Last week of radiation for Jen!!! Whoo hoo!!! You got this lady, kick some serious butt!
Sorry everyone for the lack of updates... Jen has been continuing her treatment and is doing well. She says she's been tired and began losing her hair so she shaved it again but it doesn't seem to phase her, we think she looks tougher that way anyway :) Shes ready to be done with treatment, and will get a follow up MRI in November. Her and Brian plan on going on a celebration trip when the radiation treatment ends. We continue to be thankful for your support, you are truly amazing! Keep Jen in your hearts and prayers!
Hello everyone, just wanted to say thank you again for your continued support! Jen is continuing the double radiation/chemo therapy and is doing well so far! Keep the positive thoughts coming, they are so appreciated! If you haven't already, please share our page so we can continue to get the word out and support Jen, thank you so much :)
Courtesy of Jen's mom!
Pretty lady :)
Hi everyone! Jen's first week of radiation and chemo went well, Jen and Brian said that other than a little nausea, she was feeling great! Keep the positive thoughts coming! Thank you all again for your love and support, we will try to keep updating you as much as possible! Thank you again, you all are awesome!
Hi everyone, I just want to make sure that everyone knows that there are no problems with your donations, we would just recommend that you make them through your own computer so that you are easily verified. Thank you again for all the support! Jen has begun her treatment and we believe will be on her way to recovery! I would especially like to recognize the multiple people who have shared their stories of similar adversities and how they overcome them. These stories lift our hearts and give us more hope than you know! Jen continues to inspire us and we are amazed and humbled every day because she is the most positive person I have ever met. We just wanted to make sure everyone knew that any issues have been resolved, and those few whose donations were returned, we hope it does not deter you from trying again :) Love always, Jen's family P.S. as always, we would be most grateful if you could help spread the word of Jen's plight so that we can help relieve the financial burden during the next year or so of her treatment, we love you all!!!
Hello everyone, so some of you may know that there was an issue with some donations last week... I think the major problem may have been with anyone who donated at Jen's fundraiser because the donations were made using a computer that was not their own and therefore the WePay site was unable to "verify" your information. It seems silly to me but I think that was the problem. I sent emails to the donors whos donations were affected, and they will be returned in a few days at which point you are more than welcome to re-donate. I'm very sorry for the problems, I don't quite understand why they were so stringent but I guess in the long run it means that they are careful with their donations. Again, I'm sorry if this has caused any problems, thank you all again for your support, love, and thoughts, you all have been amazing! Thank you so much, Stacey
We are almost to $15,000!!! Thank you thank you thank you! You all rock! We are immeasurably grateful for your support :) Jen's treatment begins tomorrow so keep her in your thoughts. The treatments will be expensive so we are very thankful for all the love you all have shown, keep sharing Jen's story so that we can continue to support her so she can focus on healing. Thank you again!
Thank you everyone for your support! Brian and Jen announced that Jen will be starting treatment next week with radiation. She will be in a clinical trial looking at the efficacy of radiation and chemo versus radiation alone (which is the current standard of care). I don't think it is known yet if she will have chemo or not, but we will let you all know asap. Thank you soooooo much for all the love and support, you all amaze us! Love always, Jen's family
Hi everyone, sorry its been awhile since we updated. Jen has been waiting to start her treatment, but it looks like it will be soon, hopefully next week. She will get radiation, and probably some form of chemotherapy as well. Her healing from surgery has been continuing, and she has amazed us all with her poise and strength in such a trying circumstance. As always, we want to say thank you for all of your love, support, and kind words, they are immeasurably appreciated! Please continue to share and spread the word, the fight continues! Thanks again, Stacey (and of course, Jen and family)
Beautiful lady :)
Hello everyone! Just wanted to say a big THANK YOU to all of Jen's supporters! You all are amazing and Jen and her family are very blessed to have such an amazing support system! We are waiting for Jen to start her next step in treatment so we will keep you updated as it comes up. Thank you again for all you do!
Jen's rockin the new look! Thank you again everyone for all you do!
Hey you guys :) It's Jen! Just wanted to post a note to say thank you to everyone who came to visit the site, and make a donation, big or small. I love you all, hoping for the best, and living life to the fullest.
We are just continuously blown away by your kind words and generosity, thank you doesn't quite say it, but thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
Jen and her family found out yesterday that Jen is fighting a malignant grade 3 Astrocytoma and will be undergoing radiation therapy in the near future. Please keep her in your prayers. Here is a new pic of the pretty lady! Thank you all again for your support, thoughts, prayers, and well wishes.
From Jen's mom, "Keep the prayers and positive vibes coming as we see Jen's neurosurgeon today with the pathology report."
Jen is continuing her recovery at home while we wait for test results. She is improving slowly by the day. Thank you all for your continued support and love!
From Jen's mom, "Jen is showing signs of improvement today so that has been encouraging. Somehow the stress is taking a toll, but will try to relax and appreciate the progress we are seeing. Thanks for the kind words of encouragement."
Thank you everyone for continuing to support Jen! If you haven't already please share to get the word out! We couldn't do this without you, THANK YOU!!!!
Jen's forehead was a bit swollen today, which caused her some pain. She's also struggling with her thought process, but Brian thinks it should improve over time. She did feel refreshed after a shower this morning though. Keep the prayers and well wishes coming as it's going to be another challenging week. Appreciate all the support!
A couple photos of Jen courtesy of her mom, Cindy. The first is her sitting for the first time after surgery and second is her leaving the hospital. Still hasn't lost that fighting spirit! Thank you for all your love and support for Jen!
Jen sitting up after surgery
Jen going home!
Jen is resting at home with her family. Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers, her family appreciates them so much! We will update with any new information. Thanks again!
Brian says that Jen will get to go home today! She is tired but otherwise doing well. Thank you, as always, for all you do to support Jen during this difficult time
Jen will probably get to go home today to continue healing while we wait for pathology results to determine the next step in her treatment. Thank you all for your continued support, thoughts, and love.
Brian said they are going to keep Jen in the hospital overnight again, to be conservative, but she's doing well. Thank you again for all you do!
Jen's fiance says that last night went well and shes been improving today as well. I don't think they know for sure yet, but she may get to go home tonight! Keep her in your thoughts and prayers! Thank you so much for all your support, it means so much to her family!
An update from Jen's mom...
Jen sitting up today after bit of PT which involved some standing. Now enjoying some delicious hospital breakfast.
You guys are amazing!! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!
Jen is alert and eating jello in the ICU :)
Jen is out of surgery!! Hopefully we will know more soon but the surgeons were happy with the way it went! Thank you all again for your continued support
You guys are awesome! Her family cannot thank you enough. Jen is in surgery right now, please keep her in your thoughts!
Thank you so much everyone for your support, I know Jen feels it! She has surgery today so please keep her in your prayers!
Thank you everyone for your continued support! Jen's surgery is tomorrow so your thoughts and prayers are welcome and appreciated! I will keep everyone updated, but if you would like to be added to the Caring Bridge site for updates on Jen's medical status, please message me or her mother Cindy Hamann with your email address. Thank you!
Here is a message from Jen and her fiance Brian (and their dog Moose)...
Dear family and friends,
As you may or may not know by now, I was diagnosed with a brain tumor that is likely malignant. I'll be having surgery to remove as much of the tumor as possible on Thursday, July 17th. I anticipate the hospital stay to be around 3 days, depending on how sassy I am! There are still a number of questions that are unanswered at this point—in terms of further treatment and prognosis, but we will have a more definitive diagnosis after the tumor is removed and analyzed.
We are trying to stay positive and take one day at a time, but support from family and friends—which has been wonderful so far—is going to keep us afloat. We are just entering a new era of uncertainty in our lives in which we are facing mortality every day.
We will be asking for your support in specific ways in the upcoming weeks—driving Jen to doctor’s appointments, meals, grocery shopping, dog walks, etc. We would never be able to manage all of this on our own. Thank you so much for everything you have done for us, and for your continued support. If you have thoughts or messages please contact either of us privately via email, phone, text, or Facebook messaging.
Jen and Brian (and Moose!)
Jen at her pro debut July 11th
Jen at her pro debut July 11th
Hi everyone, thank you so much for your support! Jen's surgery is this Thursday July 17th, please keep her in your thoughts and prayers
Hi, my name is Stacey. This page is for my cousin Jennifer Kay Hamann, who lives in Seattle. She is a female boxer and graduate student at Seattle University. She was a hopeful for the Olympic team for 2016 but
had to give up her dream when she was recently diagnosed with a brain tumor that is most likely malignant. Because she has to have immediate surgery (July 17th) to remove what they can of the tumor, in a truly Jen fashion, she decided to go pro and have one pro boxing fight before her surgery which she fought and won last Friday (yes, 6 days before brain surgery). She is such a strong person and is ready to fight her toughest battle, but she will need financial support to help defray the medical bills and living expenses she will incur during surgery and treatment. Her family cannot thank you enough for your support. For more info on Jen visit Arcaroboxing.com. (P.S. boxing does not cause brain tumors!! It fights them!)