November 13, 2012


My dear friend Jared is currently battling cancer. I remember when he was diagnosed (Stage 2 Hodgkins Lymphona) during the fall of my senior year (2010). I couldn't believe it. I was beyond shocked. How can someone I know, someone so young, someone so lovely, be diagnosed with something so horrible? It seemed like cancer was something that old people or strangers were diagnosed with, not friends that I interacted with on a regular basis.
We were told Jared was good to go in the summer of 2011, everyone was beyond excited. I saw Jared in that summer and it was just so great getting to see him. He looked so great. He seemed to feel so great. He was beginning to return to that same Jared I had met almost two years earlier.
Unfortunately, in the fall of 2011, Jared went in for a routine scan and was told that not only had the cancer returned, but it was much worse. He was classified as having Stage 4 Hodgkins Lymphoma. Jared started more treatments and new types of chemotherapy but it was decided that he would have a stem cell transplant. He had that stem cell transplant today. I am not well versed in all of this crazy doctor talk, but all I know is that today was a very big day and there's a long road of recovery ahead of Jared, but things are looking bright. 
Please keep dear Jared and his amazing fiancee Stephanie in your prayers. They have had a long couple of years and dealt with more than they should have had to, but not only have they remained faithful to each other, they've remained faithful to God through this entire ordeal. They have trusted in God and continued to speak of God's goodness though they have endured some incredibly trying times. It would mean the world to me if you could pray for Jared the next time you think of it. 

1 comment :

  1. I will certainly pray for your friend and his family<3 Cancer is such a scary thing! I know someone who had hodgkins lymphoma and shes a surviver! Thank you for this post I truly felt how heart felt it was<3


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