I got some good news yesterday from Courtney, they received Jeremiahs test results: She said,The tumor has gotten "Slightly" smaller in size and the surrounding inflammation is all gone! This is good news! He is maintaining his weight and his blood work looks good! He is really worn out but they said this is normal this far into the process. Just wanted you all to know how things are progressing. Thank you for all your good thoughts and prayers! As you can see they are making a difference!!! When I talked to him a few days ago he told me I could stop worrying! He said "Mom, I've got this! Its gonna be OK!" If you know me at all you know.... I'm gonna worry! But today I am feeling thankful, and a bit relieved. The fight isn't over but we are making progress!
I talked to Jeremiah last night he is doing fine. He said he is worn out from the Chemo. He receives treatment # 4 tomorrow, and should get his scan results back as well. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers today that everything goes well. Thank you all for your support!
I am hoping to go to Texas the end of September it will do my heart good to see him. Although I talk with him and see photos I will feel better when I can give him a hug.
I just wanted to let everyone know that despite the heat on Sunday we had a really nice turnout for the Benefit. Thanks to everyone who showed their support, we were able to raise enough for one treatment! I enjoyed seeing all of you! If any one has photos of the day please send them as I am making a scrapbook for Jeremiah.
I am so very thankful for all of you! Your support means so very much. When it first hit me that the insurance company was not going to cover his treatments and I began this journey to find funding I knew it would be difficult, but after hearing "I'm sorry we can't help you" so many times I began to wonder if we were going to find a way to make this happen. I will never be able to find the words to express how grateful I am for everything that all of you have done. Together you are making a difference, together you are saving a life.
We do have some T-Shirts left over so for anyone who would like one if you make a donation of $30 and send me your address, I will send you a shirt.
Jeremiah received his second Chemo Treatment on Tuesday. Courtney said he did so much better this time then the first treatment. He called me yesterday and it was so good to hear his voice. He said he was "feeling almost human again". He was able to recuperate sooner with this treatment and he was having a good day. I can hear in his voice that he is doing better with all of this. He told me he didn't understand how something that made him so sick, and made him feel so bad could actually make this better, but he has seen progress. The pain in his leg has subsided. That in itself is a relief! So please keep your good thoughts and prayers coming! After this next treatment they will run a scan to see how he is progressing, so think positive thoughts!
Tomorrow is the fundraiser for Jeremiah is it as Wing's Sports Bar and Grill on Dixie Dr. here in Dayton. Hey There Morgan will be playing at 5:30, Chris Bush will be playing and Karaoke with Reggie Dizon and Bryan Dun! We will be grilling burgers and Hotdogs! Come out and enjoy the afternoon, festivities begin at 3.
Thank you all for your prayers, good thoughts and generosity. For a minute there I was not so sure that we could find a way to get this process started. I felt defeated and heartbroken, but thanks you all of you, those that have contributed on this site and those that have done so privately, I now have hope!
I wanted to share this will all of you something Jeremiah posted on Facebook in case you didn't see it:
I wanted to update everyone on Jeremiah's progress. This past Tuesday was his first Chemo treatment, and we are very happy that he was able to tolerate all of the medication and we are confidant that everything should go smoothly with the next treatments. We appreciate all of the good thoughts and prayers you have all sent our way. Please keep them coming as we move forward.
I encourage you to post a message on this site for Miah and Courtney.
Jeremiah's sisters, and friends have been busy organizing a fundraiser to be held on Sunday July 14th at Wings Sports Bar in Dayton, festivities begin at 3.
Thank you again for all of your love, support and encouagement!
Today my heart is in Texas, as this morning Jeremiah's starts his first round of Chemo. I pray that all goes well and that he is able to tolerate the medicine with the least amount of side affects. I want you all to know how much your love, prayers, support and encouragement is appreciated.
I want to thank everyone of you for your support! Each time I pick up my phone I see Jeremiah's smiling face showing me that someone has shared this post. The number of calls, emails, and text messages that we have received have been overwhelming and saying thank you just doesn't seem to be enough.
I spend hours a day searching for funding! It is a vicious circle of endless apologies. Technically he has insurance so he does not qualify, but the insurance is not covering the chemo, so there isn't any coverage. With your help and my persistence we have made progress. Finally, after showing that we were raising money, and a huge promise (that I hope I can keep) they have finally agreed to let Jeremiah start his Chemo treatments. We will be responsible for cost of the medicine he needs, but we are moving forward! Thank You! We could not have gotten this far without all of you! I pray that the Chemo does it's job, and that he tolerates it well.
I can't pretend to put myself in his shoes and tell you what he is going through. When I call and ask "How are you?" like a good son, he tells me he is fine, so I won't worry. But I can hear in his voice that maybe he isn't quite as good as he wants me to believe. I wish that there were fewer miles between us, and I could drop by and visit on my way home from work. But 1200 miles is a little more than the long way home.
From the moment he called me with the news my heart has been flooded with memories, how I see him, is a little blonde headed boy, with an endless smile and an enormous amount of energy. The little boy who brought me bouquets of dandelions. Life was so simple when I had the power to "fix" anything, at least in his eyes.
I know we have just begun this journey and the road ahead of us will not be an easy one, I appreciate your prayers, concern and encouragement.
Jeremiah is my son; he and Courtney were
married in March of this year. A few
weeks after they were married, he went to the doctor with an aching pain in his
knee. The doctor took an MRI and referred
him to a specialist. The specialist told
him there was a large mass around his knee and thought it to be bone
cancer. I will never forget that
call. I never imagined or could ever
have prepared myself to hear those words: "Mom, I have cancer" This specialist
said he wanted him to see another doctor, this Oncologist is said to be the
best in Texas.
There was such an urgency to find
out exactly what it was, how far it may have spread and just what the course of
treatment would be. He was squeezed into
appointments, rushed into tests, scans, and biopsies. It was actually frightening,
how quickly things transpired. Yet at
the same time I was grateful that he was in such good hands. In a few weeks they had the answers. It was not the bone cancer they had first
thought but Lymphoma Stage 2-B.
Everything happened so quickly it was hard to comprehend everything. I can't imagine how frightening it was for
Jeremiah and Courtney. The doctors devised a treatment plan, 6 months of Chemo,
one treatment every 21 days and they have been very positive regarding the
Then as quickly as it all started,
it stopped. Their health insurance policy is a new Mini Medical policy not a
major medical policy. There is a limit
(a very small limit) to how much it will pay for procedures, tests, and office
visits, and most of all it does not cover Chemotherapy. I have a hard time with the realization that
your health, your life, comes down to how good your insurance policy is, or how
much money you have or in this instance do not have.
I have searched many agencies,
foundations, and drug companies for any available funds to help cover the cost
of the Chemo. It is hard as "Technically"
he is insured even though they will no longer cover anything. Every day that the cancer goes untreated, it
has the opportunity to spread. At the
time the tests were taken, the cancer was centered just above Jeremiah's
knee. He cannot put any weight on his
leg, and is in constant pain. He has not been able to work since March. Courtney is working as much overtime as she
can to maintain all of the expenses until Jeremiah can return to work.
Even after all of the funding we
have found the cost of the Chemo is still beyond our reach. Each treatment is
going to cost approximately $1800 and he will need a treatment every 21
days. So he will need about 10
So I come to you with heavy heart
and troubled mind. If Jeremiah ever made
you laugh, or if you were ever drawn into listening to one
of the stories he would tell. You know
how full of life he is. He and Courtney deserve a chance to live a long and
happy life together. I ask of you to please do what you can to help. Jeremiah and Courtney are in Austin, away
from all of their family and many of their friends. The road ahead of them is a long and difficult one and we would like to make sure they can focus all their energy on surviving
this devastating disease. This site will allow financial donations that will go
directly to Jeremiah and Courtney to pay for the necessary treatments. Whatever
you can give, weather a monetary donation or just your positive thoughts,
prayers and love is deeply appreciated.
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