GBM (Glioblastoma multiforme)
Nicole Gibson's Bio
Nicole Gibson is a 34 year old wife and mother. She and her husband Travis Gibson (click to read bio & update of Travis’ condition) have been together since they were teenagers and have been blessed with four beautiful children; Hunter (13), Savannah (11), Brooklyn (7), and Reese (5 & 1/2). The Gibson family moved to Maryland from Virginia three years ago after the economic downturn forced the shutdown of the construction company Travis and his brother’s had founded. Though it was a difficult decision the Gibson’s embraced the opportunity to be closer to Nicole’s family and determined to move forward with a fresh start in the Frederick area.
Nicole’s diagnosis of GBM (Glioblastoma multiforme) level IV in September, 2012, is the second round of cancer the Gibson family has faced in the last two years. On January 13, 2011 Travis Gibson was diagnosed with his own rare and aggressive cancer. He was diagnosed with Stage IV Esophageal Cancer which had spread to lymph nodes outside of the esophagus. The prognosis was devastating with a year life expectancy offered by the medical community (nearly two years ago!).
Still Genesis 50:20 says, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” This is exactly what God has done! He has saved the life of not only Travis but has also allowed the opportunity to show God’s power and love to so many that may have missed this gift if not for the conviction that both Travis and Nicole have determined; 2 Corinthians 5:7, “for we walk by faith, not by sight.”
So much was and is still being learned on this voyage that has prepared the Gibson family for a second cancer diagnosis within two years. God has continued to strengthen the faith of both Travis and Nicole as they lead their precious family through trials with conviction that God will carry them through yet another journey of cancer.
The Gibson’s are praying for complete healing for both Travis and Nicole, for protection and strengthened faith of each of the children, both body and soul; and a moving of God’s Holy Spirit to work in the lives of friends, families, and strangers who make this walk alongside them. Psalm 116 is both a cry to the Lord for underserved grace from affliction and a praise offering to honor and exalt Him even in the face of death. Travis and Nicole chose God!
Nicole’s diagnosis of GBM in September 2012 has burdened the Gibson family with the unfortunate and difficult responsibility of meeting the financial needs necessary to support a young family of six. Nicole had been a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom until Travis’ cancer and had been working to support the family as a preschool director until her own diagnosis in September of this year.
Although Travis receives some money from disability, Nicole has not been in the work force long enough to receive this benefit. This means the hardship of cancer has taken the Gibson family from one income to none since September 2012 and bills and expenses continue to arrive each month. As Nicole goes through her six weeks of chemo/radiation treatment she is unable to work or drive. She will also be on chemotherapy for an additional six months after radiation. Nicole’s ability to work will be determined as the battle goes on but at present the financial need for monthly bills and travel expenses to and from radiation (180 miles a day) are rising.
The Gibson’s appreciate the love, support, and prayers of any and all who are willing to pray in unwavering faith that God’s healing will be seen. To follow their story or to make donations please go to http://gibsonswalk.blogspot.com/ and witness the work of our living God.