Jiah Age: 34 Synovial Cell Sarcoma Recovering Jiah’s cup doesn’t just run over, it instead seems to flood and everyone he comes in contact with is touched by his energy and warmth. His positive outlook on life and on his experience with cancer is infectious. Speaking with him, you are left feeling that if these emotions could be put into a pill, a syringe, or an IV, it would be the cure for everything. In the fall of 2013 his wife Jamie found a growing lump in his left arch. Jiah just attributed it to a work related injury and passed it off as no big deal. When he finally went to see his doctor about it in December, the x-rays were inconclusive and it was suggested that he get further tests. Because of insurance issues he had to wait until March of 2014 before he could get an MRI done. On April 1st, good news came in a small package when they found out that Jamie was pregnant. Unfortunately their lives hit a major roadblock two weeks later when the results of the MRI came back. It was determined that Jiah had Synovial Cell Sarcoma and that the tumor had grown to 8cm and surrounded his major nerve bundle in his foot along with the tendons that controlled his toes. The normal procedure is to surgically remove the tumor and start a course of chemo and radiation. Jiah’s oncology team offered that as an option, but told him that he would lose feeling in the foot along with control of his toes. The other solution was to amputate below the knee and be fitted with a prosthetic foot. His doctors recommended surgery and told him they would be able to get him in the following morning or ten days later. What they didn’t tell him was that he had no more than a 5% chance of survival. He and Jamie had a stunned three hour drive home as they thought about it. On April 24th, surrounded by his wife and several family members, Jiah had his left foot removed. The surgery was successful and the for the most part the pain management went well. He did suffer from phantom pain sensations, but those were manageable. Even the fifteen weeks of chemo didn’t really phase him although he does feel that the chemo was harder to deal with than the amputation. While the cancer had been totally removed by the amputation, the chemo was done as an added precaution. Fortunately he only lost a total of twenty-five pounds and the worst side effects were severe mouth sores during his fourth and fifth sessions. During these treatments he found that he couldn’t eat for five and ten days respectively. Even this didn’t dampen his spirits. Jiah is a homebuilder by trade and an avid sports fan by hobby. He is a well-loved and respected director of the youth baseball league in his community. He is also a local firefighter and was recently cleared to resume his active duties. It would be easy to believe that losing his foot would slow him down and emotionally demoralize him, and yet, he speaks of the amputation in an almost matter of fact way. When asked if cancer had changed him, he just shrugged and said “No, not really.” His courage, optimism and strength of character can only be admired.