Jacob went in for a healthy 4 year old check up and the doctor was feeling around his stomach area and found a small mass. It was surgically removed. I was in the room when the doctor came in and if I didn't ask "was this cancer?" my brother and his wife would not have known this right away. We were shocked to say the least.
Anyway, the journey began. Once he was diagnosed, the treatments began with chemo, radiation, etc. etc. Jacob was a very inteligent, quiet child with patience for his younger brother Ethan (now 6) and little sister Shayna (now 3). He was a perfectionist with things and followed directions to a "t" - he was doing lego's for ages 14 years when he was only 7, 8 and 9. Jacob loved being outside and playing with his friends and enjoyed miniature golfing. He was blessed with one year of not really having to have too much to do with doctors but the cancer came back, or never really went away but resurfaced with a vengence. Jacob had a Make A Wish party in February 2010 and we lost him April 14, 2010. He turned 9 years of age on March 25, 2010. Because of the way the cancer struck Jacob, he did lose his sight for the last 6 weeks of his life. Heartbreaking, heartbreaking, heartbreaking. His dad Harry (my brother) and wife Florita never left his side, prayed for him daily and within hours of asking God to take him if he could not be cured, Jacob went peacefully. Before his passing though, Jacob had pointed up on numerous occasions, says his mom, trying to let her know something. I think the angels were there all along comforting him and helped to bring him "home."
What Jacob went through mentally and physically most adults would not have been able to sustain. All who knew him loved him and miss his presence dearly. Pieces of our hearts are chipped away forever for the loss of this beautiful little boy who never complained.
By: Karen McGrath (Jacob's Aunt)