On 16 October 2013, my then four-year-old son Edison was diagnosed with Stage Four Neuroblastoma, a cancer that develops from immature nerve cells and which occurs most often in young children.
Doctors discovered a huge tumour above his left kidney which had spread to his bone marrow, and he was given a 40 per cent chance of surviving.
When I heard the news, I wanted to pray but I thought God would not answer my prayer because I had zero knowledge of the Bible – something I was taught when I was young. I asked my friend to pray for my son instead, and we attended New Creation Church with her.
Through my son and the church, I realised that God loves me and will answer me even if I have no knowledge of the Bible. During my son’s treatment, he got unconditional love and support from the care group and the church’s children’s ministry, Rock Kidz.
Chemotherapy patients have super low immunity and they should not visit crowded or air-conditioned places. But Edison is always very eager to attend Rock Kidz, on Sunday and to know more about God. He would always be so recharged after attending Rock Kidz such that we brought him to church whenever we could. God is good and Edison never had any infection after Rock Kidz classes.
On 28 March 2014, Edison was having a cough and running nose when he had to undergo an hour-long MIBG scan, an imaging test for tumours. He refused to be sedated but requested that I play a Christian song he learnt in Rock Kidz. During the scan, Edison laid still, listened to the song and dozed off. He slept so soundly and had no running nose or cough. I was amazed!
On another occasion, Edison's tongue was raw and bleeding after his stem cell transplant. I wanted to ask the doctor for medicine but Edison stopped me and asked me to pray to Jesus to take the intense pain away instead. After praying, he continued playing with his iPad and the pain was gone almost instantly!
By God's grace, Edison was declared cancer-free in April 2014, six days before his treatment was to be completed! Today, he looks forward to church every Sunday.