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Bessemerís Union Hill Church pianist fights leukemia, gives potential last performancecomment (0)

January 13, 2011

By Anna Swindle

Godly. A prayer warrior. A great friend.

Those words best describe Diane Glover, according to her friend Glenda Nolan.

Despite being diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) last June, Glover has maintained an amazingly positive outlook and continued to minister to others, Nolan said.

Glover is the pianist for Union Hill Baptist Church, Bessemer, and she gave a special concert at the Mud Creek Baptist Association church Dec. 5. Nearly 400 people attended the event — potentially her final performance. It was recorded on both CD and DVD and aired on a Birmingham television network.

“I’m still absolutely overwhelmed by that night,” the 61-year-old Glover said. “I wasn’t feeling well and didn’t know if I’d have strength to endure the hour-long performance, but I knew I wanted to have something to leave behind for my family.”

Since that June visit to the doctor, the road has been a tough one, involving intensive chemotherapy treatments, hospital stays and countless tests. Her husband died a few years ago, and at first, she was anxious about facing AML alone. But she soon found an abundance of friends, ready and willing to minister to her.

“I prayed to God, ‘How can I go through this alone?’” Glover said. “Then I got my answer: ‘You’re not alone.’ There were people everywhere, coming to visit me in the hospital, calling me daily, staying overnight with me.”

Her optimism and pure faith throughout the past few months have come as no surprise to Senior Pastor Mickey Bell. He remembers how she dealt with her husband’s death: by becoming actively involved in missions trips to Africa.

“She has a heart for all those kids in Africa, and all that came from the death of her husband,” Bell said.

“From the moment I got to really know her, the faith she has in God has been an awesome testimony.”

Nolan has similar praise for Glover and her attitude toward her illness (which has progressed to the fatal stage).

“Even at her sickest, she could still smile, and you felt that you were nearly in the presence of God,” said Nolan, secretary for Union Hill Baptist.

“She’s doing all she can to fight the disease, but she’s at peace with the diagnosis.”

Yet, Glover said, how could she not feel peaceful? She’s confident that God is right beside her through it all just as He has been her whole life.

“God’s been so good to me throughout this illness,” Glover said. “He holds me up and I feel so close to Him. I feel Him moving in my life.”

Bell said he certainly felt God at work Dec. 5 as Glover shared her gift of music with a sanctuary full of listeners. She stopped playing periodically to share about her struggle with AML and how she began playing the piano at age 6.

“She talked a lot about how God has used this disease to strengthen her faith in Him,” Bell said. “She’s told me before that whatever happens is a win-win. If she survives the disease, she’ll be able to spend more time with her family and friends. If God calls her home, she’ll get to be in heaven soon. Her heart and spirit are incredible.”

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