Ravi Zacharias Begins Chemotherapy for Rare Form of Bone Cancer

Apologist Ravi Zacharias shared a health update amid his ongoing battle with cancer, revealing that while “some nights have been painful” as he begins chemotherapy, his heart has “been at rest that this is all God’s plan.”

In a Wednesday blog update, the 74-year-old chairman of the board at Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, revealed that after discovering a malignant tumor on his sacrum during back surgery, doctors in Atlanta were “initially concerned that I couldn’t start cancer treatment until fully healing from the back surgery.”

However, since then, Zacharias was able to consult with doctors at the renowned MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. The bestselling authority called the opportunity a “miracle,” as the appointment took place “literally a day or two just before they had to close to treating any patients outside of Texas.”

“My doctor, a Sarcoma specialist, feels confident in starting a regimen of chemotherapy and we have begun that,” he shared. “Since this treatment is coinciding with the COVID-19 pandemic, I will remain here in Houston for the next few months until I finish the chemotherapy treatment. I am so grateful that both Margie and Naomi can be here with me. God has given me the best doctor, and I look forward to gradually seeing this disease mend.”

 

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I wanted to take a moment to thank you for all your support and encouragement the past few weeks. It truly cannot be gainsaid how grateful Margie and I are for your love and prayers. As we previously shared with you, during my recent back surgery, the surgeon spotted something that concerned him enough to take a biopsy and the biopsy revealed that I had cancer. Our doctors in Atlanta were initially concerned that I couldn’t start cancer treatment until fully healing from the back surgery. However, since then we have been able to consult with doctors at the renowned @mdandersoncancercenter in Houston, Texas. Truly God did a miracle in getting me here, literally a day or two just before they had to close to treating any patients outside of Texas. My doctor, a Sarcoma specialist, feels confident in starting a regimen of chemotherapy and we have begun that. Since this treatment is coinciding with the COVID-19 pandemic, I will remain here in Houston for the next few months until I finish the chemotherapy treatment. I am so grateful that both Margie and Naomi can be here with me. God has given me the best doctor, and I look forward to gradually seeing this disease mend. The Bible assures us that at all times God is with us. He is our comforter; He is our healer. He is our physician; He is our provider. He knows better than we do. While some nights have been painful, my heart has been at rest that this is all God’s plan. I want to get better; I want to be well. I want to be in his will and honoring to Him. I share a longer update on the blog today (you can click the link in my profile to read it).

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In times of trouble, the Bible “assures us that at all times God is with us,” the apologist said, adding: “He is our comforter; He is our healer. He is our physician; He is our provider. He knows better than we do.”

“While some nights have been painful, my heart has been at rest that this is all God’s plan. I want to get better; I want to be well. I want to be in his will and honoring to Him,” he said.

While it is “too soon to begin making plans to speak and travel—due to my treatment progress and the uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus,”  Zacharias said doctors are “eager to extend my active ministry.”

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leah MarieAnn Klett