October 16, 2014
Be You Bravely
My name is Delcie and I'm 32 years old. I've been married to my wonderful husband, and best friend, for 14 years now. I'm a SAHM to our wonderful son, Christian, who is 4 years old. I wouldn't trade being a mom to this boy for anything. My husband, Scott, and I were married for 10 years when Christian made his appearance into our lives. We tried so many times to have a baby, but each pregnancy ended in a trip to the ER and both of us with heavy hearts. We did this seven times before I told my husband that I was giving up and giving it all to God. There was nothing more that I could do on this earth to have a baby. A few weeks went by and I was really sick, thought I had the flu. I found out I was four weeks gestation and was put on permanent bed rest and started immediately on blood thinner injections. I carried to my thirty-fourth week and delivered a healthy six pound thirteen ounce little boy. He has been the light of my life since.
So, I received my key in the mail a few weeks ago. I'm a member of a local moms group in Southeast Texas called MOPS (Mothers Of Preschool Students). Our theme this year is Be You Bravely, so all of our keys say Courage.
This key came at just at the right time as I was about to have a second surgery in less than a year for cancer. This time was to have a tumor removed from the middle of my back. Try telling your four year old that you can't pick him up, or rock him to sleep at night, because you have a huge cut in the middle of your back with stitches. I felt like a failure as a mom. Thank goodness my mother in law was here to help me out.
I found out two weeks before last Thanksgiving 2013, that I had cancer in the breast ducts of both breasts. The week before Thanksgiving I had a double partial mastectomy and duct removal. I couldn't hold my baby after this surgery either. This surgery was worse. My recovery time was four months long, where as my recent surgery was only five to six weeks.
I'm going to visit my mother in law tomorrow and I'm passing my key on to her. You see, last summer (July 2013) she was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer. She has fought some really hard battles through all of this, but she has stayed strong. She just recently found out that she was fired from her job while on medical leave (FMLA) from the local school district. Her short term disability will run out this week and if she returns to work it will have to be as a teacher. She physically can't teach at this point due to her chemo treatments causing severe fatigue and all the other good stuff that goes with it. She was fired from a librarian position, which she has her degree in, that doesn't require as much from her. She now has a new battle to face and will need all the courage she can get, so I will be passing my key on to her this weekend in hopes it helps her as much as it helped me.
God bless you all!