Jeremy…husband of Catherine, father of Ben, Simeon, Tom, Joshua & Lydia. Up until the end of April 2015, he was pastor/vicar of a group of churches on the edge of Exeter in Devon, UK. In early October 2014, aged 48, he was diagnosed with advanced cancer, a stage four malignant melanoma presenting as a tumour on his lungs. The usual life expectancy is 8-12 months. Then, in late December 2014, 23 year old Ben suffered a seizure. After prolonged medical care for what was most likely to have been a viral infection affecting his brain, Ben died in April 2015. Jeremy has up until recently seemed to have responded well to pioneering immunotherapy treatments that can extend life, but from September 2016 is now facing the fresh development of brain tumours and potentially now just months to live. On January 27th 2017 Jeremy took his last breath and went to be his Lord and Saviour. The family share their thoughts, feelings and reflections as they taJeremy…husband of Catherine, father of Ben, Simeon, Tom, Joshua & Lydia. Up until the end of April 2015, he was pastor/vicar of a group of churches on the edge of Exeter in Devon, UK. In early October 2014, aged 48, he was diagnosed with advanced cancer, a stage four malignant melanoma presenting as a tumour on his lungs. The usual life expectancy is 8-12 months. Then, in late December 2014, 23 year old Ben suffered a seizure. After prolonged medical care for what was most likely to have been a viral infection affecting his brain, Ben died in April 2015. Jeremy has up until recently seemed to have responded well to pioneering immunotherapy treatments that can extend life, but from September 2016 is now facing the fresh development of brain tumours and potentially now just months to live. On January 27th 2017 Jeremy took his last breath and went to be with his Lord and Saviour. The family share their thoughts, feelings and reflections as they take this painful and unexpected journey.

Ever read the Book of Job?

Just as we thought things could not get much more challenging, we have just heard from Brazil news about our 23 yr old son Ben. He and his Brazil flagwife Dabi have just recently packed up their flat in Joinville and moved up to São Paulo in preparation for traveling to the UK mid next week to be with us for the next few months. Ben has however suffered a relapse of a condition (diagnosed as Myasthenia Gravis) he developed in July and which was responsible for him falling and being rendered unconscious with convulsions for two days, and hospitalised for a further period in July. Yesterday, we received this message from Dabi…

He’s having a Myasthenia crisis which has gotten much stronger since Sunday. It’s something that’s never happened before. It includes nausea, double vision, muscle trembling, voice change, slow speech, mental confusion, weakness and loss of appetite. He’s been to the hospital twice now. The last time was on Thursday when a specialist saw him and increased his medication dosage from 3 to 4 capsules. We’ll see the doctor again on Monday to see if Benjy will have to increase the dosage even more or take an entirely different medication in order to get better before our traveling date. Please pray that he will get better in time for our journey. Thank you!

Since that email, I have spoken to Ben & Dabi twice and there seems to have been some improvement in most of the above. Evidently the medical staff are now considering whether the original Myasthenia Gravis diagnosis was correct.  

Plainly, this has been difficult news for us, especially after my melanoma diagnosis and current treatment. At this stage, we are not entirely sure what the best next step is until we are clearer about Ben’s condition over the next few days. We are grateful that at least he and Dabi are currently living with her parents in preparation for their departure and extended stay in the UK. They have therefore got immediate family help and support at hand.      

We would be grateful if you could join us in prayer, asking that our Lord Jesus would place his hand on this situation, bringing relief, healing and his wisdom for the doctors, and wisdom for both Ben and Dabi as they consider their movements over the next few days and weeks. 

With other things also happening in the family, I kind of feel the Old Testament book of Job has some resonance for us at the moment.

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Comments on: "Ever read the Book of Job?" (6)

  1. Definitely echoes of Job, praying for you all constantly

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  2. Standing with you.

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  3. Heather Wheeler said:

    Praying for you all daily, sometimes there are no words to say , cos the heart speaks louder.

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  4. Hi Jeremy and Catherine. I have been following your blog and am sending love, prayers and positive thoughts your way. Even more so with the news in relation to Ben. No words really, just love, patience, prayer and family strength.

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  5. Dear Jeremy, you are all in my thoughts and prayers,

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  6. Anthony & Jeannie Thomas said:

    Jeremy and Catherine, Congratulations on your Silver Wedding. May our good Lord sustain you with his comfort and love over the coming year, whatever it brings. God bless, with our love, Anthony and Jeannie (Thomas). Isaiah 40; 29 & 31.

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