meet kara

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.
 
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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.
 
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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.
 
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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.
 
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Months of chemo, a double mastectomy, and radiation, and I celebrated the end of my journey.
 
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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.
 
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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. 
 
Fondly,
Kara
 
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all of these beautiful photos are courtesy of jen lints photography
and used with permission
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support kara
 
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!
 

Comments

  1. 1

    Thank you Lindsey

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    I am the mama friend, Autumn mentioned above. I love this dear, Kara girl,l so much. Thank you for allowing her to guest post and for the exposure to such a large reader base. Thank you!!!

    P.S. I have loved your blog for years, during my stay at home momma years….I loved the WiWW!!! :)

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    What a story and a beautiful story of friendship. What an amazing woman she is! Thank you for sharing.

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    Tiffany Boren says:

    I’m humbled to read so many accounts lately of how Jesus shows up in the lives of his followers, in their joy, in their pain, in their triumphs, valleys and mountains. What a mighty and awesome God we serve and yet He cares so very deeply that words simply don’t exist and give complete meaning to its fullness. Thank you, ladies, for uplifting, sharing, opening up and giving glory to God in all things. For He is enough, He is always faithful and He is the epitome of love. Much love to you both in Jesus’ name!

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    Thank you for bringing this story to us! Kara is as strong as an oak. She, her family and her doctors are in my now in my prayers- strength, wholeness plus divine knowledge for her doctors.

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    What a wonderful blog you have Lindsey with the Pleated Poppy. Thank you for sharing Kara’s story as well. I am a faithful reader of her blog and a prayer warrior for her and her family. Blessings.

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    God’s love is sufficient. I always have to remember that. And it is only with His grace that we get through the trials life has for us. Trials are not an unkindness, but a testing of our faith. If we didn’t have trials we would never have any reason to depend on God.

    Prayers for you and your family, Kara.

    XO,
    Steph

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    Lindsey, how can I send Kara and her girls hoodies? Could you email me her address or a contact address? My heart is breaking. Praying right now for this precious family! xoxo

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    Wow- Kara I am speechless by your strength and awed by your faith. You are so courageous to share and lay out there such a personal journey. I know The Lord has you in the palm of his hands and has a plan for you. May you find strength in the blogger community.
    -Deana

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    Oh, Kara, you are beautiful. Thank you for sharing your story.

  11. 12

    Kara have you ever watched to documentary Forks over Knives? They talk immensely about Gersom Therapy. I highly reccomend it.

    http://gerson.org/gerpress/

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    Ah, I am just devastated for Kara and her family! She is in my prayers!!!

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    Eugene Peterson (author of The Message) wrote: “The aim of people of faith isn’t to be as comfortable as possible, but to live as fully as possible. Don’t just survive, thrive. The only place you have to be human is where you are right now. . . to live by faith in the circumstances you’re experiencing this very day…”
    Bless you, Kara, as you live by faith in this life God has provided. You are thriving, in this only place to be human. You are beautiful and greatly loved.

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    Thank you for sharing, I will be praying for Kara and her family!

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    Thank you for sharing this important and powerful story Kara. As another mother of four I know we so often focus on the unimportant. Sharing your story allows us to reflect on our blessings and rethink how and what we prioritize each day. Your post certainly gave me pause to think about you, your family and likewise how I am living each day. Prayers and love from Boston. We know miracles can happen.

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    After a few weeks of hearing sermons focusing on the glory of God, reading this post just slammed the meaning home. Kara is truly living for God’s glory and living a God-centered life.

    Praying for Kara and her family.

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    Wow, powerful story, amazing woman

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    Thank you so much for introducing us to Kara. She is such a strong and brave woman and it’s so admirable that she has remained positive throughout all of this. She is a true inspiration.

    Melanie
    http://www.laceandcombatboots.com

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    I have no words. Xo

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    Praying for you beautiful Kara! <3 Ax

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