An end to the War in Iraq and an early homecoming for troops couldn't come soon enough for one Indiana mother who is suffering from terminal brain cancer.
"It's like, oh my gosh, that's wonderful news," said Randy Calvelage, whose son Jason Calvelage deployed to Iraq with the National Guard in late January 2011, while his wife continues to battle cancer. "Praise God, I cannot believe it's actually going to happen."
"That's all I ask for, one thing at a time," CJ Calvelage said. "That's what I've asked God for."
CJ Calvelage wasn't always so singularly focused, but that all changed the week after her son went to boot camp.
"He had started in basic training and then a week later I collapsed at work," she said.
CJ soon learned her collapse was the result of Glio Bastoma, an aggressive and terminal form of brain cancer.
"They have told people that it's anywhere from 9-15 months, is all that she has to live," said Randy Calvelage.
"Nine to 15 months and don't you count on 15 months," CJ Calvelage said.
Though CJ Calvelage says she never counted on living all 15 months, she did make it to her first goal. In August of last year she was at her son's wedding. A few months later, he deployed to Iraq.
Mother with terminal brain cancer waits for son to come home from Iraq
On Friday, President Obama announced that the War in Iraq is officially coming to an end, and roughly 39,000 troops will be home before Christmas.
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