THE RELIGION CORNER: Don’t Let Family Secrets Hinder Breast Cancer Battle

Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies. — 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NIV)

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month in America. Breast cancer today is at an all-time high. This week, I’m sharing the story of my sister, Ernestine Grant. Unfortunately, she was diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer last year.

My family was taken by surprise when we heard that our sister had breast cancer. This, though, was a time when we all learned that breast cancer and other types of cancer run in our family. We discovered that one of our first cousins on my father’s side has one breast removed back in the 1970s; and our aunt who lives in Florida had a breast removed. We thought, wow! Why didn’t somebody tell us?

According to the Susan B. Komen Center, breast cancer incidence (rate of new cases) is slightly lower among black women than among white women, though the breast cancer mortality is higher in Black/African-American women.

Today, it gives me great pleasure to share that my sister did have both of her breasts removed, and she’s now considered safe. She is a veteran, so her doctors from the Veterans Administration Hospital in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, advised her to have a lumpectomy. I volunteered to come down to be with her for surgery, so I could drive her home and care for her as long as necessary.

It was difficult to see her suffering from such severe pain, so I became Florence Nightingale, and began to prepare green drinks with mega-doses of vitamin C. Do your own research, but vitamin C eliminates mucous, and it is a pain killer. She was shocked and delighted that she felt so much better after drinking a green drink, which had 20,000 milligrams of vitamin C (I used 20 1,000-milligram tablets). In a couple hours, she got up and sat in the family room with us, sharing how delighted she was that the vitamin C had helped her pain much more than those prescription drugs.

Long story short, after several other steps, such as visits to have stitches removed and other required medical visits, she met a gentleman (let’s just call him her angel). They just struck up a conversation, and in no time, he was telling her about Dr. Alim Muhammad, a medical doctor extraordinaire! He has been the subject of innumerable newspapers, magazines, radio and TV features over the years. He is invited to give lectures and participate in forums and conferences all over the world which has contributed to his travel to more than 36 countries.

Ernestine listened, took the advice, called and made an appointment. His office is in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, on Central Avenue. The appointment was outstanding, however, Dr. Muhammad informed my sister that the breast cancer was not all gone. He suggested she have that breast removed — or better yet, get them both removed, telling her it would save her a lot of problems for the future.

She did it, and surprisingly, God has healed my sister. Her recovery time was short, compared to many others. She continued to use the vitamin C. So many of our family and friends see her and wonder how she is continuing on so well! She’s not sad, she laughs, talks, and she keeps living her life daily. We traveled to Gilbert, Arizona, together, and my daughter took her shopping, where she spent thousands of dollars on a new, upscale wardrobe. She bought a new car, got a haircut, and went to the salon for a pampering day! She got breast cancer, but breast cancer did not get her!

Lyndia Grant is a speaker/writer living in the D.C. area. Visit her website, www.lyndiagrantshow.com, send comments to lyndiagrant@gmail.com, or call 202-518-3192. Follow her on Twitter @LyndiaGrant and on Facebook.

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