John Tesh recalls how faith gave him hope during cancer battle: ‘I was begging God for healing’

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The former “Entertainment Tonight” co-host told Fox News he has always relied on the Bible to provide him comfort during tough times.

And the 68-year-old is all too familiar with facing personal obstacles in his life. In 2015, Tesh was diagnosed with a rare form of prostate cancer and given only 18 months to live. During treatment, he and his wife Connie Sellecca would read the scriptures together.

“At that time, I was trying really hard to believe that everything was going to be all right,” Tesh reflected. “I was begging God for healing. And when Connie and I read the scriptures together, we learned that God wants us to have health and wellness, healing and prosperity. And the Bible speaks truth. It’s the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.”

“I think people will really be surprised to read what the Bible has to say if they take a break from their phones and just read the scriptures each day,” Tesh shared. “I really recommend the Book of Romans and just take a deep breath.”

Tesh admitted that like many people, he’s been a victim of “doom scrolling,” or mindlessly reading negative, heartbreaking news articles and social media posts non-stop. Test said this self-destructive behavior can easily impact one’s mental health during unprecedented times.

“I think it’s incredibly important to stay informed and educated,” he explained. “But I also think it’s just as important to take a step back and disconnect. You can’t constantly consume all the negativity all day, every day.”

“It may sound ridiculous coming from me because I fell for it myself, but I found myself being pulled in so many different directions,” he continued. “We need to take care of ourselves and our hearts. And reading the Bible does that for me. It helps me understand my truth and it connects me with my family, especially during difficult times.”

Tesh said he does take time to connect with fans on social media where he frequently speaks out about his cancer battle. In February 2020, he released a book titled “Relentless: Unleashing a Life of Purpose, Grit and Faith,” which detailed his journey to healing. 

In his memoir, Tesh also described the many ups and down’s he’s faced over the years, including being homeless and recording a song that would send his children to college.

“I’m healed and I feel good,” said Tesh. “I take care of myself. But when you go through such suffering like that, you can never really forget it. And it has made me grateful each day that I can wake up every morning and be with my family. I thank God every day for my healing. I can’t just put aside that suffering I’ve experienced. It’s a part of me. And it’s taught me that when faced with an enemy, I’m strong enough to pick up that sword.”

Tesh is aware that when it comes to staying positive these days, it’s easier said than done. But he said spending more time than ever at home gives us the gift of reconnecting with our faith – as well as our loved ones.”

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