Tom’s Story

The story below is what Jesus has done in my life. Please don’t look at me but what the Lord has done in and through me! He deserves ALL the glory! – Pastor Tom Shuford

I have not been locked up in a cell but I have been imprisoned by my body and earlier in my life I was imprisoned by sin. But no matter how impossible a situation looks, there is nothing that the Lord can’t handle! If He can cure a life-threatening disease, cause me to walk and communicate again and bring me back from death several times, He can take care of the situation you’re going through!

When I was 18 years old, I was given only a short time to live. Blood tests revealed that I had a life-threatening disease. It was Leukemia and the doctor said there was no hope!

It was 1984, a time when the medical treatment for leukemia was not as advanced as it is today. And even though there was a life-saving bone marrow transplant, it would cost well over $100,000 just to get started. The money would have to be paid before I could receive treatment, but that wasn’t all. An unlikely bone marrow match was also needed and a marrow bank did not yet exist.

My journey was not easy. Only six months later, the Lord allowed me gather the $150,000 needed and my only brother was tested and found to be a perfect bone marrow match! I did receive the transplant, but during the process I went into a blast crisis and came even closer to death. I found myself totally paralyzed, my lungs were collapsed, I was on life support, unable to communicate and later, confined to a wheel chair, for nearly eight years. All my joints contracted and left me a prisoner in my own body. It felt like I was stuck inside a concrete statue. I had been through a battle but I was determined not to lose the war.

Years later, I’m cured of the leukemia! I still experience many complications. Conditions known as “aphasia” and “kidney failure”, among others but God gives me strength to do what He asks me to do. I may experience walls of limitations but in Jesus I am free! And no one can take that away from me.

I have a burden to go and tell people what Jesus Christ has done for me and the victory He wants others to have when they put their trust in Him. I have never been in prison or a slave to alcohol or drugs but I have something in common with a lot of people. I felt hopeless and many have given up on me or told me I couldn’t accomplish something. But there is good news! Jesus says I will give you victory! Victory can be found when you ask the Lord to take control of your life. The hope I have is not in this temporary life but in eternal life only found in Him! Now I’m walking, talking, singing and bringing His message of hope and peace to others!

The road to recovery started over 30 years ago in North Carolina and in Seattle. Today I experience complete VICTORY! The leukemia is totally cured and the paralysis is gone. I have completely trusted the Lord to guide my life and He has used a lot of people over the years to get me to where I am today.

If I can help and encourage someone else with His message, everything I’ve been through has been worth it all!