Dragged Through Hell

Bloody pillows. Painful rashes. Thinning hair. Hours in a chemo chair. Going home with a chemo pump.

Being dragged through hell.

That’s  Travis’ life right now. Hell.

The new chemo brings with it all the wonderful side effects that go along with hell.

A painful rash. Waking up to bloody pillows from said rash. Hair falling out. A severe, painful reaction to cold. The list goes on….

But the amazing part?

Ask Travis how his symptoms are…

Not too bad.  

How can someone who is being dragged through hell respond with “I’m good” when asked how he is doing?

And.  As if all that isn’t enough. The CA19-9 (cancer marker) came in.

It more than doubled.  Again.


Do you remember what normal is?


And yet. Some how.  Some way.  Against all odds.  There is still a glimmer of hope.

Call it denial. Call it being pollyanna.  Call it what you want.

But we call ita bit of faith… 

Perhaps the size of a mustard seed…but it’s there.


Despite the odds.  Despite the news.  Despite the symptoms.

Despite being dragged through hell.


37 responses to “Dragged Through Hell

  • Erica Ogden

    Travis, keep up the fight my friend. Thank you so much for having faith during this storm. Thank you for being vulnerable and willing to touch other lives with your story. As I read this my heart breaks and at the same time I am incredibly motivated and inspired by you. You are in our prayers daily, I pray God gives you such peace as knowing he’s got this!

  • Drew

    Unwavering Faith!! Stay strong Travis and Roberts Family. We are praying for you!

  • Anonymous

    I am moved every day after hearing from Travis last week in Atlanta. And not just emotionally moved, or motivated in my work, or moved to even send this email. I am MOVED..as in down to my core. MOVED to make my life and the lives around me count every second of every day for the rest of my life. I am praying, as are many people praying, that God’s will is done. And clearlly part of of Gods will in all of this is for Travis to touch and change the lives of so many it can’t be known. I pray that you have the strength and peace that only God can provide. I think you are amazing.

  • Rhonda Cochran

    Praying one of my favorite Bible verses over your family…John 14:27 – Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
    Keep the faith and stay strong Roberts family.

  • Kendall

    I continue praying with many others for you Travis. As we encourage each other and build each other up, just as we are already doing. Staying joyful, praying for you and your family in your circumstances knowing your faith is strong. I pray you will have the strength and peace to clearly complete God’s will in all of this. When the Great Shepherd appears, you will receive a crown of never ending glory and honor. (1 Peter 5-4). Lord we know your timing is perfect and we pray the time is near for the healing miracle that we all are praying for that only could come from you. Amen

  • Kay Pigg

    We will continue to pray for you Travis. We are so sorry you are going through this.

  • Georgia

    adding our faith to yours!!

  • Natalia

    Praying for you and your family. You have made such a profound impact on me when I saw you speak last week in Atlanta. Thank you for being such an inspiration to myself and I know for many others.

  • Eddie Caldwell

    Travis, I heard you speak at the Northwestern Mutual meeting in Atlanta a few days ago with Matt Goodwin. Incredible does not adequately describe how effectively you shared your story, and the impact you had that day. Praying for you and your family as you walk this difficult road together. – asking God to do what only He can do in healing you completely. In 2 Corinthians 12 God tells us that His grace is sufficient for us, and that His power is perfected in our weakness. Thank you for following Jesus and allowing Him to work through you even in the most difficult days.

  • Carol Ahlstedt

    Travis and Carrie, I want you to know that I am praying for you every day, and also what a testimony you are to everyone! Not only in what you are going through,but also in the faith you are showing all of us! God loves you and so do I. Your Moline Cousin, Carol

  • dave sheaffer

    Chin up, eyes forward.
    great job on continuing the fight
    you’re amazing—-saw you in Chicago at the Central region NML meeting

  • Connie Hensley

    Continuing to pray daily for you. So thankful for the determined faith that you are sharing with all who will listen.

  • Kendall

    Travis and Carrie! A bible verse in Mathew 9: 19-31 I think God for your faith and how you have inspired so many. Praying for God’s peace through this difficult time.

  • Maureen Bialosuknia

    I’ve heard it said,”The worse you feel,the harder the chemo.is waging war against cancer cells,just like “Pac Man” they are being gobbled up! I think of you and pray for you and your soldiers ( FAMILY) every day!!!

  • Anonymous

    Travis and Carrie – I saw your amazing story in Chicago at our Central Regional Meeting and you’ve been on my heart and in my prayers ever since. I’ve hesitated to reach out as I don’t claim to have answers that someone else or God alone can’t provide. However, a couple years ago I had a mass and it was scary. I had always believed that God *could* heal, but I started studying and believe my eyes were opened to God’s true desire to heal. Your faith has been incredible and I love your statement “being cured one day at a time”. Although I don’t claim to fully understand it and this perspective is different than the way I was raised, I believe whole heartedly in the power of healing! If time allows, PLEASE take time to watch these archived tv broadcasts and follow the miraculous healing received. I am not affiliated in any way to this ministry, but it was a huge blessing to me and I had to at least share.

    TV Broadcasts
    2010 Archives
    Week 14-20 – God wants you well.

    We continue to pray and believe – thank you for sharing your story! Love to you and your family.

  • Sarah Kirkland

    Praying for you daily for strength, endurance and peace!

  • Darlene Cokley

    Travis and Carrie

    This is the day the Lord has made you a part of, rejoice, be replenish, be refreshed. There is much to be accomplished this day. Don’t waste the day with things that do not edify or benefit your life and your love ones. Guys I know this this a tough time for you. Remember your test ( trial) will be your testimonal. I love you guys and still keeping you in my prayers.

  • Sherry and Tony

    Our hearts ache for you and your sweet family. We are praying daily for a complete healing over this terrible monster called cancer. Your faith is so incredibly strong and your journey has touched so many lives. Thank you for being a man of God and showing your followers what faith is all about.

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  • Linda Keith

    Travis and Carrie,
    You probably will not remember me.I am a member of Eastside Baptist
    church.Carrie,you were friends with my daughter Shelli Smith when
    you all were young and growing up at Eastside.I knew Chris and Jason
    and Lee and Joann.I wanted you both to know how sorry I am for everything your family is going through.I am praying and asking Almighty
    God for a miracle!!!!!!.Please know how many people are praying for you
    and I know God hears them all.As a Christian we know that there is always hope in Jesus and we have to hold on to that promise and never
    let go.If I can do anything for you and I truly mean that please let me know.
    May God give both of you a peace that passes all understanding.
    With love to both of you,
    Linda Smith Keith

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    Carrie and Travis, I am continuing to hold you up in my prayers and send you my love, Cousin Carol

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