T-shirts!!!

Hi everyone! My sister-in-law designed these great shirts for me and in honor of breast cancer awareness month this month. If you would like to purchase one they are $20 and here is a picture and the link. Thanks so much for your love and support! And thank you Beth, for all you did with making them! Love and God bless, Aptil (:
www.booster.com/help4april2

Hello and update from April

Hello everyone! I hope this finds you happy and well! We are doing well over here, tired, but well praise God! We are truly enjoying this beautiful fall season. The girls are all doing well, loving school and church and having so much fun with family and friends! I love the fall; but I do not love what it brings! I do not like the cold at all so New England winters are really hard for me. I am reminded, though, as I type this to not let my joy of this beautiful time be robbed by my fear and dread of the upcoming winter. I will try and relish these moments that I love and not worry about the cold of winter, for God tells me not to worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow brings enough troubles of its’ own.


How appropriate this verse is for so much of our life. We are constantly looking at tomorrow and wondering or perhaps fearing what it may bring, but Jesus himself tells us not to do that; that He is already there and instead of giving into our fears and worries to simply keep our eyes on Him. That is so hard to do sometimes, but it is what we are all called to do.


I sometimes go down that road, for I am only human and cannot help it sometimes. I think about our future and how much of it I may have, and if I should start writing cards and letters to my girls so they will have them for years to come if mom is not here. I worry that my three beautiful girls who I have put so much love and effort into raising and loving may not remember their mom. I mean, truly, how many of us have any real memories at all under the tender age of about 6 years old? I wonder if my beautiful Bella, who mom does not have the time or energy to write about in her baby book like I did for her big sisters, will truly know that I loved her so deeply? Just as much as her 2 big sisters but that I simply did not have the time or the energy like I did with her sissies to write it all down. Sometimes I even worry that if something happens to me before we would like that my girls may one day get mad and resent God, and that is something I never want them to do. Of course I cannot control this but I want them to have the same innocent faith and love they have of Jesus now and carry this into their future with them. Their precious little hearts are on fire for God, believing He hears and answers all of their prayers, and loves them very much. I pray they carry this with them always, but again I cannot control this. I also know that God loves them so very much, even more than I do, and even though I cannot comprehend this I have to trust it.


Sometimes I have these thoughts more than others, especially after I have spoken to my doctors about what I really have and am facing, and this past weekend Chris and I attended a conference at Dana Farber for young families with breast cancer and patients with metastatic breast cancer. It was an incredible conference with so much information and amazing people who are working so hard to try and help those who are suffering from and living with these awful diseases. But as wonderful as it is to have all of this incredible information in front of us it is also just so sobering and real for us. It makes you think about things all over I sometimes go down that road, for I am only human and cannot help it sometimes. I think about our future and how much of it I may have, and if I should start writing cards and letters to my girls so they will have them for years to come if mom is not here. I worry that my three beautiful girls who I have put so much love and effort into raising and loving may not remember their mom. I mean, truly, how many of us have any real memories at all under the tender age of about 6 years old? I wonder if my beautiful Bella, who mom does not have the time or energy to write about in her baby book like I did for her big sisters, will truly know that I loved her so deeply? Just as much as her 2 big sisters but that I simply did not have the time or the energy like I did with her sissies to write it all down. Sometimes I even worry that if something happens to me before we would like that my girls may one day get mad and resent God, and that is something I never want them to do. Of course I cannot control this but I want them to have the same innocent faith and love they have of Jesus now and carry this into their future with them. Their precious little hearts are on fire for God, believing He hears and answers all of their prayers, and loves them very much. I pray they carry this with them always, but again I cannot control this. I also know that God loves them so very much, even more than I do, and even though I cannot comprehend this I have to trust it. again, and sometimes it is just hard to swallow. But this is where the voice of truth usually brings me back to focus on Him. And this is the voice I will listen too, His voice. “The voice of truth tells me a different story, the voice of truth says do not be afraid. The voice of truth says this is for my glory, out of all the voices calling out to me I will choose to listen to the voice of Truth.” (Casting Crowns)


So we are asking for your continued prayers as always, for we are a bit tired. I am now going into my 10th month of chemotherapy and it is not just hard on me but also on Chris.. He carries so much for this family in so many ways, and I am so incredibly blessed to have him as my husband and by my side through all of this.


I recently had a pet scan done where they check your entire body to see what “lights up” and these would be hot spots for cancer; I had never had one before in my line of treatments and scans but then the tumor board thought it was wise to do one. So I had one done, and my doctor called me pleasantly surprised a few days later; what they thought would light up in my liver as the “new cancer growth” actually did not. They are thinking it may in fact be scar tissue from the radiation that was done to my liver. So this is amazing news, praise God! How incredible would this be?!! But nothing changed in my course of treatment for now as they cannot be sure and want to wait until they do a follow-up pet scan at the end of November to compare and re-assess. Please keep November 25th for us in prayer, as this is when my next scans are scheduled and December 2 is when Chris and I will sit down to meet with my oncologist again and go over everything from there. I am hopeful but scared, excited and concerned. So many emotions all at one time, and just wanting God to carry me through all of this. Some days I wish I could just “fast-forward” to a different time in my life, where this is all behind me and God has revealed His glory through it. But of course I cannot. So for now we are just waiting. Waiting and praying and enjoying this beautiful fall season and not trying to think about the winter that is ahead of us. Who knows, maybe this will be a beautiful winter with lots of sunny days and warmer temperatures! After all, God can do all things, even bring continuous sunshine and warmer temperatures in what is usually cold and dreary New England winter.

Hello and update (from April)

Hi everyone! I hope that you are all happy and well! We are doing well over here, adjusting to our “new normal” again. I have had five rounds of chemo so far and praise God I am doing pretty well! I am getting more tired, have some sores and minor things going on but nothing too bad, praise God!! The kids are doing great! They are loving school; Faith has started first grade and just loves it and Savannah Grace has started pre-school 5 days a week for half a day and is doing terrific! Bella is just happy to be home with mom I think and have some alone time!! Chris and I have adjusted to our back to-chemo-routine and he is doing well, working hard and trying to do all he can here as well. God has given him big shoulders to carry this right now and I am so grateful for all he is doing for us.


We could not face this journey alone, and praise God we do not have too. Thank you for all of the help we have been given again. First and foremost for continuing to remember us in your prayers, as that is the greatest gift to us. But then for the constant meals, laundry help, babysitting help, rides to chemo and anything else that I may be forgetting right now. We are so humbled and grateful.


We went for a second opinion yesterday at Dana Farber in Boston, just checking to see if we were on the right page with what we should be doing for treatment at this point and seeing if there were any new, different options that we are not aware of. What we were told was that I was on the right path, and if I were there at Dana Farber they would be doing the same treatments, so that was reassuring. It was a long day again; each time I speak with doctors I feel a bit discouraged as they seem to bring me back to this harsh cancer reality that we are living with right now. But as soon as I have doubt I have to quickly combat it with my hope that is in Christ, not in anything that the doctors say. Christ says He has already paid the price and healed me, and that is what we have to keep believing. We have to rebuke Satan’s doubt that creeps into our minds and look to Jesus. He is the one who is healing me, not the doctors, and for Him nothing is impossible. In the Gospel of John it tells us that Jesus says it is the thief (Satan) who comes to kill and destroy, but Jesus has come to give us life, and life abundantly. I claim this; I believe this, and I am doing my best to live this each day. I thank you for your prayers for it is He who is carrying me when I have my doubts for a moment but then I give it back to God and rest in His peace. This would not be possible without the faithful prayers of everyone to our loving and gracious God.


This is not a journey I would ever choose but again I say I will praise Him in this storm, because He has the greater plan. We do not understand it, and we question it, but ultimately our trust is in Him, and we keep looking to Him to guide us. Please continue to pray that Chris and I keep our eyes on Jesus, not on this storm. I go for “re-staging” in November, I think. This is where they look at all of my scans again and see how the chemo is working and what to do next. It is hard because I can only live one day at a time, and I am such a planner! But again God tells us to only take one day at a time, and keep looking to Him, so this is what we have to do. I am learning to lean on Him more and more. Please, please pray that Jesus continues to work this miracle in me which He has already started and that there is no more cancer and will be no more cancer.


We thank you all from the bottom of our hearts for your love, your prayers and your support of us. Thank you for believing with us. “Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” (Mark 11;24)

Love and God bless, April, Chris, Faith, Savannah-Grace and Bella

T-shirts

Hi everyone! I hope that you are all happy and well! My sister-in-law Beth has just created T-shirts that she is selling in time for breast cancer awareness month, which is in October. They are pink and say “I wear pink for April”. If anyone is interested in purchasing one here is the link with a photo, and thank you so much for your constant love, prayers, and support. And thank you Beth, for doing this for us!!
Love and God bless, April (:

https://www.booster.com/help4april

Bike ride update

So if you haven’t heard, due to a pretty bad injury to my brother in law during the bike ride, we weren’t able to finish the 100 mile ride. He is doing much better so that is great news. But even though we were both disappointed not to finish, I got to stand at the finish line with the reason we were riding in the first place.
~Chris

Team Hope before the race

Bike Ride

Hi Everyone! This weekend, on Saturday Sept 6th, Chris and my brother-in law Dave will be riding 100 miles in honor of me for my cancer hospital, Smilow Cancer Center at Yale/New Haven. Our friend Steve will also be riding that day in honor of his wife who defeated cancer last year, praise God! Their team name is “Team Hope” and here is the link to Chris’ page. 100% of the proceeds raised go directly to our cancer hospital for treatment, research, assistance for families, and more. We cannot say enough about this center, how great they are and also how loving and caring. Please feel free to donate to this amazing cause and/or come and show your support for Chris, Dave and Steve. The ride starts at 7am, and goes until 5:00. I will be taking the girls for the afternoon to wave at their daddy and cheer him on! Please keep them in your prayers, as 100 miles is a lot of riding in one afternoon!! I am so proud of my amazing husband for starting this team and doing this in honor of me! love you babe! Thank you all for your constant love, prayers, and support of our family. We are still claiming our miracle and believing with all of our hearts. God bless, April, Chris, Faith, Savannah-Grace and Bella

tests and praise!

All is good with my extra tests from last week!! Praise God!! Praise God! My doctor is still amazed that everything else is fine and only two spots are on my liver! She is going to the tumor board on my behalf tomorrow and we are going from there! Please pray that the taxol works just as well and I can tolerate it just fine. Chris wants me to add in that the doctors report says that the brain is reported as “grossly unremarkable.” Ha! What a stinker he is!! Thank you all for your love and prayers! We serve an awesome and mighty God! I am set up for eight weeks of chemo and then we scan and go from there. Please continue to pray for our miracle, in Jesus’ mighty name! Love and God bless, April , Chris , Faith, Savannah Grace and Isabella Hope. Xoxo

Prayers and update (from April)

And I’ll praise You in this storm
And I will lift my hands
For You are who You are
No matter where I am
And every tear I’ve cried
You hold in Your hand
You never left my side
And though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm.

So we have news from today, and it is not so good. We were not quite expecting this but I know that God is good and He has us; just like He carried us all of this time. He is still in control, for “greater is He who is in me than he who is in this world” (1 John 4:4).

I have a new spot on my liver that has appeared sometime in the last 8 weeks since I have been off of chemo. It is 3 cm and the old tiny tiny spot there has grown to 4.5 cm. So I have to start up chemotherapy again. Just the thought of it again makes me want to vomit! But I will do it. I have total body scans all day on Thursday so please keep us on your prayers for that. Then, next Tuesday I am back to my once a week chemo date! This w ill give us some time to process everything and set up the help that I will unfortunately need all over again. We are in a bit of disbelief right now but again I am clinging to Jesus to heal me completely and I am claiming that. Thank you for walking this journey with us and for keeping me and my family in your prayers. We have had an incredible 8 weeks of me feeling good and just having so much fun with the girls! So praise God for that! I will keep you updated and please just pray that the chemo works just as well as it did the first time until the time comes for Jesus to heal me completely . Also pray that the side effects are minimal so I can be with and take care of my girls as much as possible. And that God continues to provide for us and give us His peace and strength, through all of this.

Thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Love and God bless, April and Chris Robert

Volunteers needed once again

Hi Everyone-
We are once again asking for your help, support and prayers for April and Chris Robert and their family. April is beginning weekly chemo treatments each Tuesday at Yale starting Aug. 19.

Chemo will be ongoing and she will need a lot of help in the coming weeks & months! I’ve started to add activities to the calendar once again and there will be many more slots to sign up for.

For right now, we are holding off on cooking since April will need a strict, organic diet & juices. (But if you’d like to donate food, there is a small list on the “Ways To Donate” page.)

Please contact me with questions!
Thanks so much & keep up the prayers!!
-Lisa Hunt

September 6 fundraiser

The Carin MacLean Foundation will be holding their first annual event, a Walk-a-thon, on Saturday, September 6 at 2:00 p.m. at Borderland State Park, N. Easton, MA.

The foundation is an independent, non-profit organization started in memory of Carin MacLean, a loving wife, mother, and friend lost to cancer in 2013. Our mission is to help other families in our community deal with cancer by providing some financial relief during such a difficult time.

All funds raised from the Walk-a-thon will be given to April Robert.

You can learn more about our foundation at http://www.carinmacleanfoundation.com/

Prayers!

Hi everyone! I go for my next round of scans on Wednesday; please pray that there is and will not be any more cancer in my body- that I have already been healed through the blood of Jesus. Also, please pray for wisdom and guidance for my oncologists as to what decisions for my course of treatment they should make. They have told us already this is “uncharted territory” for them so please ask for God’s wisdom on this. We meet with our doctors and get all our results next Tuesday so I will share everything then. Thank you so much! Love and God bless, April

Update (from April)

So the last few weeks have been amazing! I am at my treatment at Yale right now but still no chemo so that is incredible , praise God! We are all loving and enjoying the summertime, and just having lots of fun! God’s timing is always perfect, and I am still humbled and amazed that he orchestrated this chemo break for me at the perfect time. His love is just amazing! I was blessed to be able to speak at a local church and share some of my story and His great love for us. I was awed that He would choose me to share His love and blessings in our life and just loved doing it! Maybe He will continue to use me in this way and that would just be incredible! Whatever His plan is I know it is for good and will continue to trust in Him.


Chris and I have been able to talk and stay up together at night and that has been awesome! And the girls are just loving having “mom back” and have been hugging and jumping and playing on me more now that I am feeling good again! Still fighting lik e cats and dogs again one minute and then loving each other the next, but that is what siblings do! So they are also succeeding at driving mom crazy again as well! I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of the continued love and prayers; I know they make all of the difference and am so grateful to all of you for taking the time to pray to our great God on our behalf. May you all be blessed as well. I have my next scan on august 6th so please pray for more amazing results and for the doctors to have wisdom and guidance as for what to do when we meet with them on the 12th.

I thank you again, love and God bless, April and Family

Full of praises to our great God!!

It has been such a beautiful couple of weeks, praise God! I did not realize how sick I was feeling for the last 6 months until I have had a taste of how good it feels to feel good again! I am never ever going to want to go back on chemotherapy or radiation again, but I also know that God will give me the strength and carry me through once again when I have too. But oh it has been wonderful! Just enjoying everyday things with Chris and my girls, and how perfect God’s timing is that I have a chemo break during the summertime, with my kids which is my favorite season. I do go today for two of my three drugs, -not chemo- so I humbly ask for prayers once again that all continues to go well and for safe travels. I am taking Faith with me as she has been asking for months to go with mom and I told her once school was out I would take her. She is very curious as to where mom spends so much time every week so please just pray for her tender heart while she experiences all this today. Thank you again for all of the continued love and prayers, we are watching a miracle happen thanks to our great God! May God bless your days! Love April

Volunteer hold for summer

With the amazing & miraculous news of April’s healing, I am placing the volunteer calendar on hold for the months of June, July & August.
With all depending upon April’s August scan & doctors appointment, we hope & pray she will be having surgery in September.

Once that happens, we will need tremendous help caring for both April & the girls for those 10 weeks. And I’ll ask again for volunteers in late summer/early fall.

Thank you, thank you, thank you for your amazing support & prayers!!

Our family is forever grateful to you!

Lisa (:

Praise God!! (from April)

“How great is our God? Sing with me,
How great is our God? and all will see,
How great, how great, is our God!”

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of your love and prayers and support through all of this. We could not do this alone, and thankfully we do not have to. God is so good!

So all of our scans came back amazing! No new growth of any sort; no more cancer tumors anywhere that they can see still, and just the same liver spot from the last time; same size and everything even after the radiation. So this most likely means (like we had hoped and said before) that it is just left over scar tissue and dead cancer cells, and my radiologist said it can take up to 6 months to see the tissue disappear. It has only been 6 weeks since my radiation was complete so they do not expect it to be gone to our eyes for a while still.

I am claiming that I am healed through Christ and my oncologist is being very cautious with her course of treatment for us because she has seen many cases of metastatic breast cancer and none like this before! Amen! So I get to have a chemo break for now and see how things go in a few more months. I do have to have my antibody treatment every 3 weeks at Yale, but did I say no more chemo for now?!! So so excited we are! I can start to get my energy back and do regular things again with my girls and hopefully not even feel sick anymore since I will not be having the chemotherapy which causes that. And maybe Chris will have a wife back again that can stay up after 8pm!! ha ha! (: And I will continue now to get my hair and eyebrows and eyelashes back too! Whoo hoo!

The big plan would still be to have a double mastectomy (so they are looking at the fall now) and follow that with some more intense chemo, even harder than I am having now, she said,  “just to be sure” (aagh!!) but to be on the safe side. We cannot jump ahead because as she said they do not do surgery on metastatic patients, but Jesus is at work here and He is healing me!! So I am hopeful for the future that this will be the plan they choose and we will show them just “what faith can do!”

Everybody falls sometimes
Gotta find the strength to rise
From the ashes
And make a new beginning

Anyone can feel the ache
You think it’s more than you can take
But you’re stronger
Stronger than you know

Don’t you give up now
The sun will soon be shining
You gotta face the clouds
To find the silver lining

I’ve seen dreams that move the mountains
Hope that doesn’t ever end
Even when the sky is falling
I’ve seen miracles just happen
Silent prayers get answered
Broken hearts become brand new
That’s what faith can do

It doesn’t matter what you’ve heard
Impossible is not a word
It’s just a reason
For someone not to try

Everybody’s scared to death
When they decide to take that step
Out on the wat er
It’ll be alright

Life is so much more
Than what your eyes are seeing
You will find your way
If you keep believing

I’ve seen dreams that move the mountains
Hope that doesn’t ever end
Even when the sky is falling
I’ve seen miracles just happen
Silent prayers get answered
Broken hearts become brand new
That’s what faith can do

Overcome the odds
You don’t have a chance
(That’s what faith can do)
When the world says you can’t
It’ll tell you that you can

I’ve seen dreams that move the mountains
Hope that doesn’t ever end
Even when the sky is falling
And I’ve seen miracles just happen
Silent prayers get answered
Broken hearts become brand new
That’s what faith can do
That’s what faith can do

Even if you fall sometimes
You will have the strength to rise

~by Kutless

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for believing this and claiming this with us. The road is not always easy, in fact in His word he promises us that it will not be easy, but He also tells us that He is with us always through it all and I know that “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13)

Love and God bless, April (: