In April 2012, Kelli Biondich made her way around Florida State University’s
campus like any other college student. She was preparing for an internship and majored in social work. Her neck began to hurt though. She went to several doctors, but each one thought little of the problem, insisting that she’d probably just twisted her neck. Finally, with tremendous pain, Kelli entered the emergency room of the local Tallahassee hospital where a scan was performed.
A chordoma dedifferentiated tumor had eaten away her C-4 vertebra and part of the C-3 and C-5 as well. The doctors were amazed that Kelli wasn’t paralyzed. She could easily have broken her neck. That was the first miracle in Kelli’s life.
Kelli’s parents received word in the evening hours and drove the seven hours north to Tallahassee from Jensen Beach, Florida where the family resides. Her father, a believer, anointed his daughter with oil and the family began to pray.
Within a day or so, Kelli was moved to Shands Hospital at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Specialists operated, removing the tumor, and replacing the missing vertebra with bone and rod.
Since that time, Kelli has had a summer of radiation, six rounds of chemotherapy and the reoccurrence of the chordoma tumors twice. The second surgery was completed in Boston at Massachusetts General Hospital where the Chordoma Foundation
is based. There she received care from the best doctors in the country who specialize in this rare cancer. This was the second miracle in Kelli’s life.
is of three types and affects only 1 in one million people a year in the United States. The tumors develop on the ends of the spine and in the tissue surrounding the spine.
As of November, 2013, Kelli has two tumors in the soft tissue near where the original tumor occurred. Chemo is shrinking them by about 30 to 50 percent per every two rounds. This is the third miracle in her life. “Most chordoma patients,” Kelli states, “do not respond to the chemotherapy.” Her doctors can’t even name a percentage of those who have been helped by chemotherapy, they tell her that only two others were helped.
Kelli Biondich is a walking, talking, breathing miracle. Her doctors are attempting to develop a medicine for her chordoma which will not have the same side effects as chemotherapy.
What keeps this young woman alive though is God’s will. She states, “From the beginning, I never considered the cancer a death sentence because of my faith in Jesus. I believe one’s outlook on life determines how he or she takes the news. I believe that God has already cured me. Instead of praying to Him for healing, I am praising Him for what He has done."
She continues, "Jesus says in Mark 11: 24
'Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you.’” (Kelli prays this verse each night before surgery.)
“During this last year and a half, I learned that God doesn’t put disease on us. We live in a disease-filled fallen world full of evil. I spoke with Dr. Helena Mariades
about this. She helped me understand that He gives us each a purpose. It’s up to us to actually listen to Him and do something with the gifts He’s given us. For example, He has given us authority; because I’m a child of God, satan has no authority over my life. We are to rebuke the work of the devil."
"Another day I was home and found a letter from Shands Hospital
on the kitchen table about living with chordoma. I read the survival statistics and freaked out. Crying to God, I sat and prayed, ‘God, I don’t even know what to pray for now. I feel lost. I just need you to let me know that you’re here and tell me what to do.’
Out of my mouth flowed another language and I was overcome with joy! I had gone from being absolutely terrified to crying tears of joy. I do not know what I was saying, but the language flowed out for three to four minutes. Then I said, ‘Thank You Lord. Thank You.’ I had been freaking out for nothing. Then I was filled with the Holy Spirit and began praying in tongues again. I was relieved and filled with happiness. Then I knew that He was with me taking care of me, and had been all along.”
That was a fourth miracle in Kelli’s life.
Kelli Biondich is a courageous young woman who has a wonderful life ahead of her. She knows this and is preparing for it by finishing up her internship and taking online classes in 2014.
"‘For I know the plans that I have for you,' declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.'" Jeremiah 29:11
For those struggling with physical, emotional, mental or spiritual problems, Kelli says this, “Believe in God and pray. Ask for His guidance through healing.
'Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.'" Philippians 4:6