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Denise Roberts writes about her cancer operation.

'Faith for life' - but what about the 'ups and downs'?


I would say I have had a strong faith for more than thirty years. I have been a member of a church for all of that time and have been helped and encouraged by seeing others with a real living faith, even through difficult circumstances. Eight years ago, in 2001 I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer after a routine mammogram scan. To say I was devastated is an understatement - it came completely out of the blue, I hadn't felt ill or even any discomfort, and yet I had to undergo surgery to remove something that could have proved fatal if left alone.


As I faced the prospect of surgery which would have to be followed by further treatment, I came to understand what my faith really did mean to me. A number of years previously I had noted down a passage from the bible which had huge impact on me.


Romans Chapter 8 verses 38-39.

'For I am certain that nothing can separate us from his love: neither death nor life, neither angels nor other heavenly rulers or powers, neither the present nor the future, neither the world above nor the world below - there is nothing in all creation that will ever be able to separate us from the love of God which is ours through Christ Jesus our Lord.'


During that time of my operation and post treatment, I came to know the truth of those verses for myself. For me it was the difference between head knowledge and experiencing the truth of what they mean in the midst of a life-upset. It was real; those words can be relied on.


God offers us a real living relationship with Him through our faith in Jesus. Faith for life can mean just that, faith that withstands the ups and downs in life which inevitably come, not just when things are going well. It's worth having.


Denise Roberts


  • Cancer Advice
  • Christian Cancer Fellowship: Wirral