To say he beat the odds is an understatement. In 2012 Roger Teague suffered a stroke which was caused by cancer. The tumor was removed from his brain, but the cancer was still present.
He was given only a few months to live, but that’s where this incredible story begins.
Odds of survival: A million to one. Practically speaking, it was a death sentence for Perry County resident Roger Teague back in 2012 when he elected not to undergo chemotherapy for a cancer he had been battling for years.
“Finally I just said I’m not taking anymore chemo. I just quit it on my own,” Teague said.
“We were given no hope for him. They actually told me and my sister and my stepmom to take him home, make him comfortable, and spend what time we had with him…it was just a very scary time,” said Natashia Smith, Teague’s daughter.
But his decision was not a white a flag of surrender. Teague says an intense religious experience at the time convinced him that he was cured.
At one point, I felt like I was glowing. I don't think I was, but it was like I could see a bright ring around my body, and then that when I saw the Lord running through my body,” he said.
Teague says he watched as God zapped the cancer cells from his body. Regardless of whether or not one chooses to believe his account, several months later, the cancer is gone, and even his doctors agree, what happened defies explanation.
“I think miracles happen, yes. Medically speaking a lot of things happen that we can't explain, especially with regard to cancer or other terminal diseases,” said Dr. Joe Kingery, one of Teague’s doctors.
Doctors say Teague’s belief that he would get better without treatment may have provided some therapeutic benefit, commonly known as the “Placebo Effect,” but that by itself in no way accounts for the extreme nature of his recovery.
Teague is currently suffering from blindness. He says he believes the same faith that helped him conquer cancer will one day allow him to see as well.
• Some images used in the piece were taken by WYMT’s Field Photographer, Justin Skeens.