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Mar 29, 2018
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Instead of Jack's story, I'm going to just let this be a place to update you where he is today and then keep updated from hereon out as much as possible. Jack has been diagnosed with CLL as well as Plasmablastic Lymphoma. We know that CLL is a type of Leukemia which is absolutely curable and we were told that most people die with it, not of it. In the process of Jack's symptoms overtaking his body, preventing any kind of treatment, it was eventually diagnosed that he has a very rare (less than 1% of Lymphoma cancer is this kind) Lymphoma that is very aggressive and making its way throughout his body. They don't really know of any particular cure, but they are trying a type of Chemo treatment known as EPOCH, which is 5 days of continual different doses of chemo and then 16 days break and then start it over again. This could take 6 different cycles.
At this point in time, he is in Tampa at the Moffitt Cancer Center getting treatment and care. Family members and friends are trying to be down there as much as possible to help him through this. He has had a lot of ups and downs and several very close calls as he has a large amount of fluid filling up his chest cavity making it difficult to breath at times and has Pleurx vacs helping to keep him drained.
The goal at this point is to get him to Ohio, so he can have family and friends close by to help him. So, if you could keep him in your prayers that he is able to be strong enough to make this long trek in the next 4-6 weeks. It will most likely need to be with some sort of medical transportation. Jack is trusting the Lord in and through this entire situation and is at peace.