We went back to our church in Sherman for a season, and there were some changes. Larry went to several doctors before finally being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. One said he had a type of muscular dystrophy; one diagnosed Multiple Myeloma, wrongly. We saw why we couldn’t go back to the Philippines very quickly. We were girding up our loins for a battle for his health. He did get better for a few years. The early signs were showing up while we were in the Philippines. God is so faithful to us in every season of our lives.
When Samuel Christopher Cheeks was born in January 1988, we had double insurance. Through all the diagnostic testing for Larry there were no out of pocket expenses. He was laid off, and he got on disability. I hadn’t gone back to the dental field and was keeping children in our home. In 1991 we started going to the church we’ve been a part of since that time. He volunteered in the food and clothing bank. I saw the lady over that recently, and she shared how Larry would lead people to the Lord and pray with them. He was a joy to work around. He would go every day to Durant, OK and volunteer wherever they needed him. Then he started going to college in Commerce twice a week.
On February 28, 1992, Larry was taken to the ER and then admitted to the hospital. It was a Friday afternoon. He was admitted with the diagnosis of bronchitis and given breathing treatments. The next morning I was there around 7:30 and he was having an acute myocardial infarction- heart attack. He passed on over into the Father’s arms before he had been there 24hours. I was with him at the time, and knew he was physically tired and ready to go home.
I won’t go into all the ways that Father God wrapped His arms around me. The people in our church, family and friends showed their love to Sam and me. I felt His presence, grace and mercy in my life for a long while afterwards. I only had to call on the Name of Jesus, and I could feel the tangible presence of the Holy Spirit. In looking back to that time in my life, I stand amazed. I was 39 years old and had a son that just turned 4yrs old. I could have been depressed. But God had a plan.
My son was instrumental in getting J.T. and I together. We laugh about how very persistent he was. We met at a Care Group our church had and became friends. He and the leader took Sam to soccer practice, because I had children to care for. We talked on the phone. We did not date for quite a while. I had been married to Larry for almost fifteen years. This was weird to be talking to a man, much less going on a date. Samuel went with us. It was “safe”. 😉
Our Care Pastor married us in their home in the fall of 1994. We have been married over 19 years and it hasn’t been easy at times, but God had a plan. He always does.
It has been an interesting life. This past weekend we renewed our vows. It was suppose to be serious, but J. T. and I both started laughing when it got to “richer and poorer, and in sickness and in health”….Well, we have gone through both! In August we will be debt free and I’ve been cancer free for 4 years and vertigo free for 3 years! Still waiting for some manifestations, but hey, aren’t we all in some areas of our lives? Share more next time! 🙂
Blessings to each of you and yours,