Caring for Jessica and her family
Caring for Jessica and Mark Boesmiller and their family
Just when you think your life is moving on a pretty perfect path, with a great husband who puts his life on the line not only for his family, but also as a Charlotte and Cornelius Firefighter, two wonderful sons 7 and 9 years old, twins (boy and girl) due near Christmas and a fulfilling job as the Healthy Living Director at the Lake Norman YMCA… life throws you a curveball that takes your breath away.
A simple trip to the eye doctor for blurry vision turned into a diagnosis of Ocular Melanoma. Ocular Melanoma is a rare form of eye cancer. On Thursday, November 30th, a group of doctors at Duke University Medical Center will conduct a biopsy, and once confirmed, Jessica will undergo an enucleation (removal of the eye). The twins are not expected to be endangered and will be closely monitored. With this being such an aggressive cancer, the doctors at Duke will also begin to check to see if it has metastasized (spread). If it has, Jessica and Mark will travel to Philadelphia to see oncology specialists who have vast experience and access to the best clinical trials. Hopefully, Jessica’s scans will be clear and Mark and Jessica will be able to focus on her recovery, a future prosthetic eye, and most importantly, their four beautiful children!
This young family asks for nothing more than the love and prayers of all who hear of their story. Mark graciously gives of his time and talents bagpiping for multiple fire departments and community events; traveling, sometimes great distances and costs, to play for Line of Duty Death funerals.
Jessica remains vibrant and upbeat, often telling her boys that, “everything is going to be alright”. With the holidays upon us, it is truly a reminder of how very precious life is.
As a colleague and friend, I ask for your prayers, but also I ask for your assistance in lessening their burden. Their “out-of-pocket maximum” for 2017 and 2018 are considerable. This paired with all the travel expenses between Charlotte, Duke and Philadelphia, the newborn twins and unplanned time off of work and side jobs will be a great burden on their family. Whatever you are able to give would be greatly appreciated and will be used to help offset medical bills, transportation costs, meals and childcare.
GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY
The Crew of Fire Station 38
1 Timothy 2:1 I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them.
Next week Jessica will head back to Duke for MRI and CT scans and then they can start getting some more answers. The twins' placentas will be sent for pathology results today. BIG prayers that those are clear!!
Mark and Jessica would like to thank you for the support, the food, the donations, the visits, the messages, the cards, the sharing of their story so that others are also supporting them, praying for them, and getting eye exams to prevent this from happening to other families! Thank you isn't enough. Jessica prays for you all too!!
This week Jess and Mark were in for a non-stress test (NST) at the OB for the twins. Their heart rates looked great! At the maternal fetal medicine appointment and ultrasound, they found out that Piper is 4lbs 11oz, and Mason is 5lbs 7oz. at 35 weeks. They will return weekly for NST at the OB until Dec 22, when ready or not, here they come! Happy birthday to the twins by scheduled C section assuming they want to stay in until then. They will also celebrate Jessica’s birthday and have a wonderful Christmas with the family.
On Dec 29, Jess and Mark will head back to Duke for CT scans and MRIs. Sometime in January they should get all the answers to everything they really need to know. Results from the biopsy to determine the genotype of the tumor so they know how aggressive it is for metastasis, results of the scans for metastasis, and results of the pathology for metastasis of the placentas. They have faith that all will be clear and ask for continued prayers for the same.
Jess and Mark would like for you to know that mere words cannot express how the past 6 weeks has impacted their family. The messages, prayers, meals, notes and financial support have all been absolutely amazing and they cannot thank you enough for your contributions. They have a long way to go with this and want you to know that they will not give up. With the outpouring of support from both close family to complete strangers that hear their story and want to help keeps them encouraged to stay positive and focused on the best possible outcome.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts,
Fire Station 38 and The Boesmiller Family
GOD BLESS YOU!
Thank you all so much for your thoughts and prayers throughout this week. It has been such a blessing. We sincerely appreciate everyone that has reached out, shared a post and contributed in so many different ways. The response we have received to help support our family has been overwhelming.
The Boesmillers are "thankful that God has got them through this far. A bit of healing and then it'll be time to focus on #lifewithtwins /#wegotthis. "
We ask for your continued prayers and support.