Jesus Did It!
By: Madelyne Victor
Not long after my two sons were born, I would every now and then have a thought that one day I would nurse one of my boys on his sick bed. I could not say which of my sons it would be; nevertheless the thought came over me on several occasions.
Jaundre was diagnosed in December 2006 with cancer. We had to leave immediately - the very day that the diagnosis was made - for Cape Town's Red Cross Children's Hospital so that he could begin treatment. The treatment was intensive, but he responded well despite all the terrible side-effects he suffered from the chemotherapy. The 6cm tumor that was on his chest bone was within 10 days virtually completely gone. The doctors were very positive. After almost a month in Red Cross Children's Hospital, Jaundre was discharged and his treatment would continue back home in Port Elizabeth. All was progressing well, and later in the June school holidays we returned to Cape Town for a follow up consultation. Once again, the specialists assured us that everything was going well and according to plan.
We were on our knees 24 hours a day ever since Jaundre's diagnosis, pleading for God's mercy, and upon hearing the positive news we were once again on our knees this time thanking Him for the grace He had given us.
At this time, I determined that the recurrent thought that had been plaguing me all these years must have been this: Jaundre's cancer. With this realization, I was now certain that the thought would go away. It didn't, however, and still the thought remained in my mind.
Toward September 2007, Jaundre would ask me: 'How long still am I going to be with you all?' I reasoned that it was the cancer diagnosis that was putting these ideas into his head.
One weekend toward the end of November 2007, we decided to go camping. Both my sons enjoy being at the seaside. Jaundre began complaining that his heart was beating very fast. We took him to the doctor first thing on that Monday morning and not in the evening as was the customary time we'd schedule a doctor visit. The doctor did blood tests which revealed that everything was normal. He was then referred to the X-ray department. Later that afternoon I phoned the doctor to get the results of the X-rays, only to find out to my horror that the cancer had returned and that the tumor on his chest bone was now 9cm.
We needed to get back to Cape Town immediately. Upon arrival, the doctors were now more negative than positive about Jaundre's prognosis. They initiated more aggressive treatment and his little body was completely run down. By the 24th of December, the doctors suggested that we return home with Jaundre because we were beginning to lose the battle. But how on earth do you tell a 12 year old who was displaying such courage that he is busy dying? I simply could not do that!
(Juandre is the boy in the middle; Kristen in front; my husband Shaun in back)
There was one remaining chemotherapy drug that could be administered. However, the doctors did not advise it because of its potency. He would die possibly due to the side effects of the drug and not due to the cancer itself.
I asked them to start with the treatment. After the first week of the treatment, he experienced no side effects, but he had to wait for three weeks before continuing with the treatment, as his own healthy cells affected first required time to recover.
In the meantime, he started to complain of a painful back, and of sore bones. On Friday the 25th of January 2008, the doctor declared that the cancer had further spread to the bone marrow and that we should rather return home with Jaundre. Medically speaking, there was no more they could do for him. We had to tell our son that he was going to die, and we had to deal with the news ourselves.
Ever since Jaundre's fateful diagnosis, he was given no choice in any matter -- no choice regarding the diagnosis that was made -- no choice in the treatment he received ' and ultimately no choice whether to live or to die. I told him that God would first show him what it is like in heaven and that he could then decide for himself if he wished to go there ' or to stay here with us.
We pleaded with God for that privilege because we could not let our child go with the uncertainty he had in his mind. Jaundre wanted to know that should he choose to remain here with us - if he would still be sick - or if he would be well? I believed that if it was the Father's will, He would give our son back to us healthy.
We bargained ' argued ' pleaded with our Lord ' but it was His will to take our son to Heaven.
The specialists gave us one month with our son. In the end, we had just one golden week with him. We would lie down next to one another and talk every night.
That Saturday morning just after 10 o'clock, he passed away. Seconds before his passing, it appeared as if he wanted to climb out of the bed. He turned his head and stared at one point on the wall ' then turned back to look at me and said: 'Mom, I love you' but it's awesome there!'
I believe that the Lord showed my child where He would be taking him, and that Jaundre could decide on something for himself for the first time: whether he would wish to go to that 'awesome' place ' or whether he would wish to return to us. Jaundre chose Heaven. For this, we honor and praise the Lord.
The day after the funeral service I went to bed. I did not read the Bible, nor did I pray. It was as if I too had died inside and I was unable to do a thing. I thought about how Jaundre and I always teased about my hair that fell out so terribly. He would always joke that I would be bald someday before him. He would run his hands through my hair and give me a kiss on the neck. I was awoken suddenly (not physically awoken but awoken in the dream) by a little hand in my hair, and a cool little kiss on my neck. I knew immediately that Jaundre was with me. I could sense too that he was in a hurry.
We spoke with one another and amongst other things, he told me that the 'uncle' had removed the line from his chest (inserted in the hospital to administer the chemo and blood products) and that it was not sore at all. I believe that the Lord removed that tube.
After a short while ' he explained to me that he had to go. He turned around and walked ' and as if from out of nowhere ' there was another person joining him. That person - whom I could only see from behind - took my son by the hand and walked away with him.
It was clear to me that Jaundre was happy, and that he was pleased to go back to the place from where he had come.
We cannot give the Lord enough praise for that reassurance which He has given us. The peace of mind this gift has provided is indescribable.
About two weeks after the 'dream', I again spoke with the Lord, and asked Him to show Jaundre to me just one more time. I had peace with where he was, but I so longed after him.
That evening in a 'dream' ' two hands folding into each other ' appeared before me. A small broken pot fell from the sky and the hands quickly caught it ' not letting it drop to the floor.
A voice said to me: 'Just as those hands caught the pot, so the Lord catches His children. When you are in His hands, nothing can ever remove you from Him. You may not see your son again just yet. There are too many souls on earth that have not been made right ' MAKE THEM RIGHT!'
This is the reason that this testimony has been written, and is being sent out to reach as many souls as possible. We have to make sure that our souls are ready and are right before the Lord. THERE IS A HEAVEN. BUT THERE IS ALSO A HELL!! Do not wait until tomorrow. It may be too late. Heaven and hell have no age restriction and are not limited to the elderly only.
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Dear Reader - are you at peace with God? If not, you can be. Do you know what awaits you when you die? You can have the assurance from God that heaven will be your home, if you would like to be certain. Either Jesus Christ died for your sins, or He didn't (He did!). Are you prepared to stand before God on the Judgment Day and tell Him that you didn't need the shed blood of Jesus Christ on the Cross to have your sins forgiven and get in right-standing with God? We plead with you ... please don't make such a tragic mistake.
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