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Hi I'm Jana

I've traveled to many places. I'm a wife and mother. I have a special needs son who had brain cancer, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've lived in Utah most of my life, except for a year and a half when I lived in London, England. I love to travel, and have visited most of the states in the U.S., as well as several countries abroad. I haven't traveled in some time, because my main priority now is spending time with my sweet husband and three adorable children. I'm a stay at home mom, and work part time from home in real estate. In my "me" time I enjoy reading, and quite honestly, just taking a moment to relax. Seven years ago life took a very dramatic turn when my son, who wasn't quite four at the time, almost died very suddenly from a Medulloblastoma brain tumor. With everything that happened that night he shouldn't be alive today. But he is. I know miracles still happen today, because I've lived them. We've been through radiation treatments, nine rounds of chemotherapy, and countless hospital stays. But the cancer is at bay. Because of a severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) caused by the tumor, my son lost his ability to eat, speak, and walk. He woke up from his coma not even being able to hold up his own head. It has been seven years, and he is now eating on his own again, but he still struggles with it, as well as struggles to talk, and can only walk with the aid of a walker. Through it all I never once doubted that God lives, and that He loves not only me, but also my sweet son. Just because something hard happens doesn't mean God doesn't love us. He is my greatest source of strength and peace.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised as a member of the Mormon church, but I have had many experiences in my life that have helped me learn for myself that this is what I believe, to my very core. The teachings in the church guide and bless my life every day. There have been so many times in the past seven years as I have dealt with the many struggles that my son's illness has brought, that I have been so grateful for the knowledge I have of what life is really all about, and the strength that it has given me to deal with my trials. I know who I am (a daughter of God, my Heavenly Father), why I am here on earth, and what it's all for (to learn to be more like Him, and return to Him someday). Our trials don't just make us stronger, they help us learn to be more like God. Just as we love our own children and want them to learn and grown, our Heavenly Father loves us and wants us to become all that we are capable of being. I also know that death is not the end, and that if cancer does eventually take my son from me, it's just a brief parting until we meet again and can be together as a family, forever. I'm a Mormon because of the things the church teaches me about my Savior, Jesus Christ. Through these teachings I have been able to build an even stronger personal relationship with Him. He has been with me every step of the way. And He has been with my son. I know that Christ knows how I feel, and how my son feels, and I know that He loves us with a perfect love, and can and will ease our burdens as we cast our sorrows upon Him in prayer. Life isn't perfect because I am a Mormon. It isn't perfect for anyone. It was never meant to be. I don't need my son to be miraculously healed to believe that God loves us. I know He loves us because I feel it in my heart and soul every day. I feel it when I read the Book of Mormon. I feel it when I pray. I feel it when I live the principles that the church teaches. Because of this church I have hope and I have peace. That is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

The Savior spent His life going about doing good. And that is what our church teaches us to do. I try to follow this as well as I can. I am part of a women's organization where we strive to serve and take care of each other, as well as other people in the community as it is needed. I have received so much help in the past from this amazing organization, that I try as much as I can to give back. But the biggest way I try to live my faith is to be as Christ like toward others as I can be each day that I live, and to teach my children to be the same way. I try to smile at everyone I meet, and to treat others with respect and love. I try to live my life the way that Christ taught us to live, and to be the best person that I can be.