Gospel legend and pioneer Carman Licciardello posted a picture of himself receiving chemotherapy for the first time on his Facebook, and explained to his fans the difference a year can make.
“I remember so well washing my hair after the 3rd week of chemotherapy and seeing it all come off in my hands in clumps. I remember the agony of that giant needle in my sternum to draw out stem cells,” he wrote. “The ports they planted in my chest to daily inject drugs. The mind numbing pain of my bones expanding to produce stem cells. Sleeping in the bathroom for days because I’d throw up so often. The dry heaves. The violent stomach cramps. Gaining 15 pounds in 3 days on chemo. Losing 30 pounds in 5 days because I couldn’t hold down a glass of water. The claustrophobic 2 hour MRI’s in that giant plastic tube.”
He then recalled catching pneumonia “and coming within inches of leaving this world.” It was these dark times that helped him remember the grace of God.
“I remember never getting angry or depressed. Never feeling abandoned or hopeless. It was the valley of the shadow of death but I feared no evil,” he shared. “I remember the commitment I made to my Facebook and Kickstarter supporters be on 100 stages across America in 9 months singing the gospel. I remember the belief you all had in me that held my mind together, kept me strong, focused and peaceful. Today I’m strong and Cancer free.”
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