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Romans 12:2- Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

My name is Jason Norton and I have been married to my beautiful bride Mary for 4 years.  I teach 3rd graders for a living and have a blast doing it! On July 2, 2010 we welcomed our first child into the world.  Reese Gabrielle Norton weighed 8 pounds 9 ounces and is one of the greatest most precious gifts my wife and I have ever laid eyes on.

In November of 2009, I was diagnosed with stage 3c Melanoma and am currently going through treatment 3 times a week for 7 more months.

I would say we’re Christians, but since that has become such overused and meaningless title, I’ll say this instead-My wife and I actively desire to follow Christ and his plan for our lives each and every day.  I hope that this blog is strong evidence that we live out that statement.

10 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi Jason,

    Just wanted to let you know that we are praying for you, Mary, precious Reese, and your family. Cancer touched our family a few years ago and we know how scary it can be, but always remember that God is ever faithful and He has you in the palm of His hand. We’ll keep following your progress and keep lifting you up!

    Because of Jesus’ love,

    Kathy and Gary Wagner from Fort Wayne, IN

  2. Hello Jason,

    I am Jennifer Finlayson’s mother. Jennifer shared your blog with her father and myself. She talked about her 4th grade team at Fox Road often – always with fondness laced with funny stories. One person on your blog commented that news of you and your family will spread to people you don’t know. Prayers unknown to you will be lifted to God on your behalf and God will astound you when
    He reveales to you some of those prayers. He will reveal his faithfulness to you at times when He knows you need his encouragement most. I am speaking from personal experience. Our prayers will be among those lifting you and your family. Thank you for your blog.

    Craig and Pam Finlayson, Fort Wayne, IN

  3. Hello Jason,
    You do not know me, but I work with your dad at Area Electric. I just wanted you to know if you are half a strong as i think your father is in following Christ he will carry you threw this like a cool breeze. Just wanted you to know My family and Iare praying for you.

    God Bless

  4. Hi a member of our family who is a member in your church sent us your blog. What we have in common with your family is cancer. My husband David who is 34, was diagnosed with stage IV thymic cancer this past November. It is invasive and aggressive. He is currently recovering from major surgery where they removed the tumor and parts of his lung and heart. We have a 4 yr old son and know how hard this “new” life is with cancer. I love your blog and the wonderful outlook you have about God, faith and life. Please feel free to follow David’s journey on http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/davidpugh76

    We will be praying for you and your family. Congrats on your upcoming arrival of a sweet little girl. God Bless, Alicia Pugh

  5. Hi Jason and Mary! My good friend Allison Lewis sent me your blog, as I am a recent breast cancer survivor and fellow blogger! Like you, I started a blog to post updates when I was diagnosed in March of 08. I was stage 3 and went through almost a year of treatment at the Cancer Center of NC, across from Rex. Praise the Lord that my treatment was successful and now I’m almost about to reach the 2 year mark! I just wanted to try and encourage you both a bit. Finding out you have cancer at a young age, is just not something most people expect. Its a shock and I know how hard it is to go through. BUT, being a Christian, I had the hope and peace that God was in control and that HE would be with me every step of the way. At times I felt alone in the cancer battle, not knowing many others who had been through this, especially young people. But every time I went to see a new doctor, there was a nurse there who when they realized I was a Christian would pray with me, and quote scripture to me. It was so amazing. It was like God was there with me in those examining rooms, saying “I’m here, I’m not going to leave you, I’m going to take care of you”. Every new test or treatment turned out to better than I expected. Losing my hair was probably the hardest part. My family and I received so many blessings from the Lord throughout my treatment. God never promises us that in life we won’t have struggles, but He does promise that He will always be there and give us what we need, when we need it. It was awesome for me to see this truth in my own life over the last 2 years. I pray the same thing for you and your family and that you will see quick healing. I still go in for regular check ups with my oncologist about every 4 months, but it really does seem like life has gone back to normal. In the beginning, I thought things would never be the same again. Hang in there!!! Time heals, and I am definitely a better, stronger person now because of what I have been through. I will try and keep up with your blog and will be praying for you both. Please feel free to contact me if there is ever anything you need! God Bless!
    Rachel Treichler
    ncrachel.blogspot.com

  6. Hey Mr.Norton the whole class really misses you.I read about the cards and believe there will be plenty more. We have been working hard Rules are set and your students are learning. We just started science we are learning about magnets and electricity Teachers are raising money for your hospital bills.antonio and everyone are still the same but every teacher is keeping a close eye on us.Ms. Solum said the only way we can help is if we are good for the subs. So you shouldn’t worry about your class,you should worry about your health.everyone is missing you but we will be ok.

    Your Student,
    Shayla Parker
    P.S we won the honor of having the most kids show up at math night.

  7. Dear Mr.Norton,
    Everyone is praying for you. God is with you every step of the way. When you said in class you stay calm by your friends and familoy supporting you you were right.You are the luckiest guy in the world you have a beautiful wife and you will have a beautiful daughter. The whole school misses you.We are raising so much money for your hospital bills.My dad has donated and I donated twice.We really miss you.Everyday hope to see you Healthy and Strong in the class room ready to teach.It’s not the same being excited without your real teacher thier.When you know your breal teacher is sick with Skin cancer.

    Your Student,
    -Shayla Parker

  8. Hi, Jason,
    I am a member of Colonial and was made aware of your situation in our ABF class yesterday. I just read your blog. What a blessing and testimony you are! May the Lord continue to use your cancer for His glory. A friend of mine in NY was diagnosed with a cancer at stage 4 and is following the protocol of Dr. Gonzalez in New York City. He is in remission at this point. Dr. Gonzalez is a believer and so is this friend. I just thought I would pass this on to you for your information. Here is his website:
    http://www.dr-gonzalez.com/treatment.htm

    Blessings,

    Susan

  9. Jason,

    A friend at Harvest told me about your blog on Sunday morning after church (we are the church meeting at Fox Road!).

    Way to respond like Job with worship regardless of circumstances (Job 1:21) and to humbly allow this to test the genuineness of your faith (1 Peter 1:6-7). I’ve been following Chandler, as well, and am so blessed by your courage and conviction.

    Let us know if we at Harvest can do anything for you and your family and for your students at Fox Road.

    Trust in him at all times, O people;
    pour out your heart before him;
    God is a refuge for us. Selah.
    Psalm 62:8

    Mike Willis

  10. hi mr.norton this is hevyn,i miss you a hole lot.I can’t wait till after spring break so I can see you and so you can teach me again.I think that you and mrs.norton are so strong.I also would like to say congratulations I know the babby is’t here yet,but I still would like to congratulate you!My family and will continue to pray for you.sincerly,Hevyn

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