Leaving it to God ...Cancer patient struggles with disease
Leaving it to God
... Cancer patient struggles with disease
Though small in stature, 27-year-old Samantha David is a tower of strength and faith. For more than six years she has been battling Hodgkin's lymphoma, a rare cancer, which attacks her immune system and causes her severe pains. However, she firmly believes God will heal her.
David was diagnosed with cancer while pursuing a degree in social work at the University of the West Indies (UWI).
"I cried when I heard the diagnosis, but I wasn't too surprised because the doctors had told me before that based on the symptoms, it's highly likely that it would be Hodgkin's lymphoma. But it's still tough to hear," David admitted.
David graduated with her degree despite being admitted to the hospital on numerous occasions. However, she has not been able to secure a full-time job because of her ailment and the effects of radiation and chemotherapy on her body.
In 2014, Davis developed complications with her spinal chord and temporarily lost the ability to walk. She then underwent surgery, and with the assistance of physiotherapy, she started walking again.
A year later, she was admitted in hospital three times for separate illnesses - fluid around her lung, fluid around her heart, and pneumonia.
To date, David has undergone two sets of chemotherapy and radiation treatment, both of which lasted for more than four months. However, she explained that in the initial stages her body accepted the treatment, but after a while her body rejected the treatment.
Now, she says doctors are contemplating whether to have her continue her treatment in Jamaica or have her do a newly developed treatment overseas, which is not only costly, but risky.
Regardless of the decision doctors take, David has put God in control. "My heart is set on Almighty God, knowing that he will heal me. I've gone through so much and I know that I could not have gone through it without him and I don't intend to give up on him," David said.
In the interim, pain continues to wreak havoc on Davis' body, while blotches and rashes spread on her skin because of the cancer.
"There's no one thing that triggers the pain. It comes often and randomly, especially at nights. I just have to go to sleep most times to try to ignore the pain because the prescribed medication does not help," she told THE STAR.