Who needs medicine when you can have faith
Tue, 22 May 2012 11:59:56 GMT —
COLUMBIA (WACH) -- Last year Nareka Mentor celebrated her sweet sixteen.
Sheâ??s seen in this picture with her siblings whom she calls her closest friends, but the party almost didn't happen.
"I had a lump on my leg and it was sticking through my pants, it was bothering me," said Mentor.
She went to the doctor who gave her the news that changed her life. She was diagnosed with stage four Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma.
According to the American Cancer Society this form of cancer generally develops in the lymph nodes. The cancer cells affect your spleen, which helps fight off infections, bone marrow which produces red blood cells and your digestive tract. Without proper treatment it can be deadly.
â??I was thinking I wasn't going to get the chance to finish my life because I was going to die at an early age,â?? said Mentor.
She says it was a dark time in her life, but when her older brother began to pray for her, her condition improved. She calls it a miracle.
â??He put his hand on my leg the one that had the tumor, on my left leg and than he was praying,â?? said Mentor.
Healing through Faith is a belief prominent in Christianity.
â??In the Gospel according to Mark in the sixteenth chapter, the scripture tells us that these signs shall follow them that believe. In my name [Jesus Christ] the scripture says we will lay hands on the sick and they shall recover,â?? said Pastor Eric Davis, Senior Pastor Word of God Church & Ministries.
Pastor Davis says people have faith in this type of healing because they've read about it in the Bible.
â??Mark chapter nine there's an interesting account of an individual whose child was having seizures and they brought the child out to Jesus that he may lay hands on him and Christ responded and said if you can believe all things are possible to them that believe. Of course he went on and healed the child,â?? said Pastor Davis.
Dr. Scot Sommers with South Carolina Oncology says he deals with plenty of patients who believe in healing through faith, but cautions it doesn't always work; medical treatment is always recommended.
â??I had a patient who did not want treatment and I was able to follow them through the course of their illness and they unfortunately were not healed and did die because of their cancer. It was too far gone by the time treatment was desired,â?? said Dr. Scot Sommers, South Carolina Oncology.
Currently Mentor is undergoing chemotherapy at Palmetto Health Children's Hospital.
One of her oncologists tells WACH Fox even before the chemo treatment began there was no trace of the cancer in her body.
Her doctors wanted her to start chemo to make sure there would not be a relapse.
Mentor says chemo or no chemo she knows she's already been healed.
"I knew that before how I couldnâ??t walk but now Iâ??m walking. Before I could not go up the stairs, now I can skip stairs. God has blessed me to do a lot. He gave me my strength back,â?? says Mentor.
Doctor Sommers says he informs patients that their faith is a part of the healing process because many of them use that as a driving force to help them cope with treatment.
As for Mentor, her doctors tell us she'll be done with the suggested chemotherapy next August.