I HATE YOU CANCER

I hate cancer. Cancer has stolen my friends and my family and twice it’s tried to kill me. I’ve battled it (read about it here and here) and both times it has challenged me to my core. Once you’ve heard the doctor’s words, “You have cancer,” there’s never another normal doctor visit again. You always expect the worse. Cancer changes you. Next month I will celebrate the fact that I’m 7 years cancer free… but not everyone is so lucky.

Today my friend Dustin Williams, a sophomore in Childress High School, battles non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He and his family are in Houston as he begins his long hard fight with cancer. This has been Dustin’s first week of tests and chemotherapy. He has a long fight ahead of him. Pray for him.

Dustin, hang in there my friend. This video is for you… kick it’s butt!

2 Things…
  • Dustin will be reading this post, you can leave him a note if you’d like.
  • And, how has cancer affected your life?

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Article by Trey Morgan

I am a Christian husband and father, who moonlights as the minister for the church of Christ in Childress, Texas. My wife Lea and I have been married for 25 years. We are doing our best to raise our 4 boys, who are all growing up way too fast. Read 1182 articles by
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  1. Angie says:

    Cheering for you Dustin…sending lots of love and peace and healing energy your way.

    Lost a grandma to the beast when I was four. Never really knew her. Left my mama mama-less very young.

  2. lovey says:

    Cancer took my Brother home to be w/ God 5 years ago, I miss him everyday. Dustin, I am praying for you and will continue daily. God Bless You! Sharon aka Lovey

  3. Anonymous says:

    Cancer has taken several close friends of mine and a few family members.

    Dustin, I may not know you, but I am constantly praying for you! Hold onto your faith and to the one who carries you…in Him you'll find strength! Love you and am praying! :)

  4. James Jones says:

    Dustin, Hang on to God and never give up. A friend of mine in Illinois had non-Hodgkins TWICE. The second time around nearly got him, but by the grace of God he persevered. He was told that he may never have a family because of the effects of the treatment.

    As of today, he is cancer free 10 years, happily married with two beautiful children.

    It was hard, but he kicked its butt. Hit it hard, Dustin!

  5. James Jones says:

    btw, the following is a song Melissa Etheridge wrote while fighting her cancer. When she would 'go under' so to speak, she knew her friends and family were worried, and she was facing some scary times. She could not always speak to comfort them, so this is her message to them. "This is not goodbye" is not referring to her actually dying, but rather that she would come out from treatment fighting!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ksihRX4kPtM

  6. Anonymous says:

    Dustin,
    Praying for you and your fight with cancer. My dad was diagnosed 6 months ago with Lymphoma. Today he is cancer free. Be courageous and strong and you can beat this disease.

    Phillipians 4:13

  7. Stachia says:

    The word Cancer makes me fighting mad or as my kids would say hopping mad. Cancer robbed my children of getting to my Mom and it robbed Conner of some yearly childhood years but at the same time Cancer has given me some blessing too. It gave me two years of one on one time with my Mom that I might not have had. It also gave me the chance to get to know Conner and the rest of my kids on a different level than I probably would have. I discovered a strenth that I didn't know that any of us had. It also has slowed me to and made me appreciate a lot of things that I took for granted. Do I ever want to hear those words? NO! Do I ever want anyone else to hear those words? NO! But one thing I know is that GOD is bigger than cancer and it cannot rob us of our joy, hope and faith.
    Hang in there Dustin we are all praying for you!

  8. Ginger says:

    Dustin,

    It's the first quarter and it's you vs. Cancer. You have the ball…it's 1st and 10… You are going to roll all over this ugly disease and make it hang it's head in shame because YOU WILL DEFEAT IT! (I just had to use a football scenario!)

    You are in my thoughts and prayers as you go through this battle. I have seen the power of prayer and I have seen the human spirit triumph. You are an amazing young man and I believe years from now the Lord will use you and your story to help others going through this very thing. I will be praying for you daily. (Maybe when you get back we can go to K'Gobs… :) )

    Stay strong and lean on the amazing power of the Lord and your wonderful family.

    Thinking of you!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Dustin, any friend of Trey's is a friend of mine! I grew up with Trey and he is a great guy, which speaks volumes about you if he says you are his friend. Dustin, hang in there and kick cancer's butt!! Stay positive and never give up. My daughter who is now 10 years old was diagnosed with Leukemia when she was 5 she fought hard and with support and prayer she kicked it. Cancer free for 2 years now. I will keep you in my prayers daily!!!!!

    Shane McLoud

  10. Brian says:

    wow, great video.
    kick cancer's butt, dustin.

    one day, God is gonna put Cancer in a casket.

  11. Anonymous says:

    We will pray for you, Dustin. Be sure and remember to keep your attitude good and your thoughts positive. Try to laugh as much as you can. Those things and God got me through breast cancer.

  12. Anonymous says:

    My Mom was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in 1997. She has now been cancer free for 12 years!! Praise God! We will be praying for you Dustin!!!

  13. Anonymous says:

    My husband is a non-hodgkins lymphoma survivor. Stay strong. You will learn to take it one day at a time, sometimes one hour at a time but you can make it with God's help. You're in our prayers.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Dustin, I haven't had to walk a mile in your shoes. I don't know what it's like to have this physical struggle. I am very sorry that you have this battle ahead of you.

    I do know that our God is mighty. I know that He cares for you and loves you more than we can fathom. I know that He is with you. I know that through our weakness He is made strong.

    My dear friend's dad had cancer. I don't know all about his battle, but I do know that he viewed it as an opportunity for the Lord to be glorified. I saw in him that he fully trusted God and a peace that surpasses my understanding. I will never forget him and his love for his family and his God.

    I will be praying for the Lord to give you the same peace and trust and for your protection.

  15. Car Donations says:

    Good post, Here every one just hate with cancer even me too

  16. Marsha Meacham says:

    You will beat cancer. Use that BOBCAT determination and Christian strength to whoooop up on it. Praying for you and your family.
    Love,

  17. lbj says:

    Dustin–

    We are praying for you, cheering for you and thinking about you and your family daily.

    Lori Rabe

  18. Timbra Wiist says:

    Dustin, there are prayers for your miraculous healing. . . inspire those around you be letting the hope that is within you, shine through. . .

    I lost my dad to cancer over 6 years ago, he had no relationship with Christ, it haunts me every day!

  19. Anonymous says:

    Sending up a prayer for you from only 4 miles away from MD Anderson. May seem overwhelming there but I know they will take good care of you…I've known many, many people who have received care – you are in a good place.

  20. Anonymous says:

    we often wish for smoother roads when we have had enough because life's path right now seems filled with things that make it so tough, but if we pause a moment and remember who's in charge, The hills and mountains in front of us are no longer so large. So when you are on your feet soon you will realize…You thrived in sickness, aced a trial and are now so very blessed and all the more wise.
    Hang in there and be strong

  21. Char says:

    Praying for Dustin!

    When my step-sister was barely 9 months old, her mother passed away from cancer, and almost every other family member on her mother's side has died from cancer of some kind (at early ages). It seemed like a curse (although now we know it's a rare genetic ugly ole disorder). I grew up expecting my sister to get cancer in her 20's, and I grew up expecting to lose her to the cancer whenever it came.

    She made it to her 30's, and about the time we all started to give internal "sighs of relief", thinking maybe she might NOT actually get cancer, she was diagnosed with Stage Four breast cancer. This was just over two years ago. The doctors wanted to give her hope, but they genuinely didn't believe there WAS hope. The surgeon offered his services for a mastectomy free of charge, partly (I think) because he didn't expect her to live through the chemo. But he didn't know that there would be literally thousands of people praying for her around the country. And thanks to those prayers, and God's grace, she lived through the chemo… AND her PET scan after months of chemo showed NO CANCER. Unbelievable. Unexplainable!

    She continues to live with the threat of it, because of a rare genetic disorder, but she is alive when many thought she wouldn't be. Here is the outline of a speech she gave last year at a Ladies Day:
    http://sarahrosedesigns.com/health/?page_id=53

    Thanks for letting me share… and thank you for letting us know about Dustin so we can PRAY!

  22. Evan Williams says:

    thank you so much trey…..i love you man… you're always there when needed…..

    and you other people that may not know me…. dustin is my brother… and i hate that i can't be there for him… so im glad he has people like you supporting him there…

    again… thank you so, so much

    Evan

  23. Kacee says:

    Hey Bro Dustin: Just heard from some of the folks at the Yorba Linda Congregation about your diagnosis. No worries…It aint no big thing plus it can be cured and treated with diet changing the foods you eat, wheat grass juice and high doses of Vitamin C…The reason I know it can be treated and cured is because I was diagnosed in 2005 with Stage 4 terminal NHL and treated it holistically so no worries just do the research on how to effectively kill cancer cells and everything will be good to go. You are in my prayers as I know these can be troubling times, but also remember GOD will never give you more thank you can handle. Be Blessed and enjoy the journey, keep your eyes, heart, soul and mind focused on your father LORD GOD and you will be okay.

    Securely in HIS Grip,
    Kacee

  24. Anonymous says:

    Fight hard, Dustin! You can do it!Always know that there are a whole bunch of people praying for you.

    Several close friends and family have faced cancer. I hate cancer!

  25. Rodney Olsen says:

    We lost my wife's 41 year old sister to cancer just over a year ago.

    In October last year I organised a bike ride raising money for Cancer Council Western Australia. We cycled over 500 km and I broadcast my morning radio show from a different town each day for a week as we traveled.

    I just watched the video you posted and the tears are just now beginning to dry on my cheeks.

    Dustin, we're fighting with you.

  26. Keith Williams says:

    I was adopted, but I had the opportunity of meeting my biological father before he passed away with leukemia. My adoptive father passed away with lung cancer and my sister is a cancer survivor of over 40yrs now. I have come to hate cancer to a new level now that it wants to invade my son. Dustin is a fighter and as of right now the cancer is loosing this battle. Our God is bigger than this disease.Thnx Trey for setting up this page full of encouragement. I look forward to the day(soon) that my son comes home to the words of you are cancer free.

    I Love You Dustin

  27. Anonymous says:

    Lost both parents to cancer in 1999 then 2006. 2 year old grandson is just completing a round of chemo after having his kidney removed in December due to Wilms tumor. It is an ugly disease as the video says but there are times within the battle that become treasures. Dustin, fight hard but look for the little joys hidden amongst all the struggles!

  28. Wendy says:

    Praying for you in Sydney, Australia, Dustin. My mom had (and beat) breast cancer when she was 40 (and lived another 32 years). Melanoma killed my dad 5 years ago. My mother in law died from breast cancer 18 months ago. No-one has NOT been affected by cancer. Dustin, you have our support and prayers. lean on that in your battle.

  29. Tommy says:

    Be tough Dustin.

  30. Anonymous says:

    Dustin – we're praying for you and for your family. There's strength in numbers, so draw from that strength when you need it. And remember God is really, REALLY big – and He hears our prayers.
    We miss you at school :)

    Faith Self

  31. Lorie says:

    Dustin, I am praying fervently for you in your fight. If you are in Houston, you are in the best place in the world to beat this beast. MD Anderson saved my uncle's life from a very aggressive cancer and it saved my life from another type of cancer 2 1/2 years ago. You will be in my prayers!!! Hang in there. Cancer sucks, but you can beat it!

  32. kaspangarigan says:

    Jesus died at the age of 33. It's not how long you lived but how you lived before you die.

    Eccles 9:2 All things come alike to all: there is one event to the righteous, and to the wicked; to the good and to the clean, and to the unclean; to him that sacrificeth, and to him that sacrificeth not: as is the good, so is the sinner; and he that sweareth, as he that feareth an oath.

    Eccles 7:15 All things have I seen in the days of my vanity: there is a just man that perisheth in his righteousness, and there is a wicked man that prolongeth his life in his wickedness.

    Mt 22:32 I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.

    1 Tim 5:6 But she that liveth in pleasure, is dead while she liveth.

  33. Jenn says:

    Dustin,

    My son has a bone marrow failure disease very similar to leukemia, but harder to cure because it is rare. We have learned that sometimes you take things day by day, and sometimes you just deal with things minute by minute when the day by day is too hard.

    In disease, as well as in health, it is a matter of enjoying and appreciating every good thing. Fight hard, and if it feels too hard to keep fighting, fight harder. Let yourself laugh at the disease and treatments, and it helps. (We call transfusion days "vampire appointments.")

    But most importantly, know you are never alone. You will meet people in treatment (doctors, nurses, ChildLife workers, patients, etc) who will change your life forever, and you will change theirs as well.

    We will be praying for you and your family. We pray that God, the Great Physician, will guide your health providers and bring you to a full cure and long, healthy life. We will pray for strength and peace for you and your family. We will pray that every need you and your family have will be met. God bless!

    Jenn

  34. Anonymous says:

    Dear Dustin–When I was your age–MANY years ago–I had never heard of cancer. Since 1980, so many of our friends and family have had their lives ripped apart by cancer. I Hate Cancer! AJ & I thank our God for your good prognosis. We continually lift your name to God, believing with all our hearts that He will answer the prayers of the hundreds who are petitioning Him for your cure. We love you and your precious family! the Johnsons

  35. Hoosier46 says:

    This video brought tears to my eyes. My husband was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia last summer, but is a SURVIVOR. He received a stem cell transplant in December and is doing great, through the power of God! Hang in there, Dustin. Some days may be hard, but rely on God and He will bring you through. He has for us and he will for you! Praying for victory in your life.

  36. Katherine says:

    Dustin, please know that prayers are being lifted up to your all the way from China!! May the doctors see a modern day miracle as the cancer is destroyed from your body.

    May God give you all strength and comfort as you walk this road.

    Evan, we are praying for you, too as you are apart from your brother-I am sure you are a great support to him!!

    Our God is MIGHTY to save!! May you all always be reminded of this Truth!

  37. Jesterhawk says:

    I know several people who have "HAD" stage 4 cancer and are cancer free today. How? God! I know that may sound trite but it is not. God is the answer and the way you will be healed.

    You see back in Sept 2007, I collapsed and was rushed to the hospital. My wife was standing there when the doctors told her to prepare for my funeral. My wife was there when they told her I would not survive the night. And what was her response? Did she cry? Did she become depressed? Did she become sad? No! Instead she turned to God and put pressure on His word. She told God that he promised to be our healer (Exodus 15:26), she told God that He promised to heal my disease (Psalm 103:3), she told God that he promised that by Jesus' sacrifice I am healed (Isaiah 53:5). She did not do these things with arrogance, but with a bold humbleness that comes from knowing that God has seated us with Jesus in the heavenlies (Eph 2:6) and lets us come boldly before Him to find grace, mercy and help in our time of need (Heb 4:16). She went to God and God healed me. Nine doctors stood over my bed a few days later shaking their heads completely amazed because God didn't heal my kidneys, he gave me new ones. I know this because it is impossible for what happened to me, even healed, to not have scarring type tissue and I have none. I am as if I never had issue.

    I say all of this, to tell you that the God who healed me and the many I know who have HAD cancer can and will heal you because he does not show partiality or favoritism (Acts 10:34).

    Love in Christ,
    Pat

  38. Marilyn Johnson says:

    Coach and I are praying daily that God's healing hand will touch you and that this struggle will soon be behind you. We pray He gives you and your family comfort and peace.

  39. Alda says:

    My husband was just diagnosed with bladder cancer. He had a PET scan this week, meeting again with oncologist next week. We are in the information stage. More importantly we are in the “on our knees in prayer” stage. Thankfully nothing takes our Lord by surprise. Trey, your blog and especially this thread is encouraging and faith building. I will bring Dustin’s name to the Great Physician in prayer as well.

    • Trey Morgan says:

      Alda,

      I will pray for your husband as well. My heart aches for your family. I’ve been there, with cancer, I understand what you’re going through. Praying! :)

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