Having grown up as the “black” sheep of my family, I strived to be the best version of everything I did by constantly challenging and pushing my limits. However, in 2018 just when I finally felt that I was done with ‘proving’ myself, I got diagnosed with breast cancer.

When I was going through the cancer treatment, I was like the Wonder Woman without her golden Lasso (rope). For someone like me who never stop, I felt that God wanted me to really understand the scripture that says “Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10). My life was turned upside down with all the medical appointments. I was fighting off ulcers that were trying to develop in my mouth, and fighting off brain fogs and nauseas that accompany the treatment. Then came the surgery and the many surgical scars that were left on me, not to mention having a bald head and no eye brows. I felt like my identity had been completely stripped away. It is this time that the scripture in Ephesians 2:8-9 became real to me, ‘ For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith- and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.’ From this scripture I learned that for all that I am and all that I will ever be, it is all by the grace of God.

That season that I was battling with cancer was the first time in my life, that I had no plans. But then one day while I was still halfway through my chemotherapy treatment, a business that was for sale came to my knowledge. The price was good and it was close to home and I needed something to do to keep me occupied. While that idea of buying a business seemed ridiculous for someone who was sick and bald at the time, it was also my deepest desire to teach my two children how to run a small business. So my husband and I went ahead and bought that business. My desire came true and now my two children have been working in the family business for 12 months as well as studying. For me, I finished the cancer treatment in March 2019 and now God has restored my health. This experience has helped to understand Psalm 37:4 ‘Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.’ Amen.

Testimony person’s name: Vivian Ting
Occupation: Business owner
Lifegroup: Family 1B

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