Sep 18, 2018 Latest post:
Dec 17, 2019
Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting.
Jeramy and I have been truly overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support. We were hoping very much that we could give you all a "we're through this trial and all is well" report, but instead we're starting this CaringBridge site because it looks like we'll be fighting this battle for a minimum of a couple weeks. The condition Jeramy is fighting is called idiopathic aplastic anemia. There is currently no known cause (that is actually what idiopathic means). God is able to do a miracle, and we are asking everyone to pray with us that Jeramy's bone marrow will "reboot" and start producing red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets again.
If that does not happen, however, Jeramy will be preparing for a bone marrow transplant. At this point, the doctors at Mission Hospital would like to transfer Jeramy to City of Hope Hospital in Duarte. They will perform another bone marrow biopsy and then decide whether they can try a round of immunosuppressant treatment or go immediately to transplant. The most likely candidate for a marrow transplant match is Jeramy's brother, his only sibling. Let me tell you: David Clark is a hero. He has said that whatever it takes, he's up for it. We are beyond grateful. We hope with all our hearts things won't come to that, but we are making plans.
Many of you have kindly offered to help with our family's needs. We will have needs--probably way more than we'll feel comfortable asking for help with--but we just don't yet know what the biggest needs are. City of Hope is 2 hours from our home, so the biggest needs we'll most likely have are with our amazing girls, Jocelyn and Jasmine. They can't just drop out of school for a couple weeks (much as they'd like to ;) On thing I definitely know is that the girls need your prayers and so do I (Jerusha). I will reach out to those who have offered help as soon as we know when Jeramy will be transferred to LA, what the accommodations at the new hospital are like, and how long I'll be able to stay or not stay near him. Jeramy will be allowed very few visitors during his time at City of Hope. If you could please be praying for Jeramy's doctors to see clearly what his body needs, for our family to stay close to the Lord through this, and--most of all--for God to be glorified in this tough time in our life. We really believe that He will use this somehow. To Him be the glory and honor and praise in ALL things.
Under the Mercy,
p.s. I will try to type of a story of "how this all happened" (after all some of you surfed with Jeramy a week ago), but I probably won't get to that for a day or so. Know that we are trying very hard to keep everyone we love--that's YOU all--in the loop. Thank you for standing with us
"For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes on what unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal" (2 Corinthians 4:17-18)