• Courtney McLane Mize

Pro Life: Because Cancer Sucks

Other than childbirth, how many times have you watched a human give life to another human? Think about it…..when have you physically witnessed a human, a living human, give life to another living human, outside of childbirth, without either person actually dying? It’s pretty crazy to think about, and most of us have probably never witnessed it. I have. Four years ago, I sat in the corner of a hospital room, sanitized, with a mask on, and watched as my Pop held my Uncle’s hand, and part of his life was given to his son. My Uncle Matt was diagnosed with Stage 4 Hodgkins Lymphoma, and after endless treatments, remedies, medicines, and plans, he sat in his hospital bed with one last chance to fight for his life. He was getting a bone marrow transplant. He was looking at a very low chance of survival, a high chance of GVHD, and a future completely unknown. I would not be able to blame anyone who sat in the same chair that I did for being overwhelmed by feelings of confusion, sadness, hurt, or really anything far from positive. While I did feel overwhelmed by what was happening before my eyes, I had an unbelievable sense of peace. That’s right, peace.


I had never seen such physical strength in my entire life. My Pop still has scars on his back from where he had been stuck deep with needles, under sedation,  to draw the marrow. My Uncle Matt could do nothing but lie there, while a nurse proded him with tubes and slowly flooded his body with part of his father’s. Four years ago today,  the day that I watched someone I love risk their life, their pain, to give another chance at life for someone else that I love, was one of the most unbelievable moments in my life. Now, four years later, when I look back on this day,  I am somehow reminded of the unexplainable peace I felt in these moments. 

I had peace knowing that even though this treatment wasn’t giving promising results, we were fighting anyways. I had peace knowing that even though they were scared, my Pop and my Uncle Matt put their faith in the God, the One who gave both of them such precious lives in the first place, and trusted that He would bring life again while it seemed to be quickly disappearing. I had peace watching a father and a son share these life-saving moments that could never be replaced. I had peace. 


Today, I have peace. I have peace reflecting on all these emotional moments. I have peace knowing that God is the giver of life, the ultimate doctor, and has beautiful plans for our lives, even if we are staring death square between the eyes. I have peace knowing that these men in my family love harder, stronger, and more selflessly than any other men I have ever known.


TODAY, I AM A PROUD MCLANE.


“FOR I KNOW THE PLANS I HAVE FOR YOU” DECLARED THE LORD. “PLANS TO PROSPER YOU AND NOT TO HARM YOU, PLANS TO GIVE YOU HOPE AND A FUTURE.” JEREMIAH 29:11

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