Rachel Baumgartner Lozano suffered a lot buffer she was cured
Rachel Baumgartner Lozano was diagnosed with a rare and deadly cancer during her sophomore year in high school. It was 1998, and chances of beating the tumor growing on her spine were slim.
"It was shutting down my body," Lozano says. "I had to have emergency surgery. Then I went through a year of chemo and radiation."
That killed the cancer, but it came back -- with a vengeance.
"I had a life-threatening bone marrow transplant that I almost didn't survive, and then about a year and a half after that, (the cancer) came back between my heart, lung and spine," Lozano says.
This third recurrence was bad news. The cancer was in a spot too dicey to operate. Two years went by. Doctors managed her pain but knew she was terminal.
"In both cases, when a patient has a recurrence, survival is typically measured in days to weeks,"
However, God saw it fitting that through the intercession of Blessed Chaminade she might be cured.
Finally, the decision came to operate -- the last resort to try to save the then 21-year-old girl.
"(The surgeon) took out a tumor the size of a small football and sent the whole thing off -- in tact -- to the pathologist," Dr. Bergamini says. "And two days later, the pathologist called and said 'this is all scar tissue.' And it was just 'do you have the right patient?!' I said, 'what do you mean it's all scar tissue?' He said 'it's all scar tissue, it's dead.'"
And that makes Rachel wonder if prayer and a certain priest played just as big of a role as modern medicine. Daily, she asked Blessed Chaminade, a founder of the Marianist Order, to intercede on her behalf -- to cure her of the deadly cancer.
Through the intercession of Blessed Charminade may we be perserved in Health of Body and souls against the cancers of this world.
Blessed Charminade, pray for us!
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