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On November 15th, 2010, I finally became a Doctor.

..And what a journey it has been. This time last year I sat through the qualification ceremony of my class, and resolved that I would return to medical school and qualify. It has been long and it has been difficult. It has also been punctuated by 20 rounds of chemotherapy, and 9 CT scans. It has involved at times losing my life to study, and at other times losing my sanity to stress. Questions have been made, and with certainty, answered. I have finally run the gauntlet to its completion and survived to tell the tale.

For me, Medicine is more than a vocation, it is an intellectual challenge, it is a passion, but above all, it is the chance to serve humanity when they are at their most weak, their most frail, and their most mortal. The privilege to input into people’s lives during these moments cannot be understated, and with it comes responsibility, respect, and reverence for the human condition.

It was by the Grace of God that I was admitted into medical school, so it is not insignificant that it is by the Grace of God that I get to finish it. Credit lies with God, with Hannah, and with family and friends as I have embarked and endured the journey over the last 6 years.

Having cancer has made the journey more challenging, that goes without saying.

…but also, having cancer has made the journey more rewarding.

It should not be forgotten that it is in light of our suffering, our brokeness, and our trials and tribulations that our accomplishments, our joy and our celebrations become all the more colourful. Life is a vivid theatre of ups and downs, each up is only as monumental as the down that precedes it. It is in light of cancer that I can celebrate this achievement with so much more vigour.

It is in the light of my suffering that my joy shines.

Enjoy the photos of the evening.

  1. Lynn
    November 20, 2010 at 6:28 am

    Congratulations, Jared and Hannah! Well and truly done. πŸ™‚

  2. Jane
    November 20, 2010 at 8:50 am

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! Thrilled for you.

  3. November 22, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    Blessings brother, blessings!!!! Thanks for sharing the day with us.:)

  4. Maree
    December 26, 2010 at 2:35 am

    Well done Jared – soooo happy for you Congratulations it’s a fantastic achievement. Love and blessings to you and Hannah, Maree πŸ™‚

  5. Deborah Walker
    January 16, 2011 at 11:58 am

    Just wanted to say congratulations Dr Jared – may 2011 be filled with an abundance of Gods Grace and blessing for you and Hannah. I love checking in on your blog and finding out how you are going. Your photography is amazing!
    Just wanted to say that it has been a priviledge to get to know you a little, working with you at Promise Keepers 2010.

    Every blessing

  1. January 4, 2011 at 5:30 pm

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