The Day Our World Was Flipped Upside Down…

June 10th, 2014. The day that will be imprinted in my brain forever. The day that my dad had a grand mal seizure. The day my faith was shaken. Before I get too ahead of myself, let me explain my family a little bit. Debbie (My Mom)- Funny, Hip, Prayer Warrior. Jordan (My brother)- Athletic, Loving, Christ centered man. Lauren (My sister that I never had, SIL) – Crazy, Beautiful, Gentle spirit. Owen (My Dad)- Leader, Joyful, Servant of the Lord. Plus tons and tons of cousins, aunts and uncles. The Carter side (my dad’s side) is one big Jesus loving Norwegian family. If you don’t get the picture… our family motto is “GO BIG OR GO HOME! Nobody has experienced life-like the Carter’s!

Okay, Enough of me bragging about my family and back to my story. On that horrific day, I met my family at the hospital and we found out from the MRI scan that a spot was found on my Dad’s brain. Most likely a tumor and they would have to do surgery to remove it so it could be tested. The next couple days went by and surgery was underway. The doctor came back saying it looked like Glioblastoma AKA cancer. But they were going to send in to get tested.

Hearing all of this bad news, we felt that it couldn’t get any worse, until we got the results. It was in fact Glioblastoma and he will be starting chemo and radiation on July 14th. A nightmare became reality. The surgeon said this is a very deadly cancer and if he did not have that seizure, he would have been dead in 4 months. Let’s put this into perspective. It would be a christmas without my dad. Believe it or not, that seizure was a blessing in disguise. Thank you JESUS.

Even though this seems like a terrible story and you are thinking “I feel so bad for their family”, DON’T. I saved the best part for the end. My family has never been so consumed and in love with Jesus. Through it all, God has given us a sense of peace, a sense of Joy, a sense of strength. It can not be explained. He has been so present. I have learned to dwell in Jesus. Just like it says in our theme verse Psalm 23: Through the darkest times, My Lord is my comforter. This verse has become a phenomenon. To say the Lord is my comforter is one thing, but to actually feel his comfort and peace, takes it to a whole new level.

We have a Long Crazy journey ahead but, I know for a fact that my God is in CONTROL. My God is FOR me. He is NOT against me. So stay in touch, because we want you to be apart of this GLORIOUS adventure.

♥ Ciara Grace




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  11 comments for “The Day Our World Was Flipped Upside Down…

  1. dawn
    July 9, 2014 at 11:26 am

    Standing with you in prayer. People think cancer is all darkness but i can testify that as painful as it was for my brother who was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer, it was a GIFT from God. Why was it a gift when it endedup costing his life? Because God makes beauty from ashes. He was brought to the Lord and evangelized on fire until Jesus took him home. Without cancer he would have been lost.

  2. Aunt Donette
    July 9, 2014 at 11:35 am

    Ciara…I am so thrilled to see you write this blog. It is so beautifully written. I love you so much Ciara and I am with you and your family every step of the way. Your dad has been such an amazing big brother to me and I love you all so very much. Thank you for sharing your faith in Jesus.

  3. Judy Seibel
    July 9, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    I know God will hold you all close during this journey as we uphold you all in prayer. Knowing your whole family has been such a blessing over the years! Love to you all!

  4. Debora Nelson
    July 9, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    I grew up with your dad & his siblings. You are all in my prayers

  5. Jen
    July 9, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    What a great testimony to God’s faithfulness, C! 🙂

  6. Debbie Isaman
    July 9, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    Wonderfully written Ciara! I can attest to the fact that what you share about God’s amazing grace, His presence and His incredible, indescribable peace and even joy in the midst of devastation is real and true…when we seek Him! He says seek me and you will find me! As you probably have heard, we lost my son-in-law Nick Magnotti to cancer on January 7th this year! Although it was a very emotionally draining journey, we all have learned so much and are so much closer to Jesus than ever! Something like this changes you forever! He was such an inspiration to so many…literally around the world! I am so thankful that your family is so strong in the Lord! I am in a prayer group with your Aunt Cheri and we are all praying for your family! God bless you & stay strong…in Jesus, of course!

  7. Eryca
    July 9, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    Ciara and family so awesome how God works and the lives that are going to be touched. It also lets us know how to pray. God is in the miracle business. Love you all!!!!

  8. Britt
    July 10, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    Love you C! You are an awesome writer. So thankful for God’s hand in our lives.

  9. Marilyn Carter
    July 10, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    Dear Sweet, Beautiful, Wonderful Granddaughter Ciara,

    Your blog is so awesome! Yes, this is a very difficult time for our family. We pray for His peace every day. God is faithful….and grandpa and I are experiencing that peace that passes all understanding. We are so proud of you, your mom, Jordan, Lauren and especially your dad who has shown such peace, bravery and complete trust in the Lord during his illness. We have always been so proud of the accomplishments of each one of you – and maybe we brag a bit TOO MUCH – but you are ALL so special! Yes, we are a big crazy clan that enjoys life and good times together. We cherish these times (and wasn’t last week-end great in Spokane???? – so great to go there with you and your mom and dad; you are a very good driver!) Grandpa and I are praying constantly for your dad – he is our beloved son in whom we are well pleased! I don’t think God would mind my borrowing this phrase from Him when He described His Son.

    We are sooooo thankful that we all know the Lord. How blessed we are!!!

    Thank you for your blog. We love you very much and we continue to pray for you every day!

    Ps. 46:1 “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble”.

    Grandma Carter

  10. Marge Anderson
    July 10, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    Your blog is beautifully written….thank you for sharing your story with us.
    I too have been very concerned about Owen…..prayers for him, and for all of your family.
    Also via the prayer chains of my nursing school classmates. I have always been happy and grateful that Carrie married into the Carter family ! You are a blessing to all of us.
    On a personal note….when my husband was sick, and again when Michele became ill,
    I didn’t think I could manage to carry on….but then I could feel the Holy Spirit carrying me.
    God is always with us, and really makes His presence known when we need Him.
    He gives us strength to do what ever we must. How fortunate we are !
    Love to you all,

  11. Hayden Baker
    July 16, 2014 at 10:57 am

    Ciara! I am beyond proud of you and how you are handling this situation. It’s so incredible to watch Jesus for through this hard time. Can’t wait for the Lord to do a MIRACLE! Praying for your whole family. Love you babe <3

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