October 18, 2018 our lives changed forever. Jon had returned from a hunting trip in Canada earlier in October with a bad cough and slight chest pain and ended up going to a local ER to get checked out and hopefully just walk away with an antibiotic. The nurse and doctor at the ER did an EKG, chest x-Ray and drew labs and everything came back normal but insisted on doing a CT scan. The CT scan shockingly showed a large mediastinal tumor 10.5 cm long. The next couple of weeks were filled with several doctor appointments, blood work, PET scan and a biopsy. On October 18th we went in to the doctor appointment very hopefully that the mass was benign but the oncologist gave us the most heartbreaking news that it was a very rare and aggressive form of cancer. We were crushed! The initial diagnosis he informed us was T-Cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma. Once we left the oncologist at Memorial Herman Memorial City to go home, I immediately called MD Anderson. The Lord made a way because we had an appointment with an oncologist at MD Anderson that next day, Friday October 19th, at 10am to get a second opinion. We met with the oncologist in the Lymphoma group and he quickly told us that Jons cancer was very aggressive and 100% of the cells were growing in the tumor and that he was going to be admitted to the hospital that evening to start running more tests and start treatment as soon as possible. I cannot even begin to describe the feelings we both were experiencing...fear, anxiety, confusion, sadness, and gratefulness because we got into MD Anderson in less then 24 hours of his diagnosis. Jon was admitted that night to the Leukemia floor because that type of T-cell Lymphoma was being treated the same as Leukemia. That night they ran a lot of blood work and did the bone marrow biopsy. Saturday more unexpected news came that the cancer had spread to 70% of his bone marrow so the diagnosis changed from Lymphoma to Leukemia. The PIC line was placed on Sunday and went very smooth and painless.
Today, October 22nd the diagnosis was confirmed that Jon has T-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) at 33 years old with zero symptoms other then very minimal chest pain. We received great news though today that after finishing the full bone marrow biopsy and looking at the actual sample of bone, only 30% of the cancer is in the bone marrow! It can sometimes come back higher in the preliminary results because it can be an area that is concentrated with more cancerous cells. I believe that the Lord is already healing Jon and moving mountains. Praise the Lord for that victory!
We appreciate all of the love, prayers, texts, phone calls, meals, and help with our 4 beautiful and loved children. We believe fully that God is in complete control and will fully heal Jon. It’s going to be a long tough battle but Jon is a warrior and will fight for his life and his family! Please visit this site for updates. We love each and every one of you! We feel your prayers and already see the Lord working everything out for our good!
“Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10