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My Grandmother's Liver Cancer Vanished
by Cynthia Sue Larson
August 31, 2000

Cynthia and her grandmother

Occasionally, I find myself wishing I could right every wrong, win every battle, and prove every point. The feeling usually passes as I accept whatever uncertainties life has to offer, yet, I am gladdened to find that I can still "write my life" by choosing what attitude I face the world with. I am very fortunate to have recently learned valuable lessons about attitude from my parents and grandmother, as I watched how they dealt with "the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune" in their lives.

Something shocking happened in my family just a couple of years ago. Doctors discovered that my grandmother had liver cancer. They performed a biopsy and found cancerous cells in her liver. They took CAT scan images which confirmed what the blood tests indicated -- she had liver cancer.

The doctors estimated she had less than a year to live. Since my grandmother was in her 90's, she requested only pain medication, choosing to forego radiation therapy and chemotherapy. She had seen many of her friends suffer from those cancer treatments.

As she told us how grateful she felt for having lived such a wonderful life, she prayed for the courage to face whatever came next. When my grandmother was certain of her diagnosis and had a few weeks to prepare herself emotionally for peoples' reactions, she told friends and family that she had terminal liver cancer.

Immediately, most of the people who dearly love this precious woman began to pray on her behalf. While her own prayers were simply for courage, other people (myself included) were praying for her return to good health.

Within a few months, my grandmother's doctors were astonished to find that her cancer was stabilizing. Several months after that, they were completely at a loss to explain why they could no longer find any trace of cancer in her body! When doctors told my grandmother that they had no explanation for what had just happened, she assured them that she knew why her cancer was gone -- it was because prayer works.

I am grateful to live in a time when scientific evidence is confirming the effectiveness of distant healing. Spontaneous remissions of cancers, tumors, and other apparently lethal medical conditions have long been known to occur when people are prayed for -- and we are finally reaching a point where these effects of prayer can be scientifically confirmed.

There was a time, not so long ago, when such stories were routinely dismissed as mere "anecdotal evidence" of something inexplicable and therefore unmentionable. If you want to read about these recent scientific studies, please go the home page and click on the Scientific Research Confirms Distant Healing article.

My (cancer-free!) grandmother was not feeling frisky enough to journey to the Pacific Northwest this summer for a family reunion this year, but she sent along her childhood memories that she'd written for my mother over a period of several years. My sister painstakingly typed and bound the manuscript, including photographs from the early 1900's. These simple, personal stories of how each of my grandmother's family members faced trials and tribulations made for fascinating reading, and inspired me to do a better job of connecting with my relatives while we're all still alive.

After the reunion was over, I drove with my parents to drop in on some relatives -- with no advance warning. What impressed me most about this experience was the way we were greeted with open arms and hearts everywhere we went -- even when we met a complete stranger! I hope you'll read my article Welcome Love about this experience in the September issue of Planet Lightworker.


This article originally appeared in the August 2000 issue of RealityShifters, the free monthly ezine.

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