Robert Beecham said he and Janice had been following the safety rules for COVID-19, but he started to feel symptoms of the virus anyway. A week and a half later he still wasn’t feeling well so the couple got tested for the virus.
The next day, on March 25th, he called his son and agreed to be taken to the hospital. Robert was admitted to Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas, alone, and found out the next day that he was COVID-19 positive. “He knew me agreeing without a fight meant that I was feeling pretty terrible,” Robert said.
Meanwhile, Janice had just recovered from having surgery in February after finding out about a second battle with breast cancer and a new diagnosis with ovarian cancer. She also tested positive for COVID-19, but luckily her symptoms were mild. Because of her COVID diagnosis, Janice had not yet started the chemo treatments required for her cancer diagnoses.
Robert had told the doctor about having two strokes, one in 2012 and another in 2016, and missing out on an anniversary. He found himself in the same situation this year, so his doctor decided to use that as motivation to get him home. They came up with a plan where Robert could go home and get the care he needed from his wife.
He made it home in time for their April 15th anniversary.
Now, after surviving two surgeries, two coronavirus diagnoses, chemo and being declared cancer free, the Beechams only have one thing to say. “It would have been impossible to make it with all the odds against you without God, and he has been our help, all these many years,” Robert said. You can find more in your Good News Story of the Day, here.
“It’s a blessing to be here because a lot of people didn’t make it,” Janice said.
It’s God they will keep looking to because Janice still has preventative radiation coming up, but the two said they are blessed to be alive and blessed to have celebrated another year together.
Story and Image from CNN.