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Jeff’s Story

Chemo for round 32 started on May 4, 2015

The full story begins 9 1/2 years ago when I was diagnosed with Meylodysplastic Syndrom / Acute Meyloginous Leukemia in November 2005. I received two "rounds" of chemotherapy (one "7+3" and one high dose AraC) and then contracted parvovirus, which made me transfusion dependent for six months. This did, however, put it into remission which lasted about 2 1/2 years. In (2008) I was continuing to do well, and starting in about May, things started going downhill again. Through a series of blood and bone marrow tests it was determined that I had relapsed. Jennae and I went to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester where I received a total of five "rounds" of chemotherapy (two rounds of 7+3 and three rounds of high dose AraC). The leukemia is back in remission, but the Meylodysplastic Syndrome remains, and so we are using a new chemo drug that came on the market in 2009 in an attempt to control the MDS.

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Healer of our every ill ...

I am humbled that I can preach again here for our Pastor as he is away on vacation. Having the healing stories of Jarius's daughter and the women who dared to touch Jesus' cloak have given me something to wrestle with these are interesting healing stories in this Sunday's Gospel. How does someone who has been on the journey with cancer for 10 years look at these lessons, is one thing, the other is what does the congregation need to hear in these lessons because of their own experience with life, illness's death and Jesus. I found using the hymn Healer of our every ill a way of framing my sermon. Here is the last paragraph not to bore you all, but to give you an idea of what is in my heart this Sunday.Through our baptism God has washed us in healing waters ... the ultimate healing for each one of us comes through Christ’s death and resurrection. No matter what our earthly bodies hold for us there is ultimate healing as we walk through the valley of death to find new life in Christ. Do we dare to reach out to Jesus as he walks beside us? Jesus welcomes us as we reach out to him, just as he welcomed Jairus and the woman in the crowd as they dared to reached out to him. Yes, we dare, for he is the “Healer of our every ill, Light of each tomorrow, [he] give[s] us peace beyond our fear, and hope beyond our sorrow.”


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6 Comments

Sharon Korsmo
By Sharon and Gayler Korsmo
What a witness to the Gospel you are, Jeff. Thanks for sharing.
Sandy Anderson
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Walking through the crowded ways of life with Jesus definitely makes the journey more interesting, more hopeful, more peaceful. In spite of the struggles on the journey, we've got a friend, a companion, a Savior. It's sometimes scary to reach out to Jesus on the way, I think. What will be required? What will the consequences be? Isn't it easier to just be pushed along by the crowd? I'm so grateful for your posts, Jeff and Jennae. They minister to all of us on the journey ~ teaching and healing us in the midst of your challenges. "Healer of our Every Ill" is one of my favorite songs because in it (but ultimately, in Jesus) we find hope. Sometimes I need to be reminded of that. Today, God used you to do the reminding. Thank you. May you be reminded often of God's love and ours on the journey.
Susan Nalle
By Sue Nalle
Amen and well said! If only we do dare to reach out to Jesus, He will not fail to reward us with his healing touch.
Caroline and Cliff Green
By Caroline
Thank you Jeff for your healing words given by Jesus this morning. Love the song and love how you carried it through your sermon. He does so much for us. God is good, all the time.
Carol Wendel
By Carol Wendel
Preach it Preacher!! It is amazing the many ways in which healing comes to us when we are open to see it!! Blessings on your worship today :)
Barb Kleven
By Barb Kleven
AMEN ! What a joy to hear that you are preaching! God bless you and your message!