When Gary first found out he had cancer, he knew he had a battle ahead. Gary has been a chaplain with Prison Fellowship for four years, and was recently diagnosed with a very rare form of liver cancer. “No one has been known to survive it,” he tells me, “it’s very rare.”
“On 22nd December, 2018, I had a scan that showed a cancerous growth on my liver as big as my fist!” he says. “Christmas day passed, then on the 28th December I had it operated on. They removed all the cancer plus 40% of my liver!”
Gary’s world shattered a little when they found the cancer had returned. This time on a major vein. Gary’s condition was now inoperable, terminal, and he was delivered a new diagnosis: three months to live.
“The only thing the oncologist could offer me was palliative chemotherapy,” Gary says grimly. “It would only prolong my life for a short time, so I refused.”
Determined, Gary did extensive research. He found a doctor in Melbourne who had done a trial with a new type of therapy called immunotherapy with good results against some forms of cancer. This new therapy occurred every three weeks, and the cancerous growth reduced in size from 66mm to 31mm.
“I was trusting in God and knowing he would provide,” Gary says. “He gave me the Scripture of Psalm 118:17, which says,