Carol Waisanen gave a talk at her church about “Facing Your Giants” on May 7th. She and her husband, Don, share pastoral duties at Solid Rock Restoration Church in Riverside, California.
“When all human hope is gone as a possibility, Abraham placed his faith and hope in God,” Carol declared that morning, preaching from Romans 18. “Have you ever gone through a trial and felt like you were staggering? When everything looks impossible—dead—you can still say you believe in the impossible?
“Like Abraham, we all face our giants …”
That same evening, Carol began to feel sick. “She threw up and we thought she had food poisoning,” Don says. Her condition continued to deteriorate through the week.
On May 12th, Don rushed her to the emergency room at Kaiser Hospital in Fontana. After running a variety of tests, doctors returned with a grim report.
Carol was diagnosed with uterine cancer. The fast-growing tumor created a blockage in her abdomen, triggering her symptoms.
As the days went by, Carol continued to decline. On the 19th, she was transferred to ICU.
“All of her vital signs were disintegrating fast,” Don recounts. The tumor had tripled in size, impacting other organs. Pneumonia had set into her lungs, affecting her breathing. She had blood clots in her legs and other infections that were life-threatening. Her vital organs were shutting down as she lapsed into a coma.
“Her condition was so grave the doctors only gave her a 3 percent chance of survival and predicted she probably wouldn’t last the next 24 hours.”
Don was told to make preparations for her funeral. Still, a small group of intercessors from their church gathered at the hospital to pray for Carol in the waiting room.
The following day, Carol was transferred from ICU to hospice care, signaling the end was near. “She was in tremendous pain,” Don says. “She said she didn’t want to be sustained by artificial means, and I was in a quandary about what to do.”
Don continued to have faith that God could heal his wife. “I know this looks impossible,” he told the doctors, “but please continue to give her water and nutrition,” believing a supernatural God could override their desperate circumstances.
“We organized a prayer vigil for Carol last Thursday night at 7 p.m., May 25th,” Don recounts. He encouraged people to spread the word via email and over the internet, and soon got word that people were praying from Canada to the U.K., New York, Florida, Texas, Nevada and throughout California.
Amazingly—later that night—Carol came out of the coma and began to speak!