Cancer victim keeps the faith in face of death
A junior doctor struggling with bowel cancer believes he had the God-given strength to finish his studies, qualify as a doctor and work whilst being treated.
He has also been overwhelmed and lost for words at the generosity of sympathizers.
Last October, Dr. Noel and family were surprised to raise over £85 000 in 52 hours for chemotherapy treatment—the target was £30 000!
“It has brought us to tears and left us without words,” he says.
A family friend set up a profile on the ‘give-a-little’ website, intending it to last for three months, but in seven hours the target amount was reached and they have stopped asking for donations. The excess money helped the Noels when Jared’s income ran out and wife Hannah was on maternity leave, and has helped him continue treatment.
The couple’s biggest prayer was that Jared would survive long enough to see his first child, and that was answered when Elise was born in January. The New Zealander said he wanted to “celebrate the creation of new life before my own life comes to its end.”
Jared has been unwell for six years. He was not expecting to see much of 2014, but as we went to press in August, his prognosis was stable, and he has already lived far longer than any previous predictions.
Jared says his cancer journey has been difficult, but chemotherapy and God enabled him to study and work in the medical field.
His career has been “short lived”, however, and since November he has been on indefinite leave. The decision to take leave was “heart-breaking” because he was also offered a job as General Surgical Registrar
Despite Jared’s hard times, he is reaching out to others and is asking how to serve God under these circumstances.
“I have learnt to lean on God in the hard times as well as the good. I have learnt that my expectations of God are often flawed, and that to trust God regardless of my circumstances is what keeps me going.”
His blog invites people to join him engaging with these life and death issues. He writes:
“This feels like the beginning of the end, the down hill slide to the bottom with the certainties of chemotherapy and a probable slow deterioration in health. All of us are eventually heading to the grave, and whilst I will be there sooner than most, I have the chance to make that journey the best it can be.”
And he’s confident of a life on the other side of the grave that will be pain-free and spent with God, because he has put his faith in Jesus.
By Peter Veugelaers.
Published 2014, Good News Paper, UK.