COLUMN: Jeremy Williams shares his survivor story

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Cancer survivors share their stories

 At age 21 what were you doing?

I had started my career, enjoyed playing basketball, racing cars, and riding 4-wheelers. One day all those things came to a halt when cancer became part of my life.

My name is Jeremy Williams. I grew up in Buffalo, in a good home with great parents, Mike and Marcia Williams. They took me to church every time the doors were open; that helped lay my foundation for a faith that was going to be tested in a major way.

One day we were getting ready for a race, I stayed up for 23 hours getting the bike ready. Out of the blue, I passed out and woke up to the LaRue County paramedics trying to get me to wake up. I was taken to Hardin Memorial Hospital where they ran multiple tests, and found something on my brain. They sent me to a specialist, who in turn thought it was an aneurysm. They told me they would do another MRI in six months.

In the meantime, we talked to my family doctor who insisted I get another opinion. The next thing I knew we were scheduling a biopsy that turned out to be something major. The doctor set us down in a private room and started to explain by saying that it wasn't good. I was told that I should plan out everything I wanted to do in life because I had a glioblastoma stage 4 cancer. It is a very rare cancer and the most aggressive type of brain tumor.

The doctor said he had only heard of a few people who had lived through it. Statistics say almost 10 percent of patients with glioblastoma may only live five years or longer.

A lot of things went through my mind: how I would never get to be married or have kids. From that point at age 21, I was thinking about life differently than I ever had before.

I remember Bible verses that kept me positive like Psalms 121:1 “I lift my eyes to the hills where does my help come from, the Lord the maker of heaven and Earth.”

I had two brain surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation treatment. I went from 190 pounds to 112 pounds. I was extremely sick.

I lost my hair, and lost my license. They said through the treatments I would never be able to have children. But I hung onto the only thing I could, my faith that things would turn out how God intended. I began to understand that either way was good for me, since I was a Christian it was a win. A win because the Bible says that absent from the body is to be present with Christ.

People ask all the time how could a good God cause bad things to happen. They don’t understand. James 1:17 says every good and perfect thing is from above. If it’s not good and perfect, then it’s from a devil that’s real, that wants you to blame God. Sickness and death are not part of the plan that God had for us in the beginning. For more information, start in Genesis 1:1.

It has been 14 years now since I was diagnosed. Today I am married to a beautiful lady and have two awesome kids. I enjoy telling my story and helping others through the miracles that have happened in my life. Luke 12:48 is a great life slogan, “To whom much is given, much is expected.” So don’t sit and waste the life you have been given. May you find hope in God through your life and believe nothing is impossible with him.