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.

Pin pricks of light

1280px-Ray_of_Light_on_Cap_Haitien,_Haiti_(7908717282)When you’re in a dark situation, small pin pricks of light mean a lot. Despite being in an induced coma, we’ve been talking to Ben regularly, telling him various things – the date, where he is, family information and news etc. But this afternoon, he opened his eyes – although quite glazed over – and looked towards us and then, when I said Dabi was there, slowly across to her. To see his eyes after a week was heartening. Later, he then moved his hand towards Catherine’s in response to her speaking to him. We’re aware from the nurses that these and certain other actions can be involuntary or reflex, but it gave us a longed-for moment of fresh hope and encouragement after a long week. He’s running a slight temperature but it seems to be under control and is sedated again because, as before, he became slightly distressed by his tubes. The neuro team are still apparently a long way off a diagnosis and any subsequent treatment; they’re awaiting the results of genetic and other tests from samples from Oxford and other parts of the UK.

We pray on. 

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Comments on: "Pin pricks of light" (12)

  1. Jenny loveless said:

    Thinking of you all. With love.

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  2. And we continue to pray with you and for you Jeremy.

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  3. Caroline & Steve said:

    As do we Jeremy x

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  4. I was very moved by this change. I continue to pray for you all, honouring these moments of light and connection.
    with best wishes
    gail

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  5. Jane Devlin said:

    and we all pray on with you.

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  6. Dave & Carol Jewison said:

    Holding you and the family daily before God for healing miracles.

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  7. Liz and David said:

    We pray on with you Jeremy x

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  8. And we pray on with you all

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  9. Rachel Waddilove said:

    We continue to pray for you all dear Jeremy.

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  10. We pray on with you…

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  11. Frances Down said:

    I continue to pray for you all

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  12. Chris Saunders said:

    Hi Jeremy – was looking through a local bookshop a couple of days ago and found a new book by Stuart Lange “A Rising Tide: Evangelical Christianity in New Zealand, 1930-1965”. Dunedin: Otago University Press, 2013.. You are mentioned in the bibliography for the work you did on Rev Canon Orange.
    Continuing to pray for you all.
    Blessings Chris

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