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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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Tired ... but a good tired.

I had the honor of leading worship and preaching this past Sunday for our Pastor, who was gone to a continuing education event. It felt good to use that part of my brain again. It felt good, however it makes me very tried,it took me two days to recover. I am blessed to have people in the congregation that are willing to do more of the "leg" work and readings than they have usually done, so that my energy and voice can be saved for preaching and presiding over communion. The words of the Benediction always get caught in my throat these days, a honor for me to say this blessing to this congregation.

My blood counts continue to come along, moving in the right directions and staying stable as we get ready to start chemo again on May 4th.The to do list is getting longer as things wait until I am able to either be among people again, or can help with a project. It’s great to see the sunshine as we jump straight into summer!

May the Lord bless you and keep you,

May the Lord’s face smile upon you and be gracious unto you,

May the Lord look upon you with favor and grant you peace.




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Craig Nessan
By Craig Nessan
Thanks for your blessed blessing! Prayers for good stamina and recovery from the next round!
Deborah  Conner
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I am so glad you were able to preach and preside over communion. May the peace of Christ be with you.
Caroline and Cliff Green
By Caroline
We are so very blessed by your presence and your ability to continue to preach, Jeff. You fill our hearts and souls with much love and compassion and strength. God Bless.
Donna Eszlinger
By Donna and Delbert
so glad you could be able to do the service again,, and got some help to make the day somewhat easier.. keeping you in our thoughts and prayers for improved health, until you start the next session. hugs and prayers,,, to you and Jennea
Lisa Ahlness
By Lisa Ahlness
I feel the same way about the benediction. How wonderful that your chemo cycle allowed you to be available -- and thank you for the effort it took. I can well imagine how your thoughtful insights helped the Word of God be heard. Blessings to you and Jennae.
Carol Wendel
By Carol Wendel
Peace to you as well, my friend, and may God's love continue to shine in and through you!