The words the mainstream media uses to describe those who deal with cancer, "survivor," "hero," and "battle" are often overdone to the diminishment of those who endure other diseases or ardous life circumstances. I think in the story of Kara Tippetts this is not the case. "Survivor" is how she wanted to be named, but today cancer took her and she went to be with the Lord. There was a battle however, and it was epic. A hero is typically someone who displays courage outside the norm. If so, Kara is a hero.
It takes a torrent of descriptors to get a hint of this woman: hopeful, transparent, a tour de force, angry, joyful, honest, afraid, strategic, a dynamo, skillful, compassionate, a quintessential listener, a mom. If there is however one way that I will remember Kara, it is a phrase by coined by John Piper, Don't Waste Your Cancer. I don't know if she ever read Piper's meditation, but she lived it like a hurricane.
Jason & Kara
(image lifted from Kara's blog, Mundane Faithulness)