My parents got married on August 12, 1995. Little did they know, their hardest battle was coming soon.
On June 20th, 1996, my mom found out that she had Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. The tumor was located in her chest and had attached itself to the arteries around her heart. She began chemo and radiation which took a toll on her body. She lost all her hair and lost down to 80 pounds. You would think losing hair would be the hardest part for a woman but what was the most devastating for my mom was being told she would never have children.
The doctors informed her that although this was a curable cancer, they had to treat it aggressively. Even though my parents knew the treatment would not allow them to have children, they had no choice but to go through it in order to spare my mom’s life. She went through six months of treatment which ended in December of 1996. My parents began considering adoption and my mom went back to work. In February of 1997, the doctors informed my parents that my mom was cancer free!
At the end of February, my mom began feeling sick again. She mentioned this to my grandmother (her mom) who advised her to take a pregnancy test. Although this was far-fetched, she did it anyway. It came back positive and my parents made an appointment with the OB/GYN. At this appointment, nurses kept coming in and out of the room. This worried my mom because chemo stays in your body for six months after it ends. My parents assumed something was wrong if they were pregnant.
Finally, a doctor came in and said that they were definitely pregnant and that they were having twins. Even before they were married, my parents dreamed of having twins. Specifically, they wanted a boy and a girl. They even had names picked out, Kendal Nicole and Caleb Thomas. Later on in the pregnancy, they found out that those dreams were going to come true. On October 17th, 1997, my brother (Caleb) and I (Kendal) were born.
Today, my mom is 17 years in what the doctors call remission but what my mom likes to call healing. Caleb and I are 16 years old, my dad is a pastor and we are living a normal life. I am amazed at how big God is when I think of my mom’s story. He defied everything the doctors told her would be wrong. I am so thankful that God saw fit to put me and my brother on this earth and am so thankful that he healed my mom. My parents were faithful in every aspect of their life, even going through a very scary time. God blessed them for that. I am also amazed at the fact that God answered their prayers by giving them the very thing they dreamed of.
They didn’t lose hope.
My mom was a fighter then and she still is today. She has taught me how to overcome and trust God with everything in my life. I hope my mom’s story touches someone that reads it and I am thankful to have the opportunity to share it.