2013 Elite Series West Point Lake Battle West Point Lake - LaGrange, GA, May 2 - 5, 2013

The strength of Mike Jacobs

“You know, Mr. Barone, it was kind of mind blowing…”

And then…

“…kind of made me grow up quick.”

“…and your soul's on its knees…”

No offense to all of us who are approaching the age of dirt, but if you are about the same age as the speed limit on the interstate, and you tell me this kind of stuff, I feel bad for you, but we have had a life,

but when you are younger than my socks and you tell me this stuff, you pretty much knock the bejesus out of me.

Mike, born 1992, and I know you have clothes older than that as well, lives in Columbus, Ga., huge Atlanta Braves fan, works at Realtree, goes to Georgia Southern University leaning to studying Business, Mom is Wendy, teaches Math in Mike’s old high school, Dad is Tom, a Podiatrist. Music tastes run Country with Jason Aldean and Blake Shelton up front.

Mike has 3 brothers, 1 older, two younger, but don’t hold me to that, don’t hold me to much of the details of this interview.

I’m busted up, head-wise.

“I went through 6 months of chemo…5-6 hours of treatment every other week, on the weekends I take a pump home with me for 48 hours.”

I didn’t ask any questions, just listened, if you must know details, Google it.

“You know they…”

And Mike paused for just a beat, first time he’s ever done that, so I just lean forward. If he needs comforting, I will put down the journalist façade…and just become the dad I am…

“…they found three more spots, not sure if it is just scar tissue or cancer, they told me it’s a 50% chance it will come back, you know, the cancer.”

Enough of this, do what I did when I started writing this story, took these words: “Signet Ring Cell Adenocarcinoma Colon Cancer” into Google and read what it says.

When I did it last night, I read a bit but then I turned the computer off and went to bed.

“…rolling dice with your dreams…”

“This has been incredible, it is a once in a lifetime opportunity.”

Mike is a huge, huge bass fishing fan, “been fishing since I could basically walk.”

His father, Tom, fishes, but it was his grandfather who cemented the deal, “went out a lot with him, fly fishing for trout.”

But it is bass fishing that is his passion, “If I didn’t have fishing,bass fishing, I don’t know how I could deal with the cancer stuff.  Fishing is everything to me, takes my mind off of it, and gives me a certain kind of peace.”

It’s hard for Mike to fish sometimes; chemo has affected his hands, “made them numb.”

But, fishing…

“…helps me forget.”