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Wake family deals with coronavirus, cancer and miscarriage in 2020

Posted September 7, 2020 5:50 p.m. EDT
Updated September 7, 2020 8:09 p.m. EDT

— It is safe to say 2020 hasn’t gone as planned for most people.

For one family in Wake County, a scramble in wedding plans back in May was the least of their concerns. Just a week after getting married, Jordan Lewis had a miscarriage, and Phillip Lewis tested positive for coronavirus. But, Jordan Lewis hopes the coronavirus diagnosis will keep her husband around for years to come.

She said if it wasn’t for him getting coronavirus, their story would have a much different ending.

Jordan and Phillip Lewis got married on May 31. The wedding didn’t go as planned because of the pandemic, but she was just happy to marry the love of her life.

"I thought, ‘This is as bad as it’s going to get for me,’ and I was wrong. I was so wrong," said Jordan Lewis.

Just a week later, they found out Phillip had tested positive for coronavirus.

"That was hard for him. He didn’t leave his room for weeks," recounted Jordan Lewis.

That same week, Jordan found out she was pregnant. They scheduled an appointment to hear the baby’s heartbeat, but it wasn’t there. She had miscarried twins.

Another low point for the new couple.

"It’s been a good thing, a bad thing, a horrible thing, and it has not stopped in months," she said.

Phillip Lewis described the moment as ‘horrible’ when he learned he wasn’t only fighting coronavirus – he was also fighting cancer.

After a return to the hospital, he was diagnosed with Leukemia and started chemotherapy right away.

"I want to fix him, we all want to fix him, but I can’t and you feel helpless," said Jorden Lewis.

Between Jordan and Phillip, they have three young children, who all miss having their dad around.

"They know he has cancer and they know he’s getting treatment, but they just keep asking when he’s coming home," said Jordan Lewis.

It’s been a tough year, but she said her husband is strong, and in a way, she was thankful the virus made its way into their home.

"COVID-19, in our scenario, was a good thing because we would have just said, ‘Oh, you have a sore throat, you’re fine’," said Jordan Lewis.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family with medical bills.

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