I Ask God For Help As I Fight Cancer

He is strong when I am weak and He gives me hope

Shefali O'Hara
2 min readOct 2, 2022


Photo by Samuel Martins on Unsplash

I try to have a quiet time every morning. The world is still quiet and still. Depending on when I wake up and the season, I might sit on my front porch and watch the sunrise during this time, and listen to the birds sing.

I am in tune with nature and with my God.

I usually start with a few deep breathing exercises. Then I read from my Bible and pray.

This puts me in a good place to face the day.

On days when I’ve skipped doing this — I can feel it. I’m less patient and kind. I feel less happy.

I have many friends who are not Christian who have their own version of a quiet time. I have one friend who is a Buddhist who spends her mornings meditating. My Mom is a Hindu. She doesn’t pray in the morning, but in the evening, in the quiet of her room before bed. I make sure to never disturb her during this time.

Right now, going through cancer, I have found that I need this time with God more than ever.

Spending time with Him helps me face the battles every day. It helps me to keep from sinking into emotional despair.

I’ve had friends tell me they don’t understand how I can be so strong.

I’m not.

At least, on my own, I am not. But I have help. As long as I ask for it.

I believe that with God’s help, anything is possible. Maybe that is foolish of me, but when facing death, it’s given me hope, and hope helps me to fight and to keep living long after doctors have predicted I’d be dead.

This morning, I read in Psalms:

Why, my soul, are you downcast?
Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
for I will yet praise him,
my Savior and my God. — Psalm 42:5 (NIV)

I am fighting stage IV cancer. If you can help with medical bills, I would really appreciate it. Or if you enjoy my writing and would like to buy me a cup of coffee, that’s great too. Maybe someday I can return the favor.

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Shefali O'Hara

Cancer survivor, writer, engineer. BSEE from MIT, MSEE, and MA in history. Love nature, animals, books, art, and interesting discussions.