The Greatest People on Earth
Christy Brandon, Gainesville, FL, Age: 25
I was 23 when I found out I had thyroid cancer. I was a year into my master’s program and had just began an internship with a hospital in Johnson City, Tennessee. I was shocked; I was told it was one in a couple thousand odds that they would find something. From there it was a whirlwind of counting down the days until surgery, then treatments and multiple doctors’ appointments. A year after my surgery and radiation treatment I was given the all clear and told I was cancer free/in remission. I asked God why a lot during this season, there was many frustrated and angry moments. However, He was and is faithful. There was a plan and a purpose and I clung to that tightly. While I faced many challenging and dark days, I was never alone. The Lord was there each step of the way as well as my family and support system.
I came to know Jesus at a very young age, but facing cancer was like having all the doubts, fears and worries breathing down my neck all at one. It caused me to propel myself towards Jesus in a way I had never experienced before. I had to fully trust Him with every aspect of my life or let the anxiety take me over. My cancer journey taught me to press in close to the Lord, it taught me so much, about who God is and how He loves and cares for me and I am so grateful for that. In Christ, I have no fear; cancer has no power over me. That is why I want to mentor, to speak life and hope into other young adults like me who are facing their own cancer battle. In Ann Voskamp’s book The Broken Way, she writes, “Our brokenness can be a container for God’s Glory.” That is my hope that the Lord would take the brokenness that I walked through and use if for His Glory, to pour out love and hope into someone else just like me in the midst of his or her own battle.
How did you come to know about STW?:I was at a Priscilla Shirer simulcast where I heard Madison talk about Spark the Way, it was one of those moments where I just knew I was supposed to go introduce myself. If nothing else than to get to meet another young adult like me. During my cancer journey, I never met someone else my age and that was all I wanted was to talk to someone about the struggles or just daily life things and finally there was someone. I instantly knew that Spark the Way was an organization I wanted to be involved with. Madison’s heart and passion is contagious and I could think of nothing better than this story of mine hopefully shining a light to shine to equip others to be fearless fighters.