To the editor,
My name is Melody Hayes and I have worked for Elkin Elementary School for many years. In 1997 I was diagnosed with Breast CANcer and the support of my EES family was amazing. I experienced so much love and support that I completed my chemotherapy and radiation treatment. It was July of 1998 that God provided healing from Breast CANcer and I went into a stage of remission. In May of 2015, I was given devastating news, the problems swallowing and eating were due to an early stage of Esophageal CANcer. It was at this time that God reassured me that He would deliver healing as He did before. He reminded me that despite the possible prognosis, He was the master of the IMPOSSIBLE! I decided that I would trust God and make this journey one in which God would show everyone WHO HE IS!
Again, it was so incredible to see the outpouring of love and support from my Elkin City Schools family. My heart was saturated with prayers and love from fellow co-workers, families, church family, students, and friends that it provided me with the strength I needed to know I COULD BEAT CANcer AGAIN!!!! Before my surgery, so many of my friends and family met with my family in Christ at ABSTRACT Church in Elkin, NC to show their love and support. It was the day that Melody’s Hope became official……Melody’s Hope! It was a reflection of not only my faith but the faith and hope of everyone I have ever known. It was a time to bring God’s message full circle:
“Faith is the evidence of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen” -Hebrews 11:1
On August 3, 2015 I was admitted to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center for surgery to remove my esophagus. There were so many emotions that I experienced that morning, I was anxious, afraid, wondering if I would be able to hear my voice when this was all said and done. It was then that my Melody’s Hope Team reminded me of WHOSE I was……I was the daughter of the most high KING! That the prayers that went before me and interceded on my behalf, the cards from students, the prayer circles at Elkin Elementary and so many churches came to my mind and I remembered I HAD TO FIGHT!!! I went through the surgery and as God said I didn’t lose my voice. In fact, I gained a voice to say I will not let CANcer beat me. I had so many setbacks and tough days and nights. I cried so many tears but it was the faces of my family, my friends, my co-workers, my students, my church family that I saw and each of you I could hear saying GOD’S GOT IT!!!
It was each of you who are reading this passage right now, that gave me strength to fight. So many of you blessed me with your visits, your prayers, meals/gift cards, monetary gifts, and your words of encouragement. Each of you allowed God to utilize you and be a blessing to me during the most difficult time of my life. I am forever grateful for your love and support and I will never forget what each of you have done for me. It would be impossible for me to show each of you just how much you mean to me and how much I love each and every person who has walked this journey with me. I ask that you continue to pray for me and never stop believing that God is able to do above and beyond anything we could ever ask of Him! If at anytime you ever doubt that God is real, just look at me and see that even on my worst days I am a walking miracle! I can not end without saying thank you to the man that God kept just for me. Alvin, you have been my rock and you have truly shown me what it means when you said for better or for worse. You have prayed for and with me, you have cried with me, you have been strong for me and I thank God for you everyday. Also thank you to my daughter Makisha Burns who started the Melody’s Hope page and Danielle Ieshia and Alton for everything you all have done.
I am an example of the promise that God made…..
“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up on wings as eagles. They shall run and not get weary, they shall walk and not faint” – Isaiah 40:31
Thank you and blessings always,