CORBIN — A local pastor recently talked to chamber members about how overcoming adversity has helped change his outlook on life.
Chad Fugitt, pastor of Central Baptist Church in Corbin, talked to guests of the Southern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday about his personal story of overcoming a brain tumor.
He is a graduate of Clear Creek Baptist Bible College and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary where he is currently working to complete his doctor of ministry in evangelism and church growth. Fugitt began serving at Central Baptist Church in February 2011 and told guests he’s always lived a busy life, studying, traveling and ministering.
At the end of 2017, Fugitt began to have spells that caught his attention. What he described as overwhelming moments of disorientation.
“For about 30 seconds or so the world would spin a little bit,” he said. “I would not know what was going on and then I would have a metallic taste in my mouth.”
Fugitt said he knew something wasn’t right.
Concerned, he saw his doctor. He and his doctor determined he needed a CT scan. That CT scan revealed a mass in the left frontal lobe of his brain. He learned the moments of disorientation had actually been seizures.
“My life was instantly turned upside down,” he said. “The tumor was actually in the verbal center of the left frontal part of my brain.”
Fugitt was sent to Duke University for the best neurosurgeon in the world to perform surgery on his brain.
During the surgery, Fugitt would be awake and bolted to a table.
“I can still hear the sound of that blade chopping,” he said. “I would be talking to and answering questions from a physician's assistant.”
Before surgery the prayers from his church family were encouraging, especially one from a church member who prayed that even the surgeon would be amazed at how well the surgery would go.
Fugitt dreamed an unforgettable dream about his father the night before his surgery. The morning of surgery he went into it with a peaceful spirit, confident that things would be good and quoting scripture.
Fugitt said God had spoken to him and God's hand worked in his life.
After surgery, 100 percent of the tumor was removed.
Fugitt now calls his brain cancer his gift from God.
“Trials are friends,” he told members and guests of the chamber.
Although Fugitt said he wouldn’t pray his experience on anyone, he said his tumor brought him closer to God and his friends and family.
“God brought me through the valley of the shadow of death and I’m alive and seeing all this, and everything is a gift from God,” added Fugitt who said Jesus is his hope.