Welcome to Holland!

In my class Tuesday night, we read a story about life throwing us curve balls. It was explained as planning a trip to Italy, but ending up in Holland. Now, Holland is not a bad place, but it certainly is not Italy, my friends. It seems as though we have been on a month long flight to Italy, and we landed in Holland last Tuesday.

On March 4, 2016, our lives changed forever. I was running late to the hospital with a horrible feeling in the pit of my stomach. After racing through the parking garage and up the elevator, I found my husband sitting in the examination room. The doctor came in and got straight to the point: ‘It isn’t good…you have Lymphoma.’ I, of course, fell apart knowing what this disease was and what it is capable of while my sweet, laid back husband tried to understand why it was so hard for me to hear. We have learned so so much from that day to now.

After many scans, tests, doctor’s visits, surgeries, phone calls, tiring days, and weeks of waiting, we finally have our answer: Nodular Sclerosis Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (the most common kind, praise the Lord). This is the cancer that has been picking a fight with Joey since before we even saw the bumps, but it is the same cancer that hasn’t put a stop to my husband’s life. Joey has worked at Chick Fil A, volunteered at the Aquarium, pushed through the holidays, worked out regularly, and even began a marriage all while dealing with this not so great disease. He is my hero, my husband, and the man who is going to beat this with all that he has! We do, however, have a tough road ahead of us filled with both good and bad days. Regardless of the type of day, we have a Father who cares for us much deeper than we can ever imagine or know.

‘Bless the LORD, oh my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagles.’ Psalm 103:1-5

Since Joey will be limited in what he can physically do and the amount of people he can be around at a time during chemo, this blog will be a resource to all who care to keep updated on our journey. We love you all, and we selfishly ask that you keep us in your prayers.

-Jacquelyn Stracener




Blithely unaware of reality; willing to fight whatever came our way.

18 thoughts on “Welcome to Holland!

  1. Robin says:

    I’m praying that Gods healing hands will be upon Joey and that you both will be strong through this hard time I’m also praying for your families Love you both


  2. Colton Daniels says:

    Hey man I know it’s been a long time since we talked, but I just read this and wanted you to know that I’ll definitely be praying for you on a continual basis. Looks like you have an awesome wife to encourage you through the battle…that’s good to hear! But I promise I’ll be praying bro


    • joeydoescancer says:

      Joey says thank you!
      You are so very kind to offer prayers and encouraging words our way ❤ I have heard wonderful things about you, and we are honored you will keep us in your prayers.


  3. Brenda and Son Shipley says:

    Joey and Jacque, Son and I both love you two so much and will praying and thinking of you daily…God is in control and even though the road to Holland will be rough we will all be on it together…keeping in touch …with love..


  4. Betty and Joe Varner says:

    Joey and you are both strong people. Your faith will take you thru. God’s all powerful arms will hold you up on days when things seem dark and you feel to tired to fight. Prayers are with you each step of the way. Love, hugs, comfort and peace.


  5. Shelby and Cody Seltz says:

    I have just read this. I am sorry that this is a test that was chosen for you. God only gives us what he knows we can handle. Please tell Joey to stay strong. Cody and I will be thinking and praying for you both.


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