She is known for being a skilled mathematician but it wasn’t her accuracy with numbers that helped Dr. Jennie Bennett beat the toughest battle of her life, it was the word of God.
Bennett is a 22-year breast cancer survivor who learned how to stand on the promises of the Lord. She was featured in the MD Anderson’s first ad campaign entitled, “Making Cancer History,” and later began educating other women who were diagnosed with breast cancer.
Her powerful story has impacted the lives of many. Telling her testimony, Bennett makes it clear her faith in Jesus helped her through the healing process. The Houston native is never shy about sharing her journey of healing nor is she penitent when it comes to giving credit to God.
“It was not luck and I am not a lucky woman, I am a healed woman of God,” she said.
In 1996 Bennett received a notice in the mail reminding her about her annual mammogram, something she did not have time for. She was planning a trip to San Diego to speak at a national mathematics conference, so the paper was thrown in the trash. Despite throwing away the notification, Bennett discovered something peculiar resulting in her still going to the doctor.
“I do not recommend anyone to do what I did and ignore a notification,” Bennett said. “I thought I did not have time for a mammogram, but God saw different.”
While in San Diego the next morning, Bennett noticed a spot on her pajamas. The following morning she discovered another spot in a different area. Oftentimes women observed a lump in there breast but for the mathematician, a discharge from her breast nipple was not adding up. Bennett decided to return back home.
After having a biopsy done, the doctor revealed she had breast cancer. The news was devastating and came as major shock for the single mother. She was not prepared but God still had a plan of victory for her.
“I began to cry and asked myself who would raise my 14-year old daughter,” she said. “I felt I was going to die.”
Reaching out to a colleague of hers about the breast cancer, he encouraged Bennett to speak with his wife about her situation. He felt they had a lot in common but Bennett was hesitant to talk with a complete stranger regarding her situation.
“I did not know this woman so I was somewhat skeptical but my friend thought she could help me,” said Bennett. “The lady was diagnosed with breast cancer at 26-years old and she beat it. She encouraged me to read my bible and I began confessing the word of God.”
There was not a moment Bennett did not speak scriptures over her life. She confessed the word several times a day, even while driving in her car. It helped her apply God’s word to her condition.
“I literally ate the word of God,” Bennett said. “It was an ongoing routine, everyday and all day.”
Bennett said one her favorite scripture is Isaiah 53:5 (KJV), “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” The word of God resonated deep in her spirit and she was more prepared to fight when the enemy came again.
The enemy tried to place doubt in her mind during another annual mammogram after being diagnosed with breast cancer. The radiologist spoke to her about a region on the microfilm. Bennett however was adamant about believing God’s word and did not let him finish the prognosis. She informed him she would get a second opinion.
Putting her faith in action she remembered the scripture Nahum 1:9, “What do ye imagine against the Lord? He will make an utter end: affliction shall not rise up the second time.” The affliction, Bennett said, would not rise up again.
Experiencing healing was a process for the breast cancer advocate, who underwent surgery lasting more than 10 hours and afterwards developing a blood clot. As a result of the blood clot, she now had to undergo emergency surgery. Adding more to her plate, Bennett also had a breast reconstruction procedure done while getting a mastectomy.
“I took a cassette tape with me during surgery with worship music playing on it and I played it the whole time. The surgeon did not want to hear the music so I brought earphones with me. When they told me I had to have another surgery I played worship music again,” she said. “I also had two blood transfusions and at first the nurses could not find the donated blood.”
Throughout the whole ordeal she claimed victory over her battle. While inspiring others, the Lord inspired her to start a non-profit organization geared in helping breast cancer survivors. At first she ignored the prompt from the Holy Spirit but after receiving confirmation from two different people, Bennett founded, “Reconstruction of A Survivor.”
“God reminded me of the support sessions I went to and how they did not help me. He told me to do the support group sessions with this organization but connect every session with a scripture,” she said. “A friend of mine tried to convince me to change the name of the organization, but God said no.”
The Lord told Bennett “Reconstruction of A Survivor,” will make survivors over again for His glory. During her healing process she shared how she was able to forgive her mother regarding things that happen in her childhood. If you are unable to forgive, explained Bennett, it can cause disease in your spirit.
One of the group sessions in the organization approaches ways on how to not hold things against people, especially those close to you. Bennett believes there are times you must forgive others or even yourself on a daily basis. This was the key to her transformation of healing. Forgiveness and confessing the promises of God is her advice for those going through a similar journey.
“Please take the shackles of unforgiveness off your feet and hands because we are promised in His word, life more abundantly.”