Testicular Cancer Diagnosis

The Dreaded “C” Word

Colby and I have had 8 doctor’s appointments in the past few weeks and I think we are feeling ready to share what has been going on. It’s been hard not sharing, as we believe in the power of prayer, and let me tell you, even harder to navigate the fine line of what and when we share. We have been so open this whole journey and awful topics like this aren’t the kind of news we ever expected to have to tell anyone. We wanted to use wisdom on the timing of what we told people, but after 8 appointments, and some answers, we are finally ready to share some details about what has been going on in our world.

I want to first say, if you are a close friend or family member and this blog post is how you have to find out, please know that I am sorry. It’s been a hard few weeks and I didn’t have it in me to personally reach out to each person, so please extend grace. The reality is sometimes a post like this is the easiest way to communicate, even if it takes away some of the personalization of it all.

Testicular Cancer Diagnosis

Back in 2005 Colby had cancer and surgery, but did not need chemo or radiation, praise God.

Fast forward to 2012, a year after we got married, when we decided we were ready for kids, and we both went to the fertility doctor. We didn’t receive the best news then, but remained hopeful as we follow the Father’s prompting for us to forego medical treatment or adoption.

Which leads us to where we are now. In the last few weeks, after not feeling right and due to his past, we jumped straight into seeing doctors. We started with his Oncologist, who then referred us to a Urologist. We weren’t happy with that Urologist, so we went to see a different Urologist. And in the middle of all that we were thrown into seeing a fertility doctor three times as well. 8 appointments later and we have some answers.

After tests and more tests and more tests doctors have told us that the cancer is back and another surgery will be needed. So we are dealing with two things: cancer and fertility.

Testicular Cancer Diagnosis

We are currently believing for several things:

That the cancer/tumor dissolves, shrinks, dissipates or dies. Basically put nicely, that it goes back to hell where it came from.

That health and function be restored to conceive biological, healthy children

That Colby’s body would come in to alignment and that in addition to the tumor going away, no cancer would be found anywhere else.

That surgery would not be needed and that radiation/chemo would not be needed either.

We clearly aren’t seeing what we want manifest in the natural. This is actually the exact opposite of what we want. But just like Abraham, we are calling into being things that don’t exist yet. Even though the odds are stacked against us and everything looks hopeless we are putting our trust in God and expecting him to perform a miracle for us (Romans 4:17).

We are not denying what doctors have told us; we are so grateful for them, but we are denying the right for cancer to exist in Colby’s body. Colby might have been diagnosed with cancer, but we believe that by the stripes of Jesus, he is healed.

For 6 years, we have said we were believing for a miracle and without releasing too many details, let’s just say the term miracle has a whole new meaning when you are facing a situation that we are currently in. So will you believe and agree with us for a miracle? Will you believe and ask for God’s Word to manifest over Colby’s life? Will you agree with us that we will have biological children and that cancer will not exist in Colby’s body?

As of now, surgery is tentatively scheduled, but we have some more appointments before then. I will be updating via the blog and hopefully include some other thoughts I have been having too. We won’t get through this alone, so a big thank you to all those who are supporting us and praying for us, it truly means the world!

Testicular Cancer Diagnosis

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  • Grace Johnson
    Posted at 09:13h, 13 April Reply

    Thank you for sharing Caroline. I am praying for you and Colby and that God would bring healing and surround both of you in a very tangible way with His presence. The faith, hope and trust that you both have is encouraging and beautiful.

  • Patricia
    Posted at 09:16h, 13 April Reply

    Oh friend. I’m so sorry! Not only am I praying for you but I am standing in agreement. You are not going through this alone and I declare cancer. in Colby’s body will cease to exist in the name of Jesus!

  • Cheryl
    Posted at 09:16h, 13 April Reply

    I am SO sorry to hear this news. I will surely be praying alongside you and believing God for total and complete victory on every point you mentioned! satan is a liar…and so is fear. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1srs1YoTVzs God bless you both and hold you close as you walk through this difficult time. Believing for miracles all along the way!!

  • Amie
    Posted at 09:27h, 13 April Reply

    I am so very sorry to hear this. You and Colby, as well as your future children as always, are in my prayers! Believing with you the he will be healed by our Lord and savior.

  • Amber Rufener
    Posted at 09:36h, 13 April Reply

    I believe, Caroline! I believe Colby will be healed and I believe you will have children! Praying for you both!

  • Elena R
    Posted at 09:46h, 13 April Reply

    I’m so sorry to hear this! Sending love, light, and strength to both of you at this difficult time! Love you friend!

  • Jess
    Posted at 09:49h, 13 April Reply

    Praying for God’s Will. Also praying for a healing, for all of your needs, and for the desires of your hearts.

  • Sarah J
    Posted at 09:50h, 13 April Reply

    Sweet Caroline I am so sorry to read this this morning. I am lifting you and Colby up in my prayers and pray that you feel the arms of the Lord surrounding you and the prayer warriors lifting you up.

  • RebeccaJo
    Posted at 09:50h, 13 April Reply

    My goodness… I just hate cancer so much…. & am joining in with you & so many in praying for your sweet hubby & your strength in this for him. We do know & trust a faithful & loving & HEALING God. So many people will not lift up your husband to the Lord’s ears, who already knows him & is already with him in every area this path takes!!!! Hugs to you all!

  • Amanda
    Posted at 09:51h, 13 April Reply

    Will be praying for you and Colby and believing that Jesus will heal him! Such difficult news to hear and to share, I’m sure.

  • Cheksea
    Posted at 09:53h, 13 April Reply

    Praying with confidence that God will answer our prayers and pleading for healing and fertility and peace. Love you guys so much.

  • Erika B.
    Posted at 09:54h, 13 April Reply

    Gosh, I’m so sorry, friend!! I will be praying for Colby!!!

  • Stephanie
    Posted at 10:16h, 13 April Reply

    Praying so hard for you guys! In His name I believe in miraculous healing!

  • Virjinia @ With Purpose and Kindness
    Posted at 10:46h, 13 April Reply

    Will be joining you in prayer, sister. We serve an almighty God who can do amazing things! Praying and praising God for Colby’s healing!

  • Heather William
    Posted at 12:09h, 13 April Reply

    Not done the cancer thing personally, but we conceived naturally, miraculously after 8 years of infertility. Praying for you today! I love that you referenced Abraham! Hebrews 11 says he was “as good as dead” but he believed! Believing with you that the things dead, the things from hell, cannot stand in the way of God’s promises! Keep the faith!

  • Ashleigh
    Posted at 13:19h, 13 April Reply

    Sending healing prayers and well wishes from Massachusetts.

  • Alaia
    Posted at 13:31h, 13 April Reply

    I’m so very sorry for this trial! I am believing with you for full healing & your miracles to come! Praying for you and Colby to be filled with God’s peace, love, comfort, hope, & strength! Praying for your miracles in this trial and for your miracle babies!

  • Jen
    Posted at 14:29h, 13 April Reply

    Oh Caroline, what a hard post to find yourself writing. Praying for Colby and for you tonight.

  • Rhonda G
    Posted at 14:45h, 13 April Reply

    I am so sorry. My sister’s cancer came back this year, too. It is very hard, isn’t it? *hugs*

  • Fallon
    Posted at 14:53h, 13 April Reply

    I will be praying so hard for you and Colby! My heart hurts for both of you, but God heals. Keep the faith lady!

  • Dreaming of Diapers
    Posted at 18:43h, 13 April Reply

    So many prayers for healing sent to you and Colby. You always handle things with grace and confidence and I am confident that Colby will beat the “C” word and you all will have children very soon. It will happen and I believe it!!

  • Joy Fell
    Posted at 20:26h, 13 April Reply

    Crying as I lift you to our Father. I cannot imagine what you are going through. Picturing you and Colby held tight in Father God’s big hands.

  • Suzanna Nichols
    Posted at 00:10h, 14 April Reply

    Standing and praying in agreement with you & Colby.

  • Kim Spaetti
    Posted at 07:29h, 14 April Reply

    Sending prayers your way, my friend. Stay strong!

  • Jennifer
    Posted at 10:37h, 14 April Reply

    Standing firmly in prayer with you Caroline. Believing in complete and total healing and answers to prayer for the glory of God.

    “If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” Matthew 21:22

    Much love.

  • YemisiYemisi
    Posted at 11:24h, 14 April Reply

    I will definitely be praying for you both. As I read this, the following scripture came to mind:
    “God spoke the words “Be healed,” and we were healed, delivered from death’s door!”
    Psalms 107:20 TPT

  • torthuil
    Posted at 16:13h, 14 April Reply

    So sorry. Hoping for the best as you face this challenge. One day at a time.

  • Lauren Gaskill
    Posted at 19:28h, 14 April Reply

    Oh, sister. I’m so sorry and I am praying for God to bring you great peace and comfort during this time. Also praying for all the things you listed in this post. I love you!

  • Suzanne Foley
    Posted at 04:13h, 15 April Reply

    Praying for you and Colby!

  • Sussudie
    Posted at 14:57h, 16 April Reply

    Wow! You are facing such hard things. I am sorry to hear the latest diagnosis! Your faith for healing and restoration is encouraging and beautiful!! I will be praying for all you requested. God’s Will be done!

  • Dewi
    Posted at 22:51h, 21 April Reply

    I ran into your blog via Pinterest. I love your blog and I love your heart! Believing with you, by His stripes Colby is healed, In the meantime, may you all be strengthened and deeply comforted by the God of all comfort!

  • Jennifer
    Posted at 09:50h, 29 August Reply

    Jesus’s name is ABOVE ALL names. Father, thank you that “Cancer” has a name and it is NOT above the name of Jesus! Declaring the word and will of God—which is to be healed—over Colby’s body, in the name of Jesus, because it IS God’s will and because Jesus never withheld healing from ANYONE! Not a single person who came to him was turned away unhealed and Colby is one of the ones included in Jesus’s burial and resurrection. The promises of God are Yes and Amen in Christ Jesus, and the same power that raised Christ from the dead is operating in Colby and Caroline right now…I join in agreement of speaking resurrection life over Colby’s body and and over Colby and Caroline’s baby-making parts!!

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