Tragedy and Righteousness


Sometimes, in the midst of driving our kids to school, eating breakfast, running, shopping, taking out the garbage, talking, sleeping, something really, really, really bad wakes us from the slumber that is life.

Here it is.

This is Jalen. In 2005, when he was 9, his sister Breanna, then 4, passed away from a brain tumor. As his parents write on their website: “Jalen felt the loss as much as any brother would, but he stayed strong for his parents and his two younger brothers. He worked even harder at everything he did, with Breanna’s spirit guiding him along the way.”

Three months ago, Jalen was also diagnosed with a brain tumor. He is 13.

As a parent—hell, as a human—I can’t even imagine what Lance and Jennifer, his parents, are going through. The ultimate fear is losing a child. The idea of possibly losing two? Unfathomable.

So I don’t know what to say, except that if there were ever a family worthy of support—financial, emotional, spiritual—it is this one.

Ugh. Heartbreaking.

PS: This tells the saga much better than I can. Written by a good guy who visits this site.

PPS: This is Jeni’s online diary entry from 9.11.09. It blows me away, and also reminds me how painfully selfish I can be …

On this day, and each day to come, please take some time to thank God for what you have. There are many people less fortunate than ourselves. I am thankful that Jalen and I are going to be home soon. I am also thankful that my mom was able to come and see us here. In addition, I am thankful that Bailey & Sammy have gotten off to their new school year just fine. There are many more things I could say but I will keep them to myself at this time.

This journey, if you will, definitely has its hills and valleys. I believe we are going to reach the top of the hill very soon.

Thank you for checking in.

Until next time, Jeni

PS. Thank you dad for the biggest birthday card I have ever received! I love it! I do believe we will celebrate. I love you!

1 thought on “Tragedy and Righteousness”

  1. So sad. I’m not sure how people can stay strong while going through something like this. Here is to hoping for a miracle.

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