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.

A change of scene

This is Catherine back again… 

MardonToday is Day 29 of our journey with our son Ben. At 12.45 today it was four weeks since our world was sent into a new orbit. He had twelve days in ICU, seventeen days on the neurology ward but on Monday he is starting his third and hopefully final stage. He will be moved by ambulance across the road to the Mardon Neuro-Rehabilitation Centre. The plan is for him to be there for 10-12 weeks. Yes, still a very long journey of which we have only completed a quarter. Easter is likely to be well and truly over by the time he is ready to come home. God is good getting Ben into Mardon as there is a waiting list but they have prioritised Ben as a bed has become available. The Mardon Centre is for stroke victims or others who need occupational therapy, physiotherapy and general cognitive rehabilitation. He will have a small flat to himself, a timetable to follow for his programme within the Centre. He will have communal meals (he is under a dietician as he has lost so much weight, a result of hearing his Dad’s terminal diagnosis) and a garden to wander in. We are visiting it with him this afternoon. Please pray he adjusts well. He knows he is not ready for home yet but slightly daunted by the length of time it involves. Visiting is restricted so we need to adjust to that. He is really needing rehab from the original fall in July, so six months worth. The full diagnosis has yet to be made, but they are thinking it is epilepsy plus an as yet undiagnosed condition. Ben is over the moon not to have the blood thinning injection in his stomach; he hated that with a passion

A few hours later….

The visit to Mardon went well. We noticed that St Leonards, a great local church, are holding a service there tomorrow. This is a church with which we are familiar and also where two of Ben’s friends –  a couple with whom Dabi is staying –  are members. I think they hold a service there once a month so a shame Ben just misses it but great it will be there for him next month. We all feel this is going to be a very positive step. And the best thing – free Wifi! Ben is ecstatic.

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Comments on: "A change of scene" (9)

  1. Ruth Prince said:

    Really good news. Thank God. Love Ruth

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  2. Liz and David said:

    So pleased to hear of Ben’s progress – keeping you all in our prayers x

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  3. Something positive in the way of treatment at last. We thank God – and we go on praying.

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  4. I’m delighted that more plans for Ben’s healing treatment are afoot and that he is over joyed at promises of WFI – Such good news! Seems symbolic too. A sign for more contact and more life. I pray that Ben adjusts well. I hope this development can bring a sense of gentle ease and peace to you all. I am praying for family well being, and the continuation of jeremy’s heartening survival, while also giving a little close attention to John 1.
    Very best wishes
    Gail

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  5. Fantastic news guys. Onward and upward! Sending love from afar xx

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  6. Chris Saunders said:

    Praise God for this progress and opportunity. Keeping you all in our prayers

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  7. Sue Salter said:

    Thinking of Ben’s move today – hoping he will be settled very soon and that he will make some more progress towards returning home. You are all constantly in our prayers. It was so good to have Jeremy with us yesterday x

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  8. ann upchurch said:

    Dear Catherine and Jeremy,We are so very pleased to hear that Ben is ready to go to Mardon, we know of it as we used to visit a client of Roger’s who had a severe brain injury. He was there for some time and it is such a nice place with an excellent reputation. Our prayers continue to be with you all.Love Ann and Roger

    Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 20:48:34 +0000 To: ann.upchurch@hotmail.com

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  9. John Humble said:

    Jeremy;
    I wanted you to know how much your strength and faith in the Father has lifted myself and the men of the bible study I attend. We have had you on our pray list from the start of both your and Ben’s journey. I keep the men posted on all your journal entries. I keep you daily in my own prayers. I am thankful that Linda took the time to introduce Lucille and I to your family on our visit to England. May the presence of the Holy Spirit overflow your family.

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