Don Jackson and I got married forty-seven years ago today. I’m writing to the Stellar Awards community on our anniversary because I feel so very blessed for so many reasons, but today I especially thank God for Don Jackson, and I want you to know why. On Valentine’s Day this year, I received a confirmed breast cancer diagnosis. That was, to say the least, a stunning and life-changing piece of information. I had gone to the doctor alone, and sat in her office praying and crying until I could gather myself and drive home. When I told Don the news, he took me in his arms and said, “That wasn’t the report we wanted, but we’ll get through this together. We have faith in God, and we’ll get through this.” Just his comforting voice, his tender hug, and his pronounced faith in God gave me such a lift that I cannot even describe. And he has been with me every step of the way, rearranging his work and travel schedule so that he could be there for every chemotheraphy treatment and every doctor’s appointment. He has held me and comforted me when I felt weak. He has taken responsibility for making sure that I eat, fixing breakfast, dinner, and cleaning the kitchen afterwards, and never once has he complained.
I have been hesitant to publicly announce this challenge that we’re facing, but the Gospel Music community, the Stellar Awards community, has been such a blessing to us that today, on our anniversary, I felt moved to let you know that like Angelina Jolie and Zoraida Sambolin, I celebrate and praise God for the man in my life, Don Jackson, who is standing with me and easing the difficulty of this breast cancer journey.
We welcome your prayers, and I want to remind all of the ladies to get regular checkups. Early detection is the key, as it was for me.
God bless you,