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My Story

Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We've created it to keep friends and family updated about our little guy, Jake.

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In September of 2010 our 6 year old son Jacob found a lump on his lower left leg, after getting cleaned up from the day. I was at parent teacher conferences earlier that day and my son stayed with his Pappy and picked pumpkins at their market (Newby's Market). I figured it was probably a spider bite, not knowing for sure what to do. I called the pediatrician and was told to bring him in the next morning.

We arrived at the doctors office the next morning with my other 2 children and 2 nieces and was told it was definitely not a spider bite, it needed to be x-rayed. So I shuffled the children along to x-ray and awaited the results. The nurse came to get us and I shuffled the children back to our room when I saw our pediatrician's face. He told me the nurse was going to stay with the children while I looked at the x-ray with him. I began to cry when I saw the lump on his leg. My heart sank. Jacob kept looking at me and saying don't cry, mama, it's just a spider bite. It will go away. It doesn't even hurt.

Well, through a lot of different doctors and extensive testing we found out Jacob has Stage 4 Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma at his lower left leg, lungs, and abdomen. We have been told that Jacob's treatment are going to be very long (54 weeks) of chemo, radiation, and surgery and that his cancer is very hard to treat at this stage. We sometimes have extensive chemo 5 days a week and it just breaks you and shakes you to the core. We make daily trips to Riley and we will begin staying inpatient starting in December.

Going through this roller coaster, words can't describe. Only God knows how we all truly feel. I believe in miracles. Jacob is a fighter. He's strong and a normal boy who likes frogs, dinosaurs, fishing, swimming, and playing outside. Even though we have no idea why this has happened to our son we are hopeful in an unhopeful circumstance. We will stand and fight this every moment of every week. God is good and I tell Jacob every day. Every time God hears somebody say Jacob in one of their prayers, God smiles and puts his arm around Jacob. If God can heal the blind to see and walk on water, I believe He has the power to cure Jacob. We don't always understand why we have to do the things that are thrown at us. But in this circumstance, we will stand strong and praise God for every moment we have together. We will overcome every obstacle, like swallowing 6 chemo pills a day. We will smile at every morning that we're made anew.

Thanks for all your prayers. Don't be afraid to talk to us. If you see us. We love all of you and want you to be apart of our journey.