Jeremiah's Battle For His Life

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Raised by 1,553 people in 11 months
Created April 4, 2018
Jeremiah’s Battle for His Life“Definitely the underdog here,” was how Jeremiah’s oncologist described his cancer. “Got to fight harder.” Preliminary pathology suggests that Jeremiah’s cancer is Osteoblastic Osteosarcoma, a bone cancer resistant to radiation.Jeremiah (16) is used to being the underdog. He suffered the loss of his mother to cancer when a little boy. His father is in fulltime ministry to abolish abortion, so financial struggles were a normal part of growing up. He’s from a large homeschooling family of thirteen brothers and sisters. The youngest of five brothers who all played football, Jeremiah learned to fight. Years of losing on the football field trained him to fight hard. His hard work paid off. He is an all-star, state champion. But it was his love for Jesus and the family ministry to abolish abortion that taught him to fight harder. Now he’s in the battle for his life. In July 2017, Jeremiah rededicated his life to Christ and was baptized at an Operation Save America ministry event in Louisville, Kentucky. In March 2018 he was diagnosed with cancer. The MRI revealed two tumors on Jeremiah’s spine, between zones T6 and T7. Picture a pair of hands pressing together, crushing his nerve endings. These tumors are in addition to the one in his chest. Without surgery, the tumors will cause Jeremiah to be permanently paralyzed from the waist down. With surgery, there is a still risk of paralysis because of the location of the tumors. He can also lose the ability to go to the bathroom normally. Finally, following a successful surgery there is no guarantee that Jeremiah will regain the mobility he’s lost. According to the neurosurgeon this type of surgery has a range of outcomes. Some patients regain the former use of their legs. Others do not. The goal of the surgery is to stop further paralysis.Following the surgery, Jeremiah will then face the monster of cancer. He has a tumor in his chest and two spots on his lungs. Jeremiah is in severe pain, without proper medication. His pain radiates down his back and around his side, so he cannot lie on his back or turn to the side. With the tumor in his chest, he cannot lie on his stomach. Often the only relief he finds is standing- but with the tumors in his back causing paralysis that is no longer possible.But as Jeremiah’s father, Rusty explained to the oncologist, “With God all things are possible.” Jeremiah’s bone cancer is aggressive. Whereas the tumor is his chest was a barely noticeable under his skin, it is now the size of an lemon that can be cupped in a hand. Its growth seems to have happened almost overnight; Jeremiah’s pain is growing too, radiating throughout his body. Jeremiah is a brave young man. There is no anger, self-pity or a woes is me attitude . He is more concerned about how others are feeling. When he sees his mother’s concern, he forces a smile or winks. When he sees a worried friend, he stops what he’s doing to pray for them. He posts daily Scripture verse to encourage those who are praying for him and who are following his story on social media. Jeremiah posted this prayer on Facebook:I don’t deserve Your healing but Lord You will always deserve my praise. Through death or life, may Your great name be lifted up and everything that is of me fall to the waste side. Oh Lord, strengthen me that I may fight the battle with a courage Satan cannot tamper with. If You take me home or leave me here to fight a little longer, may it be Your breath in my lungs and Your song on my tongue. Lord I consecrate myself to the full advancement of the Kingdom of God! Lord, I love You and I can’t wait to see You face to face. Amen.As you can imagine, fighting this battle is taking resources the family doesn’t have. Your love, prayers, and support are greatly appreciated.Matthew 19:26 reads, "Jesus looked at them and said, 'With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible'.”The Thomas nation’s stand is simply, they are entrusting the life of their son to the Lord. They believe for a miracle. But even if, that does not take place, they want everyone to know, their faith in Jesus Christ is not for sale and non-negotiable. To God be the glory, no matter what the future holds.
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In light of my conversation with Rusty today. The overwhelming hospital costs that are piling up, which are reaching above and beyond $500,000.00 I have increased our goal to $250,000.00. I pray and believe the Lord will provide for the Thomas family.
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Warrior Down! Jeremiah has finished the last lap of the race of faith. He crossed the finish line at 7:20 PM. The battle is over and Christ has won. He lived well for His Lord and died even better for Him.

Death where is thy sting and grave where is thy victory? Jesus Christ is the Resurrection and the Life! To Him be glory without end.
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Gov. Abbott granted Jeremiah Thomas (16) his dying wish. He called Jeremiah yesterday and promised to help abolish abortion in Texas.

The Governor was gracious with his time. He listened to Jeremiah's testimony and encouraged him in his faith. Jeremiah said that the Governor was "compassionate and receptive."

Jeremiah shared his heart regarding abortion. He appealed to the Governor to protect preborn babies by completely abolishing abortion by treating it as murder and penalizing it by law in the great state of Texas.

Prior to the call, the Governors wife, Cecilia, reached out to Jeremiah through Facebook. She sent prayers and hugs. They both demonstrated genuine Christian love and concern for the plight of our son.

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After 48 hours at home, Jeremiah is back in the hospital. Are hearts are broken. They feel the way Jeremiah’s tumor looks- bruised and broken.

Jeremiah spent the night in ER. He’s been admitted to the pediatric section. He developed a fever yesterday. Because he recently had chemo, his immune system is compromised. That means any infection is dangerous. It also means Friday’s scheduled chemo is off.

But there’s a larger issue. A growing issue. It’s the tumor exploding from Jeremiah’s chest.

The cancerous tumor growing under his skin has broken through. It’s bleeding continuously. It’s oozing. It’s painful. His ulcerating wound reminds me of the wounds of Job.

‭”And he took him a potsherd to scrape himself with; and he sat down among the ashes” (Job 2:8).

Ulcerating cancers are rare. Most people with cancer never get them. My sweet boy has a monster of one.

The oncologist just left.

He is still unsure what caused the infection. He’s waiting on the blood work to come back. There’s a possibility it was caused by the open wound in his chest.The question before the oncologist is what to do about the growing, bleeding tumor.

Ten weeks ago, oncologists at Mclane’s Children’s Hospital told us Jeremiah has osteoblastic osteosarcoma, an aggressive bone cancer. Because it had already spread, Jeremiah was given a 10% chance of survival. Surgery was performed on his back to preserve his ability to walk and his quality of life. The tumor grew back, and with it the dreaded paralysis from the chest down. No surgery was performed on Jeremiah’s chest; instead we sought alternative treatment to beat the odds.

The surgeons at Angeles Hospital in Tijuana did not want to operate on the tumor in Jeremiah’s chest for fear that he would not survive the surgery. But neither would he survive the bleeding in his lung caused by the growing tumor.

Which brought us to the PICU at Rady’s Children’s Hospital in San Diego. The medical team there stabilized Jeremiah but was unwilling to operate on the tumor for various reasons.

When MD Anderson admitted Jeremiah, surgery was on the table. In fact, the date was moved up by the oncologist to “get ahead of the cancer.” But the surgeons said no. The recovery time of three weeks would enable the cancer to spread, making surgery counterproductive. In order for surgery to take place, more chemo and more tests would be needed to prove the cancer was responding to treatment. So far, there’s not enough conclusive evidence.

Jeremiah was sent home, with the understanding that a hospital closer to us would be able to provide the same outpatient chemo if we chose to pursue it.

Which brings us back to Mclane’s Children’s Hospital.

And last night.

What to do? Someone on the medical team suggested the tumor be “debulked.” But when the surgeons examined Jeremiah’s tumor they advised against it. The ulcerating wound would not heal, they said. Surgery is not an option.

The hospital is tracing the infection through lab work. Jeremiah’s kidneys are being checked to make sure they are strong enough for another round of chemo. Finally, a CAT scan is scheduled for later to determine if the cancer has responded to treatment. If not, then chemo and surgery are impossible. But, as the oncologist explained to Jeremiah, “Because we are giving up on chemo doesn’t mean we are giving up the fight.”

We still have two options left- God’s miraculous healing touch and the wholistic treatment waiting for Jeremiah at home.

Throughout his disease, throughout his suffering, Job never doubted God. His response was, “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him” (Job 3:15).

Please pray for Jeremiah. His suffering continues but he trusts in the Lord.

#GodsGotThis #JeremiahStrong #RiseUp #PrayForJeremiah
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