Danielle Joseph pow­ered her way through cancer with FAITH IN GOD

Jamaica Gleaner - - FLAIR PROFILE - Ce­celia Camp­bell Gleaner Writer

UPON GET­TING a di­ag­no­sis of cancer, most per­sons start pan­ick­ing at what is seen as a death sen­tence.

But not for 33-year-old sin­gle mother of three, Danielle Joseph. Ear­lier this year, on March 11, Joseph dis­cov­ered a lump in her right breast.

Ac­com­pa­nied by her mother, she went to the doc­tor, who in­formed her that she had stage two breast cancer. In­stead of crum­bling, Joseph drew for the one thing that had seen her through some of her most dif­fi­cult times – her faith.

“I de­clared the heal­ing scrip­tures in my life be­cause, yes, I know what the doc­tors say, but whose report

‘I de­clared the heal­ing scrip­tures in my life be­cause, yes, I know what the doc­tors say, but whose report will I be­lieve?’

will I be­lieve? Def­i­nitely the report of the Lord, and His report said I am healed,” she af­firms.

It wasn’t al­ways easy hold­ing on to that faith, but she said the sup­port she re­ceived from her fam­ily and mem­bers of her church in Florida gave her the ad­di­tional strength she needed.

“When things got dif­fi­cult dur­ing chemo­ther­apy, my chil­dren al­ways en­cour­aged me to stay strong and keep smil­ing. I had to take 16 chemo treat­ments, which wasn’t the eas­i­est thing for me,” she con­fessed to Flair.

As she went through the changes of los­ing her hair, her taste, weight, and the chang­ing of the colour of her hands and feet, and mood swings, it be­came dif­fi­cult to hold the faith – but hold on she did.

“I fought this dis­ease with my chil­dren in mind. I stayed pos­i­tive in ev­ery way I pos­si­bly could,” she said.

Af­ter com­plet­ing her 26 weeks of treat­ment, she had to go in for another test which would de­ter­mine if the cancer cells were still present in her breast.

Although she was hang­ing on to faith, she said she couldn’t help feel­ing a bit ner­vous. When her on­col­o­gist fi­nally told her the re­sults, Joseph said it was like the flood­gates of joy were opened in her heart.

“When she said ‘Dani, no cancer’, I started danc­ing and hugged her so tight! We were both happy and ex­cited, over­joyed and all the happy things you can think of. She said, ‘Prayers worked, Dani.’ I replied, ‘Yes, Doc, com­plete heal­ing in Je­sus’ name,” she re­called, voice filled with emo­tions as she re­lived the mo­ment.

OVER­JOYED

Joseph said there are no words to de­scribe the way she felt driv­ing home that day as she just could not wait to get home and em­brace her chil­dren and share the good news that their mother would be OK.

Joseph said she has to do a surgery to clean the area as well as to retest the lymph nodes, fol­lowed by a few rounds of ra­di­a­tion, but she is not wor­ried about that.

“I know my God is the God who watches over His words to com­ple­tion,” said Joseph, who is orig­i­nally from Mount Charles district in Mavis Bank, St An­drew.

Hav­ing grown up in a Chris­tian fam­ily, in Septem­ber of 2009 she de­cided to fully em­brace Christ as her Saviour. She got bap­tised at the St An­drew Beth­le­hem Re­form Church of Christ, mi­grat­ing to the United States shortly af­ter.

The Con­vent of Mercy Al­pha Academy past stu­dent is now reach­ing out to those who may have just got this fright­en­ing news, or who may be fight­ing the dis­ease, to stay pos­i­tive as this, she said, is the key.

“Have faith in God, stay pos­i­tive and be happy you are healed – put your faith to work.”

CON­TRIB­UTED

Danielle and her three chil­dren: Olivia Brown (6), Lexi Tracey (15) and Ja­heem Richards (11).

CON­TRIB­UTED

Danielle Joseph re­ceiv­ing her fi­nal chemo treat­ment.

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