On April 19, 2015, Sandbox Cooperative will host Jake Bouma. Jake will be sharing with us about his experiences fighting cancer as a person of faith.
Cancer irreversibly catapults the lives of its victims into total chaos. Its reach— like the disease itself— is characterized by hostile and indiscriminate growth into areas of life beyond the physical, forcing cancer patients (along with their friends, families , and communities) to wrestle with unfamiliar , sometimes paralyzing questions. For me, the questions that erupted post-diagnosis ping-ponged from one concern to the next at a disorienting pace. They ranged from the urgent (“ What are my odds of surviving?”) to the mundane (“ What do people wear to chemo?”), from the economic (“ How will we cover the costs of treatment?”) to the reproductive (“ Will this affect our ability to have children?”). And because I confess belief in God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, the weightiest questions were often theological (“ What is God’s role in all of this?”).
(Jake, from Cancer and Theology, Introduction)
Jake, a 31-year-old survivor of Hodgkin lymphoma, is the subject and Executive Producer of the forthcoming documentary film Let’s Do This: Facing Hodgkin Lymphoma and co-editor of the essay collection Cancer & Theology. A native of Des Moines, Iowa, Jake currently serves as the Director of Youth & Family Ministry at Faith Lutheran Church in Clive, while pursuing an M.A. in Children, Youth, & Family Ministry at Luther Seminary in St. Paul. Jake is an inveterate reader, and he enjoys writing, composing and performing music, and geeking out about Apple products. Jake, his wife Libby, and their two cats live in West Des Moines.