Jacob's journey began in November of 2012. It was the day after Thanksgiving when we took Jacob to the clinic due to persistant symptoms that had occured over the course of the previous two weeks. He felt tired all the time, had bruising, and had also lost his appetite. After running blood work, the doctor at the clinic advised us to pack a bag and go immediatley to the Children's Methodist Hospital in San Antonio. After double and triple checking, the doctors diagnosis came back as Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. We tried to keep it together for Jacob's sake but we were devastated. And so his journey began.
He went through aggressive treatment. He was a great warrior and stayed positive through it all. He never lost his sense of humor and he quickly made friends with all the doctors and nurses that attended him. He was in and out of hospital and clinic visits. He had numerous blood transfusions. He underwent a lot of ups and downs as he continued through standard treatment.
After about eight months of intensive treatment, he was in remission and started his maintenance phase in August of 2013. He was able to return to 7th grade. He would go to school and miss class during his scheduled clinic visits. They usually were scheduled about every six weeks. He would get mild chemo and take a lot of pills at home.
He was having a blast at school trying to be a normal pre-teen despite all he had to endure.
In December 2014, he began to feel ill again. We ended up at the hospital on New Year's Eve and after extensive testing, we realized Jacob had relapsed. His leukemia returned and we were again devestated. He received intensive chemo again to get him back into remission. He also underwent radiation which was very hard on his body. He underwent a bone marrow transplant on May 30, 2015. After spending two months in the hospital he was released and at the same time received the news that he had relapsed again.
Doctors continued to treat him as best that they could but this leukemia was very aggresive. Jacob continued to fight, never losing hope and enjoying the life that he so much loved. He continued to display his huge smile and had a faithful and encouraging spirit. His battle ended on October 31, 2015.
He was at home surrounded by his family. His last breath here on earth was his first one in heaven. His story has been encouraging to many. He displayed all the qualities of a mighty Warrior. Never giving up, encouraging and loving others, holding on to hope, and remaining faithful till the end. He fought the Good Fight!