International preacher, speaker and author Christine Caine recently revealed that she had been diagnosed with cancer.
Caine took to her blog on Tuesday to share that during the span of a week, she had gone from having a sore throat to being diagnosed with four separate throat conditions, including stage 1 of thyroid cancer. Ten weeks later, Caine testified that Jesus had healed the one part of her body that is "most used to do what God has called me to do."
"I had a thyroidectomy last Tuesday. They took half of my thyroid; I won't need any more medication, and there is now no trace of cancer in my body. Praise Jesus. He answered our prayers. He healed my body. And for that I am so thankful. More thankful than I have words to express right now," Caine said in her blog.
The surgery in August lasted an hour and when pathology reports came back with no cancerous or precancerous cells in her throat region, Caine says she was grateful but in her selflessness, she knew someone else in her same condition would probably get a different report that day so she prayed for them instead.
She notes that the severity of her cancer above her larynx was undermined by people who would say it was not a big deal but she notes that it became surreal to her the moment she was lying on the operating table with a scalpel at her throat.
"Of course the enemy wanted to silence my voice," said Caine. "There was a lot at stake for me. I needed faith and friends surrounding me who were full of faith. Stage 1 or stage 4 cancer was not going to impact the ability of the surgeon to cut my throat … I wanted to be delivered from this situation, but ten weeks later, I discovered God wanted me to walk through this."
When she first heard the diagnosis, Caine says her mind began to race "down the worst track like a runaway train, and I had to pull it back before it hit a wall and caused irreparable destruction." At the time, she was set to take part in speaking engagements, go on a worship tour with Kari Job and release her new book, Unstoppable.
It was unarguably one of the "busiest and biggest seasons" of her life but Caine notes that she held on to faith during the entire process because she had no other resource.
"If you had asked me, I would have told you that I had no time or margin to fit in a physical health battle. But battles never come at convenient times, do they? I had to trust that God knew what was going on in my life and that if He brought me to it, He would bring me through it. His grace would be sufficient for me," says Caine.
She adds, "I was blindsided by a surprise attack, but God was not. I felt many emotions and very vulnerable, but I could also feel God's presence with me in a palpable way. This was going to be yet another chance for me to practice what I so often preached to others."
Caine says her treatment became a "series of tests, ultrasounds, more tests" but it was during this time that she was able to see her situation through a different perspective, she explains.
"I sat in many waiting rooms full of cancer patients … I could see the fear in their eyes. People who had lost all of their hair … My heart broke for them. Compassion overwhelmed me, and I knew why I was there. I needed to see this. I needed to feel this … I had to walk through my own valley, but their path seemed so much harder and darker than mine," says Caine.
During the many moments that she sat in waiting rooms, Caine also questioned why some people had it worse than her and why waiting rooms are not seen as ministry opportunities by many.
"Some of my most precious ministry moments happened in those waiting rooms and hospitals," says Caine. "I wondered why so many people wanted a platform ministry when there was ministry waiting in hospital waiting rooms all over the world. How many are waiting for us to go to them while we wait for them to come to us? Waiting rooms are waiting for us."
In retrospect, Caine says she had to endure much despair in order to have a story of healing but it was because she ended up learning a lesson she thought she already knew.
"There is something about walking through the valley of the shadow of death with Jesus: You come out knowing Jesus," says Caine.