Even after treatment, Jim was under surveillance; because Jim’s cancer was rare, his doctors believed it could return aggressively—and it did.
My husband Jim, a self-employed truck driver, often heard about CHM while listening to The Dave Ramsey Show. After reviewing CHM membership information, we joined CHM’s Gold level and the Brother’s Keeper program in Dec. 2016.
We rarely went to the doctor; however, Jim noticed a lump on his left thigh in Aug. 2017. After testing, doctors believed it was a cyst, which was removed at our local hospital.
Then we received the news—pathologists further analyzed the cyst and discovered Jim had extraskeletal osteosarcoma. We were sent to Mayo Clinic to determine a treatment plan.
Even after treatment, Jim was under surveillance; because Jim’s cancer was rare, his doctors believed it could return aggressively—and it did. Six months later the first spot appeared on his lungs. Subsequent scans revealed additional fast-growing nodules and tumors.
It was a downhill slope from there, as the cancer continued to rapidly metastasize. Jim was released from the hospital to home hospice care and passed away nine days later on October 12, 2019.
The generosity of our loved ones—especially our CHM family—was humbling. We received many cards from members encouraging and praying for us. We truly witnessed the heart of Jesus poured out to us.
CHM members shared 100 percent of our eligible medical expenses, totaling over $1 million! It was a huge relief knowing I wouldn't be left with expensive bills as I mourned the loss of my husband.
Jim’s cancer was our first experience using CHM—and I’ll admit I was nervous. Now I can confidently recommend CHM to friends and family. I’m happy to share from firsthand experience the process of negotiating with providers and organizing and submitting medical bills.
Although I didn’t get the answer to prayer I hoped for, I never doubted that God was with me and Jim. The two years from Jim’s first appointments to the moment he lost his earthly battle were the most rewarding of our 31 years of marriage. We learned much about each other as we faced a journey that tested both our marriage and our faith. God gave us just what we needed along the way—namely, spiritual and financial support from our fellow CHM members.
Though I still grieve Jim’s passing, I have peace knowing he’s home with our Creator and we’ll see each other again in glory.