In 1981 Dodie was not feeling well and was taken to the hospital. The last thing she ever imagined was the diagnosis of metastatic cancer of the liver. She had a tumor the size of an orange on her liver, plus two almond sized ones. She’d assumed she had picked up hepatitis or something similar from traveling overseas many times with her husband John. She had been in the hospital 20 days and on December 10, 1981 the test revealed the terrible news. In that time she’d dropped to 89 pounds and was terribly jaundiced.
Dodie knew that she had no hope EXCEPT for the Word of God! God says 3 John 1:2 Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. Not all healings are instantaneous. Sometimes we have to fight the fight. Don’t give up too soon. She could have given up right then or when she got out of the hospital. She wanted to live, she knew that her husband needed her.
The doctors said they could treat her with chemo, but they were not sure it was going to work. She was told that she only had a few weeks to live. She and her husband decided to go home, seek God, and rest her body. The doctors told her don’t go home for longer than 10 days. They told her “you need to come back by then,” but she never went back.
That day she made a decision to try and live normally, even though she was horribly unwell. She got up the next morning and cooked breakfast. When her daughter told her she should be in bed Dodie declared “if I’m going to be healed I need to act like I’m healed.” When people would ask her how she was doing she would say “By the stripes of Jesus I’m healed.” With every step throughout her day she would repeat a healing scripture. She had to cast down so many imaginations because fear and torment came against her.
After her daughter went to school Dodie and John laid on the floor in their bedroom and John, as the head of the household, commanded that spirit of cancer to leave Dodie. Like Jesus commanded the fig tree to die John commanded the cancer to wither in die in Dodie. When she got up from the floor she felt immediately improved. She felt on the inside that she had been healed. She didn’t feel any physical change but she accepted on December 11, 1981 that she would be well. Every time the devil told her that she would die she would declare on December 11th when her husband prayed she had received healing in the name of Jesus. The devil is a tormentor and you have to cast down imaginations and bring all thoughts under the captivity of Christ.
Dodie put pictures of herself from younger and more vibrant times at the foot of her bed and asked God to make her like she was in those days. Like Abraham she “called things that were not as if they were.” She would envision herself well, see herself with her children grown, and seeing them be married. She made “healing cards” with healing scriptures on them. She would read them and remind God of His Word. The healing scriptures were her medication. (She also takes them every day even now.)
Dodie also took the time to write letters to everyone she felt she needed to ask forgiveness of. When she was done she felt cleansed before the Lord. Forgiveness is a key to healing. Dodie also prayed for others even though she didn’t feel like it. Job was healed after he prayed for his friends. As she prayed for others she would feel better.
The Word says “A merry heart is like good medicine.” Dodie would do things that would make her laugh. Her kids would give her a hard time because she watched cartoons when they were at school. Like Hezekiah Dodie asked Jesus to give her extra years. If God would do it for Hezekiah He would do it for her. Hezekiah asked for another 15 years. Dodie asked for another 25 or 30 years (then after 25 years asked for another 15 or 20.) Whenever Dodie would pass a cemetery she would declare “with a LONG life He will satisfy me and shows me His salvation.” Remember praise God and thank God for what He has done in your life now and in the past. Always give testimony of what God has done in your healing.
Dodie was totally healed of cancer. It would have been easy to up. Don’t give up to soon! Whatever you’re believing God for it is closer than you think.