Surprised by the name of the blog? Since being diagnosed with cancer, the most frequent question I have been asked is, “How are you feeling?”. My response, “I’m feeling well/great/good.” I am so grateful for the countless individuals who care and inquire. Periodically though I sense a tinge of skepticism in the voice of the person to whom I give this response.

This leaves me with the question, “How am I suppose to feel?”

Would you be shocked if I said I feel joy? Would you doubt my authenticity?

Scripture does after all say, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance” (James 1:2, 3 NIV).

The definition for cancer when typed into google says, “The disease caused by the uncontrolled division of abnormal cells in a part of the body.” These are cells that respond in an unexpected manner. They multiply at an accelerated rate.

The definition for joy from the same source says, “The feeling of great pleasure and happiness.”

Combine the two definitions?? “The uncontrolled feeling of abnormal pleasure and happiness.” Cancerous Joy. Joy that is unexpected and multiplies at an accelerated rate.

Cancerous joy.


Unlike cancer, from which we don’t really know the cause or origin, I do know the origin of my joy. My faith in a loving God whose son Jesus Christ has secured heaven both now and forever for me. Faith built on an authentic, candid relationship with Jesus.


I am already seeing God be glorified through allowing these circumstances to minister to others–both people I already know and new people I would have never met. If you want an opportunity to minister, then respond to unexpected circumstances in an unexpected way.


I believe God is providing me an opportunity to pursue new depths of intimacy with him.

This blog will be a journey of authenticity. It will be the full story as I walk the road of testicular cancer. If you don’t care to read the details of what some might consider personal, this may not be the blog for you to read. I believe that truth is liberating.

Despite the title of the blog, if I am not feeling joy, I will let you know. My prayer is though that struggle won’t rob me of joy–at this point, I don’t see how it can, but I will let you know.

As I write this, I have concern that some will assume that my response should be everyone’s response to cancer/unexpected circumstances. I can’t say that. Others may have a different process which is just as glorifying to God. In fact, I write this with a great sense of humility, recognizing I have no real idea what’s ahead.

All I can say for now though is…Cancerous Joy.

  1. Teni Tillery
    September 14, 2012 at 8:38 am

    Andrew! May your cancerous joy be infectious! We will be following your blog, praying for you and praising with you! –Teni Tillery, Moss Bluff, LA

  2. Mariella Welch
    September 14, 2012 at 9:32 am

    What joy and encouragement to read this. My husband is in remission from lung cancer but continues to have to deal with adverse results from the treatments. GOD bless you and those with whom you come in contact . Thanks for sharing.

  3. Pam Bales
    September 14, 2012 at 10:43 am

    Andrew, my mother had cancer twice, I know that it is a long battle, know that God is in control is the best encouragement I know. God bless you and know that I will be reading you blog.

  4. Daceita Ellis
    September 14, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    My girlfriend in Jamaica HAD breast cancer and is now enjoying a cancer free life in the Lord – she’s up and about working both at church and her 9-5 job. God is the great healer and he never gives us more than we can bear. Pray on – there is a testimony out of this test. God Bless.

  5. Donna Yeakley
    September 14, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    Andrew we are praying for you for healing and for your witness through this period of trial. You know how special you are to us. We love you and are happy to be able to follow you on this journey. Love you Donna and Tom Yeakley

  6. Nan Gilbert
    September 14, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    What a beautiful testimony!

  7. Christi and Kevin Miller
    September 14, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    Andrew- you have blessed me and Kevin in many ways through your friendship and ministry. I would expect nothing less- than for you to respond to your news in this way. God shines through you and you are a true reflection of Christ- thanks for all that you do for others- we will cover you in prayer. You have remained steadfast in your ministry and continues to be a great role model for the kids. We love you! Kevin and Christi Miller – Moss Bluff

  8. Sylvia Thornton
    September 14, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    I look forward to walking with you through this journey…reading your blogs, praying for you. Please let us know what else you need that will help you. Love these words from today!

  9. September 15, 2012 at 10:57 am

    “Rejoice in the Lord ALWAYS, and again I say, “Rejoice”. Phil 1:4

  10. Marsha Wheeler
    September 15, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    Andrew – Your Christian maturity inspires and amazes me. My prayers are with you. Love to you and your family. Marsha

  11. Pam Bruce
    September 18, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    Praying for you often. Psalm 121! Much love and may prayers going up from Calvary-Dothan.

  12. Tesa
    September 20, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    I count it a joy to be able to follow your blog!! This joy you have the world didn’t give and the world can’t take it away. Continued joy Andrew and you shall be lifted in prayer often by me , my family and co-workers.

  13. Taylor Field
    September 22, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    Andrew–thinking of you and praying for you today. Proverbs 10:25

  14. Carolyn Rushing
    September 24, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    I will be praying for you and your family at Graffiti 2. The Lord is in control and He will bless as you go through this journey with Him. Carolyn Rushing New Braunfels, Texas

  15. Sarah Garner
    October 1, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    Thinking of you often & praying!

  16. Paula Stewart
    October 1, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    Know you are in my prayers.

  17. Tony Hudson
    October 3, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    Cancerous joy. Good stuff. I did the chemo and radiation thing 14 years ago. It revolutionized my relationship with Jesus. And with people too.
    I prayed for you this morning. And I’ll continue to do so.

  18. Leslie
    October 4, 2012 at 10:28 am

    I will keep reading your blog, and keep praying for you. May you never loose God’s words. He believes you are one of his strongest soldiers. We never know why, or the end results till they come. So stay strong, and true.

  19. October 5, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    Andrew thanks for telling me about your blog. I should have set up one but I don’t know how. I am very interested in what is going on with you. I was diagnosed with malanma inside my body last Sep. I have actually been sick since last April and took time to figure out what is going on. What I have is rare, it was from head to toe. 2/3 is gone. We are praising God for His healing. Thanks Andrew for your prayers. Lots of people are praying for me and we are so GRATEFUL. I really like your attitude. I am like you I wanted God to be glorified through me being sick. We told our children from day one that we wanted to live life to the fullest and have laughter in our house as long as we possible could. Andrew there may be days that are hard, but I can assure you God will never leave or forsake you. Nothing can seperate you from the love of God. I know you know that but wanted to share these are verses that I have held on to in my darkest days and I have had some dark days. Keep trusing in God I believe He will heal you. God is healing me and WE are so Thankful. I will keep in touch. Hope this isn’t too much about me , but we are praising God for what He has done in my likfe and I feel God is going to do the same for you. May God Bless in all you. Love in Jesus Christ Martha Mize, NC

  20. Terti
    October 7, 2012 at 12:01 am

    Cancerous joy!!! Thank you for your faith and love of our merciful savior. My sis survived non hotchins lymphoma….there wasn’t a day that went by that she didn’t give her praise to Jesus and knew that by His stripes she would be healed. Her life has been changed forever!
    Your joy in this journey will be an important step to recovery. Bath in God’s love!!!

  21. Cynthia
    October 9, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    Andrew, as I read your testimony/blog I sob with with tears. Tears of joy, tears of being scared, tears of envy. Envy at your courageous attitude, fortitude and tremendous faith in our Lord!
    I pray that God will grant me your same strength and faith in the event of an unforeseen circumstance. Know that I will be praying for you. From the first day I met you, you inspired me with courage and hope. Know that you still continue to do so, even more now.
    May God Bless you!!!!! Cynthia

  22. Shirley Crandell
    October 20, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    Andrew, you are so in tune with God. I love the way you have taken the definitions of cancer and joy, combining them, to create a unique name for your Blog. Our daughter, Pattie, has been fighting the big “C” for six years. She definitely relies on her Faith in God, to get her through the struggles and side effects of chemo. I hope the following verse will give you some encouragement. What Cancer Cannot Do! Cancer is so limited. It cannot cripple love – It cannot shatter hope It cannot destroy peace – It cannot kill friendship – It cannot suppress memories – It cannot silence courage – It cannot invade the soul – It cannot steal eternal life – It cannot conquer the spirit.(Anonymous) Don and I are praying for you as you continue the fight with the big “C”.

  23. Bryant Moxley
    November 3, 2012 at 9:55 am

    Andrew, please know that Bluefield College students are praying for you. God has used you to bless us in so many ways over the years. We love you and believe in the God who is at work in and through you.

  24. Ronn Hobbs
    November 4, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    What a blessing you have given us! I just want to reach out to you and tell u my wife Jill and I are praying for you that you keep experiencing God’s love an His joy. May u stay in His grip! Ronn from PB

  25. Ronn Hobbs
    November 4, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    What a blessing you have given us! I just want to reach out to you and tell u my wife Jill and I are praying for you that you keep experiencing God’s love an His joy. May u stay in His grip! Ronn

  26. clinton powell
    November 4, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    I’ve known u for a while now and i know u r strong but 2 face cancer with the Lord u r one strong guy.

  27. Belinda Winters
    November 6, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    Andrew, what a blessing cancerous joy has been for all of us to keep up with you. Again, you are an amazing young man and I know God is smiling down on you! Just know we are lifting you up in prayer and praying for God’s healing. All of us here in PB love you! Wish I could be there to give you a big hug! Love you!

  28. Von Rogers
    November 7, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    Andrew – you are in our prayers as you walk this path of cancerous joy! I praise God for the infectious grace He has given you that enables you to walk this path with courage. I have walked this path alongside a precious sister who had ovarian cancer and she taught me a lot about courage and faith — I’ve never had cancer but I know now that if I ever do – I have had incredible role models in Christ — and I am adding you as one of them! The BCM students at North GA College & State University and Young Harris College here in GA will be praying for you and following your journey! We will spread the JOY with you!! Your sister in Christ – Von

    November 8, 2012 at 8:25 pm


  30. November 16, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    Looking forward to how the Lord glorifies Himself through you in this season of life! He has already used it/you to minister to me…once again! Blessings Andrew

  31. Joyce Grimes
    November 28, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    Our children at Olivet Baptist, Milton, FL are praying for you.

  32. Bonnie Carter
    November 28, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    Andrew, thank you for your joy and your sharing this journey with us, so that we may pray and be encouraged through what God is doing through this in your life. Our children and youth at our church will be praying for you as well as our family.
    Bonnie Carter

  33. Glen and Gayla
    January 9, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    Andrew and Jaunita: Glen and I have you in our thoughts and prayers tonight as you prepare for surgery, and for rapid recouperation. You are special to us and more special to our Heavenly Father, the Great Physician. Take care. Love Gayla and Glen

  34. Lana Lomax
    January 11, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    Praying for you as you go through surgery today! You are an amazing man of God and I’m blessed to call you my friend!

  35. Pam Bruce
    January 12, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    Praying that your recovery from this sx will be smooth and everything about this experience will be for your good and His glory. Love and prayers from Calvary Baptist, Dothan.

  36. Ken and Barbra Felts
    January 21, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    Your testimony of faith reflects that Christian you’ve been since you were a very small child. Your Christian ways were apparent as a 6 year old soccer player on my little team many years ago. You’ve always been a model for all of us! Ken and I lift you up in our prayers and believe God will use you as he always has–a beacon for all of us. God Bless as you fight the good fight!

  37. Steve Allen
    January 29, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    Praying often for your full and speedy recovery, my friend. You are ever an inspiration and a source of encouragement to many. Bless you!

  38. Carmen Astralaga
    February 2, 2013 at 1:13 am

    The Lord knows what a good person you are , how much you do for others and how much you are needed. May the Lord continue to bless you with a quick and full recovery.

  39. angie smith
    February 2, 2013 at 9:41 am

    I am praying for you friend. I pray your strength and courage inspire others. You will defeat this because our God is unbeatable!

  40. Nancy Locker
    February 2, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    How thankful I am to be able to say, “I know Andrew!” You’re a fighter, always have been, and although you didn’t go to Baylor after all, I care for you.

  41. Brian Irvine
    June 18, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    Andrew you are a blessing and an inspiraration.I look forward to serving with you in the future brother.Praise the Lord

  42. Mary Tircuit
    June 20, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    just want you to know i have experienced this joy!! God is Good. When He is in control, there is no need to worry!

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