Another Special Life in Christ
These testimony lives are not stories of "role models". Jesus is the
These are lives wonderfully touched & changed by Jesus!
Kelly Nance Jeffcoat, R.
Born about 1964, she grew up in a family in which
the father had an alcohol problem which lead to a very disruptive upbringing...she, however,
was always confident of his love. She often ended up spending periods of time with her
paternal grandmother who spent much time in church. I'm not sure yet of how she came to
belief. By the time we met, Kelly was a believer in Jesus.
I first met Kelly about 1997 when she was an
oncology nurse for Dr. Brenda Carroll in their office in Lexington Medical Center. When
Brenda moved her practice to the Wilmington, N. C. area in 2000, Kelly's job disappeared.
In 1997, our hospital had formed a multidisciplinary breast cancer program. That September, a
multi-physician team went together to a broad-topics and important breast cancer conference
in Palm Springs, California. Our founding nurse coordinator, Deidre Young, was shortly
promoted to a broader institutional oncology responsibility; and Kelly was hired in 2001 as Deidre's
The Breast Program nurse coordinator's duties
include 24/7 availability to enrolled patients as their needs to discuss concerns, fears, and
confusing medical issues arise. In less than two months on the job (2001), Kelly found her
own breast lump...cancer!!
Now, Kelly was already many years as a Christian
of strong faith. I recall several times when I asked coworkers how Kelly was doing...I'd get
comments like, "Dr. Shaw, she has to be in denial...she hasn't been sad or angry or
pessimistic...she has just continued to be 'Kelly' as if this is not a big deal!" After
several chemo treatments, I happened by her closed office and knocked on the door, "Come in!"
I opened the door...my jaw had probably dropped and Kelly stared startled at me for a minute.
(Her wig was off....her head was hairless...I felt like I'd walked in on a "naked lady"...she
had thought the door knock was from Deidre.) "Oh, heck," Kelly laughed, "come on in and sit
down...it had to happen sooner or later!" This has been 'Kelly' through it all. She had told
me a number of times that she had simply turned her situation over to God.
We met on 17 January 2003 (a few months past her
2nd cancer anniversary) about something, and Kelly shared the following faith testimony: She
recently joined a Beth Moore study group at Northside Baptist Church in West Columbia, S. C.
And that course had impressed on everyone that the believer's tendency to turn things over to
God and then attempt to periodically "take it back" was a sin. This insight lead her to step
into a new orbit/zone of confidence and peace resulting when she completely turned her
life over to God. "Now I just want to be 100% in God's will, and I'm working on trying to be
sure that I'm listening and hearing when He speaks!"
By the way, her dad quit alcohol for awhile and
also came to belief in Jesus. Kelly then knew, as always, that she was loved by her dad. And
now she also knows that he...deceased...is with Jesus. What better can anyone hope for
regarding a parent? See other faith & health information [here].
***give me your comments about this
[posted 1 February 2003; latest update 5 November
You have just read a very brief example of the
powerful, supernatural transformation of a person's life which is possible through the
acceptance of Jesus as your savior. Are you tired of life as it now is for you? He will
accept you just as you are right this second! Consider accepting Jesus now