Jim’s Journal: My Fight Continues

It’s been a little more than a year since I provided an update on my cancer treatment and since today is World Cancer Day, I thought it a good time to do so.

My initial treatment proved to be less successful than we hoped, and I have sought out other treatment protocols. Casting my net widely and using my network of AEPi Brothers and friends, I have been accepted into a trial immunotherapy program at the University of Chicago. The results of these treatments have been encouraging though not as conclusive as any of us would have liked.

My fight continues.

I know that I am amazingly fortunate to have access to tremendous health care options. I’m further blessed to have the love and support of my family and fraternity Brothers. I could not carry on this fight without them.

I know that the phrase, “It takes a village” is a little trite these days. But it is accurate. My family and friends have been with me at every step of this journey. If my wife isn’t taking care of me, she is doing more than her share around our house and with our children.

I appreciate the support and well wishes from all of you beyond measure. Your support has been instrumental in keeping me coming to work and pushing to keep Alpha Epsilon Pi functioning in the middle of a pandemic.

I know how much my AEPi network has helped me on my hardest days, so I have created a Facebook Group for AEPi Brothers and their family members who are fighting cancer so we can offer each other support and encouragement. If you or your family member is in this battle, I hope you will join me.

In the Mi Sheberach, we ask G-d for healing of both body and spirit. My spirit is stronger because of the love and support of my family, friends, and Brothers.  With this, I am confident that I will win the battle to beat cancer and heal my body.