Joining God’s Activity in the Life of Carrie Blackaby Webb
A Word from Carrie Blackaby Webb
If you ever took the study Experiencing God, you will remember the opening story in Unit Three about my battle with cancer when I was sixteen years old. It was a difficult and terrible struggle through many appointments, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy that ended with God healing me of that disease. Through it all, His love was ever present! He was faithful during that journey and proved repeatedly that He would never leave or forsake me. For years when people met me, they’d smile and say, “You’re Unit Three!” Many people walked with me and my family during that time, and we kept the prayer cards and notes as a special blessing. God used my physical struggle to encourage others to grow their faith, which showed me that God can turn every situation around for His glory.
That experience was more than three decades ago! Recently, I discovered I have cancer again. This time I have breast cancer. The doctors believe it is probably the result of the aggressive radiation treatments they gave me as a teenager. Therefore, I will have extensive surgery and other treatments as needed.
As a result, I need people to walk with me once again. I have three specific prayer requests:
First, please pray that the surgery is all that is needed and that the cancer has not spread to the lymph nodes. Surgery is scheduled for March 19. Because of the coronavirus, my husband may not be allowed to be with me in the hospital. It will be a trying time! Also, because of the extensive radiation I received as a teenager, I could face some complications.
Second, please pray that God will once again use this illness for His glory and to encourage many others who are aware of what I am going through. I pray Wendell and I can be a witness of faith to my two teenage children, to the medical staff, to those in waiting rooms who are also facing challenges, and to all those who are walking with me through this.
Third, please pray for the finances required for the testing, treatment, and surgery. My husband and I spent 17 years as missionaries in Germany. Two years ago, we faced some challenges that caused us to return to America. It took some time to find where God wanted us to be. My husband, Wendell, was hired to start a new ministry of our home church, First Baptist Church of Jonesboro, to bring the light of Christ to our community through a café located in the heart of our town. But his job does not cover medical insurance for our family. With few financial resources and our first child starting college, we could only afford minimal medical insurance that comes with an $8,000 deductible. As a result, we are facing financial difficulties. I must also take a break from most of my work until I’ve recovered, which will also pose a challenge.
We would appreciate prayer that God would provide for all our financial needs and that our children and others would witness first-hand what it looks like to trust God when circumstances seem impossible. We have partnered with Helping Hands of Georgia, a Christian-run organization, to help raise funds for my medical expenses and to provide a tax receipt for people’s gifts.
THANK YOU for taking a moment to hear my story! It means so much to my family and me that you would care to find out what is happening with me and walk through this next journey with us!
Carrie Blackaby Webb
UPDATE FROM CARRIE:
Latest Update: July 9, 2020
Here we go! It’s time to begin the next set of chemo that will be weekly for the next 12 weeks. I’ll go first thing in the morning and hear reports on how my tests went and if my blood count has improved. If everything is in order, I’ll start my Taxol treatments. Prayer requests as we move forward: 1) please pray specifically that the side effect of neuropathy will not be too severe. I had a lot of difficulty with that in my last set of chemo. Fingers and toes are often the target with this chemo. 2) I’ve had some difficulty with my heart rate being very elevated. I will receive results of testing tomorrow to see if there’s any changes from before I started treatment and after. 3) Pray that I will see God at work and that I won’t focus on myself. I’m trusting God to bring the good out of this difficult time, but I have to be ready for Him to use me. Pray that as a family, we will always be ready and watching for opportunities to serve Him! Thank you for being such an integral part of this journey!
A Word from Henry Blackaby
The Lord blessed Marilyn and me with four boys and then He balanced them all out with one girl, our daughter Carrie! She has been a delight to us through these years. I told her story in my book Experiencing God. When she was sixteen, we discovered she had cancer. The Lord assured us that He loved our daughter and would use the cancer for His glory. He certainly did! That was more than thirty years ago. We recently learned that she has cancer once more. Again, we are praying that God will use this experience to touch many lives and bring glory to Himself.
It would mean so much to Marilyn and me if you would read Carrie’s story below. God’s people have always been so kind to our family. I am sincerely grateful to each one who chooses to walk with us during this time.
Henry T. Blackaby
How to Donate to Carrie Webb’s Medical Expenses
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