My name is Robin Tharp. I want to tell you my story. It started out as a battle, not a war on a battlefield, but a battle within me. I have always gone to church and believed in God. I've been baptized three times, but I never put God first or paid my tithes. I wasn't living the way God wanted me to.
I got married when I was 23. We were married a year. When I found out I was expecting my first child, I was so happy. The pregnancy turned out to be a rare form of cancer. The baby didn't survive. I had to have a D&C and chemo and radiation. They say those make you sterile, but I have three beautiful children. I was cancer-free for 33 years.
I was married to my kids' dad for 23 years. We raised chickens, had two farms, a home, rental properties, cars, farm equipment, and river lots. We had it all. But God was never first.
In 2006, I divorced by husband and walked away with nothing. I fell in with the wrong crowd. My kids and my family didn't really want to be around me. Then in 2006, I got remarried to a man I thought was a good person, but I was wrong. After a divorce, I put all that behind me.
In 2015, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I had to have a lump-ectomy and radiation. Some of my hair came out and I was very weak. But God healed me. I'm a two-year survivor! So now I can help others with breast cancer.
I still wasn't putting God first. In 2016, I was diagnosed with stage-3 colon cancer. I had surgery to take twelve inches off my colon, had to wear an ostomy bag for a year, had six months of chemo, and a port surgically im- planted in my right chest for the treatments. Additionally, I tested positive for a mutation in my RAD 51 gene which makes me at high risk for ovarian cancer. From wearing the ostomy bag, I developed a hernia in my abdomen. My doctor reconnected my colon and took off the ostomy bag. He removed my ovaries. I was in the operating room for five hours and in the hospital for ten days. I am now a year-survivor of colon cancer!
It wan't until February, 2017, however, that I finally put God first in my life. I was admitted to the hospital for the flu and for asthma. After doing a CT scan, they discovered a nodule on the left lower lobe of my lung. I was in the hospital for eleven days. While in the hospital, I did a lot of praying and soul searching. I fully accepted Jesus as my savior and I prayed the sinner's prayer and asked God to always let me put Him first. As I lay in the hospital bed, I witnessed to nurses and staff that came into my room. I read my bible and prayed to God to give me a testimony, so that I can tell others and maybe win someone to Christ.
Thank you for reading my story. So if you are ever in a battle, put God first and He will take care of you. And you too can win the war and have a testimony. I hope this testimony of mine has been up-lifting to someone, and will save them or draw them closer to God.
Please pray for me as I continue by battle. Every year, I have to have a mammogram, an endoscopy, a colonoscopy, and a CT scan to monitor for cancer. And I will stay in a breast cancer study for five years. I still go the cancer center in Harrisonburg once a month to flush my port and check my blood. I don't understand all this sickness, but God has a plan for me.
God bless each and every one of you. I love you all.
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