Jeannie's Cancer Fund

$21,055 of $30,000 goal

Raised by 272 people in 24 months
Joseph Carr
on behalf of Jeannie Hopper
 MEMPHIS, TN
Hello friends & family,

My sister, Jeannie Carr-Hopper, was diagnosed with oral cancer (squamous cell carcinoma) on July 20, 2016. She is not only the most selflessly caring person I know, she is the mother of two adorable children (Violet, 5, and Jeremy, 8).  

Please consider being part of the campaign of family, friends, colleagues, and good Samaritans who are rallying around her in support. If you know Jeannie, you know she is absolutely not the type to accept help, but this is a unique situation. Cancer treatment is a long and expensive process for anyone, but since she has not been at her new job for a full year yet, she does not qualify for medical leave. That means she will not be receiving pay and will lose her insurance benefits during her treatment & recovery if she cannot maintain the premiums out of pocket. While her colleagues and supervisors are working hard with HR to figure out alternative ways that they can help, Jeannie and her family are in a precarious and vulnerable position given that Jeannie is the sole source of income for her family of four, as her husband, Brian, is a stay-at-home dad.

Jeannie, her doctors, her family, and her friends are already springing into action: Jeannie will be traveling to MD Anderson in Houston, TX for extensive surgeries and medical care as early as next week. Flights, places to stay, childcare, and crucial emotional and financial support are all being organized now. When Jeannie gets to MD Anderson, the first step will be attacking the tumor, which will see at least 1/3 of her tongue removed. She will have skin from her forearm grafted onto her tongue to assist with its re-growth, leaving her unable to speak or swallow for at least two months. All this before potential radiation and chemotherapy even begin....

As you can see, Jeannie has a very, very tough road ahead of her. But you can help! It is impossible to know how long, painful, and expensive this process will be at this point. However, we have set up a goal of $30,000 as a place to start. All of the money raised here will be used solely for Jeannie's treatment and recovery. Any contribution that you can make would mean the world to all of us. We all want to see Jeannie healthy and strong again, as soon as possible. As I think my dad would say: “Let’s give cancer hell!” 




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Update: I started radiation this week, and it will last 6 weeks. So far, it is not too bad, just super uncomfortable, but the side effects apparently take a week or two to show up. The super fun part is that I also start chemotherapy again today - surprise! Apparently it makes the radiation more effective and since it worked so well on me, they want to do it again. Here's hoping it is easier this time around!

Brian and I are so sad to leave the children for so long, but we know they are in good hands with my family. As Thanksgiving approaches, I am not with family, undergoing both radiation and chemotherapy, and feeling rather yucky, but I am still so thankful for the friends and family who hold me up, the amazing care and treatment I have received here at MD Anderson, and the fact that I am closer and closer to being cancer free! #teamjeannie #givingcancerhell

Oh, these pictures are from radiation - crazy, right!? That face cage thing is so tight and horrible.
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Update: So, I go into surgery tomorrow at 5:15am. It will take all day and they will remove 1/2 of my tongue, the floor of my mouth, my back teeth, and possibly some jaw bone. Then, they will reconstruct it all using parts of my leg. This will remove the cancer, then in about a month I will have radiation to fully cure any microscopic parts left. I will lose my taste buds most likely for good. I am not sure how bad the scarring will be or how long until I will be able to speak or eat properly again. I must confess that my vanity is taking a hit. I took this photo on May 29th after Violet gave me a flower for my hair. Less than 5 months ago, and so much has changed. I don't know what I will look like after all of this, but I do look forward to sitting in the backyard and collecting flowers with the kids again soon. Thanks for all the well wishes; I will be out for a while, but Brian will give updates. #teamjeannie #givingcancerhell
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Update: I am once again in Houston with my amazing husband and we are currently receiving our LAST chemo treatment! You read that right - last one! I met with both my surgical and medical oncologists today and they were both literally giddy at how well my tumor has responded to the chemotherapy! The surface area of the tumor itself has decreased and it has continued to get smaller! They have cleared me for surgery on October 17th to officially remove this sucker for good. I am sure I will freak out over the scary surgery soon, but right now I am going to face this final chemo treatment with so much gratitude in my heart that while it has been hard, everything is moving along perfectly to bring me back to full health. I am beyond lucky. Thank you all for your continued love and prayers and support - you will never fully know how much your words build me up when I am down. The fight continues, but with good news and in a positive direction!! #teamjeannie #givingcancerhell
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From Jeannie: I'm not going to make this a long one, but basically, I am learning a lot right now about who I am, what I can handle, how to reframe expectations, and how lucky I am to have my family and friends. I had a bad reaction to my chemo and had to fly back to MD Anderson, where I have been admitted to the hospital since Tuesday. I am now on a peg tube (feeding tube) that will help alleviate my issues with staying hydrated and nourished. Treatment plans are being rescheduled and I will get back on track soon to annihilating this cancer. It was scary and I was down, but I am sure as hell not out. #teamjeannie #givingcancerhell
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Carol Cahill
20 months ago

God Bless You✝ . Although we have never met, I have known your Aunt Judy for years and am next door neighbors with the Wyricks, Emily's parents. I have kept you in my daily prayers and pray that God heals you quickly. Carol Cahill

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Anne Simmons
21 months ago

Praying for you and your family.

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Julie French Cochran
21 months ago

You look beautiful! So happy to see this post because I have been thinking of you! Prayers that surgery will go great and you will be home with your precious family soon! Much Love Julie and Family!

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Julie French Cochran
23 months ago

We are all keeping you in our prayers sweet cousin! Love you! Julie

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Chuck Inman
23 months ago

I kinda thought you looked really good in "ORANGE". Wishing you the very best and sending you prayers and hugs from Florida.

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Sheila Rodgers
23 months ago

My husband was supposed to be very sick from chemo. He never was. I hope you find yourself in the same situation. Take your strength from others, they are more than happy to give it.

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Susan Sifford
23 months ago

Praying for you and all the family every day, Jeannie! Thank you for sharing your updates so we know what to pray for. God bless you!! Susan (Jennie's mom)

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Sheila Rodgers
23 months ago

You will beat this, Jeannie. The odds are in your favor! Stay strong and know that loads of people are rooting and praying for you.

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Sue Buska-Desautel
23 months ago

Good Luck Jeannie!!! I am Collin Bruner's Mom, I will be praying for you!

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Created July 21, 2016
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16 months ago
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17 months ago
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Charles Neff
17 months ago

Strength and love fill your heart, mind, and body. Never doubt for even a moment that you will come through these challenges to renewed and complete healing and health.

AC
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Alma Carr
18 months ago

So glad for the progress thus far and looking forward to positive results from the late February scan. Love you

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Sheila Rodgers
18 months ago

In memory of Michel Hopper so that Jeannie, his daughter-in-law, might have an easier time in her struggle.

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Anonymous
18 months ago
Carol Cahill
20 months ago

God Bless You✝ . Although we have never met, I have known your Aunt Judy for years and am next door neighbors with the Wyricks, Emily's parents. I have kept you in my daily prayers and pray that God heals you quickly. Carol Cahill

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Anne Simmons
21 months ago

Praying for you and your family.

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Julie French Cochran
21 months ago

You look beautiful! So happy to see this post because I have been thinking of you! Prayers that surgery will go great and you will be home with your precious family soon! Much Love Julie and Family!

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Julie French Cochran
23 months ago

We are all keeping you in our prayers sweet cousin! Love you! Julie

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Chuck Inman
23 months ago

I kinda thought you looked really good in "ORANGE". Wishing you the very best and sending you prayers and hugs from Florida.

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Sheila Rodgers
23 months ago

My husband was supposed to be very sick from chemo. He never was. I hope you find yourself in the same situation. Take your strength from others, they are more than happy to give it.

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Susan Sifford
23 months ago

Praying for you and all the family every day, Jeannie! Thank you for sharing your updates so we know what to pray for. God bless you!! Susan (Jennie's mom)

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Sheila Rodgers
23 months ago

You will beat this, Jeannie. The odds are in your favor! Stay strong and know that loads of people are rooting and praying for you.

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Sue Buska-Desautel
23 months ago

Good Luck Jeannie!!! I am Collin Bruner's Mom, I will be praying for you!

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