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Bob Bruce: Taste and See

He lost his taste buds after a bout with cancer. Bob and Gloria did the only thing they could do. They prayed. Read Transcript


THE "C" WORD IS A

DEVASTATING WORD.

YOUR WHOLE WORLD STARTS

CRASHING IN.

Reporter: JUST WEEKS

BEFORE HE RECEIVED THE

STARTLING DIAGNOSIS, BOB

FELT A GROWTH BY HIS JAW

LINE.

I JUST LOOKED UP, AND

THERE WERE TWO PEA-SIZED

LUMPS THERE.

AND I THOUGHT, THOSE WEREN'T

THERE BEFORE.

I DON'T REMEMBER THEM

BEFORE.

Reporter: INITIALLY HE

WASN'T WORRIED.

AFTER THREE BIOPSIES,

DOCTORS SAID THE TUMORS WERE

BENIGN, BUT HE SHOULD HAVE

THEM REMOVED.

WHAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN A

ROUTINE SURGERY FOUND OUT

THEY WERE CANCEROUS AFTER

ALL.

BOB'S WIFE WAS IN THE ROOM

WHEN HE GOT THE NEWS.

IT WAS A BIG SHOCK.

HE WAS LIKE, I'M ALMOST

CERTAIN IT IS CANCER.

IT WAS OVERWHELMING WHEN YOU

GET THE CANCER DIAGNOSIS AS

TO WHAT TO DO.

WE DIDN'T HAVE ANY CHOICES.

Reporter: DOCTORS

PERFORMED ANOTHER SURGERY

ALMOST IMMEDIATELY.

DOCTORS REMOVED THE

CANCEROUS LYMPH NODES.

TESTS SHOWED THAT BOB HAD AN

EXTREMELY FAST-GROWING

CANCER OF THE SALIVARY

GLANDS.

IT WAS SO TRAUMATIC AND

CAME SO FAST AND AGGRESSIVE,

IT HAD A PROFOUND IMPACT ON

BOTH GLORIA AND I.

Reporter: BOB AND

GLORIA DID THE ONLY THING

THEY KNEW TO DO.

WE ASKED FROM PRAYER ON

EVERY CONCEIVABLE.

PEOPLE WERE PRAYING FOR US.

Reporter: DOCTORS

FOUGHT THE CANCER WITH

MULTIPLE SURGERIES AND

AGGRESSIVE RADIATION

TREATMENTS.

I HAD 35 TREATMENTS.

I GOT THROUGH SEVEN OR EIGHT

OF THEM, AND I THOUGHT THIS

ISN'T GOING TO BE BAD AT

ALL.

BUT IT IS VERY

ACCUMULATIVE.

BY THE TIME IT WAS OVER, I

WAS A VERY SICK MAN.

Reporter: THE CANCER

TREATMENTS APPEARED TO BE

SUCCESSFUL, BUT THEY LEFT

BOB WITH CHRONIC PAIN AND

DISCOMFORT.

HIS TASTEBUDS WERE

DESTROYED.

THE OPENING OF HIS THROAT

WAS REDUCED TO THE SIZE OF A

BALL POINT PEN AND HE HAD

ULCERS IN HIS MOUTH AND

THROAT.

I COULD NOT EAT

ANYTHING.

AFTER ABOUT 400 DAYS, THEN I

WAS ABLE TO TAKE SOME, LIKE,

PUDDING OR YOGURT, BUT IT

FELT LIKE I HAD A KNIFE IN

MY THROAT.

AND ANYTHING THAT PASSED

THAT WAS JUST TOO

EXCRUCIATING.

SO I WENT ON A 434-DAY

FAST.

I WAS SUSTAINED BY A TUBE IN

MY STOMACH WITH AN

EIGHT-OUNCE CAN OF LIKE A

"BOOST."

BUT IT WAS A PRESCRIPTION

VERY POWERFUL.

Reporter: BECAUSE BOB'S

SALIVARY GLANDS WHERE

REMOVED, HE HAD TO SIP WATER

CONTINUCONTINUOUSLY TO KEEP

HIS MOUTH MOIST.

I HAD A COTTON MOUTH

CONSTANTLY.

MY TONGUE WOULD STICK TO THE

ROOF OF MY MOUTH.

WHEN I WOULD LIE DOWN, MY

NOSE WOULD GET CLOGGED UP

AND I WOULD HAVE TO BREATHE

THROUGH MY MOUTH.

THAT WAS NOT GOOD.

I SLEPT TWO -- ALMOST

THREE -- YEARS SITTING UP IN

A CHAIR.

IT WAS AN EXTRAORDINARY

TENSE TIME, VERY DIFFICULT

AS ALL OF THESE THINGS WERE

COMING ONE RIGHT AFTER

ANOTHER.

HE NEVER GAVE UP.

FAITH THAT THE LORD WOULD

SEE HIM THROUGH, REGARDLESS

OF WHATEVER THAT MEANT.

WE KNEW THAT WE KNEW THAT

WE WERE IN THE HANDS OF

GOD.

IT DID NOT LESSEN ANY OF THE

PAIN, ANY OF THE SUFFERING,

ANY OF WHAT WE HAD TO GO

THROUGH.

BUT NONETHELESS, WE HAD A

PEACE.

AND THAT PEACE WAS JOINED

UNDERSTANDING.

Reporter: AFTER TWO AND

A HALF YEARS OF PAIN AND

SUFFERING, BOB WAS IN FOR A

SURPRISE.

WE WERE WORSHIPPING, AND

WHILE IN WORSHIP, I FELT THE

PRESENCE OF GOD COME OVER

ME.

LIKE I SAID, I KNOW OF THE

PRESENCE OF GOD, BUT NEVER

LIKE THIS.

AND I KNEW THAT I WAS BEING

MIRACULOUSLY TOUCHED BECAUSE

FOR THE FIRST TIME I HAD

SALIVA COME INTO MY MOUTH.

WHERE THERE WERE NO SALIVA

GLANDS.

I HAD A CONSTRUCTIVE MIRACLE

GOING ON IN MY MOUTH.

I COULD FEEL THE SALIVA FOR

THE FIRST TIME.

IT WAS JUST THERE.

WHEN BOB TOLD ME THE

SALIVA WAS PRESENT AS WE

WERE SITTING THERE IN

CHURCH, I KNEW IT HAD THO BE

A MIRACLE.

WITH HAD NO IDEA HOW THIS

COULD EVEN BE POSSIBLE,

EXCEPT THAT GOD HAD DONE

SOME SORT OF CREATIVE

MIRACLE.

SO WE JUST PRAISED THE LORD

TOGETHER.

Reporter: THEN BOB'S

ULCERS DISAPPEARED, HIS

TASTEBUDS WERE RESTORED, AND

HE WAS ABLE TO SWALLOW.

AND I COULD START EATING

ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING WITH

NO RESTRICTION.

I WAS LIKE A KID IN A CANDY

STORE.

Reporter: BOB'S DOCTOR

WAS NOW ABLE TO STRETCH HIS

ESOPHAGUS CLOSE TO HIS

ORIGINAL SIZE, THOUGH HE

CAN'T TAKE CREDIT FOR THE

NEW SALIVARY GLANDS.

I DON'T KNOW ANY WAY THE

SALI VARY GLANDS CAN REGAIN

THEIR FUNCTION.

WE CANNOT MEDICALLY EXPLAIN

THAT.

Reporter: GOD HAS BEEN

CANCER-FREE FOR 10 YEARS AND

IS PRAISING GOD.

I JUST WANT TO

COMMUNICATE WITH THE LORD

AND THANK HIM AND LET HIM

KNOW THAT HE DID, AND NO ONE

ELSE EVER DID IT.

THROUGH HIM BE THE GLORY.

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