She has not only shown grace and strength but also proved that when you are in love, challenges only strengthen the bond.
When you love a person, you don't just accept them in their happy state but also the challenges and fall-backs they face in life. How you come out of the dark phase either makes your bond unbreakable or leaves you in shambles. But one thing is for sure; acceptance is the key to building a formidable relationship.
Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek's wife Jean Trebek kept getting stronger and more resilient as their relationship hit a turbulent phase with the diagnosis of his cancer. In a recent interview with SurvivorNet, she opened up about how she copes up with her husband's battle with Stage IV pancreatic cancer and how she can do her part in keeping each other composed and "stay grounded" during this trying time.
The 54-year-old is a licensed practitioner of Religious Science at the North Hollywood Church of Religious Science. She has been using things like sound, meditation, and Reiki to heal others for the last ten years. Not only did her knowledge of religious science help her in efforts to heal the man she loves, but it also enabled her to keep him in good spirits through the treatment procedure, reports doyouremember.
She said that her spirited efforts are enabled by love and also her buoyancy and positivity. “It comes from a place of love, because I want to uplift him… and when I keep my own self buoyed and enjoying my life, I can actually share that with him. He can look at me and have a sense of ‘life is beautiful; my wife is doing something good,” she said.
Trebek has been vocal about the admiration he has for his wife and the gratefulness of having her by his side when he needs her most. “Jeannie is wonderful. She cried, of course, this morning when she got the [good] news [about my tumors shrinking]. But it’s been a lot. It’s a lot of pressure,” said Trebek to People. Their struggles have also made him empathetic towards caregivers and he understands their value more than ever.
“My heart goes out to caregivers,” he said. “Because they have to deal with their loved ones suffering and they also don’t always know how to help because there’s not much they can do, except try to make you feel more comfortable, at ease and not worry about ordinary stuff.”
They have been married for 29 years and he still feels that it isn't long enough. He wishes to have met Jean earlier in his life so they could have been by each other's side longer. “I’m pretty satisfied with my life. But my wife Jean and I have been together almost 29 years, and I was thinking about President Bush when he died, and all the comments about his life about what a nice guy he is, and how he and his wife had been together 73 years. I thought, oh my gosh … if I’d just met Jean in my 20s, we could have had a longer life together,” the talk show host said.
But Jean has not left a stone unturned to make their time together beautiful and proved that when a woman falls in love with all her heart she gives her all to the relationship. Jean also has advice for others who are suffering or feeling lost. “Just ask the universe, ‘What’s the next step for me?’ The universe will always respond. I am absolutely sure that we live in a benevolent universe that is always conspiring for our highest and greatest good,” she explains.