i don’t often have guest posts on the pleated poppy, but when i heard kara’s story, i knew i had to share. through the course of getting this post set up for her, her story has taken a change. but her faith remains steady, because her God is unshakable and sovereign.
here is her story.
Lindsey and I have been close for a long time now. My dear mama friend Autumn introduced us years ago. We immediately hit it off. We had the same style, same love for Jesus, our men, our children, we just understood each other. We decorate from a place of liking what we like, and not really fitting one particular style. We love people, but we also love quiet. And this summer I learned that we both love all things Bass Lake and Yosemite Sierra Summer Camp. Lindsey has been a part of the fabric of my life for more years than I could count. She entered my life in the busy, sleepless years of small children, so the specifics of our meeting are vague. Lindsey has been a gift of grace and beauty in my life. She inspires, motivates, and uplifts my heart on a weekly basis.
The unique thing about our relationship is that we have never met beyond a few comments I have posted on her blog. As a blogger now, I understand this unique relationship. I have readers connected to my heart, who love me like a close friend, but have actually never met me. These readers are precious gift to me. They are this beautiful gift of community I never expected to meet in my wildest dreams.
The glue that has brought this lovely community is the story God has written for my life. Last year, after returning to my home after being evacuated because of the Waldo Canyon Fire in Colorado, I found a lump in my breast. That is really where my blogging life began in earnest. I’m a 37 year old mama with four young children and one excellent husband facing the challenge of my life.
Diagnosed with stage two breast cancer, I immediately entered chemo.
I’m highly extroverted, and cancer limited my community. So I started to share the story of my heart through blogging. The heartbreak, the pain, and the grace that always showed up in abundance were my content, my heart, my life that I was happy to share on Mundane Faithfulness. Every week, Lindsey showed up on my iPad and reminded me there would be good days, great days, and days I would finally get out of my yoga pants and rejoin the world. I could hardly wait.
Months of chemo, a double mastectomy, and radiation, and I celebrated the end of my journey.
I ran away with my family, spent the summer soaking up my family and my community, and partnered with my husband as we are planting a church on the Westside of Colorado Springs. I had one final step in my journey. Three weeks ago I met with a gifted surgeon to consult about removing my ovaries and my precious womb. It was going to be my final step in this journey. Upon examination tumors were found. Devastated is too small a word to describe what we felt.
Two short weeks later, I found myself in surgery for a radical hysterectomy. They found the worst, in a few short months breast cancer had taken over my ovaries and my uterus. I’m now facing stage four metastatic cancer. There is no stage five.
This month as I shop at the grocery store, watch football or enter any establishment all things have turned pink. I love the awareness it all brings, but I long to put a face to the battle. I share the story God has written for our family as honestly as possible. I long for three things in sharing my story: 1. To glorify God. 2. To encourage mamas and women to be proactive about their health. 3. And finally, to give a glimpse to the world how grace shows up in the midst of suffering. I often say suffering is not the absence of good. If you are called to a story similar to mine, grace will be present. Knowing Jesus is the greatest gift of my life. Through that lens of knowing a recklessly loving God, I have seen my extreme neediness as my greatest strength I could ever share with another.
Thank you dearest Pleated Poppy readers for listening to the story of one young mama fighting to know truth on hard days. Please join me in the messy walk in faith as I face cancer. It would be my honor to have you join me. I’m so thankful Lindsey has invited me to share with you here. What a treasure she is to my heart.
all of these beautiful photos are courtesy of jen lints photography
and used with permission
kara didn’t ask me to do this – in fact she didn’t even mention this fundraiser – but i’m sharing anyway.
her family and friends are running a fundraiser this week to raise funds for the family as they face the difficult days ahead of decisions and second opinions. if you want to help in a tangible way, you can buy a shirt here. all orders must be placed by sunday, october 27th. if you live local in colorado springs they will have a pick up day, if not they can mail your shirt to you. if you just want to donate. this is the place to do it.
i am inspired and grateful to kara for sharing her story. by god’s grace we aren’t all facing the same struggle.
we are praying, kara!