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One Voice Makes A Difference with Janet Swanson

Jul 4, 2022

As you know, I am bringing awareness to IBD, Crohn’s, UC, Colon Cancer, Auto Immune Disorders, and childhood sickness. You will be so inspired by hearing Jason and his mom’s story.  They encouraged me so much even with our own walk with my son’s disease.  

Jason Roberts is 25 years old and currently lives in New Orleans, Louisiana. 

He grew up in Georgia and played baseball all throughout his upbringing. Was diagnosed at 16 with severe IBD and life was radically changed.

Melissa Roberts is the 59 year old wife of Paul Roberts (married 38 years) and mother to 5 children -Melissa had surgery to remove her colon in 1990 had the second surgery to connect internally the same year. God has done a great work of healing in her  and her son’s lives!

You will hear about how Jason dealt with anger and rebellion due to his illness. You will hear from Melissa the difference in perspective when you are going through sickness verses when your child is going through the sickness. 

Jason was only 16 years old at the time  when he was diagnosed and things accelerated in a downward spiral. He was in shock and knew that he was very sick  and near death. 

We talked about how God is near to us even in the darkest, coldest places in our lives.  I can’t wait for you to hear this whole story.  You will be inspired.  I want to share this scripture with you today.  In the podcast I mentioned that it was in the book of Isaiah, but it’s actually in the book of Jeremiah.


Jeremiah 31:2-4

Thus says the Lord: “The people who survived the sword Found grace in the wilderness—
Israel, when I went to give him rest.”

The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying: “Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you. Again I will build you, and you shall be rebuilt,


God wants to rebuild everything that the enemy has torn down in your life. Keep believing and don’t lose faith. You will feel the Love of God in the podcast and I pray the Holy Spirit will draw you to God’s heart by showing your kindness and love. 

There are many feelings involved with IBD: fear, sadness, confusion, anger, self-pity.  It affects every aspect of your life - physically, spiritually and emotionally. Because being confined to either the hospital or home can bring on  all those feelings and emotions.  

Here’s a word from Jason and Melissa if you have been diagnosed with this disease!

Jason - hold fast to God and don’t let go of your faith in Him. Watch what He does, because He will work and be faithful. It’s ok to be afraid or angry and be as gentle with yourself as you can because it’s easy to be hard on yourself. This disease is not your fault. 

Melissa - don’t be afraid to ask people for help and make sure people are praying for you. There were many times we literally felt we were being carried on the prayers of people. 


If you’d like to get in touch with Melissa or Jason, you can reach out right here: 

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