Catching a glimpse into someone else's story, no matter their season or walk of life, can encourage us to keep going within our own. The heart behind Portraits of Hope is to spur us each on, to put a spotlight on God's work in other people's lives, and to remind us that hunting hope is worth it!
Today, will you please welcome Pam Cagle to our space?
In October of 2015, I was diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer. The CT scan was just 3 days after we celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary. My CA-125 level (blood marker for ovarian cancer) was 338.4. For a person my age, the level was supposed to be below 36. I was not scared of dying. I have wanted to leave this world and be with Jesus since I was a child, but I was heartbroken to leave my family. Statistically, I had about a 39% chance of surviving 5 years.
Knowing I was covered in prayer from my family, church family, friends and even acquaintances really made a difference during this time. At the time I was in 4 musical groups, and I had ministered to many other musical groups through the years. I heard from all of these. I had 4 churches make and present me a prayer shawl or quilt or blanket. I was overwhelmed with the prayers raised on my behalf and the outpouring of love from so may directions.