Welcome to the CaringBridge website for Mara Roberts. Here you can stay updated on her condition, drop her/the family an encouraging note by using the JOURNAL button, and get info on how to help --as well as sign up to help (click on the "Ways to Help" button and then select "Planner"). If you have questions, please contact Lexi Hutchins at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our prayer-warrior friend Mara, wife of David and mommy to Samuel (age 7) and David Alexander (age 5), was diagnosed with breast cancer (specifically, Invasive Ductal Carcinoma) during Passion Week 2012. So, she is 5 years into her cancer journey and as you can imagine, she and David are very weary. MUCH PRAYER is needed for their continued stamina, faith, and hope.
Mara's CURRENT situation is that through a combo of a very strict diet and supplements to boost her immune system, as well as a scientifically designed protocol of oral and IV medications to kill her particular form of cancer, she has made a LOT of progress. We praise God and her amazing team of cancer doctors and scientists for this. In recent months, though, Mara's medical news has been more mixed. Some good news showed up in her very recent PET scan--some tumor sites have been healed -- but there were also some new lesions. This was, understandably, some tough news to receive this late in the journey. However, Mara & David have a lot of faith and their doctors are aggressively researching treatment options. They ask that you pray for Heavenly Wisdom for the docs as they design a protocol that will kill the remaining cancer cells. Those prayers, as well as practical help (with meals, childcare, financial donations for their incredibly expensive medical bills, play dates, running errands, doing laundry, etc) are very, very welcome. The family needs some folks rallying around them to help them get through this next phase of the fight.
Some of you may have visited this website back in the early days of the diagnosis. You might have noticed that a couple years ago there was something of hiatus in updating the site. That was during a very, very difficult season of the journey when Mara was unable to walk (cancer had gotten into her hips and spine) and was having to go through some tough medical procedures. The family was in "survival mode" and keeping up the site was too difficult. Thankfully, Mara is walking completely on her own these days -- not even using a walker or cane. PTL!
Although 5 years battling cancer would be plenty to knock a person down, it's actually the case that prior to the cancer diagnosis Mara went through a series of serious medical challenges. These included: an emergency C-section at David Alexander’s birth, then one week later her abdomen re-opening with a subsequent bacterial infection of unknown origin, then one year later a hemorrhoidectomy with complications that persisted for about year, and then a stay in the Medical Intensive Care Unit from an infection nearly compromising her airway in the month just before her cancer diagnosis. All this meant that she entered the cancer battle already weary and with a diminished immune system. The fact that she's pulled through all of that and made the progress that she has is a testament to God's faithfulness, the doctors' wisdom, and the effectiveness of the treatment regimen the family has followed so long and so faithfully, despite its intensive demands.
PRAYER REQUESTS. Please pray that:
The joy and peace of Christ would reign in Mara and David’s hearts and their home and that any time discouragement sets in, God would put praise on their lips and sustain them with His song.
God will give them the needed daily grace, continued endurance on this already very-long journey, renewed strength for loving each other and their boys well--and deep, deep rest for Mara. SLEEP is a huge cancer-healing. Pray that Mara gets lots of it!
For pain relief for Mara. The pain can be very intense at times.
For comfort for Samuel and little David. For most of their young lives their mommy has been sick. That's hard. They get scared sometimes.
That the biochemical treatment she is on will be successful in clearing her body of the cancer.