By MICHAEL RODRIGUEZ
Guadalupe Ayala walked into the San Benito News office on Tuesday, Feb. 12, prepared for an interview about where he was supposed to be that day had events that transpired four days prior not occurred.
Consider first that Ayala was supposed to be in Houston on Feb. 12 to undergo a surgical procedure to remove tumors from his liver; instead, he was sitting inside the News office offering what he termed his “testimony” of a doctor’s visit on Friday, Feb. 8, that led to a fortunate turn of events. In fact, Ayala, who may have been so overwhelmed by emotion that conducting an interview would have proven difficult, instead offered a written account of a healing that he said was nothing short of a miracle.
The following is his testimony.
Ayala, who was diagnosed last year with stage IV liver cancer, said he was told that he’d have to undergo chemotherapy treatment following the surgery and that he still may have to take “pills the rest of my life.”
“At this point they said they were trying to give me quality life and trying to make sure that the cancer would not grow or spread,” Ayala said. “They explained they had done all they could do for now. I didn’t want to be on chemo or any type of treatment the rest of my life. So I didn’t receive it. I kept repeating, ‘I am not sick, I am healthy and I feel great (even on the days that I didn’t).’ I know that Jesus paid the price for our sins and sickness, so all sickness had to leave my body.”
On Friday, Ayala and his wife traveled to MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, where he met with his doctor. Ayala said he had testing completed in December, after which he said his doctor informed him the following month that surgery would be necessary to remove tumors from his liver.
“My appointment was set for February 8th and surgery on February 12th,” Ayala said. “My wife and I met with the doctor on Friday. He came in and was a little quiet. He asked how I was feeling and how I was doing. I told him I was doing really well and felt good. The doctor was holding a large outline of the liver and started to draw some circles on the picture. He then showed us the graph and told us, ‘I know you had tumors here, here and here. I know you had cancer because I saw it with my own eyes and touched them the last time you had surgery.’”
The doctor, at that time, was unable to remove the cancer, Ayala said.
“Then he started to draw around the first tumor and wrote an ‘X’ over it and told us this tumor is gone,” Ayala continued. “He then started going over the second tumor and placed another ‘X’ over the second tumor and told us this one is gone. He then went to the third tumor and started to draw a circle around it and then placed another ‘X’ over it and said this one is also gone.”
According to Ayala, the doctor had informed him that the cancer was now gone from his body and the surgery scheduled for Feb. 12 was no longer necessary.
“I know I kept looking at my wife and kept thinking, ‘Am I really hearing what I just heard?’” Ayala said. “I felt like I was dreaming. My wife kept whispering, ‘Thank you, God. Thank you, Jesus,’ but she says she really wanted to get up and yell, ‘Hallelujah!’”
“We cannot stop thanking God enough for what He has done,” Ayala continued. “We want everyone to know not to give up, don’t give up hope and don’t give up on God.”
Ayala, a retired 23-year veteran San Benito police officer, had just endured stage IV colon cancer when he was diagnosed with liver cancer last year. He is now cancer free.
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