Hannah's Testimony

 May 26, 2006

Picture of HannahLittle did I know this time last year how much my testimony would change within a matter of weeks. I’ve been fortunate enough to grow up in a home where both of my parents are Christians and have been sharing God’s love with me since the day I was born. However, I didn’t accept Christ into my life until I was six years old. I was at a backyard Bible club at one of my neighbor’s houses where we sang songs and then had a bible story. After the leader shared about Jesus dying on the cross to save me from my sins and how He wants to come into my heart, she said that if anyone wanted to accept Christ into their lives to come and see her after snacks. I began to feel this tugging on my heart and I knew that I wanted to accept Christ into my life. So after snacks I went back inside and prayed and asked Jesus to come into my heart and a few months later Dr. Wilton baptized me. Then when I was eleven years old I went to a Clemson FCA rally with my dad because he was the sponsor of FCA at Dorman. That day after hearing a speaker I wanted to make sure that my heart was right with God so I prayed and rededicated my life to Christ. Since then God has worked in my life in so many different ways. At the beginning of my seventh grade year, I went on the discipleship retreat for the first time and joined a discipleship group. Before discipleship I had always memorized verses for Awana or GA’s but I never understood what it meant to study God’s word and apply it to my life. Through discipleship, I was able to have a daily quiet time and understand what it meant to spend time each day with God. Just recently however God has revealed himself to me in a totally new way. In about March of this year I began noticing a knot around where my appendix is. I ignored it for a while and then finally went and saw a couple of doctors who told me it was just an infected lymph node. So, I naturally continued on with my busy life and schedule, trying to forget about the increasing size and sometimes pain. Then on May 9th I ended up in the ER because I was hurting so bad. I was there all night and after lots of blood tests and CAT scans my doctor told me that it looked like I had a tumor on my right ovary. So, he referred me to another doctor who decided to do surgery the next day. After the surgery my doctor told me that it wasn’t my ovary and that I had a malignant tumor and that he was able to remove about 90-95% of it. Within a matter of three days I spent the night in the ER, had major surgery, and found out I had something cancerous living in my body. I know without a shadow of a doubt that if I didn’t have Jesus Christ in my life I would not be able to live with the overwhelming amount of peace, strength, and even joy that I have felt the past two weeks. As hard as it might be to swallow, I know that God has a plan for my life and that this is all in his good and perfect will that I go through this trial that he has put before me. I have learned that I can’t just depend on my parents and discipleship group. I must put all of my trust in the Lord Jesus Christ. His timing is perfect and I have learned that I must take one day at a time. For “I lift up my eyes to the hills – where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.” Psalm 121:1-2.

2 Corinthians 4:12-18 “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

Hannah Marie Sobeski

September 12, 1988 - November 9, 2006

Hannah's Story

Hannah's Interview with News Anchor Amy Wood six days before she went to heaven: (Click on the link)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbUJmqVvxXs

 November 29, 2006

Hannah and her FatherHannah Marie Sobeski was an All-American girl who loved life and lived it to its fullest. She would be the first to tell you that she was simply a sinner saved by grace. Hannah loved her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and faithfully served Him in all that she did. In May of 2006, near the end of her junior year of high school, Hannah learned that she had a rare form of Sarcoma cancer. The tumor was growing rapidly and required immediate treatment. She spent seventy-seven days at the M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX undergoing aggressive chemotherapy. During this time, Hannah’s story of faith and praise in the midst of her storm captivated her entire community. It has since spread all across America and into many foreign countries. God did many miraculous things through Hannah’s life and journey. Perhaps none was greater than sustaining her for thirty days in ICU on a ventilator, then restoring her strength to the point she came home to Spartanburg, SC to continue her treatment. As friends and classmates went busily along with their senior year of high school, Hannah was in and out of the hospital. God had a final big moment planned for Hannah as her classmates nominated her for the Homecoming court. She was voted as the 2006 Dorman High School Homecoming Queen by the student body. On a chilly night in October, she was crowned queen to thunderous applause. The next day she learned that her tumor had doubled in size, and without a miraculous healing from God, her time left here was short. Hannah believed until her last breath on earth and first in Heaven that God was going to heal her. On November 9, 2006, in the presence of her family and a home filled with friends, He did. He healed her wholly and completely, as our Homecoming Queen went home to eternity to be with her King!

Written by: Mickey Sobeski