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Breast Cancer, Life & Parenting

The Love Challenge

It’s been all over Facebook recently, the “Love” challenges. Love your spouse, love your family, love your friends, love your dog. And when I had friends who reached out to me, I decided it wasn’t really so much of a challenge. Maybe that’s my total lack of non-competitiveness talking or maybe it’s something else.

Life is a challenge. All of it. And we spend so much time working through life’s challenges. But I’ll tell you this, when I think of love, I think of Jason. He has more love in his heart than most see. He loves me and our little family endlessly. We drive him absolutely crazy at times (like really bat-shit crazy, where he just needs to hide his introverted self for a little while). But he wholeheartedly loves us. And we wholeheartedly love him.

And he stepped up to the plate like a pro over the past two years. He stepped up in ways he never thought he would have to. It changed him. It changed all of us. But our love for each other grew exponentially.

We are not perfect. Our relationship is not perfect. But we love each other and we do our best to communicate and really understand where the other person is coming from.

IMG_7095So this picture you see right here. That’s love. A whole lot of love. And heartache. That’s my sweet husband, at the cancer center with me. A place that was necessary to go, but he hated being there. He hated that I had cancer and had to deal with what chemo did to me. Wearing a pink bracelet that he doesn’t ever want to wear again. In this picture, I’m all drugged up, feeling crappy and hooked up to a slow drip of chemo and he is making me the only thing I could eat without throwing up – a banana sandwich. And he was as stressed out as much as he had ever been. Because by this point in treatment, it was wearing on us all big time.

Jason, you made me banana sandwiches, when I couldn’t. You took care of this family, when I couldn’t. You held us together, when I couldn’t. You held the kids hands, when I couldn’t. Thank you for loving me as I am and taking care of me, always. There simply aren’t words for how much I love and adore and appreciate you.

My challenge to you all is this. If you love somebody, tell them. And tell them how much they mean to you. Love is love is love is love.
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2 Comments

  • Reply Shannon August 17, 2016 at 10:38 am

    Thank you Jen! :)

  • Reply Jen August 17, 2016 at 12:22 am

    This is beautiful. Thank you so much.

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