That guy was me, two days before Christmas 2003.
Unfortunately, my Christmas present that year was colon cancer.
Thanks a lot, Santa!
A week later, I woke up in the hospital with a third of my large intestine removed. And my condition was worse than they thought. The cancer had spread to my lymph nodes...
The doctors told me I was stage IIIc and that my next step was 9-12 months of chemotherapy, which they said would only give me about a 60% chance of surviving another five years.
Like any cancer patient, I was shocked and confused. I didn't understand why all this was happening to me, but I remembered Romans 8:28, which says,
"...God works all things for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose."
And I chose to believe it.
I chose to believe that God would turn this bad thing into something good.
I was deeply afraid, but I listened to my instincts and intuition, stepped out in faith, and opted not to take chemo, choosing instead to make radical changes to my diet, lifestyle, attitude, emotions, and spiritual life.
I changed everything and I trusted God to lead me in the process.
Today, over 13 years later, I am cancer-free and in the best shape of my life, and I've been able to reach millions of people with the message of hope and healing. My wife Micah and I also have two beautiful daughters: Marin and Mackenzie.