Feb. 18: The Cancer Year

When singer/songwriter Audrey Assad married William Price III in February 2011, it was a happy moment for both of them.  Then, cancer intruded on their joy.

Price was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma within weeks of their wedding.  The doctors assured him this was the best type of cancer to have because it was treatable and curable.

That began what Price calls his “cancer year.”  Though chemotherapy was difficult, he chose to focus on the positive.

On his blog, the now cancer-free Price wrote, “The Cancer Year is not marked by disease; it is marked by the unity of Joy and Suffering—not joy and suffering experienced alternately, but together, united.  So far, marriage and cancer have served the same purpose, namely, to unite me with Christ on the Cross.  The consolation of accompanying Christ in spirit at a place where He was physically alone is so sweet, like nothing I’ve known…I would never wish chemotherapy on my worst enemy, but I would never take that experience back.  It was an opportunity to see love from my wife and friends and family that I could never have otherwise seen.”

He has given us a new birth into a living hope.

(1 Peter 1:3)

Heal my physical and spiritual ills, Savior.

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