Jazmin is my bonus daughter or as some people call her – my daughter-in-law. She is twenty-one and has stage four cancer. I want to share the joys of having Jazmin in our family.
Recently, Jazmin has had a pretty amazing few months. She’s been terminally ill for four years now. Sometimes I wonder why our family was chosen to be the ones who were blessed with this incredible woman.
So many times I’ve heard people comment on how lucky Jazmin was to have our son, Eythan, love her, and marry her, even though she had cancer. We’ve also heard how lucky Jazmin is to have our family as her own.
But we feel differently; Jazmin has been a BLESSING to us.
Two weeks ago, Jazmin and Eythan came to the Sault for the Inspired Conference. My daughter Charity had felt called to have a conference to reach out to women and encourage them to be a support to each other.
Jazmin was one of our speakers. Her health had deteriorated at one point – in between the day we first asked her if she’d speak, and seven months later, the day of Inspired. Charity and I discussed it and thought maybe it would be a good idea if Jazmin pretaped her inspirational message. We could play if for the women, if Jazmin were hospitalized or if she wasn’t with us anymore.
But Jazmin lives every day in faith.
She doesn’t plan as if she won’t be here. She keeps showing up at life’s monumental events and surprising all of us.
The big day came, and Charity and I were blessed to have Jazmin there. She is the perfect complement to areas Charity and I need assistance in. Jazmin got all our media equipment up and running. My friend Sue, filled in the rest of the areas with her wonderful Master of Ceremonies talents.
Jazmin was also the last speaker of the day and delivered a beautiful testimony of finding joy amidst life’s pain. Many of the women thanked her or us, for Jazmin’s message of hope.
Women were truly inspired to look at life through new eyes.
The next day with only a few hours notice, Jazmin agreed to speak at our church. She spoke on the blessings she has encountered while living with cancer.
Two days later she came to the KFM studio, to tape a couple of shows with Charity and me for our show, The Healthy Soul. We had so much fun, as our topic was Date Night. But this Saturday, Nov 3, 2018, at 9:30 am EST you can listen in, to hear Jazmin talk about her cancer journey. Click here: Jazmin on KFM’s The Healthy Soul.
The next week Jazmin helped me and Charity plan Charity’s baby shower. The girls sat around the kitchen table with supplies spread everywhere. Paint, brushes, tissue paper, balloons and sparkle took over the table as they sat chatting and having fun.
The girls knew one day that I had felt a bit discouraged about something, and they took me for a walk, encouraging me and building me up. Then Jazmin, Charity and Aryanna made supper and told me to relax and do nothing.
Jazmin task was to make chicken stuffed with goat cheese and spinach, then wrapped in prosciutto. She also made a delicious rice dish. I felt spoiled by my girls!
The morning of the shower Jazmin and I left the house at 11 am. We ran around town getting supplies and food for the party.
The shower was a huge success and Charity had a wonderful time being blessed by so many beautiful women.
But Jazmin had spent most of the day on her feet, again filling in all the gaps where Charity and I had forgotten things or needed a helping hand.
*Thank you also to Aryanna, Dixie, Lisa, Katie, and Jess for all your help. We couldn’t have done it without you! Also a special thanks to all the women who brought food.
We arrived home that night at 8 pm. I could tell I had kept Jazmin out a little longer than her body had wanted, but she never complained…once.
We were exhausted the next day. The past couple of weeks had caught up with us.
But we were happy!
We had coffee in the afternoon at Starbucks with Prince Charlie and his beautiful mom Brianna. We talked about blogging and our websites, since each of us women own a site. Brianna also has a heart’s desire to build women up and encourage them.
We enjoyed chatting and discussing ways we could be more positive role models to other women.
I left refreshed and encouraged to have so many young ladies in my life who are making a difference in this world.
Jazmin is terminally ill, with stage 4 cancer. She still dreams. Plans are continuing to be made. She encourages, uplifts and helps others.
Jazmin is a blessing to those around her.
People say she is lucky to have us. What do we say?
The joys of having Jazmin in our family are many!
She is a ray of sunshine and hope in a world that needs more joy.
*Would you like to visit Jazmin’s inspirational website: Jazmin Unfiltered
*You can also read another post about Jazmin: When Life Is Out Of Control: God Is Not