Let’s Beat This!
In the summer of 2013, while pregnant with her daughter, Jayde Wilmes was preliminarily diagnosed with stage two Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. On September 13th 2013 she delivered Charlie, a beautiful healthy baby girl. Shortly after the birth, Jayde began a six month chemotherapy regimen starting in Bozeman, MT and eventually moving to Omaha, NE. After moving back home to Montana it was discovered that the treatment did not completely eradicate the disease. But there’s a plan.
November 18, 2014
Honestly, the last few days or a week or something like that, has been beating our ass. We’ve slept little and Jayde has incurred severe mouth and gut pain, nausea, rashes and swellings and exhaustion, all while conscious and quasi-conscious and seeming trapped in a claustrophobic hospital box. The rawness in her mouth, esophagus and belly is the culprit of a lot of the pain and the reason she’s needed the morphine pump and the reason she hasn’t been able to ingest anything, food, pills, or otherwise.
Yet, we endure knowing that the trick has already been laid down, the trap set, and the bate, if forcibly, taken. The overzealous parasite tastes the same poison Jayde’s been feeling in her whole body. Any cells that reproduce quickly (such as these cancer cells, hair cells, mucus-membrane cells) were sought out by the intense chemo for destruction. All of the cells that would otherwise help Jayde recover from the side effects have been wiped out too (her immune system cells also reproduce quickly). That’s why we saved some of these cells from before the chemo, and transplanted them back into her blood at the opportune time.
Blood labs indicate that the cells that will help build Jayde’s immune system back up are on the rise and taking hold. Also, her mouth is healing slowly, and overall, her tract seems to better each day now. She’s started drinking, and taking some oral meds, and today some sort of food is on the agenda.
She is still on her pain pump but is looking to wean off in the next few days. We are hoping to be out of the hospital by the weekend. We can’t wait to get our hands on Charlie…if we can catch her, that is, running around when her Grandma Robin wrangles her to Seattle.
Again, we thank you all from the bottom of our hearts (a place we find in times like this) and we don’t forget the overwhelmingly awesome support system we’ve got at our back.
Evan and Jayde
November 11, 2014
Jayde and I are holding on strong in the hospital. She’s fighting through some pretty substantial side effects of the chemo conditioning she received prior to getting her stems cells reinfused on the 3rd (November). We’re taking the days as they come, keeping an eye out for one another, and most of all remembering that we just might have been born to struggle through this together. It helps that the staff here at the UW transplant team is pretty great.
We cannot wait to meet back up with our little runner, who has been under the watchful eye of not just a set of grandparents, but great grandparents too! We’ve heard Miss Charlie is becoming especially keen on her namesake great grandpa Chuck.
We expect for Jayde to start feeling better sometime later next week, in which case we’ll be looking forward to being discharged from the hospital, to get settled back at our apartment here in Seattle, for at least a little bit, before we can go home (hopefully for Thanksgiving!)
Evan and Jayde
December 21, 2014
Jayde- You and your beautiful family have been in my prayers continuously, this extends to my entire Russell family...we give to someone in need each Christmas and there was no one more deserving than you and your beautiful family. We will continue to pray for you and your family for healing strength. Your example of courage and determination is beyond compare. Sending you love and Merry Christmas wishes to you and your family!
Kay, Gene, Steve, Anita, Cassie, Esteban, Tim, Julie, Aubrey, Kyle, Ben, Matt, Teagan, Ann, Steve, Megan, Kevin, Ryan, Jim, Sue, Stephanie and Mary xo
October 27, 2014
Jayde ,Evan, and Charlie, Sending you this message to let you know how much I love you and how much I think about you! Too many miles apart, but always in my heart! Aunt Karen
September 1, 2014
Evan, Jayde, and Charlie, Life is not waiting for the storm to pass, but to go out and play in the rain. Know that you are focusing on the fight and not the fright! If God brings you to it, he will bring you through it. Know that you have an army of prayer warriors growing everyday to see you through. You are on our hearts and our prayer list!
Cleo and Terri Welch
September 1, 2014
Evan, I am a friend of your mom's, and I have been and will continue to pray for the best possible outcome for all of you! Hang in there!