Updated: Sep 1, 2022
Doc Joy at the Crocodile Farm in Puerto Princesa, Palawan
DAY 4 - COURAGE
In July 2019, my family and I went to the Underground River in Puerto Princesa, Palawan. We decided to make an unscheduled stop at the Crocodile Farm because we had time to spare before going back to our hotel. I accompanied my nephews, my sister, and brother-in-law in the tour while looking at different crocodiles in their cages. The last stop was a photo opportunity to hold one crocodile in your hands. All my nephews gamely agreed. I had second thoughts, but then again, I told myself, "If they can do it, I can do it too". As I held the baby crocodile, my hands were cold. At first, I was afraid that I almost dropped the baby crocodile since the scales felt slippery. It was the scariest 10-15 seconds of my life but I chose to be brave and smiled in front of the camera.
Fear paralyzes you. It lowers your immune system. You become susceptible to common ailments and even chronic diseases like cancer if this fear goes unchecked for a long time. The biggest fear that almost every cancer patient feels is the fear of recurrence, progression and spread to other organs. Believe and face each day with courage that you will overcome because God is with you every step of the way. Courage is not the absence of fear but doing it despite being afraid.
From Deuteronomy 31:8: "Be brave and steadfast; have no fear or dread of them, for it is I the Lord, your God, who marches with you; he will never fail you or forsake you."
Father, I glorify You for You are my Healer! Grant me the grace to face each day with courage because the Big C in me is not cancer, it is Christ in me. May I be brave and steadfast. May I conquer my fear. In Jesus Name. AMEN.
Write about your biggest fear in the treatment of your cancer and offer that to God because you are one with the Lord in His suffering.
Doc Joy with family at the Crocodile Farm in Puerto Princesa, Palawan