Heather Hobbs will be having surgery on August 26th to remove a giant mass that is growing from her left thyroid towards her heart. Surgery is crucial now because it beginning to block her airway.
Heather is recovering at home now. She is still in a lot of pain so please keep her in your prayers.
Heather Hobbs is a pro-life speaker and advocate for children conceived through rape and women receiving difficult prenatal diagnoses. Heather’s story has resonated with thousands, and she’s used her own experiences to testify in front of state legislatures, speak at rallies, help women in crisis choose life, and save babies from abortion.
Those who are close to Heather know that she has experienced numerous health challenges throughout her life, and right now she is facing the biggest yet: Heather has a rare cancer called medullary thyroid cancer that has been causing issues with blood flow as well as obstructing her airway. She is having an invasive surgery to remove the mass, which may mean having to break her clavicle and sternum. Heather’s allergies mean she cannot tolerate most pain medications, so she may need to be placed in a medical coma. She will likely need blood transfusions following the surgery.
Heather has been waiting almost a year to remove the mass, but has been delayed because other surgeons have denied her (saying she is too medically fragile). Additionally, Heather has been unable to get life insurance for over three years due to many other complex medical issues.
We have faith that Heather will make it through the surgery and be able to continue her pro-life work, but anything to help her at this time is greatly appreciated. She has been told that she should get our legal affairs in order and complete an advanced directive, so in the tragic chance that Heather does not make it through the surgery, any donations will go to her husband Jeremy and her four children.
Please help Heather!
Update from Heather:
My incision looks pretty good. Elly loved getting to FaceTime with mommy! Yesterday my strange fevers and high heart rate threw everyone off so we did testing, imaging, and some studies. The CBC was in the high normal range. I am still coughing and it hurts a lot but they’re exploring other options than pneumonia. The culture studies take a few days. I’m still not able to eat much without pain and they have me on a No Fat diet so the cafeteria is only allowed to send a few limited things like plain cod or plain chicken and produce. The output of the Chyle Fluid is lessened so they may do the fat challenge tomorrow which has me on a high fat diet to see if I’m still leaking the fluid or if it has healed up. My arms are still swollen, more so on the left, but they’re improving. My neck is painful as mentioned above and the mucous in the cough is no fun but the incision isn’t infected so I’m counting my blessings. Overall, I would say that your prayers are working. I’m going to keep doing my absolute best to get out of here and get back to my advocacy. Fighting for life in the hospital has been a great learning experience. I’ve been able to hear the arguments of residents currently being taught all the way up to the professors. There are some concerning ideologies and rhetorics coming from the resident doctors. I plan to make an article about it when I get out and get better. I will say this, the teachings are extremely dehumanizing and so our biggest ally is science showing the humanity of these children in the womb. Being taught to support full term abortion and that a baby isn’t a baby until birth is beyond concerning. If you are praying for me; will you also pray for them? Pray that they will see the truth
Message from Heather
I’ve kept it pretty quiet until now, but I wanted to let y’all know where I’m going to be. ♥️
I have surgery first thing in the morning tomorrow. I have a large mass that is causing me some major problems. I will be in Portland as we don’t have the specialty surgeons that I am in need of anywhere close to home.
The health problems are endless, but I want to say that I have no doubt, whatever happens during the 7-8 hour surgery is God’s will. I believe in Him as He has shown me His plan is always better than our own.
As a wife, mother, and prolife advocate you all know I cherish my family above anything else here on earth. I’m prayerful that we will have many more years together, but I know that if we don’t, our time has been abundantly blessed.
Never in my wildest dreams did I suspect what He had in store for me. After being raised the way I was, I never wanted to have children of my own. Then, after conceiving in rape, being told abortion was completely acceptable, choosing life, and finding healing through my oldest-I already believed it couldn’t get any better for me. She was my world! My ray of hope, my everything.
But it did get better and I was baptized, met my husband, and found further healing through the Savior, my faith, my spouse, and along came another child. Again, abortion was recommended, only this time I was told he was a threat to my life. Defiantly and stubbornly, somewhat still newly prolife, our boy was spared dismemberment and he was born on my birthday. The best birthday gift I’ve ever been given.
Now blessed with two beautiful healthy children, I thought that this was it! Now I had everything I could ever need and surely there was no other hidden treasures in my future. Yet, along came the third. You’d think they would learn abortion is a no go from Miss Heather Hobbs, always the 1% of every medical mystery out there, but still offer they did. Not just offer, but aggressively so like a bully! He was given 0% chance to survive but he liked being strange like his mother, and continued to survive with every bit of science against him. He smile completes me. Every bit of pain and he chose joy!
Finally, I was complete, or so I thought. I began openly advocating for life. I was already doing my part volunteering, donating, and helping at risk women or youth. Then, our youngest came to be. No one even remotely hinted at abortion, and I’m grateful. It may have been because I was so openly prolife, or maybe they finally just learned I would never agree to it. Our little girl was a strong healthy 30 week premie who was still a whopping 4lbs and 19” long. She didn’t need anything from there than to eat and grow. She’s now in the 70th percentile and is hilarious beyond description.
Maybe this is the end but maybe not. All I know right now is that I have fought diligently to battle for life, to truly empower women, and support families. I will never stop whether it ends tomorrow or in ten years. Abortion is the greatest human rights violation of our time and I hope that you’ll all continue to advocate on my behalf.
Keep supporting my favorite organizations like Save The 1, New Wave Feminists, Secular Pro-Life, 40 Days For Life-Klamath County, Pro-Life Utah, The New American Magazine, and there are many more!
If you are looking for ways to help but don’t know where to start, call your local National Right to Life, a local pregnancy resource center, foster care association, domestic violence shelter, or google ways to get involved online. You don’t have to speak all over like I do. You don’t have to commit the vast majority of your time helping women. Even just donating to a baby shower, making some meals for a woman struggling, maybe it’s listening to someone in crisis over the phone. Don’t doubt your worth and your value! Every seemingly small gesture can move mountains.
I have made so many dear friends on this fight. I hope I get to continue fighting with them. For now, I’m going to focus on what I’m grateful for NOW! My faith, my family, my friends, and all of you♥️
For those that pray, please pray for the surgeries to go smoothly. For those who don’t, send your positive vibes. I will have my husband updating as he is able but he has the four children on his own so please be patient. You can also check on Save The 1 or contact Rebecca Kiessling Pro-Life Speaker.
I love you all! Don’t be scared. I’m not. I feel that even with all I’ve endured the blessings far outweigh the pain. I wouldn’t do a single thing differently. I will always be prolife with no exceptions.
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