familypic
 
JessPlusMess

Limited Edition

Autographed Copy

Sunlight Burning at Midnight a memoir by Jessica Ronne

 

Subscribe to Blog

Your Name:
Your Email:

Search

Just some random, irrelevant, humorous, and hopefully inspiring musings on life, love, faith, widowhood, remarriage, adoption, blended families, caring for a handicapped child, mothering seven children, chickens, cooking, grief, over-coming grief, and everything else in between. Just Keep Livin!!

Lauren's Messy Story

  • Font size: Larger Smaller
  • Subscribe to this entry
  • Print

I'm posting a series called Messy Stories.  These are stories from others detailing pain and heartache; they are stories of cancer, death, divorce, betrayal, and disease; they are ultimately stories that bind each of us to one another in this messy thing known as life.  If you have a messy story,  anonymous or not, I would love to hear about it and post it for others in order that we all might gain insight and understanding from our different journeys.   Send me a message at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Cancer.  People get this horrible disease everyday and we feel bad for them, we pray for them, then..we somehow seem to forget about them.  Not because we don't care, but simply because we get TOO busy with life.  You never think it can happen to you.  Something so horrible.  Something so deadly, so painful.

Last Easter, my 39 year old aunt was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia.  The doctors said that this type was very fast acting and that it was rare for a female to get it and especially at her age.  It was usually found in older males. She started chemo as soon as we found out what it was and she was transferred to Vanderbilt as soon as there was a bed available.  A few weeks later she was in what they call remission, where the cancer cells were less than five percent.  We were all thrilled.  We thought, "Yes, we can do this!"  The doctors thought she would be back to work in just a few months and that all was going to be well...We did too until she relapsed just a few weeks after that.  They tried a stronger chemo since she was young and they thought her body could handle it.  She went into remission for a second time.  Again, we thought, "Yes, we can do this!" We then got the news she had to have a bone marrow transplant.  We thought this was the end of the world.  How? How could this be happening?  Out of millions of people on the registry and there is no match???  We hosted a bone marrow drive at a local church and spread the word so everyone would know to come out and sign up.  YOU COULD BE THE ONE TO SAVE A MOTHERS LIFE..A HUSBANDS WIFE..A DAUGHTER..A SISTER..A AUNT...
 
She came home and started having really bad headaches along with vomiting.. She went back to Vanderbilt and they found that it had spread to her Central Nervous System and that she had relapsed for a third time.  We felt defeated and like giving up.  Like all of our hope was gone. We took a deep breath, prayed harder, got back up, and began the fight one more time.  The doctors told us it was basically like treating two different types of cancers and that she couldn't have a bone marrow transplant until both the bone marrow and Central Nervous System were in remission.  They would treat the bone cancer with the chemo like they had and for the Central Nervous System, they would have to treat it through the spine.  The spinal cord has to have so much fluid in it.  To treat this, however much fluid they take out, they put that much chemo into it.  All was well..well we thought it was anyways, until we found out the doctors could try ONE more round of chemo to knock out the 30 odd percent that had built back into her bone for a fourth time.

My uncle was staying with her at the hospital at the time and realized she didn't move her legs for a couple of hours.. He woke her up and asked her what was wrong..she told him her legs were numb and that she couldn't move them.  The doctors came in and did tests.  Come to find out the chemo had damaged her heart and paralyzed her from the waist down.  They thought they could fix it with a steroid shot if it was inflammation.. They sent her home with nothing left that they could do.

She came home with hospice.  Yes, when you hear the word hospice, you think, "close to death."  We all thought it.  We all freaked out.  Instead of the steroid shot cutting down with the inflammation, it made her produce more blood, which made her produce more leukemia cells.  We watched her lay in bed and hurt for four and a half days with nothing we could do but pray for a miracle.

She died last Tuesday and went to be with Jesus.  Never in my life have I watched someone hurt so bad, suffer so bad, but fight so hard.  Never one time did we lose faith in God.  There was not a day that went by that we didn't pray for Aunt Lisa.  My family isn't a normal family.  Aunts and Uncles are like parents and cousins are like siblings.  We come from a strong, christian home who serves God, who believes in miracles, and who stands together through rough times and good.  Losing Aunt Lisa didn't just do something to her husband and children...it wounded all of us.  It wounded the community.  How many souls could have been won over to Christ if she would have been healed when the doctors could do no more?  How many lives would she have continued to have touched if she could have stayed?  What is her husband going to do?  How are two beautiful children going to grow up without a mother now?  How will our lives ever be normal?  What will holidays be like?  What will everyday life be like?  How are we supposed to cope?  When will the hurt go away?  I don't like hearing the phrase, "God will never give you more than you can handle." GOD WILL GIVE YOU MORE THAN WHAT YOU CAN HANDLE.  YOU HAVE TO LEARN HOW TO COPE.  YOU HAVE TO COME TO HIM FOR PEACE, FOR JOY, FOR COMFORT, FOR REST. He gives us peace. 

I don't like hearing, "well there is a reason for everything.."  Well what is the reason for my Aunt Lisa dying?  How is any good going to come from that?  We stood on God's word.  We quoted scripture after scripture of healing and faith.  We had faith.  Never one time did we lack it.  Even when she was taking her last breaths, we still thought God was going to heal her.  I am angry.  I am sad.  I am mad.  I am hurt.  I am confused.  I have so many emotions that I don't know how to deal with.  I don't want to face the world.  I don't want to hear, "oh, you look like you are doing fine."  Well, truth is I am NOT fine.  I am not okay with laying my 39 year old, precious Aunt to rest. I pray to God everyday for peace.   I have to get up, put on a fake face, and try to be normal again..but what is going to be normal now?  I don't doubt God.  I simply do not understand.  I don't understand why there has to be cancer, why she couldn't have been healed.  I praise God though.  I thank him for the time I had with her and I thank him for putting me into this family and onto this earth.  I will continue to serve him and pray that however he uses this, that he will receive ALL the glory.

tearsfaithfriend.wordpress.com

Just Keep Livin
Tagged in: faith Grief life
  • Guest
    Holly Van Vuren Wednesday, February 5, 2014

    Know that God hurts and feels every pain you are going thru,it is personal to Him.

  • Guest
    holly van vuren Wednesday, February 5, 2014

    God delivers us from,out of or into whatever is going on,dying is not losing the battle but evolving into that next level that we can only begin to imagine. In order to live we have to die first,our seeds are scattered and multiplied many times over......There is beauty in death.....God is with us

  • Guest
    Cassie Wednesday, February 5, 2014

    Six months ago, my youngest brother passed away suddenly at the age of 22. It's been hard to align my heart to praise God for this part of His "Master Plan" but by His grace, I can praise Him. It's a constant battle against my human nature that wants to cry out questions to God with a bitter heart. He is growing my faith in Him. I have no choice but to grow. I suddenly don't have all the answers or a perfectly holy explanation for every aspect of life but this is what God wants. He wants us to place our trust in Him alone... not just when we feel we ourselves can't handle it anymore. He is the King of my life & He had a beautiful purpose for taking my brother to heaven... a purpose that I will not fully understand till my sojourn on this earth is through & I meet my Savior face to face in heaven. Psalm 77 and many other passages have brought me so much comfort.

    Psalter #210 (based on Psalm 77)
    To God will I direct my prayer,
    And He will make my needs His care;
    I trust Him still, though in my grief
    No answer yet has brought relief;
    With hands stretched out through all the night,
    Uncomforted I sought for light.

    These doubts and fears that trouble me
    Were born of my infirmity (weakness);
    Though I am weak, God is most high.
    And on His goodness I rely;
    Of all His wonders I will tell,
    And on His deeds my thoughts shall dwell.

Leave your comment

Guest
Guest Thursday, March 30, 2017

Latest Blogs

Banana Chocolate Muffins
These are really, really good and really, really addicting so it's a good thing they have some health benefits or I'd feel really, really guilty after eating a few.  I usually make these for the kids breakfast because most days they're up at 6:00 am so they need something easy, filling, and tasty in their bellies. These always do the trick.  Banana Chocolate Muffins 3 ripe bananas. 2 cups flour½ cup maple syrup2 eggs1 tea baking soda1 tea baking powder½ tea salt2 TB coconut oil1 tea vanilla½ cup orange juice. 1 cup dark chocolate chips Mix the first 10 ingredients together. Stir i...
Continue Reading...
Pure Goodness Spaghetti Sauce
3-4 TB olive oil (depends on how much garlic and onions you add). 1 large onion chopped 4-5 TB finely chopped fresh garlic (You can add chopped celery as well if you want) Saute these three ingredients for a few minutes. Add 4 14 ounce cans of quality tomatoes (crushed or whole is fine - I like Carmelina brand) Add as much fresh spinach as the pot will hold. 4 TB Italian seasoning 1/4 cup maple syrup 1/4 cup red wine 2 cups of tomato juice (we make our own) Salt and pepper to taste Simmer all of this on low for an hour or two.  Turn heat off and blend all together with a han...
Continue Reading...
Marriage Pep Talk and a GIVEAWAY!
In my second marriage to Ryan I have valiantly attempted to right the wrongs that I naively produced in the first marital relationship. They say “ignorance is bliss,” and I suppose that I was ignorant the first time around; however, having my eyes wide open through a second opportunity has changed my perspective on life and love. A few of my initial struggles were cemented in my identity as a strong willed, first born, young wife, and often included a lack of respect towards my husband (I knew best, of course!), and one that goes hand in hand with the respect issue, a lack of grace. I usually...
Continue Reading...
Chocolate Chip Almond Butter Delights
This week’s recipe is a spin off of my go to, extremely easy, “I only have 5 minutes to whip something together” dessert. The original recipe called for peanut butter, egg, and sugar. I’ve amped up the health factor by substituting some of the ingredients and adding a few more. My kids love em. Hope you do too. Chocolate Chip Almond Butter Delights. 1 cup almond butter 1 egg ½ cup maple syrup ½ cup pecans ½ cup dark chocolate chips. Mix everything together in a big bowl. Spoon droplets onto a cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 10-15 minutes. Just keep livin!
Continue Reading...
Numero Uno Sanity System - THE BIN
At the Ronne homestead we employ many systems in order to maintain some level of functionality for the family and for the parent’s sanity. The bin system is by far the most useful and consistent tool we use as it has been in place from almost day one of our blended family. This is a system that I grew up with (as the oldest of 10 children) and loathed with every cell of my being as a child. Funny how it made its way into my grownup family as well. The bin (or the brown box that I grew up with) is just a plastic container that holds the children’s misdemeanors for the week. The system starts ...
Continue Reading...
Healthier Chicken N` Dumplings
Simmering away and filling the house with deliciousness, my healthier take on a classic - chicken n' dumplings. This version includes bone broth, organic chicken, a plethora of herbs, and lots and lots of fresh veggies. Chicken N' Dumplings5 organic chicken breasts cut into bite sized piecesVariety of fresh veggies (carrots, mushrooms, celery, leeks, even spinach, whatever you have on hand) roughly chopped.Olive oilItalian spiceVege Sal1 tea thymeSalt if you must but the Vege Sal does a great job of seasoning if you let it.Pepper to taste2 cups water6 cups bone broth (or vegetable or chicken b...
Continue Reading...
Chocolate Cheese. Why Not?
Ryan and I enjoyed a wonderful, romantic dinner together on Valentine’s Day.  We don’t have the opportunity to travel far on most holidays or special occasions because of Annabelle, and since we only have two restaurants that we enjoy within about a ten mile radius of our home, Ryan suggested that we hire Mya to take care of Annabelle in the basement while he and I cook together.  We indulged in salad, pasta, bread, and one of our favorite, easy, desserts - dark chocolate cheese.  Sadly, we were too full from all the pasta, bread, and salad to even indulge in our dessert that ev...
Continue Reading...
Weekly Recipe - Healthier Cornbread
  Healthier Cornbread. 1/4 melted butter 1/4 melted coconut oil Mix these two together in a big bowl.   Add 1/4 cup plus 2 TB Maple syrup to the butter/oil mixture. Stir well. Cool this mixture.  Add 2 eggs, 1/2 tea baking soda, and 3/4 cup almond milk to the same bowl. Mix well.  Add 1 cup flour, 1 cup corn meal, 1/2 tea salt.  Mix again. Grease a large cast iron skillet with coconut oil.  Pour mixture into the skillet and bake at 375 for 20 minutes.  Enjoy!   
Continue Reading...
Healthy, Luke Approved Turkey Burgers
As promised, I'm going to attempt to post a weekly Luke approved recipe, and the first one up are these super tasty, super nutritious turkey burgers that we had last night for dinner. This is my new favorite meal since giving up (for the majority of the time) red meat, well, this and the close cousin of the turkey burger, the chicken burger. In most of these recipes you will notice that I tend to pack as much hidden nutrition as humanly possible into the dish  because Luke is quite texture sensitive (if it's too hard (carrots and most veggies) or to...
Continue Reading...
Pebbles
 These past few weeks have been exhausting as a gigantic tidal wave of anger, despair, and helplessness has blasted upon humanity, invading our lives and our homes, crushing societies and towns and social media morale as the wave pounds and beckons and taunts us through the pale white glare, the Apple held firmly in our grasp, our tongues panting for all of the sweet drops of nectar, but as the story of old forewarns, the Apple is not always what it seems.  The wave continues its relentless, unforgiving pursuit, but we refuse to move or turn away lest we miss something! NO! We must k...
Continue Reading...