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.

Having scanned the man…

Good news LikeAfter nearly a week of waiting, the message came through from both my Hospice consultant (who can access my records at my request) and then the Oncology Dept that my MRI scan results indicate that the shadow on my liver is nothing more than a harmless haemangioma. That’s such great news and we’ve all allowed ourselves to go “phew”. There remains though the question of the lymph node lump in my arm pit. Apparently there’s some thought that the plastic surgeon will be enlisted to remove it, but that’ll be addressed at the meeting of the ‘Multi Disciplinary Team’ on Monday and I’ll then know more. At the same time as all this, I’m conscious that the ever-present lump at the primary site of the melanoma (on my inside leg) feels slightly bigger and, like its sibling under my arm, can be a source of some discomfort at times. Like some uninvited house guest randomly wondering around causing a disturbance in all sorts of rooms, this cancer is one that seems to have that capacity. One month, it could be ‘here’, the next, ‘there’ then ‘down there’,  or ‘up here’.

Just a couple of hours before I heard the news about the scan result, I’d been reading the first letter of Peter (1 Peter) in the scriptures. I read words so familiar to me from over the years,

“ ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble’. Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”

I did, and he does. Sealed in blood.

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Comments on: "Having scanned the man…" (22)

  1. Steven Kenyon said:

    So pleased to hear that positive news. I often think of you all and pray for you.

    Love Steven

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  2. Jeannette Hornblow said:

    Our Lord is so gracious, it makes me think of the chorus “My God is Big” praise His name.

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  3. Brilliant news Jeremy – tomorrow we can have a small celebration !

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  4. Tracey Walliis said:

    Great news. God bless you all xxx

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  5. Lucille and John said:

    Great news, Jeremy! We so enjoy your updates and you really encourage us as you go through this journey!

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  6. Rachel Waddilove said:

    Wonderful news Jeremy…love to you all.

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  7. Ruth Smith said:

    Such encouraging news!

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  8. So pleased to hear this news, was thinking about it yesterday and wondering! xx

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  9. I am delighted by this news Jeremy, and hope any other worries clear soon too. It’s a year on and despite the serious diagnosis, you are still here sharing your teachings.My prayers are with you.

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  10. The Lord be praised! Oddly we were look at that same thought from 1Peter at our Bible study on Wednesday. Lovely.

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  11. Praise to our wonderful Lord Jesus xx

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  12. Still praying for you Jeremy. Good good news for you and your family. Amazing God!

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  13. Yvonne Howarth said:

    I’m sitting singing, Count your blessings, name them one by one!!!! Love this old hymn and love that you are such a blessing to us all, even in your darkest days you are there encouraging us and feeding us.
    Much love Yvonne Xx 😊

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  14. Caroline Colin said:

    We are loved by a faithful God. Would love to try and meet up one lunchtime. Are you anywhere near Queen St soon? Love to you and Cathetine. Cas

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  15. Gina Johnston said:

    Praise the Lord! His mercies are new every morning. We pray for continued healing.
    God bless,
    Gina and Guy xx

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  16. Diane Fraser said:

    So glad to hear the good news – Praise God – may He continue to hold you in His care and love and may His power and strength through the Holy Spirit flood your life. x

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  17. parsonzone said:

    Very relieved for and with you all. Still praying that your uninvited house guest will be shown the door! Did I see in the thread that you are planning a trip down under soon? If so, please would you consider keeping us in the loop, it would be nice to catch up if the time and space allowed. For now, kia kaha & arohanui, Melissa & family

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    • Hi Melissa…thanks for that.Provided a good scan in the next few months, yes a trip to replace the one I cancelled just after my diagnosis. I’ll keep you in touch.

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  18. Mary Georgina Ann Hunt said:

    Wonderful news Jeremy – just goes to show the power of prayer !!!!
    Much love from Mary and Peter

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  19. Kate Woolven said:

    Praise the Lord for good new, Jeremy, even though tempered by other concerns. Still in our prayers daily,
    Love Kate

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  20. Liz and Ron Hay said:

    Wonderful news, Jeremy. Praise the Lord. With our love and blessings,
    Ron & Liz

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