Suffering Through Cancer into Faith
by Margaret C. Cupit
and Edward Henderson
Margaret Cupit is a summa cum laude graduate of Rhodes College in Memphis, TN. She has been both a patient and student research intern at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. She is now a student at Mayo Medical School with a specific interest in Pediatrics. Edward Henderson is emeritus professor of philosophy of religion at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. He is Margaret’s loving Grandfather.
At nineteen years of age Margaret was selected to spend the summer of her freshman year at Rhodes doing research at St Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Instead, she found herself fighting a life-threatening form of pediatric cancer which turned into a year-long treatment of aggressive chemotherapy and surgery. Some suggested to her that it was the ‘will of God’. She declined to take on that thought. Instead, she found comfort in journaling and engaged her grandfather in conversation regarding her anger, and seemingly dashed hopes. Eventually, her spiritual core found the divine, however not in ways she expected. Through her experiences and writing about them, she discovers that this interaction with her grandfather helps her evolve into a person of deep faith.
Her grandfather has selected and arranged her journal entries and their faith conversations and has commented on them in order to bring out the spiritual dimensions of this journey. Anyone who has ever asked the gut-wrenching question, “why me?” will be able to connect Margaret’s complex questions and Edwards disciplined religious knowledge leading the reader towards a sense of hope through God’s abundant generosity.