In December I was diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer. Prior to this news Mark 16:18 had kept popping up continuously. “…..and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all….”. I knew I was being pre-warned, and that Jesus was reassuring me, though at the time I had no idea what it was going to relate to.

In the new year I had the lump surgically removed, with all pathology reports returning clear, and prepared myself for follow up radiotherapy. I had come to realise this ‘poison’ was the radiotherapy and that He wanted me to go through with treatment, with the promise I would be unharmed.

On Sunday 13 Feb, the day before treatment started, I went to the Healing Rooms for prayer. I asked for the intercessors to stand with me in declaring Mark 16:18 over me, which they did. I then lingered as the presence of God was so strong, I didn’t want to leave. While I was standing at the altar, I saw Jesus in the corner of my eye. He was smiling and holding in His hands a 3-dimensional, solid gold love heart. He then walked over to me and placed the heart over my chest and said this will protect you.

The gold element of the vision was so strong I knew it had significance. I researched as to whether there was any connection between gold and radiation, and there was!! Gold has a very high absorption of radiation! I sailed through radiation without any major side effects, except for an itchy rash that lasted 2 weeks. I was very grateful to God that I had no radiation fatigue, burning or lymphoedema. I put that chapter behind me and for the last 8 weeks have been getting on with my life, thankful for His hand of protection.

However today, this protection became very clear. I saw my breast surgeon for my routine post-surgery/ radiotherapy check-up. On examining the area, he was gobsmacked. Unbeknownst to me, the tissue was still supposed to be swollen with excess fluid, thickened, looking, and feeling like dark orange peel because of the radiation. He exclaimed, “You are completely normal!!!” and I was like, “Aren’t I supposed to be by now?” “No, you’re not!” He kept shaking his head and saying in all the years he has seen women post radiotherapy, he has never ever seen someone who has healed this quickly! My breast was not supposed to look so unaffected. And I was just lying there thinking wow that golden heart really did work! Praise Him.

Helen Birch