Jake Wilson’s Story

lincoln ne oral cancer

Oral Cancer: Jake Wilson’s Story

Oral cancer has the potential to change the course of your life. For some, however, it’s no more than a roadblock along the journey. In our story we’ll cover:

  • What can I expect from oral cancer? Mr. Wilson’s story could help you!

Sitting at a table a few times a week in Lincoln’s Cottonwood Café, is Jake Wilson. The Cottonwood regular has been through a lot the past few years, but has taken it in stride and continued to live abundantly. After noticing some pressure in his mouth, Wilson had scheduled an appointment with Dr. Brad Alderman to see what was going on. The appointment included a routine oral cancer screening. Although Wilson didn’t know it at the time, this simple office visit would drastically change the course of his life.

lincoln ne oral cancer

Three years ago this month, Lincoln, NE Dentist, Dr. Brad Alderman, discovered a tumor in Wilson’s mouth that would later turn out to be oral cancer. The news would lead to a long process of on and off treatments, a renewed sense of priority, and an even more abundantly-lived life, suitable only for someone like Wilson.

A 62-year-old retired pilot and FAA inspector, Wilson resides in Lincoln with his wife. He is one of the directors of Haiti’s Children’s Hope (HCHO), which provides educational and spiritual support to Haitian communities. Every few months or so, Wilson travels to Haiti to spend time with a community he has helped cultivate. While the news of cancer was devastating, it wouldn’t stop Wilson from serving his communities, both in the US and in Haiti.

International Missions

In his work with HCHO, Wilson has helped provide education to many in the Haitian community of Morne Barbeau near Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti. Over the past few years, Wilson has led teams of missionaries who have built a self-sustaining school.

It wasn’t long after founding HCHO that Wilson was diagnosed with oral cancer. While beginning the building project for the school, Wilson wasn’t sure he’d be around to see the finished project.

“You could say I was in pretty bad shape at the time,” says Wilson, recounting a conversating with his friends in Haiti. “I told them ‘I sure hope I’m here [at the end of this project], but I don’t know what’s going to happen.’”

Regardless of the uncertainty of the future, Wilson carried on with the project, and in spite of his chemotherapy and cancer treatment, he’s been able to see the fully-functioning school open. At this time, Wilson has future plans for HCHO, which he hopes to see all the way through.

oral cancer awareness

Oral Cancer Treatment and Living Life Abundantly

During his time in treatment, Wilson developed a slightly unusual relationship with his doctors. During each round of treatment, he worked his way around the specifics for opportunities to travel, say goodbye to old friends, and make his way down to Haiti to work with the community there. At first, his doctors were a little skeptical, though after seeing Wilson’s recovery, they’ve learned to be on board. Wilson says that some of his points of treatment, particularly radiation and chemotherapy, left him in some pretty difficult spots. Despite this, however, Wilson has worked with his doctors to make necessary plans and continue to live a full life.

Now, Wilson’s doctors have said that although he is technically in remission, the disease still exists. He still has some treatment left to go through but has seen both sides of the coin. Wilson also shared that he stops to smell the flowers more often now. He says it’s just a regular part of his days.

Oral Cancer: Stay in Contact with Your Dentist

There’s a lot to be learned from Jake Wilson’s story about living life and looking forward. It also serves as an important reminder; if you’re feeling discomfort in your mouth, don’t wait to have it checked. While it isn’t oral cancer in most cases, catching any problems early on is preferable to finding it when it’s too late. Keep up with regular dental cleanings and other dental treatments to help avoid dental problems such as tooth decay among many other. If you have any concerns, don’t hesitate to give us a call! Remember: that simple phone call could be the one that saves your life.

LDP-state of nebraska approved

Affordable Dental Care

Make easy, affordable payments for your procedure with dental payment plans we offer.

Image of the CareCredit® logo. CareCredit® can help make dental services such getting dentures easy at a dentist near me in Lincoln, NE.
Sunbit ad

Schedule Day or Night

Schedule your dental appointment at anytime of the day or night with our online scheduling.

Schedule Online day or night logo from dentist in Lincoln NE near me Dr. Sullivan.

We have 7 locations in Lincoln, NE

Image displaying all locations of Nebraska Family Dentistry.

Lincoln Family Dentistry – Central Lincoln
South Lincoln Family Dentistry – South Lincoln
Northeast Lincoln Family Dentistry – Northeast Lincoln
Preserve Family Dentistry – East Lincoln
Coddington Dental – West Lincoln
NorthStar Dental – North Lincoln
SouthPointe Dental – Southwest Lincoln
Emergency Dentist NE – Emergency Dental Care
Lincoln Dental Plans – Affordable Dental Options
Nebraska Family Dentistry