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 an air traffic controller would… Continue reading Resting in the Lord

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 Cancer was terrible. I… Continue reading Tears Are Normal

How to be Courageous

How to be Courageous 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 to kill her unless God intervened. I… Continue reading How to be Courageous

Accepting God’s Hope

17 Accepting God’s Hope 17. 1 My Story In April 2016, I had a surprise in the interoffice mail at work one Thursday. It came with an apology from the information technology vice president’s executive administrative assistant for not getting the large manila envelope to me sooner. She said there was an interoffice mail for… Continue reading Accepting God’s Hope

Comfort

16 Comfort 16.1 My Story My spouse paid the bills each month. We had a budget and discussed our financial priorities, but she wrote the checks each month and made the electronic payments. We were old school and had a joint checking account. I had a basic understanding of what bills were due each month… Continue reading Comfort

We Are the Lord’s

15 We Are the Lord’s 15.1 My Story I still recall the conversation. Rarely have I hated having such a talk. I am forever glad we had the conversation. “Jimmie, we need to talk,” said Miss Benita. I glanced in her direction. While her natural smile and joyous attitude were on her face, it was… Continue reading We Are the Lord’s

Don’t Go Down Regret Row

14 God is Good 14.1 My Story I remember Sunday, December 3, 2017, well. My wife had not been feeling well for the previous two months. It started in early October when she worked a week of nights doing a stock reset. She worked retail for the big box store headquartered in Arkansas. I recall… Continue reading Don’t Go Down Regret Row

Do Not Lose Heart

13 Do Not Lose Heart 13.1 My Story My wife was excited when the eleven months of taking the prescription chemotherapy medications ended. I was expecting her to do a happy dance and to go celebrating her accomplishment. Instead of a time of rejoicing, it became a solemn watershed. She was tired of the handful… Continue reading Do Not Lose Heart

Your Health

12 Your Health 12.1 My Story Following my wife’s diagnosis with Melanoma cancer, I scheduled an appointment with the same doctor to get myself checked from head to toe. I needed to stay in good health to care for my sweetie. The doctor looked at every blemish, mole, and age spots on my body. She… Continue reading Your Health

Trust

11 Trust 11.1 My Story In August of 2016, my wife Benita and I took a lengthy “bucket list” trip. In our forty plus years of marriage, she had never been to the northeastern USA. She had heard stories from my early teens when I lived in New England as a military brat. She also… Continue reading Trust