Expectations. They can break your heart.

It spread to my lungs.

Can you imagine getting that call? Can you imagine being the wife to someone with an incurable disease and hearing those words?

Can you imagine being Carrie?

Well. Now you can.

Is your heart in your throat? Mine was too.

And then she heard that laugh….Oh that laugh…

“heh, heh, heh……Just kidding…they still haven’t called.”

Oh to be married to Travis. Never a dull moment.

But then the text message did come in.

A text message???

Well. Dr. Hamrick is at the beach this week and still reached out personally to Travis with the results. That’s just the kind of doctor he is. That’s just the kind of guy Travis is.

I would imagine, as Travis went to retrieve the message, his heart must have been thumping as Carrie’s was when he made that ridiculous joke.

And the message…

“Hey Travis – am at the beach this week but got a voicemail from the radiologist – CT scan shows an excellent response. Lymph nodes persist but the cancer is responding everywhere. I will log in tonight and email the printed report to you. This is great news.”

Travis forwarded me the message to get on the blog…

Really? That’s it?

Ok….ok…ok…I am excited. I am happy. The news should be bad and it is not. Go to The Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation’s website and read the message boards. This disease does not give an “excellent response”…

…but then again…we kind of knew it was responding…the CA19-9 tells us that every two weeks.

But I am excited. I am.


Really God?

It took me a few minutes. Ok. It took me 45 minutes. And I finally got real.

“God. I’m thankful for what You provided. I know it is of You. But….I’m kind of disappointed.”

Don’t worry. He didn’t fall off His throne. Nope…not because I simply told Him what He already knew I was feeling. It’s ok to be honest. It shows you trust Him. At least…that’s what I tell myself.

God?!? Really!?!? That’s it!?!”


“I guess I just trust You know what You are doing. Your ways are not mine.”

And then the phone rang.


That wasn’t all the details. That wasn’t everything. God wasn’t done.

How about a sixty five percent REDUCTION in the lymph nodes?

How about going from eight tumors in the liver….to THREE.

How about the largest tumor in his liver reducing by 50%.

How about miracle, after miracle, after miracle, after miracle!?!?

Expectations. When they are met. It’s a beautiful thing.

25 responses to “Expectations

  • Debbie South it

    Ok.., from lump in my throat to crying to wanting to kick Travis to laughing to thanking our amazing God!!!!! Travis God had a special mission for you and you are walking it moment by moment making unbelievers wake up!!! Love you!!!!

    Sent from my iPhone

  • Julie Tibbs

    I am bawling! Praise God, Praise God, Praise God!!!

  • Jason Mashburn


  • Vicki Gansser

    What incredible news for Travis!! Miracles are in the making. We are among the thousands praying for you, Travis, and Carrie. I thank Krissy for keeping us posted with such tender and honest words.

  • Sarah Kirkland

    Praise God!!!!

  • John Pettit

    “Expectations. When they are met. It’s a beautiful thing.” Yep. Lord, help us to expect more. Amen.

  • jean gysin

    I am so glad to hear the great news.

    I do pray for you everyday.

  • Jennie Willis

    Great news! God continues to be glorified through Travis and Carrie! Continuing to pray!

  • Anonymous

    I have never prayed so hard and constant for good news!! Now I am praying just as hard thanking God! I feel so blessed to follow this Journey with you and Carrie! Love and hugs as always!!

  • Ryan Casey

    Awesome news!!

  • Kay Pigg

    That is sooOOO amazing. We are praying for you Travis and Carrie! Keep up the faith…it is the only way. So, so happy for you!!

  • Suzanne

    Praise The Lord, my God, Jehovah Rophe… MY GOD HEALS!!!

  • Doreen

    YAY! Amazing God; Amazing Grace

  • Molly

    God continues to hold Travis and Carrie in the palm of his hand. Clearly, He has a plan. Our God is THE one, true god!

  • Bob bracewell

    I am a friend of Tyson and Crystal, I live in CA, I pray for you every day and I am so happy for the great news!!!

  • Lisa Sager

    Super excited to hear this news. Woohoo! Oh my gosh, this is freaking awesome!! Prayers will continue that the treatments continue to eradicate the cancer. With fondness, Lisa Sager

  • Debbie Neel

    May the miracles keep coming. May God be glorified. Travis- get ready to do GREAT(er) things. God is not finished with you on earth. 🙂 PTL, Debbie in Cary

  • Anonymous

    Let me start by saying I only know of your story because my Aunt Sally is best friends with your Mom. I’ve only recently heard more stories about your Mom, Cindy & her soap business (to which I have bought several bars & enjoy). Your story just makes me fall in love with my Jesus all over again. He is so awesome in how He works in our lives. I look back over mine & have a similar background & family story as yours. Didn’t really believe God would do what He said in His word & decided I could run my life much better. Left my family & made a royal mess of my life until God in His still small voice called me back. And oh, once He got hold of my heart what a peace has overcome my heart. I pray for you & your wife Carrie & children. God will do a perfect work in your life & countless others will be affected as well. If you don’t follow him – check out Nick Vujicic at http://www.lifewithoutlimbs.org. He is another amazing young man & you might find more inspiration from his story as well. God bless & I will be watching, waiting & celebrating God’s work in & through you.

    Proverbs 3:25-26 – “Do not be afraid of sudden terror or of the ruin of the wicked, when it comes, for the Lord will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being caught.”

  • D. Nielson

    My husband has this same cancer–he is also young and healthy. he has also had an “excellent response” to chemo and has had excellent blood counts/work. It is not the rule with CC, but it is still always the possibility.
    It does happen. That is a good thing for BOTH husbands~

    • concretefaithblog

      I am so grateful and excited that God is working in your husband and providing healing. I pray He continues and your husband, like Trav, receives a full and complete healing. Keep us posted!

    • Carrie Roberts

      Hi D. Nielson – I am Travis’s wife Carrie. I would love to hear more about you and your husband. I am so happy to hear that your husband is having positive results as well. We are headed back to MD Anderson in early August. I love to hear what others are doing. Esp since there are very few who compare with my husband with his young age and being symptom free. You can find me on Facebook as Carrie Pettit Roberts if you don’t mind communicating with me. Look me up if you care to. Best wishes for a full recovery for both of our husbands! Carrie

  • Joyce Holden-Duncan

    Prayers and love continue to embrace you and yours!!! I will not falter in lifting you up in my prayers everyday!!

  • Anonymous

    Carrie: As I predict, Travis will be there for the children and you. He will go to graduations and be a Granddad. God heals through prayer and hope and his miracle is coming to pass. Keep the faith. Mr Charlie

  • Felicia Conwell, Kaiser Permanente

    Ok Travis and Carrie, you guys had me in tears for a moment and then I started shouting and everyone at Kaiser was looking at me like what’s wrong Felicia and all I could say is what a Mighty God we serve. When I think about Jesus and what He’s done for me and is doing for you all I can and what to do is dance, with that being said, you know I had to get my holy dance on and forgot about my bad knee. When the pain did hit me all I could do was laugh at myself. But that’s the good thing about knowing what God will do for you when you are faithful servant. Travis, yall got me shouting at work and it felt so good. Just remember God may not come when you want Him, but He always comes on time. I’m looking for a miracle from you, Travis, because I beleive in the impossible. Please keep me in your prayers as I go into surgery on Monday, as I will keep you in mines.

  • Anita Zimmerman

    What great news! I love reading your blogs and rejoicing at how the Lord does “above and beyond what we can ask or think.”

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