The past month has been difficult...Jen spent a week in the hospital due to difficulties with pain management and symptom control. While in the hospital, almost every night was filled with friends and food, laughter and conversation.
She has been waking up with intense pain in her knees and legs the last two nights, and we had to up her pain meds today. Couple this with wonderful times spent with family and friends, my work being very understanding and allowing me flexibility with my schedule, and amazing support from strangers, and you have a mix of bitterness and sweetness, sadness and joy, that emotionally stretches and snaps back...building resilience.
As she sleeps and tries to get rest, we envision that this is only temporary and will pass.
The difficulty is only out-shined by the gratitude and presence, the strength and courage of my lovely wife.
The continued support of the many angels in our life, their show of compassion and commitment, soothes the bite.
We will continue to search, to treat, and to pray...to hope and live in hope (fittingly, this is the motto of the state I was born and raised in).
It's official!! The engagement has happened and I met with a wedding planner today. Jen is getting out of the hospital tomorrow and will be home recovering. Currently, she is looking at bedding to find soft, comfortable, light, cozy, comfy stuff...she's thinking linen ;-) xoxo
Thank you everyone! I'm so grateful and Jen received her first radiation treatment on Friday and was super stoked that she was able to eat breakfast this morning, and gelato this afternoon, and mash potatoes last night. She is getting her strength back and we are planning our engagement photos...this is amazing. Xoxo
I sit here with tears in my eyes, we have cried a few times this morning, seeing how many lives we've touched. Your donations of money, services, and prayers...we feel like we are changing the world with our story!!
It warms our hearts seeing gifts from old friends, new friends, and complete strangers, we will do you all proud, and enjoy watching this part of our love that you've helped make happen as it unfolds.
Thank you for making us feel so worth it, and soooo fulfilled. I can't thank you enough, but be on the lookout for kick-ass posts as we start to actualize this dream!! xoxo
At Christmas, we were looking at rings. In January, she was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. Six weeks ago, they told us it was 90% gone. Three weeks ago, she started getting headaches. Last Friday, they said the cancer had metastasized to her meninges and spinal fluid. When we got the prognosis, and everyone was still in shock, she turned to me and in her matter of fact, completely confident way said, "We're getting married".
Please help me make this a reality for her!! And help us fund whatever adventures we can think of as we live out every last day to the fullest!!