I start this blog as woman, wife and mother who is beginning a new family journey. I am 43 and have a darling husband and six beautiful children. Over the summer, I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a form of bone cancer. Truly, my first thought as I considered the diagnosis was one word: Family. I love my job and I want to keep doing it. My husband and I enjoy a joyful marriage and we make a great team. I want to share life’s journey with him every step of the way. My children are talented and brilliant. I want to read them bedtime stories, cook them food, help them with homework, send them on missions, plan their weddings and babysit my grandchildren. The immediate and extended family relationships we have bring me the greatest joy in this life I could ever know. And now we begin a new journey joined together by family.
So what now? Since our family has been living in Mexico, the diagnosis adds complexity. The treatment path is two bone marrow transplants which requires me to be in a sterile or protected environment for about 6 months. We have decided to have the boys return to Mexico with Dad, while I stay in Utah to receive treatment. Our daughter will stay here with me and attend school here with old friends while she also offers me support. She is a living angel.
The outpouring of love and support has been overwhelming. We are so grateful for the encouragement, love, prayers, flowers, food and service. Many kind acts of service have been offered on our behalf, from the opening of the Bentley home to me during treatment, a home and care for my daughter, the kindness and sacrifice of Aunt Tami for the boys in Mexico and every other support. It is a difficult time, but we have the tangible support and guidance of family, our friends and our Father in Heaven as we have made every choice. We are certainly not walking alone.
I am passionate about my family. I am sure this blog will be therapy to share ideas on a variety of subjects – faith, food, and family. Together, we will get through the trials and tests of faith.
Thank you for your constant support and love. I hope we can serve you as you are serving us during this time.