February 2, 2014

"I was vacuuming..." Two years ago today.

I was vacuuming.

Two years ago today.

Thursday, February 2, 2012.

It was around 9:30 am and my phone rang.

I turned off the vacuum. I rushed to my phone. I can still feel exactly how my heart felt.

That phone call changed my life.

It was Tony, my father-in-law.

"Janet is on her way to Mercy. The surgeon couldn't get to her gall bladder because there was too much scar tissue in the way, she couldn't even see it. She thinks it might be Ovarian cancer. Come now."

I hung up. Bryan called. Tony had called him first. He was en route to the hospital.

I called my mom (who is an APN). She immediately started crying. That is when I knew it was bad.

I called my grandma to come stay with Hudson and got ready to go. I prayed. I prayed hard that it was a mistake.

I got to the hospital. Bryan and Jordan were already there. We all cried and sat and waited. Our friend and family doctor came and told us to pray that it was just scar tissue. Janet had no reason to have scar tissue, she hadn't had any previous abdominal surgery. He knew how bad Ovarian cancer was, we prayed and prayed for scar tissue.

Jordan spent the night with us that night. She didn't want to be alone. None of us wanted to be alone.

We went back the next day and it was confirmed. The doctor came in and said they were pretty sure that Janet had Ovarian cancer and she was discharged and was referred to a gynecological surgeon.

As soon as the doctor left the room, we all wept. We sat on the bed with her and prayed. She opened her bible. She turned to Psalm 121, which would become her verse for the journey to come.

1 I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
   where does my help come from?
2 My help comes from the LORD,
   the Maker of heaven and earth.
 3 He will not let your foot slip—
   he who watches over you will not slumber;
4 indeed, he who watches over Israel
   will neither slumber nor sleep.
 5 The LORD watches over you—
   the LORD is your shade at your right hand;
6 the sun will not harm you by day,
   nor the moon by night.
 7 The LORD will keep you from all harm—
   he will watch over your life;
8 the LORD will watch over your coming and going
   both now and forevermore. 

Feb. 3, 2012
We would have several more moments just like this in the two years that followed. All weeping and sitting on her hospital bed together. It was the beginning of an incredibly brave journey. A journey where Janet literally touched the world and shared the love of Jesus with millions.

Two years ago, I was vacuuming and my life was changed forever.

(here is the link to the post I wrote that day)

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