As most of you know I have a cousin named Jason. Jason and I have a very special relationship, not just because we're cousins, but because when Jason was diagnosed with leukemia almost two years ago I flew to Iowa City to spend three months with him in the hospital. You can read about the time I spent with him, in part, here.
Jason has been fighting cancer for months and months. He's been in and out of the hospital, through several rounds of chemo, and this summer he underwent a bone marrow transplant. The transplant, however, was not successful and about a month ago we were informed that Jason had relapsed. He went back to the hospital and while undergoing chemo in preparation for further treatment he came down with a nasty infection that spread throughout his body.
At the beginning of this week we were afraid for Jason's life. He couldn't breathe on his own and his organs were failing. I wanted so badly to be with him, my aunt, and all my family in Iowa City, but because of Silas's job situation there was no way we could visit them. A few days have now gone by and Jason has improved a tiny bit. God has been at work in his body and though he's still heavily sedated and on a ventilator, the doctors are more optimistic than they have been all week.
Silas's job situation changed today and when he came home from work he said "We should go to Iowa on Monday." I am so grateful for a husband who is caring towards not only me, but my family. So on Monday we're taking off for Iowa City. Not only will I get to be with my extended family, but my Mom, Stepdad, and siblings are also traveling to Iowa for a visit and we'll all be there at the same time.
Please pray for Jason. If you'd like, you can follow his story on the blog his mom (my aunt) keeps for him here. He's one tough little dude. I don't know if I could go through all the pain and sickness he's dealt with this year.