Jon and I met in 2001 at a christian camp that we were both working at. We never really got to know each other that summer because Jon had a girlfriend…that kind of put a damper on things! We lost contact for a few years and it wasn’t until the spring of 2006 that we reconnected on msn and eventually began dating.
In December of 2006 Jon proposed (by the way I said yes!) and we began planning a wedding for July 21, 2007.
We waited 5 weeks for Jon’s biopsy appointment because the doctors, once again, told us that they didn’t think it was anything serious. As soon as the doctors got the results back from the biopsy we were called into a meeting. It was exactly three months to the day from our wedding and we received the dreaded news… Jon had Stage 3B cancer. At first I had no idea what to think about the news we had just received because, when I was seven years old, my mom died of cancer and I didn’t want to have to go through a similar situation. Now when I look back I have no idea how I made it through those months. Not only was Jon going through chemotherapy but, I was also finishing up my last semester of nursing school and still trying to plan a wedding.
The doctors suddenly put a rush on everything and Jon began his first round of chemo two days later. We were told that he would require four rounds of chemo followed by radiation and then surgery. But, they didn’t realize that God had other plans. We were told by the doctors to cancel our wedding because there was no way that Jon would be healthy enough, let alone have the strength, to stand for the ceremony. I refused to listen to them. There was no way that a doctor was going to tell me only three months before my wedding to put it on hold and reschedule it. After the 3rd round of chemotherapy they believed they had got rid of all the cancer and no other treatments were required! No radiation and no surgery!
It’s a good thing I listened to my gut feelings and went ahead with the wedding planning because Jon finished his last round of chemo exactly 3 weeks before our wedding and, although he was bald, we were able to enjoy our wedding day and then our honeymoon in Jamaica. August 2011 marked 4 years of Jon being cancer free!
Well, on June 21, 2009, the day before Father’s Day, we found out we were going to have a baby!
Two days later we had a big surprise.. I was pregnant! Even though it was a surprise and it took some getting used to, especially since Kallie was only 7 months old, we felt blessed to be welcoming another baby into our family.
|Me and Kallie (7 months old)|
|Me and Bronson in the PICU – 3 days post liver transplant.|
|Kallie meeting Bronson for the first time outside of the hospital.|