I'm mainly writing this blog for fans of Jeff & Sheri, just to give an idea of what it's like to travel on our bus and live the way we do. This blog will really help occupy my time for the next few months, we leave out Wed. and won't be home until the end of September. Then in November the Gaither tour has its west coast run, and that will take about two full weeks. It's a hectic time for us right now, Mom started chemo this morning and it's going to be a rough three months. She is definitely the strongest woman I've ever known in my life. The way she has gone through this entire ordeal without the tiniest shake in her faith has literally astounded me.
Mom was diagnosed with breast cancer in July. We were performing at a Fourth of July concert in South Carolina when the call came in, the bus was silent, and then the news came. I had a tough time that weekend, I didn't fully understand how you can get that news and within a few short hours go on stage and sing to people, "Life is Great, and Gettin' Better". I won't lie, I was in a terrible mood for about a week, I felt as if I had been beaten with a sledgehammer. I didn't want to talk to anyone, even though that would have helped. I didn't want to eat, sleep, perform, or even acknowledge what was going on. I almost thought that if I ignored it, the cancer and all of the pain would just go away.
Since that time, we've received hundreds of letters from people just like us. That is what's helping our family through this the most, hearing from fans that we are not alone. I have found out in the past few months that every single one of my friends has battled cancer at some point in their lives, whether the carrier was a parent, family member, or even themselves. These stories have been my biggest source of encouragement. Knowing, that we are in good company seems to subside the pain.
Even though I was in a dark place, and was hurting every second of the day, Mom never once let me down. She is a fighter, she will beat this thing to a pulp. She has only missed one weekend, due to her mastectomy, and since then she has gotten on stage every night and meant every word she has sang. Her faith is, without a doubt, the strongest of anyone that I have ever met. When she gets on stage, she means it when she says that, "Life is Great, and Gettin' Better". We all have a new perspective on every single one of our songs, "Praise His Name" is a new personal favorite.
Mom had a scan a few weeks back that checked the rest of her body for cancer, all of the tests came back negative. We are going through the chemo as a precaution, just to make sure that we fight it with all we can.
Reading back, my post seems very heavy, I'm honestly not that big of a downer, I just needed to vent that little bit, to let everyone know exactly what has been going on. Now that I have caught everyone up on the prefatory matters, I can take it day by day explaining fun and interesting things to all of our fans.
I'll try to keep everything as up to date as possible.