Sometimes, prayers are merely felt by the one lifted up; other times, they actually transform the situation. For me, your prayers this last year have accomplished both.
For months, many of you have joined with Leif and me to #prayforzero. You’ve asked the God who heals that at the end of my treatment, my body would have zero cancer cells left.
After many months of chemotherapy and several surgeries, we finally received the initial test results.
We got zero.
God heard your prayers, your petitions, your requests. Thank you for standing with us and reflecting Jesus’ love to us. A thousand lifetimes wouldn’t be enough to express our gratitude.
We are left wonderstruck.
The surgeon explained that only about 15% of the patients with the type of cancer I have that she sees get a 100% response to chemotherapy. Knowing the extreme challenges I've faced during treatment, she described the results as "amazing."
I prefer the word miraculous. This news allows me to continue to write and travel and speak and to connect with all of you who prayed so diligently for me and with me these many months.
I’m entering the next stage of treatment and then finishing up with recovery and cannot wait to see all of you soon. Thank you for all the support you’ve shown us during this challenging time.
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Along with fighting with joy, Leif and I have chosen to root ourselves in the future throughout this battle. I’ve been so looking forward to the places my speaking schedule will take us this year. The idea of seeing old friends and making new ones has kept me going. Visiting faith communities where God is doing amazing things always gives me new life and new hope.
I’ve been overwhelmed with how God has moved through this season and am excited to begin sharing some of the insights into Scripture and God’s goodness I’ve found along the way.
Of course, the prayer for zero has not ended. I would ask that you continue to #prayforzero—that the cancer would never return and that others (like my father) who are fighting right now would experience supernatural healing. Our great, big God is listening and answering those prayers.
Know that I am more hopeful, joyful, and prayerful than ever before. And I look forward to seeing you soon.
Fighting with joy & grateful for zero,
Margaret, Leif, and Hershey