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Buzz’s story

Posted Sep 01 2009 12:00am
September 14, 2009 - Posted by tamilb

 Thanks to all of you for coming to this site and passing it along to your friends. It’s been three days since it was launched and already 105 people have visited.

Many of you have said that you’re looking forward to hearing stories from the book. I can’t think of a better person to start with than Buzz Sheffield. 

Buzz, a volunteer prayer chaplain at our church, was always up in the front row with a snazzy suit and dazzling smile. You could almost see the light of God emanating from him.

Almost two years ago, I saw Buzz sitting in the courtyard of the large, teaching hospital where I worked. I was dashing to meet a TV reporter who was doing a story on one of our patients. He told me he was there for tests.

“Oh, I have a feeling I know what they’re going to say,” he said matter-of-factly. “I have cancer all over my body.”

I stood there in shock. I would have never guessed that this active, robust man had anything wrong with him. I later learned he had carcinoid cancer, a rare, slow-moving disease that often attacks the intestines and other parts of the body where hormones are produced.

 Doctors told him he had three to six months to live. His cancer was so extensive, chemotherapy wasn’t an option. He refused to listen to their doomsday predictions and chose to focus on healing through prayer, giving back to others, and healthy nutrition and exercise.

Today, five years after his diagnosis, he bikes, takes walks, does push-ups and sit-ups, and can even swim the length of a pool without taking a breath.

“My oncologist tells me he’s amazed at how strong I look and wishes he could bottle my spirit and give it to other patients,” he says. “He just shakes his head and says, ‘I don’t know what you’re doing, but keep doing it!’”

His last scans showed the cancer was stable, and months before, the spots on his lungs disappeared.

“If that can go away without chemo or radiation, all of it can go away; that’s my mindset, Buzz says. ”One of my goals is to beat this cancer completely. What better way to lead by example than to say you were cured of a disease that you were told was incurable?”

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