Wow! If you ever wanted to know what goes on in the day to day battle against cancer, this book will tell you! I knew
people went back and forth to the hospital or clinic for chemo or radiation and
that some had operations, but I didn’t realize how many secondary procedures
(and problems!) they go through. It truly is a battle. And the fight never lets
Worse though, in this book, the person
fighting was a two-year-old little boy named Chase. And most of the problems
had to do with the treatments’ side effects not the actual cancer itself!
His mother is the author and I was
amazed at the details she remembered, given everything thrown at them. I also
marveled that she could so easily say that God had given them the cancer and
that they were right where He had placed them. Most people argue that…at least
at first. It bothered me though when Chase asked her to hold him so death
wouldn’t take him that she told him she couldn’t stop death, but that if that
happened, Jesus would be there and it would be alright. While this is true I’m
sure I could never tell my two-year-old that they might die.
I loved that Chase played “his song”
before each hospital procedure, so that dozens and dozens of hospital staff
heard the words to “10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)” by Matt Redman. He was a
There was also a great quote toward the
end, when his mom was going to tell him the cancer might be back and what they
would have to do then and he held up his hand and said, “OK, but Mom, stop. Don’t
tell me anything else. Can I go back outside?”
And she wrote, “In the resiliency of
childhood, they (kids) saw no reason to worry until the threat moved from
conceptual to real. The backyard on a warm summer night was far more alluring
than thinking about going back to the hospital.” And realized that she needed
to put her hand out to God in faith. “Don’t tell me anything else right now.
You know what comes next, so I don’t need to. I trust You.”
If we could all just live that way! I
would recommend the book.
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