Cancer Sucks

Folks have been requesting an update.  So here’s the only update that keeps coming to my mind…

Cancer sucks.

I know.  Not quite the update people were looking for…

Travis has been on the trial for 12 days now and it is beginning to take its toll.  The side effects are many and they suck.

Food has lost its taste.  Nothing tastes good.  It doesn’t sound like a big deal but imagine, for a moment, not being able to enjoy a single bite of food.  Steak.  Cake.  Ice Cream.  A peanut butter sandwich.  Nothing.

In the beginning this didn’t matter because everything he ate went right through him…without stopping.  But, thankfully, he got that under control with the help of his new best friend…Imodium AD.  And so his appetite is back but is taste buds are not.

It sucks.

The rash has appeared.  At first it simply attacked a small part of his face.  Then it grew.  Spread.  And now it covers a large part of his upper body.  And…as promised…it is painful.  Painful to the point that it draws blood.  I wish I could say I was exaggerating.  But I’m not.  Today he has scabs on his face where his skin cracked open and bled yesterday.  Travis compares it to a sunburn.  Apparently a bad one.  And it comes complete with chills.

Fatigue is worse this time, not just because the medicine is causing it, but because he is awake half the night fighting the chills.

Cancer.  Chemo.  Directed Therapy.  It all just….

sucks.

But there is a silver lining.

Last Thursday, the doctor called Travis and asked if he had a rash yet and Travis said “nope.”  Normally we would take this as good news but, as it turns out, the rash is usually a sign that the medicine is working.

And…just a few hours later…the rash appeared.

Then.  Another call.

The first two trial participants had their first tests done.  One showed a 2% reduction of their cancer and the other a 14% reduction.

It’s working.

Less than two percent of cancer patients make it into a trial.  And, of those, how many see positive results from their trial?

And so.  Once again.  We ask you to pray.  They have put Travis on an antibiotic that is supposed to help his rash.  Pray that it does.  Pray that the not-so-scientific assumption that “the appearance of a rash means the therapy is working”…becomes scientific and means that the therapy is working.  

But most of all.  Just pray for Travis and Carrie walking through this.  For peace. For courage. For strength. For perseverance. For hope.  For fight.

They need it.  They need all we can give them.

Because…

cancer sucks.

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23 responses to “Cancer Sucks

  • Linda M.

    Praying for you!

  • John Pettit

    Great news Trav. Still Praying.

    JP

  • Steve Townley

    Travis, praying daily. praying for God to give you the ‘peace that passes all understanding’. to know and feel His presence moment by moment. my ‘Cholangio’ wrist band is still on my arm…thru the summer and now into the fall….my present reminder and witness opportunity. To God’s Glory.

  • Linde Grant Ferrero

    I am so sorry that the side effects are hitting you. Praying that God continue to use your strength and your burden to glorify Him and bless you. “He never promised a victroy without fighting!” Love you guys- there is a victory in this!

  • Robin

    Your story has really touched my heart. I live in Marietta, I am sure you have lots of people helping but I’d love to help out any way I can, if you ever need anything. I pray for you every day.

  • Glyndell Porter George

    Praying for you all.

  • Debbie

    Praying for peace for you Travis and Carrie and those close to you, praying for relief from the pain and discomfort, praying for something to come along that will taste so good and refreshing to you. Praying for some good nights of sleep for you and the constant comfort of God, that you’ll feel His presence in your spirit each minute of every day. Amen

  • Judy McCall

    Carrie and Travis, even though we’ve never met, I want you to know that I’m praying for you and for your medical team – that God will continue to guide them in your treatment.

  • frank

    Travis, you have been and continue to be in my prayers.

  • Mr. Charlie CFA

    Travis,you,Carrie and the children have my prayers-DON’T QUIT!!!

  • Felicia Conwell, Kaiser Permenente

    Lord of all power, Travis is hurting. His body isn’t functioning as it needs to function. He is in pain.But You already know all that. I’m not coming to You telling You whats wrong, but I ask You to do what is right and best for him. As it fits Your plan heal him, mend his body and mind and grant him many more days of better health and renewed strength. As Travis and Carrie wait, give them an extra measure of patience, endurance and perseverance. When his energy to press forward is lacking pour Your power into him like a fresh mountain stream flowing into a beautiful lake. Lord, I know You are able to heal Travis, I know with the utmost confidence, because You healed me. Please grant Travis, Carrie, their families and all those that are praying for him the wisdom to understand Your timing and the courage to accept Your healing as sufficient for the moment. In the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen!

  • Anonymous

    Dear Travis & Carrie,
    My prayers go out to you every day, I pray for God to heal you and to give your wife the courage and strength to help you through all of this. I pray for your children to be strong and make you both laugh when you want to cry. Bless you and your family!
    Jackie S

  • Margaret

    Travis and Carrie –

    I have been so touched by the courage and faith you continue to show in your cancer journey, and pray for you and your family. I work with cancer patients, and we do see some seemingly miraculous recoveries. I pray that yours will be one. I also have a small (very small) business and would like to send your children a gift that might help them through this situation. If you will allow me to do that, please respond to the e-mail address listed. God bless you all.

  • mommajane59

    Carrie & Travis ~ Praying for you ~ May our Lord Jesus Christ continue to uphold you with his strength that passes our understanding ~

  • Kay Pigg

    You’ve got it…we are still praying!

  • Anonymous

    We have been and will continue to pray for this precious family. Our small group has been praying also. Travis( or Lee as they refer to him) will know some of these prayer warriors. BeNette & Waymon Ragan, Nancy & Jack Bazemore, Margaret & Jim Pearson, Ronnie & Denise Miller, Dianne Fowler, Mary Alice & Mark Gorley & Haven & I. These people wre from Eastside when Travis was there.
    Thanks for continuing to tell us how we need to pray.

  • Anonymous

    The above post is from Sandy Kicklighter.

  • Anonymous

    Travis, I believe Jesus Christ is walking with you through this fire. That’s what He promised He would do and He does what He says. The rash and loss of taste are indications the chemo is working and that is a miracle of God. Stay strong and remember we are all praying for you and standing with you. God bless you and your family.

  • Stacey Norwood

    Praying for you guys every day. My small group at bible study has been praying for you since the study started in mid-September. Know how much you are loved. God bless you both and your precious babies.

  • Cleve

    I love you Buddy. I wish I could take the treatments for you. Once again your courage and strength are inspiring. Thank you for reminding all of us…..of our faith and what it’s like to live. God Bless you every minute.

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  • Darlene Cokley, Kaiser Permanent

    Travis, I’ve continue to have Carrie and yourself in my prayers. One thing I can say about you is through all of this(your test)you still have that silly sense of human. I still say this is a test for you. After the test comes the testimonials. Continue to keep your head up and trust in God that you will get through this test. Think about 5-10 years down the road your children can test their friends that their dad help kick cancer but.

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