C.A.N.C.E.R. is an acronym
Last week we talked about the program honoring those individuals with cancer on Sunday, June 5. While others shared their stories during that program, Rev. Enoch Fuzz, pastor of Corinthian Missionary Baptist Church, was the guest speaker.
Rev. Fuzz was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer a little over two years ago. Since that time, he has struggled through many stages of this disease. Sometimes, there are sleepless nights that seem to last forever and sometimes there are long days that seemingly bring on a barrage of thoughts of life and death. He made a statement: “I’ll be glad when I’m healed. It’s been two years. I have two years left. If I don’t heal in two years, I’m gonna die. I’m gonna do one or the other in two years.” I didn’t know how to reply to such a statement other than: “You don’t know. You just don’t know what will happen in two years.”
In the meantime, he waits on his healing by living and sharing. As the guest speaker for the program on National Cancer Survivors Day, Rev. Fuzz used an acronym for the word ‘cancer.’ His word to the people expounded on the following thoughts: ‘C’ is for CARING, COURAGEOUS, and COMPASSIONATE. ‘A’ is the idea that people should ASPIRE to be caring, courageous and compassionate. ‘N’ is for a NEW day. ‘C’ is for the fact that his young little niece said: ‘People need a little ‘couragement.’ Thus, ‘C’ is for ‘COURAGEMENT.’ She said: ‘Give the people a little ‘couragement.’ ‘E’ is for EVERY time I turn around, He’s blessing me! I was sad one morning because it was taking too long to get my shoes on. I had tears in my eyes. A call came in and the caller reminded me that there’s people that don’t even have a foot to put a shoe on. You need to be a little more thankful. You’re blessed. ‘R’ is to RELAX and REMEMBER what I said.
As Rev. Fuzz talked about the acronym that he had put together as an expression of cancer, he said: “That’s a good acronym about the thought of cancer.” In listening to his explanation of each letter, they were all positive words to uplift the cancer survivors—words to uplift himself and words that would uplift the caretakers and people who may likely come into contact with family and friends suffering from cancer. It is an acronym that can offer words to say when to ‘speak life’ into someone that may be feeling down on any given day.
These words provided as an acronym for cancer are healing words good for prayer. As the words are remembered, keep praying. Rev. Fuzz prays for each of you and “the whole wide world,” because you are an important part of his journey. Check out his site on Facebook where he gives praise through word, songs and photos. You will be blessed. Thanks for reading and sharing ‘Cancer: My Journey in Time’ each week.