Elizabeth Joice a cancer survivor was told that the life saving chemotherapy she received (and helped her to beat cancer in 2010) had a side effect… the chemotherapy would leave her infertile, so when she and husband Max got the news that she was in fact pregnant last year, “it very much felt like a miracle,” Max tells CNN.
The happy news, however, was short-lived. Just a month into her pregnancy, Joice’s cancer returned, and though surgeons removed tumors from her back, there was no way of knowing how far the cancer had spread without a full-body MRI scan. But here was the dilemma the dyes used in the scan to save Elizabeth could harm the baby, meaning she’d need to get an abortion before undergoing the procedure.
In a world where sacrificial love is rarely seen, Joice opted to “turn the world upside down” and continue with her pregnancy. Sadly, Elizabeth began having trouble breathing in her third trimester; an X-ray revealed tumors in her lungs. Jan. 23 brought both joy and devastation. Joice had a baby girl, Lily, via C-section, but “there were tons of tumor[s],” her doctor tells ABC News. “It had spread all over her abdomen.” Tumors were also found in Joice’s heart and pelvis. She died six weeks later, on March 9. Still, her doctor remembers the first time she saw Joice hold her baby. “The joy on her face was just incredible,” she says. “She said, ‘This is worth it … I would do it all again to have this child.'”
The question about making the right decision, the question of choosing life over death, the question of following Jesus is not about me or what can I get for myself but rather it’s how can my life be a gift to others? how can my life be a gift to the world? How can my life be a blessing to all those around me?
Sadly, the trajectory of our culture is all about the individual, self preservation… it’s ALL about me, our culture is narcissistic (me myself and I) however, when one reads stories like these it really reminds us that there are still those rare people out there making their mark and displaying the love that once came down a long time ago and died for us all.
JOHN 15:13 Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.