Robin Hochgrebe is well acquainted with health trials and familiar with navigating the medical system for a variety of reasons. She spent many years working as a medical assistant, then later earned a Bachelors and Masters in Social Work from the University of Missouri, in which her intention was to practice medical social work. In May of 2013 she married Ryan Hochgrebe, Timothy Lutheran’s most recent addition to the pastoral staff. Marrying Pastor Ryan changed the direction of her life from a working, single parent household, to walking alongside her husband and congregation in Folsom, CA as the pastor’s wife and stay-at-home mom and homeschooler.
Robin’s health began showing signs of deterioration in 2016, just two years after she gave birth to her and Ryan’s daughter, Heidi Grace. Admitted to the hospital for jaundice and elevated liver enzymes, the doctor’s did not know the cause after a litmus of blood tests and scans. After a second hospital stay in San Francisco, the specialists diagnosed the symptoms as a rare condition called Autoimmune Hepatitis. Two years after diagnosis, under the supervision of her physician, Robin discontinued medication for the autoimmune disease; and in November 2018 she was diagnosed with Triple Negative Breast Cancer (TNBC). TNBC is a rare subtype of breast cancer, only affecting between 15-20% of women with breast cancer. The “triple negative” translates- negative for 3 hormones (estrogen, progesteron, and Her2). Most breast cancers are driven by at least one, if not all of these hormones. In July of 2020, Robin learned she has metastatic breast cancer; meaning the breast cancer spread to her lungs.
There is still much research being done to learn what actually drives TNBC. This diagnosis equates to less treatment options for Robin as well as making immunotherapy a gamble due to the history of Autoimmune Disease.
While health has certainly been a challenging obstacle to navigate, the Lord wastes nothing! Through this journey of health trials, the Lord has used it all to reveal His ever present hope and peace in the midst of life’s biggest storms. Robin will be sharing how the Lord has walked with her family through the storms of life in hopes that it may encourage and impart hope to those who face their own storms–no matter how big or small.
Robin will be speaking with us and sharing her story through the valleys as well as the heights where God’s love meets us. Inspired by the following verses, come here what the Lord can do in the midst of our difficulties….
We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps. Proverbs 16:9 NLT
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him and He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6
Robin is the wife of Pastor Ryan Hochgrebe. They have two beautiful daughters, Carmen (20) and Heidi (6). They spent the past 8 years in Folsom, CA in ministry at Mount Olive LCMS and will soon join Timothy Lutheran Church. Ryan and Robin are new transplants to Blue Springs where they will be close to family in Missouri and Illinois.