Terri Roberts has lived just south of Strasburg, PA, for the past 22 years, as wife of Chuck for 42 years, mother of four sons, and as a grandmother of 10, including 2 step-grandchildren. She is a member of Living Faith Church of God. She has survived serious illness and adheres, as a result, to an admirably rigorous diet. Hers was a relatively quiet life until six years ago, when an unthinkable tragedy in her community, a tragedy for which one of her beloved sons was responsible, propelled Terri into the public’s eye. She describes herself as one who has walked through circumstances beyond her own ability to cope yet has found strength and even joy along the way. Hers is a message of God’s Grace given and received and the mountains it can move.
Terri Speaks - My Cancer Story
At the age of 52, I was diagnosed with Inflammatory Breast Cancer Stage 3. Having two aunts who died from breast cancer and a mother who survived her journey, I anticipated the possibility of dealing with this disease in my late sixties, like other family members. However, this diagnosis in my early fifties was an unexpected jolt. After beginning with traditional treatment and ending with very non-traditional measures, I became an energized woman willing to tell the story of what I thought would be the toughest battle of my lifetime.
Based on my own experience, I find it invigorating to share ideas for alternative therapy that healed not only cancer but also arthritis, acid reflux, and an unhealthy liver. It is possible to find avenues to healing without invasive surgery and medications that create other issues in our bodies.
Looking at a diagnosis as a Health Opportunity instead of a disease places our focus on the power of positive expectation through paths of faith and the natural elements of life that make each cell in our bodies do exactly what they were designed to do. There are no guarantees on anything in life, and we never know for sure what tomorrow may hold, so I encourage those seeking alternatives to look closely at what opportunities for health may await each of us.
Ten years have passed, and I now partner with a team to provide a Raw Pot Luck support group the third Monday of each month at the Kinzer Fire Hall, 5 miles east of Lancaster. I invite you to consider joining us – visit the event information tab for details.
Terri Shares - Nickel Mines Amish School & My Son
October 2, 2006 was a day that unfolded like any other, at least for me and many others. Sitting on the patio at work, with sirens and helicopters in the distance, I became aware that something of huge proportions was transpiring. As I ate lunch alongside my best friend, I offered a short prayer for the responders and anyone in need. Walking into the office after our break, I answered a phone call that changed my life forever.
My beloved son had committed a crime beyond any possible imagining. Young Amish girls had lost their lives or been left with injuries, both physical and emotional, that would take months and years of healing. This could not be so, and yet it was true. I confronted sorrow that made me question if I wanted to wake to a new tomorrow – a journey I now share with others to help them relate to the trials in their own lives.
If you find yourself in situations beyond your ability to cope, my compelling story of grace, hope, and willingness to move forward has ministered to many in a way that puts life into perspective. We can know beyond a shadow of a doubt that we are able to take the next step and find healing in our todays and tomorrows.