of no return. His arms are forever stretched outward, waiting patiently for us to humble ourselves before him and take his scarred hands. Don’t try to live with spiritual cancer. Let Christ be your constant chemotherapy!

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