Survivor shares story to spread God’s message

By Shelby Harrell Staff Writer | Jan 01, 2014
Photo by: Shelby Harrell Nancie Mehaffey is pictured in her Maggie Valley shop, Blackberry Winter Antiques. She sells primitives, quilts, baskets and country furniture while also sharing her cancer survivor story to inspire others.

Nancie Mehaffey believes she is one of God’s miracles.

Last year, after being diagnosed with stage II Hodgkins Lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphatic system which is part of your immune system, Mehaffey put her fate in the hands of God to heal her.

Today, she is cancer free lives an active life as the owner of Blackberry Winter Antiques in Maggie Valley.

Though Hodgkins Lymphoma is treatable with an 80 percent survival rate, Mehaffey knows it was God who healed her. A year and a half later, Mehaffey now believes her story is a message of a miracle.

“It’s the power of praying God’s word,” she said. “I think I’m here in the store to be able to tell people about God’s miracles. We are so quick to forget that he is a God of miracles.”

Mehaffey recalled her most challenging experiences during treatment.

“I remember I was laying on the sofa after having my second treatment,” Mehaffey said. “My hair was falling out and I was crying because I was going to have to shave my head. Then God spoke to me. He said ‘My son shed his blood for you, and you’re worried about your hair?’ I am blessed to be here. I wouldn’t be here without God — he has a purpose for me.”

Though some people have told Mehaffey it was the chemotherapy that cured her illness, she places all of the credit to the Lord.

“I had a customer come in one day, and I told him the story of how the Lord healed me,” Mehaffey said. “And then he said, ‘You mean the chemo healed you?’ And I said 'No, God allowed it to.'”

After four rounds of chemo, Mehaffey’s catscan revealed that all her cancer had cleared up. However, cancer victims aren't considered fully cured until five years have passed without it returning.

Mehaffey admits to feeling scared whenever she feels a pain in her back, as it brings back memories of the cancer, but she said she knows deep down that she is fully healed.

“That’s where your faith comes from,” she said.

More than anything, Mehaffey said she has learned how strong she is and how unshakable her faith is.

“If we’re in Christ, we’re healed,” she said. “Can I thank God for the cancer? No, but I can thank him for what he’s done for me through cancer. It’s not an experience I ever want to relive, but I’ve learned so much from it.”

Mehaffey also credits her husband Carroll and her son Brennan for helping her making it through the tough times.

“You never know what you’re going to have to ask your mate to do,” Mehaffey said. “My husband and son took care of me like I was an infant.”

Mehaffey had to shave her head, and said she felt very depressed some days.

“There were days where I couldn’t pray or read my bible,” she said. “And then after chemo, when I was healing, I remember taking the sheets out to hang on the clothes line and thinking, ‘What a blessing is it to feel the sun on my face.’ You look at life differently — it’s the little things that matter.”

Mehaffey now looks at life in a different way, and now has a desire to share her story and inspire others to believe that God performs miracles every day. But she is quick to remind everyone that the biggest miracle of all is salvation.

“He’s the miracle. His birth, death and resurrection is a miracle,” she said. “But He’s allowed me to tell others he’s the God of miracles. Thank you Jesus.”