A Serious Moment


Because of the way I am, I always prepare myself for something catastrophic every time Bunny doesn’t call me at the regular times i.e. when she wakes up, when she and DLG are on their way somewhere, etc.  The thought that enters my head is, “I hope everything’s okay.”

The other day, my cell phone rang at work at an unusual time when I wasn’t expecting her call.

My thoughts raced and upon answering it, her voice sounded grim: “Honey, I just got some devastating news.”

I came up with a blank.  Her voice wasn’t rushed and scared as if something had just happened to her or DLG.

“You remember how I told you that Meggie’s nephew just got diagnosed with a brain tumor?” she said.

Earlier in the week, Bunny got some absolutely heart wrenching news from a friend of ours that the reason her five-year old nephew, Jackson, was having trouble seeing was because he had a brain tumor.

Bunny continued, “Well… it’s inoperable.  The tumor is imbedded in his brain stem and it’s impossible to remove with surgery.  The doctors are giving him, at most, two years.”

Jackson was diagnosed with DIPG (Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma). 

For me, despite not really knowing Jackson aside from meeting him once or twice, this news seemed to slice through all four chambers of my heart, “I didn’t even know that five-year olds could get brain tumors?” I thought to myself.  “How could a little boy who hasn’t even experienced life AT ALL be subject to such a horrible thing?”  The thoughts consumed me… and I won’t delve into them all.  I can’t even imagine what it must be like for his family.

I know a lot of people read my blog with different religious backgrounds, different beliefs, different denominations or perhaps no belief at all.  But I’m here to ask you… keep Jackson Cash in your thoughts and prayers.  I wasn’t even in the room when the doctor gave the awful timeline… but them are fightin’ words people.   Nothing is impossible for God.  Nothing.  If a doctor says “two years” I say “F that doc!!  We and The Big Man Upstairs can BEAT THIS THING!!!”

You seriously need to go to Jackson’s website and put his precious face with his name.  Write something in his journal… I know it would mean so much.

Pray for the F-ing tumor to go back to the hole it crawled out of.

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13 responses to “A Serious Moment

  1. Thinking about you all too! I know it can be hard when someone close to you is in that situation! Love and prayers to all!!

  2. Wow, that is so hard to read not even knowing this child. I can only imagine. My thoughts will be with him.

  3. I hate to hear about shit like this. No snark from me.

  4. We are praying for Jackson right along with you!

    Thank you for giving your very personal story to this disease! For those that want to learn more please visit http://www.justonemoreday.org to learn more and to learn how you can help.

  5. That is just terrible news. I will keep Jackson in my prayers. There have been so many times that family members or friends I know were hit with devastating news and PRAYER saved them.

  6. Praying for Jackson, and his family.

  7. I love that your post title is “A Serious Moment” AND that you end the post with “Pray for the Fing tumor to go back to the hole it crawled out of.”

    This is actually the *second* little boy I have been asked to pray for with a brain tumor in a month. The other little boy was having hearing problems. The took him in to check it out and they got the same new as little Jackson.

    You betcha God can beat out any diagnosis. 😀 Praying here too.

  8. Mollien (Mom) Koenig

    My prayer list just keeps growing, and it’s so disturbing to realize how many of them are children. It just breaks my heart. But God is in the breaking too.

  9. His name will go into the book of petitions at Mass first thing in the morning. Please tell Bunny that I’ll be praying for her, too. It is so hard to be with a friend in suffering….this is where she can identify with Our Blessed Mother–to be with the one in suffering as She was with Him.

  10. I’m not a praying person, but I’ve seen many cases of doctors being wrong, and that’s encouraging. I’d be devastated if a diagnosis like that was given to one of my kids. It’s just beyond anything I think I could deal with.

  11. sooo sad. i hate seeing kids having health problems.kids should not have to face such an ugly thing. i feel for the family, stay strong. positive thought: they were given a chance to have this beautiful child in they’re life, even if it was a short time, he no doubt brought them so much love and happiness they will keep forever.

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