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

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

Peace

9 Peace 9.1 My Story I thought I was Superman. I believed I could handle anything that would come my way in caring for my wife as she battled Melanoma cancer. I was wrong. Over Mother’s Day Weekend in May 2016, my wife started an eleven-month treatment with prescription chemotherapy medications. In less than twenty-four… Continue reading Peace

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