An amazing recovery

Who can explain the miracle of healing ?

This has been a long journey of cancer since the past two and a half years .

I’ve been through 2 cycles of chemotherapy, one cycle of radiation and immunotherapy after which my doctor in Mumbai shared that he had done his best. Nothing more could be done in Mumbai and I was given just 3-6 months to live.

He recommended Car-T Cell therapy which is currently the newest treatment available in UK.

We were told this in November 2020.

Now here is where the hand of God intervened in my life. My son Ralph sent us his details from London , so we could apply for dependency visa. In a matter of a few weeks we were granted this visa and our flight was arranged by our children to fly into UK on the 3rd December.

This was a sudden departure and left us no time to even think of any concerns of leaving home .

Our time was just right to celebrate Christmas with our children in UK.

In Scotland, we were given a warm welcome by the leader of the Community of the Risen Lord. A few of our friends too reconnected with us and assured us of prayers.

In January I was given a call by NHS for consultation with the doctor . That was a scary meeting , when I was told the risks involved with the new treatment. However I chose to go ahead , as this was the final recourse .

In February my T- cells were taken for re-engineering and within two weeks I was admitted for 3 weeks at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital when my T-cells were re-administered into my blood stream .

Thanks to God , I did not suffer any major side effects except for a loss of appetite, for a short time. The care given by the team of doctors and nursing staff was outstanding . Even the food provided was good .

I must share , that throughout my two years of cancer treatment, I had lost count of the number of Covid tests and blood tests done . Also petscans , biopsy, the Hickman line and the PICC line , were things I just accepted.

After 3 months my petscan showed that most areas were clear of cancer except a few remained . Then by end May 2021 these also cleared up ; however a small area in the lower back still glowed in the petscan .

So a biopsy was done and on 17th June 2021 , I was finally given an all clear report .

There was a moment of concern when I caught a cough and cold virus from my grandchildren . This got aggravated and led to me being hospitalised . Antibiotic drips were administered and I’ve recovered .

Looking back , I’m amazed at the events which led to my cure from cancer .

This does not mean my life here on earth is endless, but to appreciate the new lease of life God has given me .

He is the living God who cares , loves and heals . He is my greatest treasure . I know that I can now suffer the loss of everything here, in the knowledge that God is always present to hold and care for me .

I’m extremely grateful to all my family , friends and community members, my priest friends and Brothers of the Servants of the Word who have been praying for me and reaching out to me in so many ways.

A special thanks to members from the Sword of the Spirit Communities worldwide , who have been praying for me . My batch mates from college too have been encouraging and offering their prayers .

I’m grateful to my children Karen, Annalize, Ralph and Larissa for all their help. My daughter Karen and her husband Tommy, have been hosting Anjean and I in Scotland . They have been with me through all the visits and checkups at the hospital . Anjean has been my rock , always praying for me .

What is my purpose in life ?

…..importantly to accept all that God sends into my life and sharing the suffering with Jesus who can continue his work of redemption as only he can , through each of us .

…… to give glory to God in all that I do , accepting his will at all times. May his name be praised for evermore.

13 thoughts on “An amazing recovery

  1. Vincent, a touching account..what a journey it has been . Your stead fast faith has seen you through…that things fell in place and you could successfully receive the new line of treatment is a strong sign of His reward for your unflinching trust.

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  2. Bom Dia Vincent, what an ordeal what a courageous fight, what travelling and arduous, what challenges of tests and tests and in summary a marathon ordeal, AS you said God is omnipresent in our lives whatever decision we have or option we choose, wish you a full recovery and hope your eyes and your lenses of the camera don’t get mould, as they are waiting for more shots from you, god guard your soul and your humorous way to perceive the society. A big hug for you and your spouse Angie and also children and grandchildren and friends too.

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    1. Thank you Vicente ; camera is ready !
      God gives courage and he has also restored my voice I lost for the past 7 months . God is merciful and very loving !

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  3. Echoing your own sentiment, Vincent, “May His Name be praised for evermore.” How great is our God and how marvellous His deeds!

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