Michele Joan

Wife, Mother, Blogger & Author

Prayers For An Awesome Mom

Today I write to you with a heavy heart and ask for prayers for my college roommate Christa.  She and I attended Franciscan University together in the late 90′s and are both nurses.  Christa is now a wife and mother of three.  Originally diagnosed in 2008 with colon cancer, she had a relapse last year and had surgery to remove a tumor in her lung.  Last week I received news that her  cancer has returned for the third time, with multiple nodules in both lungs and the prognosis is not good.  I am compelled to write her story for you because Christa is an amazing witness of pro-life Catholic mom and has had to make some tough decisions about her health, but has held firm to her faith.

Five years ago in May of 2008, Christa found out she was expecting baby number three.  The joy soon was overtaken by the news just a few weeks later that she had colon cancer.  The first three doctors she saw recommended a “therapeutic termination” of the pregnancy to increase her life expectancy to greater than five years.  Her reply was “We didn’t find that that option would be very therapeutic to our child so we told them that it wasn’t possible.”  Christa has always has wonderful and sarcastic sense of humor!

Christa and her husband stood their ground and were blessed to find a surgeon who was a man of faith, dedicated to saving both lives present.  She was able to have surgery in her second trimester, remove the tumor and undergo chemotherapy.  At 35 weeks she delivered a healthy baby boy!   He is thriving and healthy now.

As Christa continued her regimen of surgery and treatments, she returned to one of the original surgeons who recommended a termination for a second opinion.  She wrote this on her caringbridge blog about that appointment:

“I believe despite our original rough points regarding the baby, he actually likes me. I brought him a birth announcement with our best boy’s picture on it. I must admit, I only got a few printed, specifically with the intention of giving them to my MD’s…  But instead of saying…”see…here’s what your advice could have destoyed”, I found myself saying, “this is what you helped protect. Isn’t he wonderful?”And the smile that spread over the Dr’s face, I have never seen a smile like that before. He looked at that picture so long, that I eventually had to say something. The picture is now hanging in his office…….”

Isn’t that beautiful???  I wish I was writing this to say all is well now, but as I wrote earlier, the cancer has returned again and she needs prayer.

Christa and her family are praying for a miracle through the intercession of Blessed Stanislaus Papczynski, the founder of the Marians of the Immaculate Conception and whose feast day is May 18th.   I humbly ask your prayers for my friend if you have a moment today.


God, our Father, Who in Your unfathomable Providence gave us in Blessed Father Stanislaus a successful intercessor before Your throne, grant us through his intercession the grace a complete and total healing from cancer for Christa Herbert, for which we beg You, also grant that in accord with his example we may faithfully fulfill Your most holy will. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.