The cases below are ones in which the best of modern medicine was not affording a needed cure.
These cases do not include any spiritual or other recognised alternative approach to treatment. But they are thought-provoking illustrations that the body does not necessarily need to act according to medical diagnosis or prognosis.
Such cases invite a spirit of curiosity as to why it should be possible that: (1) a Stage 4 cancer sufferer and (2) parents told they had lost their new-born baby should see such dire predictions reversed?
Surrender, followed by a miracle is an article on madison.comthat features full recovery from Stage 4 carcinoid cancer. (Note that this account includes some description of the symptoms of disease and its medically defined stages.)
Excerpt: ….in 2005, she sat in the Sauk City office of her primary physician, Dr. Tim Bartholow, and told him of a pivotal decision. She wanted to refuse further treatment. “I didn’t see the point in all these scans and diagnostic work when there’s no remedy,” Dennis said. “There’s anxiety that accompanies all this testing – not only for me, but for my family and friends. I told Tim, I’m feeling pretty good right now, and I just want to be that way for as long as I can.”Then she asked the doctor she had grown to deeply trust: “Do you think I’m crazy?” Bartholow was silent for a very long time. “No,” he finally said. “I think you’re wise”… (Read the whole account here.)
Mom’s hug revives baby that was pronounced dead is a video report by Today Parenting at MSNBCof a mother whose baby revived through what is described as kangaroo care. (Otherwise known as “love”…?! 🙂 )
Excerpt: “I wanted to meet him and to hold him and for him to know us. If he was on his way out of the world, we wanted for him to know who his parents were and to know that we loved him before he died.” But a strange thing happened on the way to farewell… (Here is the video and/or read a transcript.)
Love – family love, parental love – certainly seems to have had something to do with bringing about these unexpected recoveries – recoveries not even being consciously sought. In fact love would seem to have been a significant factor in both these cases.
And why not? Why shouldn’t spiritual love be increasingly recognised as a potent factor in healing?
Especially if the side effect of healing through divine Love, is to come to know that there is a God who loves each and every one and to feel and experience that love!