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.

Boxing Day activities.

After a full, enjoyable Christmas Day with fourteen at the table, today – Boxing Day – I went into hospital as arranged for a CT scan checking for any clots which may have developed in the vicinity of the tumour and which may account for some pain I’ve had in the last few days. The good news is that not only has the pain now gone, but today’s visit and scan have shown there are no clots. And just when I was getting used to injecting a blood thinner drug into my stomach each day…guess I’ll have to find a new pleasurable pastime.

My next and final immunotherapy treatment is due for 9th January, and I’m continuing to feel well. My parents leave tomorrow starting their journey back to NZ. We’ve all loved being together, and at the same time we’ve all acknowledged it’s been one the hardest journeys they’ve ever had to make. It’ll be a poignant, yet hopeful goodbye. I shared with the family around the lunch table today an old phrase I heard years ago, ‘We don’t know what tomorrow holds but we know who holds tomorrow‘. That ‘who’ described himself as being the ‘alpha and omega’ – the bookends of history, the one who holds all things together, even in our individual lives. It’s good to affirm it again and know we’re not abandoned.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8.28

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Comments on: "Boxing Day activities." (3)

  1. Yvonne Howarth said:

    Because he lives I can face tomorrow,
    Because he lives all fear is gone,
    Because I know he holds the future,
    My life is worth the living, just because he lives.
    Love and prayers as always. X

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  2. I’m so pleased you have been able to enjoy some special time with your family this Christmastime. I hope tomorrow’s farewells aren’t too painful and you can look back on these weeks with a smile. We, too, have to say goodbye to family in a couple of weeks, they return to Australia after four months of comfortably living amongst us. It’s going to be hard but they need to go home and we have lots of lovely memories and the joy of meeting their boys. Our prayers are that you continue to feel well and we give thanks that you don’t have to continue with those nasty injections! Love to you all xx

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  3. Brenda Lockett said:

    Have been thinking of you today and praying that parting with your parents isn’t too painful for you and for them. As you say tomorrow is in God’s hands and who knows what tomorrow may bring. I am so glad to have met you Jeremy after my previous experience, you have been a truly inspirational influence on my understanding of what it is to be a Christian .

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