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700 Club Interactive - October 17, 2017

Victoria Jackson will share her journey through breast cancer with God and how to she stayed hopeful, faithful, and joyful through it all. Read Transcript


A HIDDEN BATTLE...

I WOULD WAKE UP EVERY

MORNING AND SAY, WHAT'S

THE USE.

THEY JUST THOUGHT I WAS

DISQUALIFIED FOR THAT

LEVEL OF GOD INTERVENING

IN MY CIRCUMSTANCES.

PLUS...VICTORIA JACKSON

DISCOVERS HER BATTLE WITH

BREAST CANCER, AND HOW GOD

HELP HER LIVE A LIFE OF

HOPE, JOY, AND FAITH.

ON TODAY'S "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE."

HELLO, AND WELCOME TO THE

SHOW, OCTOBER IS BREAST

CANCER MONTH.

Terry: THE NATIONAL

CANCER INSTITUTE SAYS 12%

OF WOMEN IN THE UNITED

STATES WILL DEVELOP IT IN

THEIR LIFETIME.

Andrew: AND ON

TODAY'S SHOW, WE SEE SOME

PEOPLE IN THE FRONT LINES

IN TH THEIR BATTLE.

Terry: ACTRESS JULIA

LOUIS-DREYFUS RECENTLY

SAID HE HAS BREAST CANCER.

AND SHE POSTED, "TODAY ONEONE IN

EIGHT WOMEN GET BREAST

CANCER IN THEIR LIVES, AND

TODAY I'M ONE OF THE

EIGHT."

ALEXANDER TOLD US HIS WIFE

WENT THROUGH IT.

THE COUPLE SENT THEIR LIFE

TO THE ACTRESS SAYING,

QUOTE, "THEY KNOW SHE WILL

PREVAIL."

Andrew: SHE FOUND THE

DAY AFTER THE EMMYS, IN

WHICH SHE WON HER SIXTH

EMMY.

CERTAINLY HER SHOW NOW IS

DOING WELL, AND

SEINFELD -- WERE YOU A

SEINFELD VIEWER?

Terry: I HAVE NOT

BEEN A HUGE VIEWER OF

REGULAR TELEVISION

PROGRAMS FOR SOME TIME.

Andrew: I LOVE

SEINFELD.

Terry: OBVIOUSLY MANY

DID.

Andrew: SHE IS BEING

SO COURAGEOUS AND FIGHTING

HARD.

Terry: AND WE'LL FIND

OUT WITH OUR GUEST TODAY,

VICTORIA, AS PEOPLE SHARE

WHAT THEY'RE GOING THROUGH

IT IS SUCH AN

ENCOURAGEMENT TO OTHERS

WHO ARE JUST FINDING OUT.

Andrew: IN ANOTHER

STORY, A BREAST CANCER

SURVIVOR AND THE DES

MOINES POLICE DEPARTMENT

SIGNED UP FOR A PROJECT.

THE OFFICERS SAID THEY'RE

PROUD TO SUPPORT FINDING A

CURE. AND THE SURVIVOR

SAYS SHE IS HAPPY

AWARENESS IS BEING SPREAD

IN SUCH A VISIBLE WAY.

A LOT OF AWARENESS WILL BE

GENERATED BECAUSE OF THAT.

IN OTHER NEWS, WOMEN MAY

HAVE A NEW WEAPON IN THE

FIGHT AGAINST BREAST

CANCER, AND IT'S COFFEE.

Terry: YAY!

Andrew: SWEDISH

RESEARCHERS STUDIED TWO

DECADES OF DATA FROM

40,000 WOMEN.

THOSE WHO DRANK FIVE OR

MORE CUPS OF COFFEE A DAY

HAD A 19% OR LOWER RISK.

THAT'S A LOT OF COFFEE.

Terry: IT IS, BUT IT

WORKS FOR ME.

Andrew: AND THERE IS

ANOTHER DRINK THAT

INCREASES THE RISK, AND

THAT IS ALCOHOL.

Terry: THE IMPACT

FROM EVEN JUST A TINY

AMOUNT, ALCOHOL CAN DAMAGE

D.N.A. WHICH OPENS THE

DOOR FOR CANCER CELLS TO

DEVELOP.

THE RESEARCH ALSO FOUND

BEING OVERWEIGHT IN

ADULTHOOD CAN INCREASE THE

RISK FOR DEVELOPING BREAST

CANCER, BUT EXERCISE CAN

GO A LONG WAY TO REDUCING

THE RISK.

AND ANY AMOUNT IS BETTER

THAN NONE.

THE MORE VIGOROUS THE

EXERCISE LED TO THE

INCREASED REDUCTION IN

RISK.

I FIND THIS CONFUSING

BECAUSE IT WASN'T LONG AGO

WE WERE TOLD THAT DRINKING

RED WINE WAS ACTUALLY

BENEFICIAL TO US.

IT IS KIND OF LIKE IS THIS

JUST ABOUT BREAST CANCER?

Andrew: AND

OBVIOUSLY, GREAT BENEFITS

AS FAR AS REDUCING BREAST

CANCER WITH THE COFFEE,

AND CAN YOU DRINK FIVE

CUPS, THOUGH?

Terry: YES, YES!

I CAN DRINK SIX CUPS.

Andrew: NOT MANY

SUBSTANCES ARE WIDELY

STUDIED AS TEA.

AND IF YOU'RE NOT DRINKING

TEA TO ON A REGULAR BASIS, IT

MIGHT BE A HABIT WORTH

STARTING.

Lorie: COMBINED

STUDIES OF THOUSANDS OF

TEA DRINKERS HAVE LED

SCIENTISTS TO CONCLUDE A

CONSISTENT DOSE OF TEA IS

GOOD FOR THE BODY.

MOST OF THE RESEARCH WAS

DONE IN ASIAN COMPANIES ON

PEOPLE DRINKING HOT, GREEN

TEA.

USUALLY PEOPLE ONLY SAW

HEALTH BENEFITS AFTER

DRINKING AT LEAST THREE

CUPS A DAY.

THAT'S THE DOSE MANHATTAN

CARDIOLOGIST PATRICK

FRADALONE RECOMMENDS TO

THIS PATIENTS, WITH THE

REDUCED RISK OF DIABETES,

LIVER DISEASE AND MORE.

IT HAS A POLYTHENOL

THAT HELPS PROTECT AGAINST

CANCER.

I LIKE ORGANIC TEAS

BECAUSE -- YOU WANT TO

MAKE SURE IT IS GROWN IN

AN AREA THAT IS FREE OF

METAL, LIKE LED, CADMIUM

AND MERCURY.

IF IT IS IN A BAG, YOU

DON'T WANT A BAG THAT HAS

A STAPLE ON IT BECAUSE

THAT CAN SOMETIMES GET

INTO THE TEA.

I LIKE IT LOOSE.

Lorie: RESEARCH SHOWS

GREEN TEA ALSO HELPS THE

BRAIN BY IMPROVING MEMORY,

REDUCING THE RISK OF

ALZHEIMER'S, PARKINSON'S,

AND DEPRESSION, AND

SIGNIFICANTLY LOWERING

YOUR CHANCE OF HAVING A

STROKE.

LEAVE IT LONGER IN THE HOT

WATER, AND IT GETS EVEN

BETTER FOR YOU.

TEA IS MEANT TO BE

DRUNK PLAIN.

AND YOU GET THE MORE

MEDICINAL BENEFITS BECAUSE

WHEN YOU ADD MILK OR

SUGAR, YOU CAN DEACTIVATE

SOME OF THE COMPONENTS.

IF THERE IS ANYTHING TO

ADD, I WOULD ADD HONEY.

WHEN PEOPLE HAVE GREE GREEN

ICED TEA, YOU LOSE SOME OF

THE BENEFITS.

Lorie: AND THERE ARE

LOTS OF TEAS BENEFICIAL TO

TREATING SPECIFIC MEDICAL

CONDITIONS.

THE DOCTOR IS AN

HERBALIST, TOO.

HIS PATIENTS OFTEN DRINK

THOSE TEAS INSTEAD OF

TAKING ALLERGY MEDICINES,

ANTACIDS, COUGH SUPPRESS

SUPPRESSENTS AND MORE.

YARROW HAS A GREAT

ANTIBIOTIC PROFILE AGAINST

MANY BACTERIAL VIRUSES.

I USE BARBERRY.

WE HAVE A TEA FOR

ARTHRITIS.

I USE WHITE WILLOW BARK.

IT HAS THE ACTIVE

INGREDIENT OF ASPIRIN.

I MIX IT WITH A LITTLE

TURMERIC AND GINGER, AND

PROBABLY SOME DEVIL'S

CLAW.

I WAS REALLY DIZZY ALL

OF THE TIME.

I FELT WEAK AND TIRED.

I COULDN'T GET OUT OF BED.

WHEN IT WAS EVENING TIME,

I COULDN'T FALL ASLEEP.

Lorie: THE DOCTOR

DISCOVERED A PROBLEM IN

HER INTESTINAL TRACT.

NOT ONLY THE IRON, BUT

MY VITAMIN "D" AND VITAMIN

"E," I WASN'T ABSORBING,

OR ANYTHING I WAS EATING.

I EXPECTED TO BE PUT ON

MEDICATION OR ADDITIONAL

SUPPLEMENTS, BUT THE

DOCTOR SAID IT IS AS

SIMPLE AS A TEA MIXTURE.

WHEN HE FIRST SAID IT, I

WAS MAYBE A LITTLE

HESITANT.

I WAS, LIKE, HOW IS THIS

TEA GOING TO HELP ME.

Lorie: WITHIN A

MONTH, SHE FELT BETTER.

MY IRON, FOR THE FIRST

TIME IN PROBABLY 10 YEARS,

IS NORMAL.

AND SO IS MY VITAMIN "D."

I KNOW WHATEVER HE GAVE

ME, IT WORKED.

AND IT IS AS SIMPLE AND

EASY AS A TEA.

I BELIEVE AS AN M.D.

AND HERBALIST, THAT THE

GUT IS THE GATEWAY OF ALL

DISEASE.

YOU MAY TAKE GLUTEN,

DAIRY, AND LET'S SAY CORN,

OUT OF YOUR DIET, BUT

UNLESS YOU HEAL YOUR GUT,

YOU'RE STILL GOING TO HAVE

THAT SYMPTOMS.

THE GUT HEALING IS

SLIPPERIER ELM,

MARSHMELLOW.

AND THERE ARE TEAS FOR

KEEPING THE FEMALE SIDE

ACTIVE.

I GIVE ONE FOR SOME OF THE

PEOPLE WHO ARE GOING INTO

MENOPAUSE, I GIVE THEM A

TEA INSTEAD OF TAKING A

LOT OF THINGS THAT ARE

HARMFUL.

Lorie: IT IS

IMPORTANT TO KNOW THESE

TEAS CAN INTERACT WITH

CONVENTIONAL MEDICINE, SO

CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR OR

REGISTERED HERBALIST

BEFORE DRINKING THEM.

THE GROWTH OF THESE

TREATMENTS HAS LED TO A

NEW HEALTH CARE PROVIDER

KNOWN AS A NATUROPATHIC

PHYSICIAN.

THEY FOCUS ON BOTANICAL

MEDICINE, FOOD AS

MEDICINE, AND OTHER

NATURAL REMEDIES.

I THINK THERE NEEDS TO

BE MORE MARKETING TO

REALIZE THIS MEDICINE IS

AVAILABLE, AND THAT YOU

DON'T HAVE TO JUMP ON A

STATIN OR BLOOD PRESSURE

MEDICATION WHEN YOU MIGHT

BE ABLE TO CONTROL IT WITH

JUST SOME DIETARY CHANGES

AND MAYBE THE USE OF AN

HERB, WHICH IS NOT THAT

MUCH DIFFERENT THAN A

DRUG.

WHICH IS WHY IT IS

IMPORTANT WHETHER IT IS

TEA OR HERBAL PILLS, THAT

YOU DO SEE A NATUROPATH

BECAUSE YOU NEED TO HAVE

COORDINATION OF CARE WITH

OTHER MEDICATIONS AS WELL.

Lorie: WHILE

NATUROPATHIC DOCTORS

PRACTICED IN EACH STATE,

THEY'RE ONLY LICENSED IN

19, WITH MORE ON THE WAY.

FOR BETTER HEALTH,

INCREASE YOUR DAILY DOSE

OF GREEN TEA.

RESEARCH OVERWHELMING

CONCLUDES IT IS WORTH THE

EFFORT.

LORIE JOHNSON, CBN NEWS.

Andrew: I LEARNED A

LOT THERE.

I DIDN'T KNOW THERE WERE

SO MANY TYPES OF TEA.

Terry: I KNEW THERE

WERE A LOT OF TYPES, BUT

KNOWING HOW TO MIX THEM

CORRECTLY AND WHAT'S USED

FOR WHAT -- I MEAN, YOU

SEE THERE IS A FOUR-YEAR

DEGREE, NOT NECESSARILY IN

TEA, BUT IN UNDERSTANDING

THE USE OF ALL OF THESE

HERBS AND THE CAUTION OF

HOW YOU MIX THEM WITH

OTHER MEDICATION.

Andrew: AND WITH ALL

OF THE VARIETY, THERE IS

SOME SORT OF FLAVOR YOU

WOULD LIKE.

SSO WE HAVE LEARNED MORE

COFFEE, MORE TEA, AND LESS

ALCOHOL.

Terry: AND WHO

WOULDN'T RATHER HAVE SOME

WARM TEA THAN SOME

CROSS-THE COUNTER

MEDICATION.

> STILL AHEAD, SHE WAS

FEATURED ON "SATURDAY

NIGHT LIVE" FOR SIX

SEASONS, AND SHE IS MORE

THAN JUST AN ACTRESS.

SHE IS ALSO A SURVIVOR.

VICTORIA JACKSON TELLS US

ABOUT HER CANCER SCARE,

WHEN WE COME BACK.

Terry: VICTORIA

JACKSON HAD A MEMORABLE

ONELINER.

SHE JOKED, "I WAS JUST

WONDERING WHATEVER

HAPPENED TO ME."

THAT HIT CLOSE TO HOME.

BUT NOW THE OUTSPOKEN

COMEDIENNE SAYS SHE NO

LONGER WANTS TO BE SILENT.

Andrew: VICTORIA

JACKSON DELIGHTED AUDIENCE

DURING HER SIX-YEAR RAIN

ON SANT "SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE".

SHE STARTED A STANDUP

COMEDY ACT IN NASHVILLE IN

2015.

BUT A NAGGING COUGH FORCED

HER TO SEE A DOCTOR.

TEST RESULTS SHOWED SHE

HAD STAGE THREE BREAST

CANCER.

IN HER BOOK, SHE USES HER

TRADEMARK HUMAN TO SHARE

STORIES OF HER BOUT WITH

THE CANCER MONSTER, AND

SHE RELAYS A MESSAGE OF

HOPE FOR OTHERS DURING THE

DARKEST SEASON OF HER

LIFE.

Terry: SHE IS BACK,

AND IT IS SO MUCH FUN TO

HAVE HER WITH US.

VICTORIA JACKSON, WELCOME.

THANK YOU.

Terry: I THINK MOST

PEOPLE, WHEN THEY HAVE

SOMETHING THAT THEY GO IN

TO HAVE CHECKED OUT

MEDICALLY KIND OF LIVE IN

DREAD UNTIL THEY GET THE

DIAGNOSIS FROM THE DOCTOR.

WHAT WAS IT LIKE FOR YOU

WHEN THEY SAID CANCER?

WELL, THEY KIND OF TOLD

ME IN A VERY ROUNDABOUT

WAY.

THE LADY CALLED AND SHE

KIND OF TALKED LIKE THAT,

AND SHE MADE IT SOUND KIND

OF LIKE PUMPKIN PIE.

AND I WAS, LIKE, IS THAT

THE BAD ONE?

AND I DON'T KNOW.

AND THEN SHE SAID, WELL,

WE WON'T FIND OUT IF IT

SPREAD TO THE LYMPH NODES

UNTIL WE CUT YOU OPEN.

AND WHEN I HUNG UP, I

THOUGHT, IS THIS GOOD --

SHE WAS SO SWEET.

Terry: CUT YOU OPEN

WAS THE KEY.

CUT ME OPEN -- I THINK

THAT'S BAD.

BUT MY FIRST REACTION IS,

YOU KNOW, SHOCK.

IT IS ALWAYS SOMEONE ELSE,

NOT ME.

AND THEN I WAS, LIKE, WHAT

DID I DO WRONG?

I DID SOMETHING WRONG.

AND THEN I THOUGHT, WELL,

I AM DUE FOR A TRAGEDY.

I HAVEN'T REALLY HAD ONE

IN MY LIFE.

AND EVERYONE HAS SOME

TRAGEDY.

Terry: AT SOME POINT

IN TIME, IT'S THE TRUTH,

ISN'T IT.

YOU WRITE SO POIGNANTLY IN

YOUR BOOK, "LAVENDER

HAIR," WHICH IS A GREAT

BOOK -- YOU WRITE ABOUT

THE THINGS THAT WERE GOING

ON IN YOUR HEAD, THAT

EVERYONE FEELS, BUT MAYBE

THEY DIDN'T HAVE AN

OPPORTUNITY TO TALK ABOUT.

YOU DECIDED TO HAVE A

DOUBLE MASTECTOMY AND

CHEMOTHERAPY, BUT JUST

MAKING THOSE DECISIONS IS

DIFFICULT.

AND RADIATION.

Terry: AND RADIATION.

YEAH.

THEY CUT IT OUT, BURNED

IT OUT, AND POISONED IT

OUT.

BUT IT IS HARD BECAUSE YOU

HAVE CHOICES.

AND ALL OF A SUDDEN ALL OF

THIS INFORMATION IS COMING

AT YOU.

AND THEN THEY'RE, LIKE,

RECONSTRUCTION, DO YOU

WANT THIS OR THIS.

AAHHH!

SO I WENT INTO MY CLOSET

AND PRAYED ABOUT IT.

MY WARM ROOM CLOSET, FROM

THWAR ROOM CLOSEST, FROM"WAR ROOM."

Terry: I WANT ONE OF

THOSE.

I JUST WRITE IT ON THE

WALL, MY PRAYER REQUEST.

I SAT IN THE DARK AND

SAID, GOD, YOU'VE GOT TO

SHOW ME WHAT TO O DO.

DO.

AND THE NEXT DAY HE KIND

OF GAVE ME A SIGN.

Terry: HE DID?

YOU ASKED HIM WHAT YOU

SHOULD DO, AND HE TOLD

YOU --

AND I RAN INTO MY

FRIEND MANDY, WHO SHAVED

HER HEAD FOR JOEY FEKE WHO

WAS DYING OF CANCER.

AND I SAID, MANDY, I HAVE

CANCER.

AND SHE SAID, GET CHEMO.

AND I SAID, WHY ARE YOU

SAYING THAT?

I JUST ASKED GOD, AND THAT

MIGHT BE THE SIGN I WAS

LOOKING FOR.

Terry: ONE OF THE

THINGS THAT WOMEN STRUGGLE

WITH ABOUT BREAST CANCER

IS THE LOSS OF HAIR.

YOU KIND OF FEEL LIKE YOU

LOST YOUR IDENTITY AS A

WOMAN.

AND I DIDN'T THINK I

WAS VAIN.

BUT I MUST BE VAIN -- AND

I NEVER LIKED MY HAIR, BUT

ALL OF A SUDDEN THE WORST

PART OF CANCER WAS BEING

BALD.

Terry: YOU DON'T LOOK

LIKE YOURSELF -- I MEAN,

YOU LOOK SICK EVEN IF YOU

DON'T FEEL SICK.

MY HUSBAND SAID I

LOOKED LIKE AN ANDROGENOUS

DRILL SERGEANT.

IT DID NOT LOOK FEMININE.

SO I KEPT TRYING TO FIND

SOMETHING THAT MADE ME

FEEL LIKE MYSELF.

OH, HIDE THE PICTURES!

I DIDN'T TAKE MANY BALD

ONES, BUT I HAD TO

REMEMBER IT BECAUSE I

THINK WE SHOULD REMEMBER

THE BAD TIMES AND THEN WE

CAN CELEBRATE THAT GOD

CARRIED US THROUGH THEM.

Terry: CARRIED US

THROUGH THEM, YEAH.

ONE OF THE THINGS I THINK

IS TOUGH ABOUT IT IS YOU

DON'T NEVER KNOW WHAT

GOD'S RESPONSE IS.

YOU TALK ABOUT IT IS A

WIN/WIN FOR CHRISTIANS,

FOR BELIEVERS.

AND I KNOW THAT'S TRUE,

AND EVERYBODY THAT IS

LISTENING TO US RIGHT NOW

KNOWS THAT'S TRUE.

BUT THOUGH WE TALK ABOUT

THE WONDERS OF HEAVEN,

NOBODY WANTS TO GO THERE.

RIGHT.

SOME DAY, A LONG TIME FROM

NOW.

Terry: YES.

WE'RE ALL PRAYING FOR

HEALING AND TO STAY HERE

LONGER.

BUT YOU REALLY DID

BUSINESS WITH THAT IN YOUR

HEART.

YES, BECAUSE I WAS

WATCHING JOEY, AND HER

HUSBAND WAS BLOGGING ABOUT

HER DYING.

AND I WAS, LIKE, WHY AM I

AFRAID TO DIE.

MY WHOLE LIFE I'VE READ

ABOUT I'M GOING TO SEE

JESUS FACE TO FACE.

AND THE BIBLE SAYS FOR ME

TO LIVE AS CHRIST, TO DIE

IS GAIN.

SO I WANT TO LIVE IT.

I WANT TO ACTUALLY LIVE

WHAT HE WANTS ME TO.

SO I REALLY DID HAVE PEACE

AND JOY THROUGH THE WHOLE

THING.

Terry: THAT'S SO

EVIDENT IN YOUR BOOK

"LAVENDER HAIR."

YOU TALKED SO CANDIDLY

ABOUT THE THINGS YOU

STRUGGLED WITH.

AND WOVEN THROUGHOUT IT

AND WOVEN THROUGHOUT YOUR

HUMOR IS SCRIPTURE.

THIS IS IN YOUR BONES.

I MEAN, YOU GREW UP WITH

THIS, BUT YOU SHARE IT SO

EASILY AT JUST THE RIGHT

MOMENT.

HOW DID YOUR FAITH IMPACT

THIS EXPERIENCE FOR YOU?

WELL, MY FAITH WAS

TESTED BECAUSE YOU NEVER

KNOW HOW YOU'RE GOING TO

RESPOND.

I ALWAYS THOUGHT IF I GOT

A DEATH SENTENCE, I WOULD

GO TO PARIS AND DRINK WINE

AND EAT CHEESE ALL DAY AND

CHAIN SMOKE.

BUT I DIDN'T FEEL LIKE

THAT.

YOU HAVE LIFE AND DEATH,

CHOOSE LIFE.

AND EVERYTHING IN ME

WANTED TO BE HEALTHY AND

TO -- AND ALSO I, UM -- MY

FAITH WAS TESTED AND IT

CAME OUT REAL.

LIKE, WHEN I WAS LAYING IN

BED BALD AND WEAK, GOD WAS

ALL I HAD, AND HE WAS

ENOUGH.

HIS PRESENCE WAS WITH ME

IN THE ROOM.

AND I WAS PEACEFUL AND

JOYFUL.

AND I THOUGHT, WOW, HE IS

ENOUGH.

HE IS REAL.

HE IS REALLY RIGHT WITH

ME.

AND I DREW PICTURES ABOUT

IT.

AND I QUOTED SCRIPTURE OUT

LOUD.

SOMETIMES I WOULD SING

PSALM 23 OUT LOUD.

I PLAYED WORSHIP MUSIC,

AND I WAS HAPPY TO LEARN

THAT, YOU KNOW, I'M NOT

JUST TALKING ABOUT IT.

IT IS REAL.

Terry: IT IS REAL.

HE IS REAL.

ABSOLUTELY.

WHAT ARE YOU DOING NOW?

YOU'RE CANCER-FREE?

I'M CANCER-FREE.

I'M A LITTLE BOLDER TO

TELL THE GOSPEL BECAUSE OF

MY BRUSH WITH DEATH AND

KNOWING THAT CANCER CAN

COME BACK.

I WAS ALWAYS A LITTLE

BOLD, BUT I'M BOLDER NOW.

I ALWAYS HAVE LOTS OF

PROJECTS I'M WORKING ON.

I HAVE AN IDEA FOR A

REALITY SHOW ABOUT ME

TRYING TO BE A SINGER IN

NASHVILLE.

MY ONLY OBSTACLES ARE MY

AGE, CANCER, AND MY VOICE.

Terry: JUST TO NAME A

FEW.

BUT IF ANYONE EVER

LET'S ME SING -- I ALWAYS

HAVE LITTLE PROJECTS.

I DID A LITTLE SITCOM FOR

PUREFLIX, AND WE'LL SEE

WHAT HAPPENS WITH THAT.

Terry: YOU'RE BACK TO

WORK AGAIN?

OH, YEAH.

I NEVER STOPPED.

I WAS WRITING SONGS DURING

CANCER.

AND GOD IS AWESOME.

Terry: HE REALLY IS.

HE IS EVERYTHING HE SAYS

HE IS AND MORE WHEN YOU'RE

IN THE MIDDLE OF IT ALL.

YOU GET CLOSER TO HIM

WHEN YOU GO THROUGH

SOMETHING HARD.

Terry: AND NOBODY

ELSE -- EVEN FRIENDS WHO

COME ALONGSIDE OF YOU, IT

IS REALLY A JOURNEY THAT

YOU WALK BY YOURSELF WITH

THE LORD, IN A SENSE.

THAT'S RIGHT.

Terry: I JUST WANT TO

TELL FOLKS THAT THE NAME

OF HER BOOK IS "LAVENDER

HAIR," AND IT IS 21

DEVOTIONS, BUT IT IS MORE

THAN JUST DEVOTIONS.

IT IS LIFE.

IT'S GOD.

IT'S SCRIPTURE.

GET AHOLD OF IT, WHETHER

YOU HAVE BREAST CANCER OR

NOT.

IT IS FUN TO READ, BUT IT

WILL ALSO SPEAK TO YOUR

HEART.

GREAT TO HAVE YOU WITH US.

THANK YOU.

Andrew: UP NEXT,

AFTER NINE LONG YEARS OF

SUFFERING, A WOMAN WITH

THYROID DISEASE SENSES A

CHANGE.

THERE IS JUST SOMETHING

THAT JUMPED OFF IN MY

SPIRIT.

AND I HAD A LEVEL OF HOPE

THAT I HADN'T HAD BEFORE.

YOU KNOW THE EXPRESSION,

"LEAP OF FAITH"?

I THINK I HAD A LEAP OF

FAITH.

Andrew: WE'RE GOING

TO SEE HOW HER LEAP OF

Andrew: SHEILA HAD

ALWAYS BEEN THE ONE WHO

GETS THE PARTY STARTED

NOINAMONG HER FAMILY AND

FRIENDS.

THAT IS UNTIL SHE FELT ALL

OF HER ENERGY ZAPPED AWAY.

IN THE MONTHS AND YEARS,

SHE DIDN'T EVEN RECOGNIZE

HERSELF.

AND SHE EVENTUALLY LOST

ALL HOPE THEY WOULD EVER

FEEL NORMAL AGAIN.

SHEILA WAS A SUCCESSFUL

ART TEACHER AND DEVOTED

MOTHER OF FIVE.

BUT IN 2007, SHE AND HER

LOVED ONES NOTICED SHE WAS

NOT HERSELF.

I WAS COMING HOME AND

JUST CRASHING ON THE

COUCH.

WAKING UP THE NEXT MORNING

AND DOING THE SAME THING.

I'M THE ONE THAT GETS THE

PARTY STARTED.

SO BEING OUT OF

COMMISSION, MY FAMILY WAS

REALLY WORRIED ABOUT ME.

Andrew: AFTER SEVERAL

MONTHS, SHEILA FINALLY

GAVE IN TO FAMILY PRESSURE

TO SEE A DOCTOR.

SHE WAS DIAGNOSED WITH

HYPOTHYROIDISM AND

PRESCRIBED MEDICATION, BUT

IT NEVER SEEMED TO DO MUCH

GOOD.

I WOULD WAKE UP EVERY

MORNING AND SAY, WHAT'S

THE USE?

I WOULD HAVE SWEATS AND IN

SOM NINSOMNIA AND HEART PAL

PATIONS.

PALPITATIONS.

AND I WOULD BE GAINING

WEIGHT, OUT OF PROPORTION

TO WHAT MY DIET WAS.

Andrew: AND WHAT

BOTHERED HER MOST OF ALL

WAS NOT BEING ABLE TO BE

THERE FOR HER FAMILY.

I WAS TIRED ALL OF THE

TIME.

AND THEY WOULD CALL ME UP

AND SAY, I'M SO WORRIED

ABOUT YOU.

Andrew: ALTHOUGH

SHEILA AND THE FAMILY

PRAYED FOR HEALING, SHE

HAD GIVEN UP HOPE SHE

WOULD EVER GET BACK TO

NORMAL.

I DON'T KNOW WHY, BUT I

JUST FELT I WAS

DISQUALIFIED FOR THAT

LEVEL OF GOD INTERVENING

IN MY CIRCUMSTANCES.

Andrew: THEN IN APRIL

OF 2015, SHE FOUND OUT

DIFFERENTLY.

SHE TURNED ON THE "THE 700

CLUB," AND PAT AND WENDY

BEGAN TO PRAY.

Wendy: SOMEBODY WITH

A THYROID CONDITION, GOD

IS HEALING YOU RIGHT NOW.

WHEN WENDY SAID THAT, I

WAS WRITING FURIOUSLY,

MAKING SURE I HAD THE DATE

ON MY LITTLE POST-IT NOTE.

IT WAS JUST SOMETHING THAT

JUMPED OFF IN MY SPIRIT.

AND I HAD A LEVEL OF HOPE

I HADN'T HAD BEFORE.

YOU KNOW THE EXPRESSION

"LEAP OF FAITH"?

I THINK I TOOK A LEAP OF

FAITH.

Andrew: SLOWLY SHEILA

WEANED HERSELF OFF OF

MEDICATION.

I FELT INTERNALLY

DIFFERENT RIGHT AWAY, BUT

GRADUALLY I FELT LIKE MY

OLD SELF WAS BEING

RESTORED.

I WAS VERY ENERGETIC.

I WOULD JUST POUNCE OUT OF

BED IN THE MORNING.

I STARTED GETTING

INTERESTED IN THINGS

AGAIN.

I WAS REACHING OUT TO

FRIENDS.

I JUST WAS SMILING MORE.

I WAS JUST A NICER PERSON.

I WAS A HAPPIER PERSON.

Andrew: A FEW MONTHS

LATER, AT A FOLLOW-UP

VISIT AT THE DOCTOR'S, SHE

LEARNED HER THYROID WAS

BACK TO NORMAL.

THE BLOOD RESULTS WERE

A TREMENDOUS VALIDATION.

THE DOCTOR SAID, YOU JUST

DON'T REALLY MEDICATION.

AND I WENT OUT OF THAT

DOCTOR'S OFFICE, AND IN

THE PARKING LOT, I PINCHED

MYSELF.

I WAS SO HAPPY.

Andrew: SHEILA HAS

BEEN OFF MEDICATION EVER

SINCE AND IS BACK TO

CREATING ART AND ENJOYING

HEHER FAMILY.

THIS EXPERIENCE HAS SHOWED

HER AN IMPORTANT LESSON.

I REALLY BELIEVE THAT

GOD LOVES ME.

I THINK THE ABBA FATHER

HAS TAUGHT ME MORE WHO HE

REALLY IS.

HE REALLY IS A LOVING

FATHER.

Andrew: AS TERRY AND

I WERE WATCHING THAT

STORY, WE BOTH TOOK NOTE

WHEN SHEILA SAID, I'M NOT

QUALIFIED FOR HEALING.

YOU KNOW, GOD DOESN'T LOVE

YOU ANY LESS THAN ANY

OTHER OF HIS CREATION.

SHE SAID, WHAT'S THE

POINT, WHAT'S THE USE?

IF YOU'RE AT THAT POINT IN

YOUR LIFE, WHERE YOU NEED

HEALING AND YOU SAY,

WHAT'S THE POINT, I'M OUT

OF ENERGY, LET TERRY AND I

CARRY IT FOR YOU.

FATHER GOD, TERRY AND I

JOIN WITH SO MANY HERE

TODAY WHO NEED A TOUCH

FROM YOU, LORD.

THANK YOU FOR THAT AMAZING

STORY ABOUT SHEILA THAT

REMINDS US THAT YOU LOVE

US.

YOU CARE ABOUT THE DETAILS

OF OUR LIVES.

YOU DO NOT GIVE UP ON US,

FATHER.

AND FOR THOSE WHO NEED A

TOUCH FROM YOU, LORD, YOU

KNOW THEIR NEED TODAY.

FATHER, HEAR THEIR CRY AND

HEAL IN JESUS' NAME.

Terry: THERE IS

SOMEONE, YOU'VE BEEN

DIAGNOSED WITH A FORM OF

ALOPECIA, LIKE YOUR

EYELASHES ARE COMING OUT

AND YOUR HAIR IS THINNING.

IT HAS BEEN SO CONCERNING

TO YOU.

AND GOD WANTS YOU TO KNOW

HE SEES YOU.

HE KNOWS YOU.

HE HEARS YOU.

YOU'RE BEING HEALED RIGHT

NOW IN JESUS' NAME.

JUST RECEIVE THAT.

Andrew: FOR SO MANY

WHO DEAL WITH ANXIETY AND

DEPRESSION, AND FEEL LIKE,

I'M NOT A CHRISTIAN

BECAUSE I'M DEALING WITH

THIS.

I HAVE ANXIETY.

I'M DEPRESSED.

I'M MELANCHOLY.

I MUST NOT BE A BELIEVER.

HEAR TODAY THAT JESUS

LOVES YOU.

AND HE DESIRES TO WALK

WITH YOU THROUGH THIS.

AND AT THIS MOMENT NOW

GIVE IT OVER TO HIM AND

SAY, LORD GOD, MY HEAVENLY

FATHER, I ASK YOU TO WALK

WITH ME AND GIVE ME FRESH

HOPE IN THE NAME OF JESUS.

AMEN.

Terry: AMEN.

WELL, HERE IS A WORD THAT

IS A BLESSING FOR ALL OF

US: "WHEN THE CARES OF MY

HEART ARE MANY, YOUR CONS

CONSULATIONS HEAR MY

SOUL."

LET THAT BE A BLESSING FOR

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