Article for Ensign magazine

I wrote this article 3 1/2 years ago, when I was in remission, after the craziest year of my life battling cancer. I sat down one day and decided to record a few of the many ways in which I recognized that God helped me through it all. I wanted to remember for myself, and I wanted my children to know, that there was no doubt in my mind that Heavenly Father walked with me every scary, difficult step of the way. After I wrote this I sent it to the Ensign, a magazine that our church publishes, with the thought that possibly my story could help someone who might need to hear it. Then I forgot about it.

Three years later, over the summer, I heard back from the Ensign, letting me know they wanted to publish my article. I didn’t even remember I had sent them anything! I reread the article, made a few changes to make it current, and sent it back. They published it in the January 2016 Ensign that just came out.

It makes me feel good to be able to testify of something that I know. God lives. He loves us. He will help us travel our course in life if we turn to Him. Sometimes you experience something that makes this so clear and obvious. For me, my health challenges have been that type of experience, and I sometimes wish everyone could know what I know, and that it could bring them the happiness, peace, and strength that it has given me. Some may call that patronizing, others may say that in my desperation I needed to believe, and so I did. For me, I really just love people and am grateful to know that God is real, and I hope to pass that along to benefit others who feel as hopeless and overwhelmed as I did for a time.

Most readers of the Ensign already believe the same as I do, but thank you for allowing me to share, and please pass on to anyone who may benefit from it.

4 thoughts on “Article for Ensign magazine

  1. Sharon Widdison

    Hi Denise,
    I just want to let you know that your article in the Ensign meant so much to me! I have read it 3 or 4 times over the last couple of weeks. It has really helped me by confirming what I have felt so strongly, that Heavenly Father is in control and that miracles do happen.
    I have battled cancer for 12 years and I am currently participating in a clinical trial. Thank you for telling your story and for sharing your faith. It has helped me have hope and increased my own faith.
    Love, Sharon

    1. Denise Post author

      Thank you so much for your comment. You are exactly who I hoped would read this article. Sometimes it really helps to know that others are going through similar experiences. I am happy that you have had the strength to battle cancer for the last 12 years. You are an inspiration to me! Best wishes with the clinical trial. It is wonderful all the new treatments available, and brings me great hope. I am grateful that we both have the gospel to help us through everything life throws our way!

  2. Joanne Vorkink

    Hi, Denise! I “met you through BCO a while ago and hoped you were doing well on the Ibrance trial. I listen to the articles in the Ensign on my phone while I jog in the morning and was so pleased to hear your story of faith. Thanks so much for being a ray of sunshine and being determined to fulfill every detail of your “many healthy years” ahead. I’m joining your ever-growing cheering section! :)

    1. Denise Post author

      Thank you Joanne! I am glad to hear you are out jogging, and happy you came across my article. I do the same thing when I run. Thanks for your thoughtfulness in commenting here, and seriously, I am cheering for you too!


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