Touched by the Lord

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Friday, April 11, 2014

WHEN you are faced with a life threatening condition, all you could do is hope for a miracle and that the medications that you are taking will be able to cure you.

Jotham P. Molinos, 24, was diagnosed of a Pituitary Macroadenoma, a noncancerous tumors that occur in the pituitary gland, last April 10, 2010 when he was just 20 years old.

"Although it’s usually benign, the doctors strongly recommended surgery at the soonest possible time to prevent damage to my eyesight," Jotham said.


He recalls that two days before the diagnosis, he was experiencing a series of severe headaches. He took medications to ease the pain, however, the pain continued thus he was brought to the hospital for a computed tomography (CT) scan.

Jotham was admitted in the hospital then. While waiting for further medical procedures, Jotham and his family turned to God and asked for healing.

"Papa and Mama would pray with me from time to time by my bedside, claiming God’s miraculous healing; reading God’s Word, and thanking Him for His promises. It helped a lot that they were there beside me," he said.

Visitors and friends dropped by encouraging and praying for him.

Four days later, he was discharged in the hospital. However, Jotham remained weak.

He said at home he felt helpless and weak. Although he wanted to be active, he couldn’t because he felt pressure in his head every time he moved.

"The situation then began to sink in. I was worried of my future and scared of what could happen to me. A tumor in the brain was no joke, be it benign or critical," Jotham said.

He and his family did not stop praying for his healing. Then they brought him to a pastor for a prayer session.

"It was there where I felt a special touch from the Lord – something I’d never experienced before. I felt a burning sensation inside my whole body. It was so strong that I was overwhelmed and just found myself crying. I felt God’s presence and it was so real," he said.

Jotham said he was humbled by the experience and it affirmed him reality of the Lord's presence and mighty power. He said God has strengthened and gave him hope for the future.

On April 26, 2010, he went through a Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for further test. The result was that the tumor had decreased in size and suspected to be another kind of tumor known as Craniopharyngioma. But the doctors still insisted for surgery since there’s no medicine to further shrink or remove the tumor.

He and his family continued to put their faith in the Lord for his healing. As the days passed Jotham's faith grew.

In May 15, 2010 they flew to Manila for further consultations with four neurosurgeons, all of whom recommended surgery.

"The whole waiting time seemed endless (while waiting for the surgery). There were times that I felt exhausted, bored and impatient...but I decided to just wait for God’s time and surrendered everything to Him," he said.

On June 26, 2010 he was scheduled for a surgery at St. Luke's Medical Center. The night before the surgery, Jotham went through pre-surgery procedures, the last of which was the MRI.

He said he couldn’t sleep well the night before the procedure.

"I had mixed feelings -nervous as well as a sense of anticipation about the procedure and how the Lord would see me through. I just wanted this to be over," Jotham said.

Good news came the following day.

"The surgeon came to my room and said 'Baka hindi na matuloy ang surgery, lumiit na kasi yong tumor based sa MRI result,'" Jotham said, adding an hour later the surgeon came back to his room and confirmed that the there will be no more surgery.

You could just imagine the happiness and relief of Jotham and his family.

On September 28, 2010, he went through another MRI scan.

"The MRI result showed and as confirmed by my doctor that there's no more tumor to be found," he said.

"Through this experience, I’ve learned to surrender everything to God. It made me realize that I am not in control of my life; that God can give and take it away, and all I could do is to trust in Him. I’m so humbled to know that despite my shortcomings, God has been so gracious, loving, faithful, and merciful to me," Jotham said.

Jotham is presently an architecture student at the University of the Philippines-Mindanao. He is also a volunteer in the campus ministry of the Christ's Commission Fellowship in Davao City.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on April 12, 2014.


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