Going Out to Eat

Going Out to Eat Sweetheart, do you have a preference on where we go out to eat? …..No. Anywhere you want is ok with me, dear. Great. There’s a McDonald’s. They have a senior coffee discount. …..Oh, but look! There’s a Subway. I think that would be better. OK. Subway it is. I’ll let you… Continue reading Going Out to Eat

The Power of God’s Word

10 The Power of God’s Word 10.1 My Story I was always amazed at the child-like faith my wife showed in the Lord Jesus Christ. Her faith reminded me of a bumper sticker frequently seen in the late 1960s and early 1970s. It just stated, “God said it, I believe it, and that settles it.”… Continue reading The Power of God’s Word

Time

8 Time 8.1 My Story “How long …” I asked the question doctors dread to hear. How long will my wife live? I spoke those words to the physician when my mother had her kidney transplant. I repeated the words when my wife had Melanoma surgery and had thirty-four lymph nodes removed because the disease… Continue reading Time

Laughter

7 Laughter 7.1 My Story First, there is nothing funny about a spouse having a chronic or terminal illness. There certainly isn’t anything funny about caring for a loved one and all the nuisances involved with the daily routine. Over the years I had heard time and time again that opposites attract. My experience would… Continue reading Laughter

Hearing

6 Hearing 6.1 My Story “I need your decision on starting radiation treatment. What have decided?” asked the surgical oncologist. “Not today. I just can’t make a decision today,” said my wife. It was apparent she was overwhelmed with everything. “Any delay could be life-threatening at the worst and life-shortening at the best. You need… Continue reading Hearing

God’s Deliverance

5 Deliverance 5.1 My Story My wife’s left arm had started swelling up. The wrist and hand also were puffed up and getting noticeably larger day by day. A surgical oncologist was called. An appointment was made with the managing oncologist. When I returned from work, my wife greeted with the news. She said, “I… Continue reading God’s Deliverance

Resting in the Lord

4 Resting in the Lord 4.1 My Story You may be like my late wife was when she was battling Stage Four Melanoma cancer. She found herself very tired. She needed rest. My daily caregiving also left me weary. Like my wife, I needed rest. The managing of my wife’s schedule took a skillset even… Continue reading Resting in the Lord

Tears Are Normal

3 Tears Are Normal 3.1 My Story “I removed the tumor. The tests also showed it has spread to her lymph nodes. I removed thirty-four of them,” said the surgical oncologist. I stared at her. She was slowly becoming out of focus as I became teary-eyed. I knew the initial diagnosis of Stage 3 Melanoma… Continue reading Tears Are Normal

Charlie’s Bells

Charlie’s Bells by Jimmie Aaron Kepler Jackson Smith lived in the pale yellow house with the whitewashed picket fence on Second Street. When he first arrived in town, he had already accepted a new position with the First State Bank. He brought with him a small inheritance from his favorite aunt, so he had not… Continue reading Charlie’s Bells

How to be Strong and Courageous in the Lord

2 How to be Strong and Courageous in the Lord 2. 1 My Story One of the first thoughts I had when my wife received the diagnosis that she had stage three Melanoma was how am I going to care for her and love her unconditionally until she dies. I knew the Melanoma was going… Continue reading How to be Strong and Courageous in the Lord