I know I am a hard worker. I would rather pitch in and help my friends and family than ask for help. But it has finally gotten to that point in my life where I do need help from my friends and family… even friends of my friends and friends of my family.
The summer of 1996 was the year my younger brothers were born and my stepdad was in the hospital dealing with cancer. At the beginning of the year they thought I just had a slight cold, so I just went on with my life. I was biking to and from Chandler Sports Camp and then going away to overnight camp YMCA Camp Echo. At the end of the summer, I had dropped about 20 pounds. I was eating everything in sight and constantly going to the bathroom.
June 28, 2020
I am on the ACTIVE LIST! I just got my first call by the donor body fell through. This means that after the person had been taken off of life support, when they went to retrieve their organs there was an issue with them.
This totally sucked, but it’s a good test run to make sure we have everything together for when the next phone call comes.
June 4, 2020
Oh my goodness with all of the craziness that has been going on with life I have not updated this site in awhile! So BIG NEWS! My name should finally be coming up, in the next couple of months, for a match. I have sent in my blood samples so now it is the final stage of the waiting game. I had been planning on putting together a fundraiser for everyone to get together to raise money for my surgery, but I was never able to. Now I am planning on putting something together later in the year after the surgery and after I am able to move around and interact with people.
With regards to the surgery, when my name comes up I will get a couple of days to tie up loose ends and get all of my stuff together. Once the surgery happens I will be in the hospital for a week. I will be home for at least three months recovering. After the first month or so I can start seeing people again.
This is so exciting and terrifying. Any help you guys can give I would greatly appreciate it!
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June 26, 2020
Good luck Jessica! You are a strong young woman, I know you’re going to do great! Love, Terry
June 25, 2020
stay strong Jessica and stay positive!! good things are bound to happen
March 22, 2020
Prayers up, Jessica!
March 17, 2020
I love love love you Jessica! Hold on strong and we will get you to where you need to be to get over this final stretch. Love the dedication you’ve made to yourself and your health over the years. It’s been a journey but one that inspires me to be strong willed, always be able to show Love and laughter to those around me despite my circumstances. Keep surviving my friend, there’s relief for you on the other end of all of this. I love you dearly. -Ariel