Family Update

I think I owe everyone an explanation for why I haven’t been around much. If you’ve been reading my blog you know that my husband has stage 4 bladder cancer.

The cancer has been progressing. In May my husband had to do five radiation treatments on a lump on his neck. Radiation has different side effects from chemo. One effect was to make him very tired.

During all of these treatments I was going to my husband and still trying to maintain school. I think it would be safe to say that for obvious reasons this has been our hardest school year.

The beginning of June saw us planning a party to celebrate my parents’ 50th wedding anniversary, and the next week we had Ethan’s kindergarten graduation to plan and celebrate.

Healthy Simplicity - Ethan's Graduation

After the radiation treatments were over the oncologist said that the chemo was no longer working effectively so he started Hugo on a new immune therapy.

Through all of this my husband was doing fairly well physically. Well enough, in fact, that we decided to take a family trip out to Edmonton – a trip we had promised to our children last summer before we found out about the cancer. So when our oldest son’s seasonal spring/early summer job ended earlier than we had expected we decided to pack everyone up.

The trip went well. The travel was long and tiring, but the visit with friends was refreshing.

Healthy Simplicity - visiting Winnie-the-Pooh's hometown

Unfortunately my husband did not do so well. He ended up getting the flu while we were out there which really dragged him down.

Since we’ve been home it feels like we’ve been fighting one thing after another with my husband’s cancer. Just recently he ended up needing day surgery to put a stent in to open up a blocked bile duct.

As of now, the doctor has given my husband three months to live. Understandably this has been very hard for us to take in as a family.

I really do love this blog and adding things to it that make my life more interesting or easier, but as you can imagine taking care of my husband has become a full-time job that leaves me with little physical or mental energy for anything else. I haven’t sewed or scrapbooked in weeks (and I really miss it).

As I have the time/energy my goal is to put more posts up. I have ideas in my head it’s just hard to get them written out here.

If you want to stay updated on my husband you can read the posts I put up on CaringBridge.

Hopefully you’ll see a little more of me over this summer, but if you don’t you’ll know why I’m not here.


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Jennifer Schonhaar

Jennifer Schonhaar

Jennifer is the happily married wife of a pastor and the somewhat-tired-but-oh-so happy mum to eight beautiful children. She loves to try new healthy recipes, sew, read to her children, garden and play the piano.
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6 Comments

  1. Oh, Jennifer – my heart and my prayers go out to your family! I cannot imagine what it is like to walk the journey you are on. I think of all the encouragement I’ve received visiting here – especially your scripture and hymn posts. I hope they continue bringing you and your family strength, endurance and comfort.
    Praying for miracles, but always trusting in God’s great provision,
    Blessings to you and your family!

    • Thank you, Linda for your kind words. I’m so glad you’ve been encouraged here because that has always been my goal – to bless others.
      This is a difficult road, but God has showed Himself faithful time after time give grace and strength.

  2. Jennifer Mills

    Jennifer,
    I am a quiet follower of your blog which is so inspiring. I am praying for your family.
    Also a Jennifer

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