By, Mari Noruzi
On a summer day in mid July 2006, God told me to look at myself in the mirror! He guided my eyes to the mole on my left shoulder/chest area. It was no longer a brown circle- it had split in half with irregular borders! I immediately knew this was not a good sign. I went to see the dermatologist in my best friend Pat’s office. The biopsy confirmed Malignant Melanoma and she referred me to an oncological surgeon. I asked her to be honest with me, my son was only 8 years old, what was I looking at here? She calmly said early detection is key- let’s see how it will be staged after surgery. Fear was the first feeling that hit me! If I died, my little boy would have no parents- his father died in 2004! I cried and cried, not for myself but for my son. I felt no anger towards God, I’m happy to go to His presence when He wills it. I was worried about my son, Kaleb. I prayed, my family and friends prayed, my Pastor prayed and my patients prayed. I asked for Grace and Mercy, that He’d let me live so I could raise my child.
“We wait in hope for the Lord; He is our help and our shield.” Psalm 33:20
The whole time I was in the hospital going through all the pre-surgical testings, Jesus was with me. I was so grateful for his presence and peace. God even assigned two Christian nurses to my case, they prayed with me just before I went under anesthesia. God is so good. “Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from Him” Psalm 62:5 On the post-op day when my stitches were removed, the surgeon told me that the cancer was Stage 1. He had removed all of it, no Lymph nodes were involved and I was in the clear. Hallelujah! It is by His Grace that I am still here, every day is a gift from God. I am so grateful to Him.
A few years later, the Lord gave me another gift, He led me to Oasis- a prayer group for women. My faith grew and matured as years went by and my friendship with April and the other members of Oasis matured into sisterhood. I have had the privilege to watch this beautiful ministry grow and blossom. Oasis feels like Home, loving and comfortable. I’m so grateful to God.
“Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift” 2 Corinthians 9:15
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