The doctors say there is a 9 cm tumor in Joey’s sigmoid colon. Even though the cancer is now in the colon, they said it’s the same cells as before (she was diagnosed with cervical cancer last year and had surgery last June to remove the tumor), and that the original cancer has now spread to a new organ and the tumor and cells are rapidly growing, so that is the big concern.
As I write this… my wife is in her garden, the baby on a blanket near her. She’s weeding her squash, and broccoli and kale, and the cucumbers that have just poked their heads up out of the soil. But she’s not just tending to her vegetables – she’s tending to her soul. Walking and talking with God.
And all the while, she’s growing healthy food for her husband and baby to eat. Food that God makes, not science. The kind that you can’t put a price on, at least not in a grocery store. That’s one of her passions. She doesn’t do it because it’s easy (especially for her right now), she does it because it’s important to her.
There are many things that are very important to my wife, and those things never change, they never waver. Not through good times or bad times, not through tears or joy. She knows what the good stuff in life is and she reaches for it and pushes away the things that don’t matter. She’s always been this way. I wish I was more like her… and that it came easy to me. I have to work at it. It’s just part of her… like breathing air, or loving Indy.
This moment was April 1st 2010…
So next week, we are going to Chicago to have Joey looked at at a cancer treatment center there. We will take Indy with us and one of Joey’s sisters will be with us while she’s there for a few days being evaluated. Our hope is that we’ll spend a good portion of the summer there, and then by harvest time in her garden, she’ll have her rubber boots on and will be up and down those rows gathering the harvest that the Lord has provided. And like most falls, she’ll spend countless days canning and freezing and cooking what she grew, the hard way.
We’ve been shown lots of love before from friends and family, from fans and strangers. But this… this is a whole other level of love. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you.