Jenny, at the ripe age of nineteen was carefree and happy; a freshman in college, working a part-time job at a local bank and had a boyfriend, Jim who adored her.
Being the only child of Melina and Joe Farmwell, Jenny had been pampered for most of the nineteen years and not because she was their only child but because they had high aspirations that included college and a better job..
However, being pampered so much brought some negative aspects into Jenny’s life; negative behavior that caused her at times to be irresponsible an unreliable.
She arrived home from work on a Wednesday evening and was bone tired. All she wanted to do was have something to eat, take a long leisurely bath and then go to bed. Around seven that evening the phone rang.
“Hi Mom. How are you? Sorry I didn’t call today. Been a long day and I’m very tired. What’s up?”
There was a long pause and then….
“Jen, I’m sorry to call. I know you’re trying to rest from the day but…..Well, I need to talk with you.”
“Sure, Mom. What is it?” She began to feel that something was wrong. Mom was always upbeat but tonight she sounded like the world had caved in.
“Jen, I went to the doctor today for a checkup and he found a lump under my arm. He wants to take a biopsy to see if there’s any cancer.”
A long pause from Jenny and then….”Oh Mom! There just can’t be any cancer! Not for you! What can I do to help?”
“Oh Jenny. The best thing you can do for me is pray and listen to me from time to time.”
“Mom, you know that I will do that. I love and want the best for you. Please call me anytime; because I’m here for you.”
“Thanks, Jen. I will do that and I will need your help from time to time; especially when the “chemo” treatments begin.”
“No problem at all, Mom. Happy to help.”
“Well, I’ll close for now. I’m feeling kind of tired. I’ll talk with you more tomorrow. Take care, Jen and remember, I love you.”
The next day, Jen’s Mom called and they talked for awhile and then…
“Jen, I need to ask a big favor of you. Can you come with me to my doctor’s appointment? Bob is busy with work and can’t make it.) I know it’s last minute…But?”
“I wish I could but I can’t. I’ve just got too much to do.” She hated to lie to her Mom but she wanted and needed the day off and besides it had been awhile since she had time to herself.
“Oh, alright. I’ll be fine….”.
Later the following day she got a call from her father. “Jen, your Mom is in the hospital. They think the cancer has spread. Can you come stay with her for awhile?”
“Why yes, I’ll be there; probably around six.”
Visiting with her Mom and seeing the pain and fear in her eyes, she began to understand what it meant to be grown-up.
As the days went by, Jen visited with her Mom every day. The doctors were hoping that the cancer treatment would kick in and push back the cancer growth. It wasn’t until two months later when the news came.
Jen was talking with her Mom in the hospital when one of the doctors walked in.
Mrs. Farmwell, I have some good news for you. From our test results we see that the cancer ha gone into remission.”
Happiness spread over her face but seconds later he said, “Mrs. Farmwell even though the cancer has gone into remission, we need you to come in every two months and take medication to help with the pain and to help fight infection.”
“I’m so happy! I’m just so happy that the cancer is in remission and that I have time to be with my family and make some changes.”
She looked at Jen and after a few seconds Jen smiled and said, “Yes Mom, I’m happy for you, too and I’m going to do what I can to be a more supportive daughter.”
She said no more but learned an important lesson about growing up. “It’s when we do something that we fear, or don’t want to do--but go through with it anyway, that is when we become more of an adult.”
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