Health Update – Taking a Break

Health Updates

I haven’t sent out an update on my health since May, and in the last month something changed, so I want to share an update with those of you interested.

In June I finished my eighth round of chemotherapy, and in July had my every-two-month MRI. The MRI showed what we expected – no change in the tumor. So at this point I’ve been on chemo since December, through eight rounds, and the tumor hasn’t grown or shrunk. With those results, there isn’t evidence that continuing chemo beyond eight months would produce beneficial results. We don’t know how much of the tumor is alive, or how much it would have grown without the chemo. It’s not considered a failure by the chemo, but we don’t know what we got from it exactly. (Though I’m learning you can never be too exact with this stuff. There’s so much variation, and so many variables.)

As I shared in my last update, the plan if this MRI showed the tumor being the same was to take a break from chemo and move to monitoring the tumor with every-two-month MRIs. After this most recent MRI we did take a serious look at radiation at the request of my doctor – she wanted to make sure we thought it through and got as much as information as possible before making a decision about what to do next. So I talked to a few more doctors, including a very well-known and respected neuro-oncologist, and we ended up with the same decision: take a break from treatment and monitor the tumor.

If and when it grows again (statistically speaking it will grow again, it’s just a question of when – months or years) we will start radiation treatment, or possibly something else if something else has been developed. We want to put off radiation because the size of my tumor and its location means that radiation will lead to some serious, permanent side effects. As of now there is only chemo and radiation, and chemo has taken its best shot for now.

It’s been almost two months without chemo and I feel noticeably better physically. I have a lot more energy than I did. I know I’m still recovering, but I feel better now than I have since before my surgery. I also don’t miss having to go in twice a month for blood tests. I know there is more fighting to be done, but I am happy for this reprieve right now.

I also want to say I am so grateful for the way so many of you continue to pray for me and my family. Many of you are more faithful in praying for my healing than I am. Thank you for the way you remind me that we are loved by others, and by God.

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  • Lynette Link Reply Avatar

    Thanks for the update for sure!! Thanks be to God for your health and life thus far. You are in my prayers and thoughts often.

    Love you and your family tons!
    Lynette

  • Hey thanks for the update pastor I will be praying for you and your family. Also thanks for your teaching and honesty in your messages.

    • Jackson Link Reply Jackson

      Thanks Jesus. It is my crazy privilege to be able to preach.

  • Ms Jacquie Link Reply Avatar

    So glad to get a report. I have been talking about you a lot lately ( recalling the young boy I met so many years ago at Super Saver – Crossroads }and you and the family ( has been a blessing watching from the beginning and watching family grow) remain in my prayers. I knowyou will keep your eyes on the Lord and please know many of us will continue to called your name in our prayers, Hugs to all

    • Jackson Link Reply Jackson

      Thanks so much Ms. Jacquie. That van ride we had down to Mexico together is one of my fondest memories. You are such a blessing to so many people.

  • Ricky Link Reply Avatar

    Thanks for the update. We’re all continuing to pray. Love you, brother.

  • Barb Farring Link Reply Avatar

    Kinda disappointed but also know WHO is in control! Prayers will continue on your behalf. God has a plan and I know He can make it just disappear when His time is right.

  • Daniel Link Reply Avatar

    Jackson,
    Thanks for the update. You and yours are in my prayers, and I’m not just saying that. 😉
    -D

    • Jackson Link Reply Jackson

      Thanks Daniel, I believe you!

  • Ruth Kish Link Reply Avatar

    Jackson–isn’t it just like God to only allow you to see just enough of His plan so that you realize it’s all about faith, prayer, obedience–the trifecta of trust? Know you are loved and prayed for my dear friend. Can’t wait to see what our good, good God has in store for you around the next corner of your journey with Him. 💕🙏🏼💕 Bless.

  • Jill Garrett Link Reply Avatar

    Thank you Pastor, we are away in miles but not in love or caring for you and your very special to us family. Sending hugs to all❤️

    • Jackson Link Reply Jackson

      Thanks Jill! I miss you and Ken!

  • Beth Hanson Link Reply Avatar

    So good to hear that you are walking in faith and doing well. I continue to pray for you and your family. What a blessing that you are getting to take a break and that you have managed so well. All our love. The Hansons ♡♡♡

  • Karen Alvey Link Reply Avatar

    Thank you for the update Jackson! You and your family will continue to be in our prayers!

  • Jan Latin Link Reply Avatar

    You are special; it’s a gift to know you. (I knew you were special from day one of st. tchg!) This health info. is hard to reason-out, but I do know you have a strong inner core that will sustain your strength & fortitude. I thank God for the blessings he has given you and those blessings that are yet-to-come.
    With hope and love…
    j

    • Jackson Link Reply Jackson

      Thanks Jan. I hope you’re doing great.

  • Maribelle Pinkham Link Reply Avatar

    Thank you for updating us of your condition Jackson. Know that David and I are continuing to pray for you and your family. God bless.

    Maribelle & David Pinkham

    • Jackson Link Reply Jackson

      Thanks so much Maribelle and David!

  • David Pinkham Link Reply Avatar

    Grateful that the tumor has not grown. I will pray that it does not grow and that it is actually dead tissue. So proud of the grace and faith you have shown through this tremendously difficult challenge. You are an amazing man of God.

    In His Great Love

    David H. Pinkham

    • Jackson Link Reply Jackson

      Thanks so much for the encouragement and prayers, David.

  • Norma Macias Link Reply Avatar

    I am so glad that the tumor hasn’t grown. I will continue to pray for God’s hand on your body. Praying for your precious family too.

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