Today is a very special day within our family. It is the 2nd wedding anniversary of our youngest son, Brad, and his wife, Jennifer! I can’t believe how quickly the time has flown by! So much has happened in their young lives since these two came together as a couple.
The best way to describe the past four years of Brad and Jennifer’s life together is a series of “Ups and Downs”. Everyone has some trials and tribulations at some point during their lifetime, but this couple has already endured a lifetime of those in less than four years! This couple knows, all to well, about the “in sickness and in health” part of their vows. Read on, I’m sure you will agree…
Brad and Jennifer began dating in the fall of 2009. Jennifer earned her nursing degree shortly afterward. It was the best of times!
Then early in 2010, Jennifer’s mom suffered a serious attack, concerning her heart, and spent some time in the hospital. It was the beginning of a series of devastating events.
Shortly afterward, following a routine yearly checkup, Jennifer was diagnosed with cervical cancer. It was the worst of times.
Before Jennifer was able to be referred to North Carolina (we live in GA) to become a candidate for a radical new type of cancer surgery (which only removes the cervix, but leaves everything else intact), Jennifer’s mother died unexpected from the heart issue!
A short while later, Jennifer traveled to North Carolina and had the cancer surgery. Her grandparents, her dad, and Brad accompanied her. Jennifer’s cervix was removed, but her ovaries, tubes, and uterus were left in tact, in hopes she would be able to conceive and carry children in the future. All seemed to be going well.
A few weeks later, Jennifer became very ill with abdominal pain and fever. Jennifer spent some time in the hospital, and ended up having another surgical procedure to drain an internal abscess. Still, some pain persisted following her hospital stay.
Weeks later, Jennifer was faced with more surgery, this time to remove one abscessed ovary and Fallopian tube. I remember wondering if she and Brad would ever be able to have a family. The odds were not in their favor.
Unfortunately, Jennifer wasn’t the only one who experienced health issues during this time in their lives. At one point, Brad became so ill with the flu, that he had to spend several days in ICU!
Believe it or not, somewhere in the midst of all of these ups and downs, Brad and Jennifer managed to plan a wedding and get married–all while paying off numerous medical bills! Then, soon after their marriage, Jennifer’s dog got hit by a car, and was killed.
In November of last year, the couple decided to buy their first home, and move to the city. We hated to see them go, but soon realized that the couple must find their own way in this world. Life goes on, and they’ve been enjoying their new home, and living life in the city.
Three months ago, Brad and Jennifer showed up unexpectedly, one weekend, and announced that they are expecting a baby around November 13! Praise the Lord, miracles do happen! Of course, we were all elated, but our excitement was soon tempered by some possibly devastating news. We already knew this would be a ‘high risk’ pregnancy for Jennifer, but there was more…
During her first routine prenatal visit, Jennifer’s blood work revealed that she is a carrier for the disease, Cystic Fibrosis. This wouldn’t have been much of a problem, except when Brad was tested, he turned out to be a carrier, as well! (There is a family history of CF on our side of the family, but Jennifer doesn’t know of any on hers.) Brad and Jennifer both have the same mutation of the gene that is responsible for the most severe form of the disease! The couple was told that their baby had a 25% chance of having CF, and a 50% chance of inheriting one gene, which would make the baby a carrier, too. This news came early in the pregnancy, and the couple had to wait quite a while before having an amniocentisis to see if their baby was healthy or not.
Thankfully, Jennifer’s pregnancy progressed normally, and when the time was right, an amniocentesis was performed by her perinatologist a few weeks ago. A couple of weeks ago, the results came back, and the couple got their answer.
Praise the Lord, many prayers were answered, and another miracle has happened! The test showed that ‘Baby Bacon” is a healthy baby boy! Not only does he not have CF, he didn’t even inherit the gene that would make him a carrier of the disease! God is so good!
On this happy note, I think, is a good place to end today’s post! Continuing to pray for the safe arrival of “Baby Bacon” on or around November 13.
Today I wish Brad and Jennifer A Very Happy 2nd Wedding Anniversary! May their “Ups” always outnumber their “Downs”, and may God continue to watch over them and bless their family!