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True Love Can Defeat Cancer

Claudette is inspired by positive thinking that she tries to share with as many people as possible to give them hope for the future.

Photos of Walker's Journey During his Treatment for Cancer

My husband Walker and I, have been blessed to endure the trials of a concussion and cancer during the last year. It was our love for God, each other, our family and friends that helped us survive.

My husband Walker and I, have been blessed to endure the trials of a concussion and cancer during the last year. It was our love for God, each other, our family and friends that helped us survive.

After Walker's last treatment of radiation, he took a photo with his doctor, Jessie W. DiNome, MD, Medical Director of Jefferson Radiation Oncology at Riddle Division of TJUH. Walker's doctor for Chemo Oncology was Benjamin Jacobs, MD.

After Walker's last treatment of radiation, he took a photo with his doctor, Jessie W. DiNome, MD, Medical Director of Jefferson Radiation Oncology at Riddle Division of TJUH. Walker's doctor for Chemo Oncology was Benjamin Jacobs, MD.

Our daughter Jaleesa, prepared a special t-shirt that said, "I'm Done" on the front after his last treatments of chemo and radiation.

Our daughter Jaleesa, prepared a special t-shirt that said, "I'm Done" on the front after his last treatments of chemo and radiation.

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital's division at Riddle Hospital located in Media, Pa.

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital's division at Riddle Hospital located in Media, Pa.

A beautiful display of a tree inside the lobby of the Jefferson Cancer Center at Riddle Hospital.

A beautiful display of a tree inside the lobby of the Jefferson Cancer Center at Riddle Hospital.

The Certificate that Walker received at the end of his treatment at Jefferson Radiation Oncology Center at Riddle. A Certificate of Merit was award to him for the successful completion of Radiation Therapy Treatment.

The Certificate that Walker received at the end of his treatment at Jefferson Radiation Oncology Center at Riddle. A Certificate of Merit was award to him for the successful completion of Radiation Therapy Treatment.

The burns and discoloration Walker, received on his neck area during the last few weeks of his treatment of radiation which are gradually healing with treatment of creams.

The burns and discoloration Walker, received on his neck area during the last few weeks of his treatment of radiation which are gradually healing with treatment of creams.

On the back of his shirt that my daughters gave Walker to wear was the scripture Psalms 136 which states, "Give thanks to Jehovah, for he is good; His loyal love endures forever.

On the back of his shirt that my daughters gave Walker to wear was the scripture Psalms 136 which states, "Give thanks to Jehovah, for he is good; His loyal love endures forever.

Marianne, one of the very qualified and personal nurses that took care of Walker at the Cancer Care facility of Jefferson at Riddle.

Marianne, one of the very qualified and personal nurses that took care of Walker at the Cancer Care facility of Jefferson at Riddle.

Princess, is the receptionist that always has a smile with admirable professionalism for the patients at the Cancer Center at Riddle Hospital.

Princess, is the receptionist that always has a smile with admirable professionalism for the patients at the Cancer Center at Riddle Hospital.

Head and Neck Cancer Regions - Paranasal sinuses and nasal cavity: The paranasal sinuses are small hollow spaces in the bones of the head surrounding the nose. The nasal cavity is the hollow space inside the nose." Walker's cancer existed there.

Head and Neck Cancer Regions - Paranasal sinuses and nasal cavity: The paranasal sinuses are small hollow spaces in the bones of the head surrounding the nose. The nasal cavity is the hollow space inside the nose." Walker's cancer existed there.

"After treatment with radiation or chemotherapy, mouth sores may not appear for several weeks. Eventually, these ulcers do affect most head and neck cancer patients. The sores may be red or have small white patches in the middle."

"After treatment with radiation or chemotherapy, mouth sores may not appear for several weeks. Eventually, these ulcers do affect most head and neck cancer patients. The sores may be red or have small white patches in the middle."

If You Are Experiencing Mouth Sores Or A Sore Throat - Suggestions of things to avoid or choose after or during treatment."

If You Are Experiencing Mouth Sores Or A Sore Throat - Suggestions of things to avoid or choose after or during treatment."

A Radiation Therapy Head Mask. "Patients getting radiation to the head may need a special mask. The mask helps keep the head from moving so that the patient is in the exact same position for each treatment."

A Radiation Therapy Head Mask. "Patients getting radiation to the head may need a special mask. The mask helps keep the head from moving so that the patient is in the exact same position for each treatment."

Our True Love for Each Other and the Love From Family and Friends Helped Us Fight Cancer and A Concussion

Unfortunately, as Ecclesiastes 9:11 states ". . .because time and unexpected events overtake them all," it is my saddest expression to reveal after a tremendous amount of prayers, hard work and determination by my dear #husband Walker, he was killed during the month of June. We miss him horribly but look forward to seeing my "Baby" in the future based on the wonderful hope at Revelation 21:4 which states, "And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away." This tremendous guarantee from our loving Heavenly Father Jehovah God, based on the perfect sacrifice of his precious son Jesus Christ, brings joy and hope for family members loss in death. May each of you find the same comfort for the future of your dead loved ones. For more information about this tremendous hope for the future go to #www.jw.org

Before His Death - The Experience of Our Battles With A Concussion & Cancer

Tragedy struck our lives March 2016. After thirty years of #marriage, we experienced one of the most tragic and devastating years of our marriage. During the month of March, I fell and hit my head on the corner of a storefront window. I received a #concussion which changed my life forever. Months later, the headaches were still constant and debilitating. Sunlight and florescent lighting were dire enemies. Fortunately, my concussion revealed my husband Walker's cancer. I made an appointment with our family physician Dr. Morris McCray. My husband Walker, made an appointment as well. He explained to our doctor that there was one large nodule on the right side and a smaller nodule on the left side of his lymph nodes. Dr. McCray, advised my husband that he should go to Providence Ear, Nose and Throat specialist John M. Feehery, M.D. His diagnosis was, #Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma Cancer. "The lymph nodes produced white blood cells to fight off the cancer or any infection in the head." That was why the nodules appeared as a warning sign that something was wrong explained, Dr. Feehery.

The Medical Team Was Organized For My Husband's Cancer Treatment

We are "wonderfully made," as expressed in God's word at Psalms 139:14. Our family cat Midnight, is a black and white tuxedo feline created by our Heavenly Father Jehovah. She nudged Walker, constantly a month before he was diagnosed. Midnight would, jump up on the sofa whenever Walker, sat down and would not leave his side. This was unusual because she never did this before. After Walker started his treatment, Midnight's actions ceased. It was as though she felt there was no longer a need for this type of reaction.

A month later, his diagnosis was discovered and we were thrust into a whirlwind of medical care not only for my concussion but also for Walker's treatment of Stage 4 Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma Cancer. This type of #cancer has an "Asian ancestry, particularly Chinese ancestry, which is a risk factor for nasopharyngeal cancer," explained Dr. Benjamin Jacobs, a Chemo Oncologist of Alliance Cancer Specialists. After receiving a CT scan prior to his surgical biopsy and then a #PET CT Scan; Walker was placed under the excellent care of Dr. Jessie DiNome, who served as Medical Director from Thomas Jefferson University Radiation Oncology. Both doctors work out of the Riddle Cancer Center, located at 1078 West Baltimore Pike, Media, Pa. For more information call 484-227-4482 or for Dr. DiNome, go to her website Jessie.dinonome@jefferson.edu.

During the month of July, a Port Catheter was placed in Walker's right chest wall in order to receive chemotherapy. While he was still somewhat healthy a PEG tube procedure was given to Walker by You-ChenKuo, MD, which was described as "(Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy) is passed into a patient's stomach through the abdominal wall, most commonly to provide a means of feeding when oral intake is not adequate." Barbara Cournoyer, served as his Nurse Navigator of General Oncology at Riddle Cancer Center. Lynn W. Nichols served as Walker's nutritionist, from Riddle Nutrition Center. Our family appreciated the loving care and support given by the doctors, nurses and other staff members. We definitely appreciate the financial support through a grant given to us by our #Oncology Social Worker, Toby Stolberg.

Love, Is A Powerful Attribute To Defeat Cancer

It was a difficult time but we got through it with faith and true love for #Jehovah God and his son Jesus Christ. True and genuine love for each other, the prayers of our brothers and sisters throughout the world, along with the prayers, love and support of my family and our friends. Without these tremendous examples of true love, it would have been difficult, if not impossible for us to get through this. The following definition was expressed that, "Love is as strong as death is." - Song of Solomon 8:6. "Love is a hallmark of a Christian marriage. . . Actually, the true and abiding love between marriage mates includes; natural affection-the kind that family members have toward one another, warm and tender attachment as found between true friends and #romantic love. Love is best sensed when it is expressed. How vital that marriage mates not allow the acitivities of daily life to rob them of exchanging expressions of affection! Such expressions can contribute much to their security and happiness." (Examining the Scriptures - 2016)


After Walker Was Tragically Killed My Daughter Expressed How She Felt Toward Me as Her Mother Doing This Struggle

“Thank you so much for your support. Nothing measures up to how much l appreciate you but l will try and Jehovah will make up the difference. You’re my shero. l am so proud of you and love you so much. You are a great example to me of how to stick with Jehovah through it all by taking notice of Him in all my ways. (Proverbs 3:5,6) Jehovah continues to make our path straight and l am glad we walk it together.”

— Our Daughter Jaleesa Carter

During the Second Week of My Husband's Cancer Treatment I Dedicated This Poem to Him

An Attempted Destroyer of True Love

  • We lay, I watch sleep penetrate from you,
  • Sunrays flicker upon your smooth brown skin,
  • I lovingly kiss your strengthened jaw, immersed in dreams.
  • Your sleepy eyes, never waiver from this passionate kiss,
  • My right hand, hesitantly touch your chest,
  • Now bare, but once handsomely veiled with luscious hair.
  • My love for you, empowers me to be strong,
  • This destructive contagion endeavors to put enmity between us,
  • It cowardly entered your nostrils secretly,
  • A plot to annihilate our love,
  • A despicable disease of arrogance and contempt,
  • True love, for our God and each other,
  • It cannot and will not be eradicated.
  • Within the arms of Jehovah, we reside for protection,
  • Your attempts of carnage is laughable!
  • For True Love, will always exist eternally,
  • Our Grand Creator is omnipotent, impossibility does not exist.
  • Your attempts of carnage is detestable
  • For True Love , will always exist eternally,
  • Our Grand Creator is "All Powerful,"
  • Impossibility does not exist.
  • Your attempted incursion of True Love is futile,
  • Yes, you and I, my love are a glimpse of,
  • The spectacular realms of Love,
  • For within heaven it is abundant.
  • The attempted destroyer may linger and drain my lover
  • But never our love,
  • Because throngs of lovers surround us daily.
  • Look! To your right,
  • Look to your left,
  • They stand tall and forceful.
  • Whether, you disguise yourself as cancer or any debilitating disease,
  • We have the hope of the resurrection and everlasting life in paradise,
  • None of your destructive diseases can conquer our True Love,
  • Because it is timeless and indefinite.

The information listed below is from Jefferson Cancer Center at Riddle Hospital, Media, Pa

What are the side effects/risks of having radiation therapy?

  • #Radiation therapy kills cancer cells, but it can also injure healthy cells. All people will experience some: skin irritation (similar to a sunburn) as the radiation must go through the skin to get to the area in the body that needs treatment.
  • Most people will feel tired (fatigue) as their body needs time to heal from the effects of the radiation.
  • Other side effects that may occur, based on the part of the body being treated include:

    Sores/ulcers in the month, sore throat and pain when swallowing, if radiation treatment is give to the head and neck.

    #Cough, if radiation treatment is given to the lungs.

    Nausea, headache and decreased memory, if radiation treatment is given to the brain.

    #Diarrhea, if radiation treatment is given to the lower abdomen and pelvis.

    Hair loss, ONLY in the area of being treated.

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We Survived These Tragedies Due to the Abundance of True Love From God and Our Family, Friends

When we are confronted with challenges in life such as cancer or an injury from an accident, will we cower and tremble at the challenge? Death, sickness and sorrow effect each of us daily due to our traits of imperfections. Whether, we are faithful servants of God or not, each of us experience problems in our lives. My husband and I, truly believe that our experiences which started with my concussion, eventually led to our discovery of Walker's cancer. This was a blessing so that in the end our Heavenly Father Jehovah, will receive the glory as we attempted to do through our comments as well as the information in this article. Almighty God deserves the praise because of his loyal love toward us. Loyal love, is defined as ". . .referring to love motivated by commitment, integrity, loyalty, and deep attachment. It is often used in connection with God's love for humans, but is also love shown between humans." (NWT of the Holy Scriptures, page 1703) Our family members and spiritual brothers and sisters throughout the world have shown us loyal love which originates from God. Their prayers, cards, delivered meals and genuine love has been a blessing that we will never forget.

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A Word Without such Diseases as Cancer. Is it Possible?

A world without such diseases as cancer, will exist in the future just as the Bible prophesied at Revelation 21:4 which states; "And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away." (NWT of the Holy Scriptures) For more information on a world without cancer and other diseases go to www.jw.org

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2016 Claudette Coleman Carter

Comments

Claudette Coleman Carter (author) from Media, Pennsylvania on October 29, 2016:

Hi Lawrence.

Thank you for your encouraging words. We do appreciate the wonderful abilities that our Grand Creator give to humans and animals. Our cat Midnight, is still on the job. She sniffs anybody that will allow her to for cancer. Her findings are often scary but correct. We truly are "wonderfully made," as well as our beautiful animals.

Thanks again for your comment.

Lawrence Hebb from Hamilton, New Zealand on October 29, 2016:

This was a wonderful and encouraging read. I've heard of animals being actually trained to sniff out cancer in patients, one Dog I read about a few months ago actually had a better success rate at finding the cancers than the conventional tests. Maybe that's why God gave 'Midnight' to you folks?

Blessings and prayers

Lawrence

snapcracklepop on October 01, 2016:

You are very welcome angelladywriter. And yes adversities have drawn my husband and I much closer to one another as well. Our love is stronger too because of the application of Bible principles, and with Jehovah being the helm or in the center of that "three fold cord" within our marriage we are much happier within our home and marriage....I shall definitely remember and mention you and our brother, your beloved husband, in my prayers to Jehovah....Will converse chat with you soon my dear sister.

angelladywriter on October 01, 2016:

snapcracklepop

Your experience was soooo encouraging. We are so fortunate to be taken care of by our Heavenly Father Jehovah. It was so wonderful to hear how our brothers and sisters were there for you and your husband. We never go through anything alone. Love is abundant and genuine. It is so encouraging to know that Jehovah was there when your family needed him. He carries us through so many trials and tribulations. We are so thankful to know, love and serve him.

My husband and I have grown closer to Jehovah and each other through these difficult times. May you and your husband continue in your strong love for Jehovah regardless of the trials. Thanks again my dear sister for your prayers and amazing thoughts.

snapcracklepop on October 01, 2016:

Angelladywriter, I too am moved and humbled that you and your husband were encouraged by my words. Thank you for saying that. When my husband had a stroke a few years ago, the friends rallied around us continually. Their words of encouragement, phone calls, caring notes, letters, visits, the preparing of food and cards really lifted us up and caused us to experience Jehovah's amazing love for us, especially in my husband's case. LOVE was truly in action. I truly can relate to you and your husband's, our dear brother's experience. May Jehovah's smile of approval continue to mightily be with you both. Sending our warm regards and agape love to you both (Ruth :12)

Claudette Coleman Carter (author) from Media, Pennsylvania on October 01, 2016:

Hi snapcrackepop,

My husband and I were truly moved by your beautiful words of encouragement. They were spiritually uplifting and very inspirational. This experience has made our love stronger for Jehovah God and our worldwide brotherhood. The encouraging words that constantly come from members of our loving family, Ardmore congregation and other spiritual brothers and sisters inspires us daily.

Thank you so much for your loving words my brother. May Jehovah continue to bless you and your family as well. Thanks again.

snapcracklepop on September 30, 2016:

Thank you very much for sharing your experience of how genuine love for your husband and his love for you as well as the great and amazing support system of love from your family and friends helped conquer Cancer. Jehovah, "the God of all comfort", supplies us with what we need to endure and cope with adversities in our life (Philippians 4:6,7).

What a beautiful poem my dear spiritual sister. The last few sentences of your poem said it all. You in essence was telling "sin" and Satan that they have lost the battle of trying to destroy real genuine love between you and your dear husband (The love and appreciation for him and his love and appreciation for you, his dear beloved wife, was made stronger), Satan couldn't destroy the love that your friends and family continually showed, it unified you all even more despite the Cancer and gave you all prayerful hope. And most of all it didn't, could not, destroy Jehovah's love for you both, nor your love, gratefulness and appreciation for Jehovah, our God of "tender mercies".

Thank you for sharing the beautiful pictures of our spiritual family and of your relatives. We all look forward to the time when see the prophecies at Revelation 21:4,5 and Isaiah 33:24 will be fulfilled by Jehovah and His heavenly based Kingdom in the hands of His appointed King and son, Jesus Christ (Matthew 6:9,10).

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