A Note About Jeremy Mains
On June 4, we were at the International
Council meeting of Medical Ambassadors. This is the time yearly when
all the Regional Directors for this ministry gather together to share
their lives and make plans for the future.
in the morning we received a text message from our daughter-in-law
Angela that she had rushed Jeremy to the ER. We knew Jeremy had been
puzzlingly ill with flu-like symptoms that came and went, fatigue.
Mononucleosis, we thought. Even the doctor he saw for an examination
predicted that blood tests would come back indicating the same. His
lymph nodes were swollen. Jeremy, age 41, is an adjunct professor at
College, teaching Spanish—All those college kids, I thought. Makes sense.
1:30 p.m. we had packed and left Mount Hermon, the Christian Conference
Center where we had been gathered, and were on a plane out of San Jose,
CA, winging home to Illinois. Jeremy had been moved into the ICU
(Intensive Care Unit) with failing kidneys; our son was in critical
condition. There was a mass somewhere in his lower abdomen, his
platelet count was down—the vital indicators of a body in crisis were
all screaming, “Danger! Danger!”
of you who have gone through this crisis know the impact of the words
"leukemia" and "lymphoma." And you also know that there is a long and
terrible journey ahead for anyone so diagnosed.
that week, Jeremy was moved by ambulance to Rush University Medical
Center down in Chicago, an hour-long drive (in good traffic) from our
home. Jeremy and his wife Angela, and their three children, Eliana (age
5), Nehemiah (age 3), and Anelise (7 months) live just a mile from us
in the little suburb of West Chicago.
grueling session of tests, and a fight to restore the clotting ability
of his blood so even more specific regimens could be run, we received a
diagnosis of Blastic Mantle Cell Lymphoma. Fortunately, this blood
cancer is treatable, but it requires poisonous blasts of
chemotherapies, which also wipe out the immune system and has wretched
side effects that for many feel worse than the deadly disease itself.
Jeremy is also young and healthy.
has been working as an immigration counselor (as well as a freelance
artist for his brother-in-law, Doug). His passion is to help the
wretched of the earth, those people in whom God sees potential, but the
world at large generally counts as worth nothing. Everything in his
life is on pause now until this battle against the aberrant invader in
his blood is waged.
We’re weary as we write this
letter. But we have been filled with strength. With the help of social
media, loving concern has come our way. What feels like thousands of
Christians worldwide are bearing our son before our Heavenly Father
with their prayers. A team in the Dominican Republic fasted for three
days. Messages have come from Africa and South America.
are able to give daily updates on Jeremy’s condition on our Facebook
pages—if you’re on FB, check them out. Randall Mains, our eldest son,
has put up a dedicated Web site. For current information, you can go to
those of you who are faithful in your prayers, pray for our son in
faith. We do believe with confidence that God can absolutely heal him.
For those of you who are intercessors, we are asking that prayers be
lifted up for the whole hematology ward at Rush University Hospital.
Like our son, everyone behind those closed doors is battling against
blood; they may have no one to pray for them. For the spiritual
warriors, we ask that you wage war against the Enemy who would love to
destroy this young man with so much promise to do God’s work in the
The book of John tells this story in chapter 11: “Now
a man named Lazarus was sick. … So the sisters sent word to Jesus,
‘Lord the one You love is sick.’ When he heard this, Jesus said, ‘This
sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s
Son may be glorified through it.’”
We are praying
that this diagnosis of Blastic Mantle Cell Lymphoma and its cure will
be used for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.
It’s happened before through the centuries; we believe it can happen
At peace and trusting,
David and Karen Mains
the original writing of this note (late June), Jeremy has been
responding well to the initial chemotherapy treatments, and has been
scheduled for a two-week time to recover at home before beginning the
next round of chemo.
Web Site for Jeremy and Angela
Jeremy was transported to Rush University Hospital in Chicago, Karen
asked him, “Do you understand what is happening to you?” He gave a
rational and complete answer; his kidneys were failing and he had acute
lymphoblastic leukemia (the diagnosis at that early moment). “Are you
afraid?” she asked.
He replied, “No, I am not afraid. Of
course I want to live a long life to raise my children and be with my
wife. But if the Lord takes me now, I am at
So, as ever, we gather strength from the very ones who need our prayers the most.
Visit us at http://HelpJeremyAndAngelaMains.org.
Jeremy and Angela Mains and family
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David and Karen Mains
bid your prayers for our beloved son, for his wife Angela, who is weary
beyond words, needing to return to work since she is now the family
We bid your prayers for ourselves and our families.”
50 Days of Hope:
Daily Inspiration for Your Journey Through Cancer
by Lynn Eib
During these early days of cancer treatment for our son Jeremy, David has been quoting from the book 50 Days of Hope: Daily Inspiration for Your Journey Through Cancer by Lynn Eib.
book was compassionately delivered to our house with a lovely note from
the author. Her stationary is headed: Lynn Eib, Patient Advocate, and
her contact information is email@example.com. Web site is CancerPatientAdvocate.com. (CLICK HERE).
The handwritten note read:
“Dear David and Karen,
don’t know me, but I have appreciated and been blessed by your books
and ministry for years. So when my publicist, Maggie Rowe, asked for
prayers for you son, I felt compelled to lift him up as well as his
family. I also asked her if it would be appropriate to send you my
latest book and she gave me your address.
am a 23-year survivor of Stage 3B colorectal cancer diagnosed at the
age of 35 (our girls were 8, 10 &12). I’m praying for Jeremy and
trust that the God of all hope will be very real to him.”
Lynn has also written another book, When God & Cancer Meet,
and we are extremely grateful for these kindnesses. Sometimes we don’t
have the energy to search out the information we should have at hand,
so when they just drop into our lap, it is truly a gracious act.
David has been quoting frequently from Lynn’s book, I am eager to read
her words (I never recommend books I haven’t read, but in this case, I
consider my husband’s good approval—“This is very well
“You’ve just heard a diagnosis that shakes your world: It’s cancer.
you long for most is the hope that everything will be okay. You are not
alone. Join cancer survivor and oncology patient advocate Lynn Eib on
this 50-day journey as she draws timeless wisdom from her popular books
and shares uplifting new stories of people who have been in your shoes
and discovered that when God and cancer meet, hope is never far away.”
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