Update on Jason1978

Hey guys...

Thor had asked about Jason - we hadn't heard from him in a while. I wrote him to get an update - here's a copy of the email I received back. Note: Under normal circumstances I wouldn't share an email from someone else, but this seems appropriate...after all, the guys at MWK are mentioned.

Keep him in your thoughts and prayers.


here's the email copy:


You are probably wondering who I am, so let me introduce myself,

I'm Jonathan, a friend of Jason's and I'm also the one who is currently taking care of him.

I was checking Jason's e-mail for him and found your request for an update, so here goes:

Despite Jason feeling better after his last chemo it turned out it hasn't helped and that the cancer has spread into his pelvic bone and liver, apparently this type of cancer is very very aggresive, and Jason's survivalrate has gone down to about 20%

Jason has decided to not go through chemo again, so he can at least die 'with dignity' as he puts it


P.S. Jason has asked me to thank everyone for their prayers and thoughts, and to especially thank those who've knitted for him.


Tallguy's picture

That is too sad to hear. I understand his decision -- still very sad.

sonics's picture

How sad. What a hard decision to make. Poor fellow.

QueerJoe's picture

Very distressing news, but thanks for pursuing this Kyle. I don't pray often, but this would seem like a good opportunity.

rjcb3's picture

I don't know what to say without tearing up every time I try to type.

He's a good kid and shouldn't have to be put through something like this so young.

...simple as that...

I think I'll knit a cap and donate it in his name.


crmartin's picture

OMG that is such bad news, just when things were looking good for him. My thoughts and prayers go out to him.



fuzzed's picture

I don't know what to say, but I feel the need to say SOMETHING. The Universe doesn't play fair. This sucks... :(

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

How very, very sad. My heart goes out to him and his loved ones. May they receive many Blessings. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

NonStopAndrew's picture

I can not even think of something to say. I have gone through this with several friends and though we never met, this still hurts. Thank god for good friends and loved ones that are there for you in times of need.

chipsir's picture

Oh my, this is just to distressing, I too am offering up a prayer!!!!!

Thinman's picture

Such sad news! Jason brought lots of smiles and laughs to us here at MWK and he's talented in so many ways. It's good to know he's being taken care of lovingly by friends and family during his battle with this terrible disease.

eyedoc's picture

This is so sad!! My thoughts and prayers are with him.

albert's picture

A prayer for Jason.

ronhuber's picture

What sad news. He is in my thoughts and prayers.

PhilNmtl's picture

I am sad beyond words. And yes.... I too will continue to pray for him.... and for the rest of us who even from a distance and in the strange intimacy that a group like this forms, try to make some sense out of this. -Phil

Crafty Andy's picture

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Thanks for the response Kyle, I wish him a safe journey accross the veil. I understand his desire to die with dignity. The likelyhood of his survival has come down big time as the cancer is spreading. Let us keep him in our prayers and know that he is loved beyond his fondest dreams! There can be a recory, you never know!

steve kadel's picture

this is really sad news. such a sweet man suffering so. all my love to him

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Buzzboy's picture

What horrible news. There are no words to express how sorry we are. Hopefully our thoughts and prayers will be a great comfort to Jason. I enjoy reading Jason's blogs.


grandfatherknits's picture

Kyle - You are such a good man to follow up on this. Thanks.

Jason - Lifting you up to the Light and the Love.

Jonathan and other caregivers - Bless you for your work of love.


RickeScott's picture

I will include him in my prayers.

brucedow's picture

A brave decision. Sending love and support.

MMario's picture

One of the downsides of the internet; personal tragedies now hit you from all over the world rather then from just your "local" community.

I am glad to have had the chance to make Jason's acquaintance through MWK - and more sorry then I can properly express at what he is undergoing. Words are so inadaquate at times like these.

MMario - I'm not divorced from reality - we're having a trial separation

rjcb3's picture

Isn't it interesting how powerful the internet really is? There's a whole brand new "type" of friendship that could never have been thought of years ago...

...and it doesn't hurt any less when something like this happens.


canie's picture

omg I can only hope he knows how loved he is by all uf us here, But i also hope he will reconsider any treatment they may help one never knows it just might be the one chance in a million it works Jason YOu are in my prayers every day Please keep fighting

Nashrunner's picture

I am very sorry to hear this. Even though we may not understand Jason's decision to discontinue treatment we must respect it. I wish him only the best of luck and if there's any possibility for his recovery, he's surrounded by much positive energy. It will happen if it's intended.

pjmma's picture

What a hard, hard thing to hear.
Hoping and praying for a miracle.
Let it be so for this bright star in the human sky.

Jaxom's picture

My partner who does not knit was impressed with Jason’s work and often asks how that pianist is and when does his CD come out.
When I told him of Jason’s cancer he was very upset and his questions changed to, do you know how your pianist friend is getting on?
How I am going to tell him this bombshell is beyond me.
Jason: your work and craftsmanship inspired me when I started knitting last October (2008) You encouraged me to knit my first Fair-Isle hat and socks. I pray you get better. I know I have never met you but I can hardly see my keypad to type any more. Don’t give up, keep fighting.
Love and hugs

Kilted Knitter's picture

Kyle thank you so much for the update. Plesas pass on to Jason that we all love him and miss him. I pray for him and his helper and that he has made the right decision, don't know if I could have made that kind of choice. Thank you again for the update.

etramblings's picture

Only blessings as you continue on your path through the door. My thoughts and prayers are with you, your family, and your friends. Let love and laughter visit you often and in unexpected moments.

Jaxom's picture

Jaxom's partner, Ben.
Dear Jason, I was so sorry to hear of your illness and this news has quite upset Jack and I. Life can be so unfair. You are such a talented young man and have brought so much joy, inspiration and happiness to others. I hope the Gods of this world will be kind to you as nature takes its course.
My sincerest good wishes and love. Ben xxx

Asplund's picture

What terribly sad news - don't know what else to write... There just aren't words for how it feels reading and rereading that letter. I wish him every possible comfort.


rc_in_sd's picture

I can't improve on the eloquence already expressed. But my warmest thoughts and wishes for peace and comfort go to Jason and his loved ones.

YugiDean's picture

Aw shit. My dad had prostate cancer and I lost my Gramma to colon cancer (out of the blue). This stuff sucks. FIND A GODDAMN CURE ALREADY!



I really hope he pulls through. If not, well, I don't know what words I could possibly say/type to make it better.

"Men can starve from a lack of self-realization as much as they can from a lack of bread." --Richard Wright