There is no easy way to receive news about cancer. While there are progressive and effective treatments that help the chances of cancer patients to survive and resume their normal lives, the emotional turmoil it inflicts on people and their loved ones is still tremendous. Christine Heath survived cervical cancer, and she also survived a brain tumor in 1993 that resurfaced in 2016. She did this by devoting her time to writing poetry and growing in her faith with God.
Heath has been writing since she was 16 years old. Interestingly, it only takes her 15 minutes to pen her thoughts. As she braved her life’s greatest challenges, she poured out her emotions through poetry that paved the way for her book Journey of Seasons, a collection of her raw and inspiring poems spanning 30 years. Christine Heath takes her readers on a journey of hope, survival, and inner healing by helping them see the good that can come from overcoming painful experiences in life.
Aside from overcoming two different kinds of cancer, she also survived sexual abuse, mental abuse, emotional abuse, and domestic violence. With the grace of God, she survived two failed marriages and finally found love, peace, and mutual trust on her third marriage. What she initially deemed to be a life of never-ending suffering opened doors for genuine happiness and contentment. While she may have suffered from two miscarriages, she is also blessed with two beautiful children who inspire her to continue to fight the battles that need to be fought in life.
Christine Heath was motivated to publish Journey of Seasons by her husband, who believes in the value of sharing her remarkable story with the world. She may have had a tough life, but her life’s greatest purpose was revealed through them, guiding her to encourage people through her poetry. She had bouts of suicidal thoughts, but she tried hard to overcome these. One of her writings is even about that. She also went through a near-death experience involving a car accident with her daughter. Most people would have given up if they were in her shoes, but not Heath. Her faith kept her afloat, and her love for her children and husband continue to inspire her to press on and look forward to better days.
“My hope is that in your prayer time, whatever you are dealing with, you set that aside and let God help you see the bigger pictures. Remember always that he will never give you anything you can’t handle. Let love share your pain and your pain show grace,” Christine Heath shares.
Heath is a living example of tenacity and unshakeable faith. Despite what she has gone through in life, she made a choice to live victoriously and fight negativity using God’s promises. For her, her life is a gift from God, and each day she is given to build new memories with her family is a miracle. She believes that there is more to life than just surrendering to pain and hopelessness, but that experiencing possibilities entails fighting up to the very end.
As Christine Heath steps out in faith and continues to live for the day, she is determined to bring hope to those who need it the most. As tomorrow is promised to no one, she vows to live her life to the fullest.