TACOMA — Deputy Jahie Miller with the King County Sheriff’s Workplace thought he was having a coronary heart assault final month when he went to the emergency room. Medical doctors found ‘J’ as everybody calls him had Stage IV Lung Most cancers. “First, I thank the man upstairs that I made it another day,” mentioned Miller.
Now, he is began focused remedy remedies at Tacoma Radiation Oncology Heart. “The lesson is, if you feel like something is not right, don’t put it off. We’re all busy and we have busy lives but the health, man, you can’t get that back,” mentioned Miller.
Deputy Jahie Miller and daughter Jasmine
The 46-year-old had by no means smoked. He says began feeling actually fatigued earlier this yr. He thought his cough was due to a chilly. “The lesson is, if you feel like something is not right, don’t put it off. We’re all busy and we have busy lives but the health, man, you can’t get that back,” mentioned Miller.
Now, he gauges every day on a scale of 1 to 5. “You have your good days and you have your bad days and when you have your good days, capitalize but don’t do it too much. You gotta save a little bit,” mentioned Miller.
It is phrases of knowledge like people who his colleagues on the SWAT staff are used to. “He’s kind of like a Sensei,” mentioned Deputy Jesse Herrera. Miller was a champion karate teacher earlier than becoming a member of the King County Sheriff’s Workplace in 2003. He is served because the defensive techniques teacher pleased with the motto, “Strength and Honor’. Beating lung cancer is just another tough match. “He is the warrior mindset. He fights and fights and fights till he wins,” mentioned Herrera.
Miller’s fellow deputies say he would not simply have bodily power. He has a power of character and spirit. “J’s call sign is TAC-45 when he’s working in SWAT. If he puts out a call for help on the radio, everybody’s gonna come,” mentioned Sgt. Patrick McCurdy.
His pals have began a Gofundme web page https://www.gofundme.com/help-jahie-miller-choke-out-cancer to assist Miller’s spouse and three youngsters with bills to allow them to give attention to serving to him heal. “Nobody can prepare for something like that by themselves. This is the biggest fight he’s ever going to have so we want to do everything we can,” mentioned Sgt. McCurdy.
Miller was honored lately in entrance of the group at Pacific Raceways with a particular coin. It was a shock. His daughter says that sort of neighborhood help does assist. “It makes a difference for me because it makes a difference for my dad,” mentioned Jasmine Miller. She says he’s desperate to get again to work.
Miller admits he listens for that tone on the radio, able to be known as out to assist simply as he has executed so many instances earlier than over time. For now, he is specializing in the radiation and chemo remedies forward and staying mentally sturdy for his family members.
“People refer to me as a warrior so I’ve got to live up to that not only for myself but everybody else,” mentioned Miller.