Sixty and Eighteen Go Together

It is the 18th day. It is the 60th year.

…….Counting the one this morning, eighteen is the number of radiation treatments I have had.

……Totaling them all, sixty is the number of years Jerry and I have been married. Today is our anniversary.

A year or so ago, as we talked about this momentous occasion and how we would celebrate it, high on our list was a Mediterranean cruise. Then came November 2015, my routine mammogram, and the quite unexpected diagnosis of breast cancer that had spread to my lymph nodes. We changed plans. The cruise deal was out, but after my chemo was finished and I had regained my strength, here in Crestline, we would have a nice party with our family and close friends. We decided on a date and made sure all our children were free at that time. Then Dr. Chan recommended I meet with a radiation doctor. I did so, and was shocked when Dr. Ro advised me to have 25 radiation treatments. We cancelled the party plans, understanding that when today arrived, I would be deeply into daily radiation treatments, and not knowing how sick or well I would be feeling.

So, today is the big day, and despite no momentous celebration, I am extraordinarily happy. And Jerry is happy. God has been extremely good to us. Blessed us. Favored us. Chose us. Gave us four remarkable children, a passel of grandchildren, a flock of great-grandchildren, and an enormous group of exceptional friends and other family.

Rebecca went with us to Ontario for my treatment, then we all went to The Cheesecake Factory in Victoria Gardens for lunch. Delicious food. Rebecca snapped a couple of pictures.




Toward the end of Summer or the beginning of Fall, we plan to take a road trip up the coast of California. We have wonderful friends scattered here and there in this great western part of the United States, and we haven’t seen some of you for a long time. Maybe we’ll pop in for a visit. 🙂

EDIT: Just as I was finishing up this piece, a delivery lady  brought to our home the most beautiful deep red roses. Jerry grinned as she brought them in to me. Sure enough: Love, from Jerry. He is the best!




22 thoughts on “Sixty and Eighteen Go Together

  1. Happy Anniversary Bro. and Sis. Buxton. I have followed your post, Iwant you to know how up lifting they have been to me. You are the one going though the tough times and are still blessing others. I love you and am praying for both of you.


  2. Happy Anniversary. I’m so happy to see that sweet smile on you both. I can see it’s been 60 wonderful years. Yes! God is so good. Love you!!!


  3. Happy Anniversary to a sweet Godly couple that continues to blaze a trail for all of us to follow. it’s really not the celebration that matters. It’s the beautiful legacy of true love that you are leaving us. Your “love house” continues to build every day as you inspire us to do the same. Love you folks!!


  4. Happy HAPPY Happy Anniversary!! You & your husband are so cute! You make marriage look easy. I vote for at least 20 more years from the two of you. And – when I grow up, I want to be just like you.

    Thanks for a wonderful example of what a godly marriage looks like.

    Congratulations on completing 18 radiation treatments with perfect skin. YEAH GOD!

    I love you,
    You are amazing!


  5. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!! I pray that Mediterranean cruise is in your future..So thankful for God’s covering over you in this fiery trial, Sis..Buxton. Thank you for your faithfulness to God and your trust in Him in this storm. Your words have ministered to many of us. I was telling Marv what a wordmaster you are!! You are one of my favorite writers!!. Is there a book in all your journaling of this journey to encourage other cancer patients? Just a thought!!

    My love and prayers,

    Claudette Walker

    P.S. Thought such a photographer as you would like this pic taken with my cell phone last Christmas day in Kauai. I was sound asleep. The Lord awakened me and told me to go on the lanai. This is what I saw…an heart and full moon. MY CHRISTMAS CARD FROM JESUS!! On Jun 27, 2016 7:16 PM, “Shirley Buxtons Cancer Detour” wrote:

    > Shirley Buxton posted: “It is the 18th day. It is the 60th year. > …….Counting the one this morning, eighteen is the number of radiation > treatments I have had. ……Totaling them all, sixty is the number of > years Jerry and I have been married. Today is our anniversary. A y” >


  6. Happy Anniversary Bro and Sis Buxton you have been a blessing to our family. God is good all the time. Thank you for your faithfulness you always have a smile when I see you.Thank you for the beautiful words. One day at a time sweet Jesus that’s all I;m asking from you give me the strength to do every day what I have to do. love you both Wanda Jimenez Ramos


  7. Congratulations on your 60th wedding anniversary! Love and appreciate you both so much. May God grant you many, many more!!


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