By Lorry Myers
I have to say, my year so far is nothing to applaud about. I was supposed to pack my suitcase and stop my mail and put a hold on my newspaper. More importantly, I was going to spend more time with my baby granddaughter, Via, who lives in a big city hours away.
Instead, like the rest of us, I spent a majority of the year at home, trying to learn and obey the new guidelines for life. I cancelled trips and conformed to the rules and resorted to watching Via grow and change on Facetime. I saw her first tooth and heard her sweet giggle and watched her learn to crawl.
All through a video.
Because of his cancer treatment, Via’s father, Tanner, is more susceptible to illness and its side effects. My husband and I played it safe and stayed away because it was the right thing to do. Sadly, we missed months of baby Via’s life.
Months you can’t get back.
With Via’s 1st birthday approaching, my daughter fretted about what to do. Finally, Mariah decided to host an outdoor party where family could space
apart, enjoy each other’s company and still celebrate.
We have much to celebrate.
Via’s Dad was diagnosed with cancer a few months after her parent’s wedding. That first year of married life was spent fighting for Tanner’s life. My daughter decided to be open about what they were going through because, quite frankly, Mariah needed the support and Tanner needed the prayers.
People did not disappoint.
Tanner’s fight was rough but “Tanner’s Tribe” lifted them up with ongoing support, and never-ending prayers.
This young couple needed all the prayers they could get.
When Tanner’s treatment was stopped, we all held our breath, waiting for the Tanner we know to return. Soon, Tanner’s smile was back and his hair was back and his life was getting back to the way it was before cancer.
But, not everything was the way it was before.
The doctors informed Tanner and Mariah that tests showed that the treatment that had taken away the cancer also took away Tanner’s natural ability to become a father. If the cancer diagnosis wasn’t hard enough, this news, brought them to their knees.
The same wise nurse who advised Tanner to visit a fertility clinic before his treatment began, also told the couple that The Live Strong Foundation helps young couples affected by cancer, by paying the astronomical invitro fertilization expenses.
Thank goodness for good nurses.
The odds of Mariah conceiving through invitro the first time, were less than good. Tanner’s doctors advised them to wait but Tanner was insistent.
Being a father was one of Tanner’s dreams.
For the complete article, see this week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.