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Dr. Keith Allison: Five Years to Live

By Gorman Woodfin
The 700 Club Dr. Keith Allison, an ophthalmologist, and his wife Lou were looking forward to retirement. But one evening Keith noticed a lump on his neck.  “I just, I went like that (puts hand on throat) and all of a sudden there was a lump there. And I thought, ‘It wasn’t there when I shaved this morning.’ And it was perhaps the size of a golf ball.” 

His doctor immediately ordered biopsies on the lymph nodes in his neck and in his bone marrow. Two medical labs, including the Mayo Clinic, revealed he had non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma stage IV in both places.

Doctors gave him five years to live.

He started calling the 700 Club for prayer. “You just want to talk to somebody. See, and they’re there and they listen. And always close with the greatest prayer. What a comfort.” 

As a doctor, Keith knew that older patients respond less well to chemotherapy and radiation than younger patients, so he decided to forego treatment. 

Just five months after the diagnosis, Keith and Lou were at a hotel in Texas and turned on the 700 Club. “As I remember, Pat said, ‘There’s somebody, some man or somebody out there that’s struggling or had issues with cancer.’”

“You know, that’s what happened. Anyhow, the heat just radiates out of your body. And that’s what happened. I told my wife later. I said, ‘Lou, I don’t know but something just happened.’  And I said, ‘I know me.’ And I said, ‘I can’t believe that a miracle would happen to me.’ But I said, ‘I think it did.’” 

Keith returned to the doctor for tests, and there was no sign of cancer. The doctor told him he was in spontaneous remission. “That’s fine. That worked for him and I know what worked for me. And to this day I have no doubts. I just have great wonderment as to why a sinner like me would be so blessed.” 

It’s been thirteen years since Keith was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Today he and Lou are enjoying retirement and traveling around the country. When asked how he feels now, Keith says, “Fantastic! I start every day with an attitude of gratitude.” 

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