Hear My Cry
By: Tish Hagee Tucker
Reviewed by: Lara Van Hulzen
Publisher: Tate Publishing
Publication Date: 2009
Tish Tucker’s father always taught her that “for every million dollar problem, there will be a million dollar provision, but you have to seek God’s will and stand on his promises to carry you through the problem. Your attitude in the problem will determine how long you stay in the problem.” She never knew how much she would need that wisdom in her life. At the age of 37 with two young daughters and a loving husband at home, Tish was diagnosed with leiomyosarcoma. The discovery of a small bump on her ankle led to the diagnosis of a highly unusual form of cancer that can spread to the bloodstream and major organs.
Tish is honest and authentic about her reaction to her diagnosis. Clinging to God’s truth for encouragement, she pours out her heart to God – her fear of dying, not wanting to leave behind her children and husband, and her shock over cancer actually happening to her.
Refusing to be a victim, she responds to her cancer ready to fight. She shouts at Satan that he cannot win. She is realistic about her diagnosis and does not kid herself that the road will be easy, but she reminds herself, “I do not allow strangers into my home in order to prevent robbery of my physical possessions, why would I allow Satan to use cancer to steal my peace and my joy?” She doesn’t choose denial, she chooses to acknowledge the problem and give it to God. She chooses to hope no matter what.
Tish does not believe that God gave her cancer. She knew God was not surprised by her diagnosis and prayed that He would be able to use her to help others. Going to the many medical facilities and going through treatments brought Tish close to those who brought a whole new meaning to suffering. Inside a cancer ward, you are no longer able to feel badly about your circumstances. Milestone birthdays will no longer be a worry. Instead, each day is embraced as the true gift that it is.
Tish’s willingness to be completely truthful about her experience is what draws the reader in and desire to fight along with her. For anyone who has had cancer or knows anyone fighting the battle that Tish has battled, this book is for you. The medical care she received from various hospitals may not be the typical experience for all patients, but her story will encourage, uplift, and motivate everyone to place their lives and their health in the hands of an all powerful and loving God.
*Copy of the book was supplied by the publisher.