Positive For Cancer

Positive. For. Cancer.  That is a weird way to be informed of your diagnosis.  When you find out you have cancer it is usually the result of a biopsy and the doctor says something like “I’m really sorry to inform you that your biopsy results came back positive for cancer.

No one actually knows what the doctor says after those three words.  Once you hear the word “cancer” your mind typically darts off to some dark place and stays there until you can start scouring the internet for more information (which can take you to even darker places!).

I don’t know why diagnostic jargon is what it is, but I actually like the term Positive For Cancer.  My feelings toward cancer are pretty simple — it is a Monster.  And while the details of the Monster(s) I am battling are in another blog entry, I wanted to highlight the most important part of my treatment plan.  I will undergo a major mouth surgery, radiation of the mouth and throat, and chemotherapy — the cancer treatment triumvirate.  But the most prolific part of my treatment is positivity.  

The outcome we are hoping for is to be cancer free and to remain that way the rest of my life.  But my quest is to do as Neal Maxwell (former leader in my church) described by partaking of a bitter cup without becoming bitter.

I am grateful for the powerful support of so many great people in my life at this time.  I hope to have a positive impact on others that are battling their own Monsters and like me are looking for the strength to endure well.  I don’t yet know how or what that impact will be, but I know the opportunity will present itself and that I will be ready.  In the meantime, I hope that sharing my experiences on this blog will be at least a small help for some.

8 thoughts on “Positive For Cancer”

  1. Jarem and Camilla, my family and I are grateful for the strength it takes to be open to sharing a journey like this. We are so inspired by your courage and your commitment to slaying this monster and glorifying God for the blessings, big and small, that He will provide for throughout this battle. We pray for your healing, comfort and continued strength. You are warriors and this testimony will change lives. We are your faithful followers in this. We will check the blog often, we will share it with friends and we won’t cease in our prayers. We love you!!!

    Ryan & Jodi


  2. Jarem, sending prayers and hugs to you and your beautiful family as you go through this very difficult journey. This certainly won’t be easy but know that you have lots of love, support and prayers being sent your way. I wish you strength during this time and a continued positive outlook and attitude. You WILL conquer this and come out even stronger! XOXO


  3. Jarem, nuestros mejores deseos. Sabemos que ambos son unos guerreros y con la ayuda del Señor saldrán de esto. Les queremos y esperamos que pronto se cierre este capítulo de sus vidas y continúen a otros que con lo aprendido de este puedan recibirlos con más sabiduría y fortaleza. “Todo lo puedo en Cristo que me fortalece”


  4. I recently went back and read thousands and thousands of posts, letters, and comments that people left Lisa and I when our daughter Kimball’s accident happened. Of all the notes, one really stuck out to me. It was a comment from an old friend I hadn’t seen since high school, and he said, “CJ, know that we are in your corner. We are on your side.” I don’t know why, but for some reason that brought more joy to my heart than anything else. Just knowing that even the most obscure person in the world was “on my side.”

    We are on your side. We will always be in your corner.


  5. You have always been a positive influence in the lives of everyone you associate with. CJ could not of said it any better. My family and I are and will be forever in your corner. But most importantly, the Lord is in your corner. We love you!


    1. Jarem, Our family has always loved and admired you so much. We are so sorry you have to go through so much pain and suffering. Your great
      faith and determination strengthen all of us. We will continue to plead with the lord that he will allow your body to be cancer free. We are definitely in your corner and always have been. We love you and your family!


  6. Jarem, I don’t know if you even remember me and Flood Thomas, but we have been praying for you continually since we heard the news. As someone that has slain that monster twice myself (Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Triple Neg. Breast Cancer) I can so relate to your thoughts and fears.

    Stay strong and remember their are so many people praying for you. Many of which you don’t, and won’t ever know.

    When we told my son while he was on his mission that I had cancer again his reply was simply, “Mom, look up D&C 6:36 (Look unto me in every thought; doubt not, fear not.) I have that taped to my monitor at work and look at it daily.

    Praying for all the best for you and your sweet family.


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