From Fear to Faith and Hope for Many
Nobody wants to hear a doctor tell her that she has cancer. Yet each year almost 1.7 million people hear those very words. Ivelisse Page remembers that day far too well. It was almost eerie to her as she was diagnosed at the very same age with the very same type of cancer that took her father’s life.
Here’s part of Ivelisse’s story:
I had to convince myself that my Dad’s story was not my story; that my outcome could be different. But truthfully, a big part of me believed I was on the same path – diagnosed at 37, dead at 39. I could hear it ringing in my ears. But I realized quickly that I had a choice to make. Would I give in to the fear or would I live by faith and fight?
. . . some people say that God won’t give us anything we can’t handle, but I believe that He often allows situations that are too much for us to handle – alone. It’s in these times that we realize how much we need each other and most importantly, our need for God becomes obvious. And, we learn to trust and rely on the One who created us.
Hope for Ivelisse
“So in the days ahead I decided to engage my faith and fight! I fought the fear that tried to grip me each day by filling my mind with His word. I kept reminding myself of whom I was in Christ. Several times a day I read out loud the “I Will Have No Fear” prayer [see below] – that Jimmy compiled for me from Scripture sometimes. And the fear…it relented!
Seeds of a Great Work
We also came to see the importance of having a team of doctors, both conventional and complementary, who work together to heal the whole person. It shouldn’t be either one or the other.
In terms of conventional medicine we had incredible surgeons who were gifted in removing the cancer from my colon and liver, and we got connected with the finest oncologist who monitored me with scans and blood work.
On the complementary side, my “internal environment” was transformed to fight any remaining cancer with Mistletoe injections, a high alkaline diet, homeopathy, and other supplements that my body needed to fight well.”
Nothing is New Under the Sun
The liquid extract of the mistletoe plant has been used as an alternative method to treat cancer for close to a century. Mistletoe injections are currently among the most widely used unconventional cancer treatments in Europe. And, even though it is used all over the world and proven effective in treating cancer, until a clinical trial is done here in the United States, oncologists cannot offer this treatment as “standard of care”.
“I focused on the capability of my God instead of the challenge of cancer”
Hope for Many
From the beginning their vision has been to see cancer patients and their families discover their pathway to healing. Every decision they make as an organization is aligned with their core values of Faith, Teamwork, Compassion, and Integrity.
Believe Big’s Focus is to:
- Educate individuals concerning the need for a comprehensive approach in cancer prevention and treatment.
- Connect patients with physicians trained in mistletoe therapy, and the resources necessary to help them advocate for their own health.
- Provide spiritual support to help patients and their families overcome fear and anxiety.
- Overcome cancer with the development of the Mistletoe Clinical Trial in collaboration with Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Believe Big is a powerful story of Christians who walk in His power and strive to serve humanity – to His glory.
I WILL HAVE NO FEAR.
I will be strong and courageous. I will not be terrified; I will not be discouraged. For you, my Lord, are with me wherever I go. (Joshua 1:9) No one will be able to stand up against me all the days of my life. As you were with Moses – and Joshua – I know you are with me. You will never fail me and you will never leave me. Never. (Joshua 1:5) I will meditate on your Word and will follow you alone. (Joshua 1:8) You have chosen me and have not rejected me. So I will not fear for you are with me. I will not be dismayed, for you are my God. You will strengthen me and help me; you will uphold me with your righteous right hand….For you are the Lord, my God, who takes hold of my right hand and says “Do not be afraid; I will help you.” (Isaiah 41:9-13) I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made. (Psalm 139:14) For you created me and formed me. I will not be afraid for you have redeemed me. You have called me by name and I am yours. When I pass through the waters, you will be with me; and when I pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over me. When I walk through the fire, I will not be burned; the flames will not set me ablaze. For you are the Lord my God, the Holy One of Israel, my Savior. (Isaiah 43:1-3) I will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day. (Psalm 91:5) And even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me. Your rod and your staff, they comfort me. (Psalm 23:4) For God did not give me a spirit of fear, but a spirit of power, of love, and of self-control. (2 Timothy 1:7) And I am more than a conqueror through him who loved me. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate me from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus my Lord. (Romans 8:36-39)