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One Voice Makes A Difference with Janet Swanson

Jun 13, 2022

Melinda talks about the thing that she had feared happened to her like in Job’s case in the Bible. For her it was Colon Cancer, Death of husband, Chemo, Partial colectomy with Colostomy bag, and second diagnoses of cancer.


Job 3:24-26

24 I sigh when food is put before me, and my groans pour out like water. 

25 For the thing I feared has overtaken me, and what I dreaded has befallen me.

 26 I am not at ease or quiet; I have no rest, for trouble has come.”…


Today you will hear Melinda’s Story.  This whole month I am bringing recognition to Ileostomy & Colostomy bags, IBD, Crohn’s, Ulcerated Colitis, Colon Cancer and Childhood Disease.  If you have been following me, you know what my son Rhett has gone through the past few months with his colectomy and Ileostomy bag. I have seen the silent killer of hopes, dreams, growth and so much more try to steal my son’s breath right before my eyes. There is nothing worse than seeing someone you love in so much pain, and there is nothing you can do about it but grieve the loss, cry and try to move forward. 


I want you to hear Melinda’s story and grasp a hold of how HOPE captured her during the darkest times of her life. When the thing she feared knocked on her door. 

It’s the Word of God that we cling to in hard times.  We have a hope and a promise and we have to cling to it!  We have to BELIEVE! 

David said this:

Psalm 27:13-14 New King James Version

13 I would have lost heart, unless I had believed
That I would see the goodness of the Lord In the land of the living.

14 Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!


There is an expiration to this trial.  This pain did not come to stay, but it will pass for the Word of God says: 


Psalm 30:5 

…….Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning…….


Melinda survived the death of her husband in the middle of Chemotherapy treatments. She had surgery to remove a portion of her colon just to wake up to another nightmare of having a bag. A surgery that was only supposed to take 3 hours, took 9 long hours. 

Melinda is so very inspiring! She survived the death of her husband, and  stage 4 colon cancer. She went from cancer to funeral, from funeral to a colostomy bag, from a bag to chemo, from chemo to broken bones, from broken bones to another devastating diagnoses to tumors in her lungs and now more chemo.  

HOW DOES A PERSON MAKE IT THROUGH THIS?  Listen to this full episode and find out!  You will hear the raw story of  how Melinda walked through the valley of the shadow of death. You will hear about her dark times, her good times, and how God used people to help her. I pray you will be touched by this incredible story!