You’ve just received bad news. The cancer is growing. It hasn’t moved into new organs and there’s not really any new lymph node activity but there are two new tumors on your liver. To sum things up…the cancer is taking over the liver. Likely outcome if they can’t find a treatment?
Liver failure. Within months……..
How do you handle it?
Me? I think I would get angry. I would get angry and scream out to God….”ARE YOU NOT LISTENING??? Do You not hear the prayers of thousands? Or is it that You just don’t CARE!?!?” And then I would likely fall to my knees in repentance. Sobbing out apologies…confessing that His ways are not my own.
And then I think I would go to bed.
I would lie in bed and it would be tough to get out of bed.
That’s how I would likely handle it.
Well that’s the news Travis received last Wednesday.
How did he handle it?
He got on a plane. Flew to Chicago. And told his story to thousands of people.
Wow. What a blessing.
When this all started, back in April, Travis told God two things.
“I won’t get mad at You for this. No matter what happens. I won’t get angry at You. I accept Your will for my life”
And…miraculously. He hasn’t. Oh he’s human. He’s gotten grumpy. Sad. Grieved to the depths of his soul. But he has put his life and trust in God’s hands.
NO MATTER WHAT.
Second, he told God that, if He gave him a platform, he would use it for His glory.
And he has. In October, he told his story and gave his testimony in front of a large group of people at a Northwestern Mutual conference. A moving, motivational speech that touched so many that they asked him to do it again. And again. And again. This month he spoke in Raleigh, Tampa and, on Thursday to thousands of people, in Chicago.
In one word…the speech was…amazing.
I actually didn’t hear the speech. How do I know it was amazing? Here is just one example of the feedback Carrie and Travis have received because of it…
Thank you both from the bottom of my heart for sharing your story with me and my northwestern family. Please know that the impact of our time together will be something I (and many others) never forget. You’ve forever changed the lives of thousands in that room and consequently millions more through the families we touch. In the months and hopefully years ahead, you and your children will find a home in my prayers, both prayers of supplication for healing and prayers of thankfulness to my God for bringing such wonderful people into my life.
Wow. What a blessing.
Trav always has been a bit different. Handled things a bit differently than others. He has always been contagious. People are drawn to him. For some reason…they have always listened to and followed Travis.
It’s one of the reasons you hear his family and closest friends say “this just has to end in a miracle.”
At this point, a miracle is the only thing that can save Travis. He begins a new chemo regimen on Tuesday and they are looking into Y-90 – a directive radiation treatment. But make no mistake. The doctors do this in the hopes to give Travis more time…not to save him.
Only a miracle will do that at this point.
If he can get the doctors to agree to the Y-90 treatment in combination with the new chemo regimen…he will most likely get sick. Very sick. And it will be a tough road for The Roberts.
And so now we have a request of you. Below is an email from Amanda, Carrie’s sister. So many have asked “what can we do…how can we help?” Well…now we have an answer.
You can be to The Roberts, what they have been to all of us as we have watched them travel this road…a blessing.Dear Family and Friends of Travis and Carrie, I want to thank you all for the prayers and the many types of support that you have given Travis and Carrie over the past nine months. Last spring I set up a care calendar for meals for them, which so many of you contributed to. I recently asked Carrie if they would like for me to set that up again, which she agreed to with some qualifications that I will explain. They have recently decided to try a very strict and specific diet. Carrie and Travis have decided that it will work best if the entire family adheres to it. Pursuing this diet for the whole family is going to be like a full time job for Carrie, and while they so much would appreciate meals, they by no means expect everyone to try to figure out this diet as well! I know that so many of you would like to help out the Roberts in some way – I have received messages with appeals to help them, and I know that many of you have reached out to them with similar offers. I talked with Carrie about a number of options that I thought would help alleviate some stress for them and give the people who love them a way to contribute to their needs.
- If you are a member of a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), and have extra organic vegetables, consider giving them to Travis and Carrie.
- Give them gift cards to Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s to help with the large expense of an all organic diet for the whole family. If you choose to help out in this way, but do not know how to reach the Roberts, you can mail them to their PO Box.
1205 Johnson Ferry Rd
Marietta, GA 30068.
- If you love to prepare food and would like to bring a meal, they would welcome it if you don’t mind sticking to all organic, hormone-free lean meats and veggies as well as healthy fats such as olive oil. Please no beans, grains, potatoes, or fruits because of high carb content. I have set up the meal calendar, and Travis and Carrie will put a cooler on their front porch so that you do not need to coordinate meeting times with them, in the case that you choose to bring a meal.
In order to sign-up to help Carrie and Travis with a meal, you will need an access code. The HELPER logon is used by family and friends that would like to sign-up to help. To access Travis and Carrie Roberts’s personal CareCalendar site, visit http://www.carecalendar.org/logon/148576 and enter the following information in the appropriate spaces:
CALENDAR ID : 148576
SECURITY CODE : 1502
- Continue following their blog at http://concretefaith.org and pray for them daily.