Meet Jon & Betsy
Everyone has times in their lives that are simply more difficult than others but we definitely have had our share. For the first eight years of our marriage, I would say we had it pretty easy—not that everything was always perfect, but for the most part we were able to “make lemonade” with anything that did go wrong in an otherwise extremely blessed life. For the last two years; however, I would say life has become much harder. Not to say that life was at its worst, or that there aren’t bigger problems we could face, but these two years have been long and difficult in many respects for our family.
In May of 2015 I received one of the hardest blows a person can endure, I was diagnosed with rectal cancer. The stage of the cancer couldn’t quite be determined through MRIs, CTs, and ultrasounds but the doctors were convinced it was either 2 to 3. We visited several doctors to discuss our treatment options and all seemed to agree that radiation, surgery, and then chemo was the best course of treatment. This meant infertility would be an ultimate side-effect. A miracle happened at the time of surgery, thanks to complementary medicine and upfront treatment, there was no signs of cancer in the final biopsy. This meant cured to my doctors, and chemo was no longer in the picture. I was thrilled to get to keep my hair, but unfortunately, the effects had taken their toll and the ability to conceive would not be possible.
We began our discussion of adoption shortly after the news came from the doctors that I was cancer free. Even through trying times, we kept positive attitudes with our eyes on our family’s future. We took our time to research options and after many conversations and prayers, we decided we were ready to embark on our journey to grow our family through adoption. With Jon’s family no stranger to adoption, his cousin and his aunt both having adopted, we had plenty of resources at hand. We filled out paperwork, paid our fees, and began the process.
We are so blessed to have our 3 year old son in our lives, but want to offer him the same childhood we both had with our siblings as our best friends. We have so much love to share we can’t wait to have more family to share it with!