Saturday, July 3, 2010


Yesterday, July 2nd, we found out my 17 year old baby brother has cancer.

Quite a large pill to swallow, huh?

It's been a huge eye opener to me. In my family alone, cancer is no stranger. My Grandmother and Aunt had breast cancer, and are now survivors. My Mother in law had breast cancer, and is now a survivor. It is only a matter of time before I add my sweet brother to my list of heroes.

He will be a cancer survivor as well. I know it.

He has Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Which is a fairly common form of cancer in the lymph nodes. Although, the form he has is rare. Only 5% of the people who are diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma have what he has. They caught it early. He will beat this.

We won't find out what his treatment will be until early next week. He will have several tests done and will meet with a pediatric oncologist on Tues. I ask that any of you that read my blog please pray for my brother & our family. I know that God is going to carry him through this and do amazing things for Jason. I know in the Bible it says that when two or more people come together before the Lord that He will answer. Thank you in advance for lifting up my family in your prayers.

I don't know what the future holds for us, but I have this sense of peace over me. I know he's going to be okay. I know God doesn't give us things we can't handle. As much as I'd love to question why, I just can't. I'm trusting that God knows what he's doing far better than I ever could. I know that Jason will do what is necessary to beat this. I also know that even though this is a huge deal, there are far more difficult things that people have to deal with every day. Today I pray for all the families out there that are struggling with similar (if not worse) situations.

"Do not be afraid, for I am with you. Do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." -Isaiah 41:10


  1. Emily, we will be praying for your brother and your whole family. You're right, agreement in prayer is a powerful thing, and it accomplishes much. We love you guys and are standing in faith with you. The Alfonzos

  2. Family love, strength, and prayers are amazing things. You have my thoughts and prayers...

  3. you and your family will be in our prayers daily! you are such a strong rock for your brother, emily. love you.

  4. I will be praying for you and your entire family! I had a friend with the same kind of cancer and it was so hard watching her go through it! Thank goodness for Jesus! He will get you and your family through!

  5. Thank you all so much. I wouldn't be where I'm at right now without everyone's encouraging words and prayer. I'm thankful for each of you. It means more to me than you know. :)

  6. I am so sad to read this post. Cancer is no stranger to me either and I know how sucky it is. I will be praying for him and your whole family. Can I ask how they caught it? was he not feeling well? I will be praying!

  7. I'll pray for you and your family, Emily! Love you!

  8. Kristen, He has been really exhausted for a few months & we weren't sure if it was a growth spurt or what exactly. Then he had an appt scheduled to get his wisdom teeth out and he asked the dr. about a lump he had under his chin. (not a small one like a lymph node, like the size of an Adam's apple but higher up.) All the Dr.'s thought it was just a lymph node infection, so eventually after failed attempts at trying antibiotics to try and decrease the swelling he had surgery to have it removed and they sent it off for a biopsy and turn out its cancerous. Thank you for your sweet comments and for your prayers. I can't tell you thank you enough! :)