In 2015, John Tesh received some terrible news: He was diagnosed with a rare form of prostate cancer and given just 18 months to live. But he beat that cancer, though it wasn’t without a fight. He’s detailed it all in his new book “Relentless: Unleashing a Life of Purpose, Grit, and Faith.”
Tesh spoke to Fox News about his new book and how he made it through that tough time in his life with the support of his wife and his faith.
When Fox News asked him how he was able to keep it all together, Tesh had a complicated answer. He talked about his chemotherapy, which was out of the ordinary due to his rare cancer, and how he was not prepared for any of this.
“Two things went through my mind. One was, well, I’m 63 years old, I’ve done a bunch of stuff. I guess this is it. Let’s make plans for somebody else to take over my job and let’s make sure everybody’s taken care of with insurance and all the rest of that. So, right away I became a cancer patient. Basically, I just received the diagnosis and the disease, which I don’t recommend. In Proverbs 18:21, it says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue.”
We got really smart and started finding doctors who could help save my life. But I was not prepared for the suffering. People who have had chemo, they know what this is about. Where I had chemotherapy, I have something called androgen deprivation therapy where they take the testosterone out of your body, which basically gives you male menopause.
Then I had two major surgeries and I had complications from those surgeries.”
Tesh says he also considered ending his life, but says learning from the Scriptures brought him back around.
“So I was pretty much ready to just take myself out, grab some weights from my backyard and strap them to my ankles and jump in the pool.
I was a terrible, terrible patient and the only reason I was able to get out of that was my wife who not only was my advocate but also helped introduce me to some powerful scriptures that when I manifested those and when I got the revelation of those, I knew I could get healed.”
When his cancer returned, Tesh says there was one Scripture that he leaned on heavily and somehow that helped him get through.
“The cancer kept coming back and it kept ending up in my lymph nodes… [My wife and I] learned about one scripture in particular, Mark 11:23 which says, ‘Whoever says to this mountain, be removed and be cast into the sea and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will be done shall have whatever he says.’ Therefore, whatever you ask when you pray, believe that you’ll receive it and you will have it.
Read more of Fox News’ interview with Tesh here.