Jonathan’s Story

Site created on January 3, 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.

On  December 31, 2018, Jonathan went in for a endoscopy in response to some swallowing concerns and pain that he was having.  The procedure showed a significant tumor positioned at the base  of the esophagus where it connects to the stomach.  He was taken directly to receive a CT scan which showed extensive lymph node involvement in his chest and upper abdomen as well as several nodules on his lungs.  All of these findings were consistent with a diagnosis of metastasized cancer.  January 2, 2019 (HAPPY NEW YEAR), Jonathan was admitted to the hospital for further testing and to stabilize him because he was experiencing malnutrition. 

Our family loves the movie, The Emperor's  New Groove. There is a scene in the movie where the two main characters are tied to a tree and about to  fall over a waterfall. One of the characters mentions the fact that they are about to go over a dangerous waterfall with sharp rocks at the bottom and the other says BRING IT ON.  We decided that is our family's way of describing this new journey with Jonathan.  We trust that GOD's STRENGTH IS MADE PERFECT IN OUR WEAKNESS so... BRING ON THE WATERFALL! He's GOT this! 

Newest Update

Journal entry by Colleen Gore

“To pray ’thy will be done’, I must be willing, if the answer requires it, that my will be undone”

Elizabeth Elliott

Hello All,

Its hard to believe that we have been on this path for 8 months now. Is some ways it feels much longer and in others much much shorter. Medically and spiritually, we knew when Jon was diagnosed the type of battle in which we were engaged and the likely outcomes. This week we decided that it was time to change focus. Jonathan is no longer going through chemo or any other kind of “treatment”. He has been referred to hospice and we will be having the initial hospice meeting tomorrow morning. In the meantime, Jonathan is choosing to spend his time focusing on his family and friends and enjoying the days ahead. It was a difficult decision, agonizing might be a better word, but it feels right and we are at peace. The key is that the battle was never about beating cancer and the hope was never in a physical cure. The battle has always been walking out the journey we have each been given with integrity and grace and the hope will always be in what comes after this world.

When we started this process we felt led to 2 Corinthians 12:9 But He said to me “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is perfected in weakness”. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly in my weakness so that the power of Christ may rest on me.  Our weakness may now be more pronounced but that means that so is God’s power. For that reason, and that reason alone,  we can continue to say “Bring it On”. If you are one of our friends who pray, please pray along side us that we can walk that out boldly in the weeks and months to come so that others will see the truth of that scripture and the God to whom it points.

We are so thankful for your prayers and support.

The Gore Family

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