North Carolina brothers Preston and Parker Jackson were both diagnosed with the same devastating pancreatic cancer, as their father, Wayne Jackson, just a few weeks of each other in 2016.
In 2014, Wayne was the diagnosis of MEN-1, a hereditary disease that increases the chance of over-activity and enlargement of certain endocrine glands. Doctors than 12 cancer of the pancreatic neuro-endocrine tumours in his body.
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Shortly after, Preston and Parker tested positive for MEN-1. Within two years, the tumors were discovered on both brothers’ pancreases.
“I did a lot of crying and lots of prayer,” Preston and Parker’s mother, Sharon Sechriest told the People. “It’s hard for me to swallow that both of my children and their father have cancer, but I tell them that they are through and in order.”
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The three men “the face of the diagnosis together, as they share their experiences, while dealing with the same doctors, symptoms, and feelings while going through cancer treatment.
“If I’m by myself and I think about it, it hurts,” Wayne, 46, said. “I know it’s not my fault, because I had no idea I had this condition until a few years ago, but the boys are suffering and going through the same things that I do – I have a sense of guilt.”
Parker, 18, is a high school student in Forest City, North Carolina, and Preston, 21, is a business major at UNC Charlotte. Parker’s tumors were discovered in February 2016 and Preston’ s were found just six weeks later.
When Preston discovered Parker had cancer, he was so upset that he wished cancer on himself, so that his brother would not have to deal with it alone.
“That’s brotherly love if I ever heard of it,” she said. “It seems that God answered his prayer.”