One Reason We Don’t See Miracles in the West

Bethany Jenkins | August 30, 2016

I was 31 years old when the first of my friends was diagnosed with cancer. She was only 28, and it was her second diagnosis. She had battled breast cancer in college, and now it had returned.

Walking with her through treatments was eye-opening. In my life, my health issues have circled around having the flu, chipping a tooth, or pulling a hamstring—issues that tend to have simple, straightforward methods of healing and repair. Cancer, I discovered, was totally different. It varies widely—not just because cancers are different but also because bodies are different. As a result, although doctors do their best to diagnose and offer prognoses, cancer patients must be active students of their own bodies and options for treatment.

My friend survived and, even though doctors said that because of radiation treatments she’d never be able to have children, she and her husband have two. 

Was this a miracle, or was it just ordinary medicine? 

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