Holistic healing is a fairly untraveled path by many who are seeking treatment for cancer. As a society, we sometimes stereotypically peg people who believe in alternative medicine as ignorant hopefuls, but what if natural remedies were cohesive with the biblical model? After all, God did create this world and everything in it and who is better able to explain His ways? Now, that’s not to say that doctors should be out of business. There are benefits involved with modern medicine, but there are also certain risks. When one woman discovered a three inch, rock hard lump in her breast, she decided to take a risk. She risked her life on her faith and conviction in God, and not in man.
Collette Menchaca is one of the strongest Christian women you will ever meet. Most days you will find her hitting the streets of her community with her husband John, tracts in hand and ready to share the gospel of peace. A strange turn of events brought her to the place where she is now. After finding a lump in her breast 10 years ago, she neglected to get it checked because she knew it was cancer. God decided to intervene some years later and she was laid off from her job at a construction company, only to be hired a month later at a law firm on July 31, 2008.
As Breast Cancer Awareness month approached in October, her law firm brought in a guest speaker to inform and educate people on the seriousness of breast cancer and to describe her personal battle with cancer, involving three mastectomies and extensive chemotherapy. Collette realized that her situation may be more severe than she had initially thought and finally got checked out. She was told that her lump was a malignant, very advanced Stage IV cancer which would require a radical mastectomy, chemotherapy for shrinkage, and ultimately removal of the whole breast.
True faith would dictate to turn directly to God in this situation, and that’s exactly what Collette did. John and Collette agreed in prayer that God was directing them toward a path that they were extremely unprepared for. When they saw in the Bible that God originally designed man to live off the land, feeding on fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, they decided this was God’s plan for them. They had no idea how hard it would be to transform their lifestyle. They didn’t know how to cook “raw” organic food, let alone where to shop for it. New equipment, such as a juicer, along with many other tools, would be necessary. Learning the types of vitamin supplements, and the quantity she would need to take was overwhelming. Simply realizing the cost of what they were about to embark on made what they felt called to do seem impossible.