No news is good news, right!!
I know it has been a while since our last update but mom has been doing great! She continues to show cancer who is the boss! Every check up with the doctor has shown that the chemo pill is doing its job and she continues to get stronger with every passing week. Every day she continues to get back to the most normal life possible. There is a new normal now but her life is more like it was a year ago than ever before. She is back to working out, working fairs, and just living a life that she loves with the people she loves.
She is currently in Canada visiting Grandma and Grandpa and enjoying the beautiful fall scenery. I have attached a photo she sent me today of her most recent accomplishment. She and a family friend hiked up and down a ski hill near where they are staying in Elliot Lake… 4+ miles total! Is there anything she can’t do?!?
Thank you all soo much for everything each of you have done. Thank you for every prayer. Thank you for every post card. Thank you for every donation. Thank you for every phone call and text message. Thank you, thank you thank you all!! We love you so much and none of us, especially mom, could have gotten through this without the overwhelming love and support from you guys.
She has always been and continues to be an inspiration to me. My bad days are never that bad when I think about some of the things she has gone through and conquered in her lifetime. We all love you so much mom!!! Keep on doing what you do… Go HAM!
I am so excited and proud to say that mom has made huge strides in her health and overall outlook! She is now on a daily pill form of chemotherapy and has been responding great to it. Her wound is healing more and more every day and she will soon be able to get rid of the wound-vac (no one is more excited about that than her!).
She is on a month to month checkup routine with her doctor to do blood work and see how her body is responding to the treatments. She is not out of the woods by any means but she takes every day with a new found appreciation and will continue to fight. Her first checkup is this coming Thursday and I am confident it will be nothing but good news.
She is looking great and feeling great and has even started exercising again! I never doubted the fact that she would give this cancer hell; she is entirely too strong mentally and physically. Words cannot describe the pride we all feel just to be associated with such an amazing person. I am the luckiest one because she helped make me who I am today; She is MY mother!
Below is a recent picture of her and Julia, a family friend who recently donated her hair to "Locks of Love" in mom's honor. It is because of people like her and all of you that mom can continue to stay strong and fight this every day. Please continue to support her in any way you can; we appreciate every prayer, every donation, every card, every delivery of flowers, every message, every phone call"¦
Thank you all for your continued support and prayers!!
A lot has changed since our last update. Mom is still recovering from the second surgery she had to clear up a hematoma that developed after her hysterectomy. Hopefully she will heal from that in the next few weeks so she can resume treatment.
We also found out that the source of her cancer was not the ovaries, it originated in the breast. Her diagnosis has since been corrected to stage IV breast cancer. Her primary doctor and the plan of action have also changed to properly combat this rapidly reproducing cancer.
The road to recovery has now become much longer for her with no end in the near future. She has many chemo treatments and doctors appointments ahead and needs all the help she can get to remain strong throughout.
We all know she is strong enough to fight this every single day. Please continue to donate, leave messages, and pray for her; she and our family need the strength now more than ever for this long road ahead. I will keep you updated with any new information, Thank you all again!
Sorry for the late update...
Mom had her surgery yesterday to remove the cancer and remove the obstruction in her intestine that has been causing her so much pain and keeping her from eating. The surgery went very well, the doctor said it was a "miracle" how little cancer remained inside of her. At this point the remaining cancer cells on her liver should be cleared up by the next 3 months of chemo she has to complete.
She is in a substantial amount of pain today and has been having some blood pressure issues but all that is left for her to do is to heal up and get ready to finish chemo treatments. She needs your love and prayers now as much as ever, please keep sending her messages and sharing her story. Thank you all so much for everything you do. We love you and Merry Christmas!
We have so much to be thankful for this year, even more than normal. Mom has her surgery to remove the tumors on December 17th. She will have another 3 months of chemo after but at least the majority will be removed. Her spirits are as high as ever and she can see the finish line! She is an inspiration to us all and helps me keep things in perspective. Thank you all and please continue to share her story. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!!
Mom had another chemo treatment today and she was feeling good enough to run a few errands with me afterwards. It was an awesome day! She felt good, bald head and all, walking around the mall for an hour or so. She is so strong and could not do it without all the love and support from y'all!!
A have attached an updated picture for y'all. I suggested she take a picture with the group of bald mannequins in Dillards.... and she did haha. I love this picture and I love her. She has not lost her sense of humor, that is for sure. Enjoy and please keep sharing! THANK YOU!!
Mom has another chemo treatment tomorrow. She has been feeling pretty rough the past few weeks but still has good days sprinkled in between. Her hair is getting thinner everyday and she is sad to see it go but we all know it will only be temporary. One of her and Casey's favorite songs for years has been Randy Travis - Forever and Ever. I'm sure this song has a whole new meaning to them nowand me but I will leave you with my new favorite verse from the song...
"Honey I don't care, I ain't in love with your hair; And if it all fell out, I'd love you anyway!"
You are stronger than anyone I know mom, you are doing such an amazing job. You are my inspiration. I LOVE YOU!
We have raised over $3,500 for such an amazing person. You all are so gracious and we cannot thank you enough. The turnout has been beyond what we could have dreamed.
Mom has completed her first round of chemo treatment and has two more to go before they consider surgery. She has good and bad days but overall improving, with the help of all of your love and prayers.
We appreciate every single one of you and please keep sharing her story. She will beat this with the help and support from all of us. Bless you all!!
We have raised over $2,000 in less than two weeks! THANK YOU SO MUCH, keep up the great work and keep sharing her story. We could not do this without each and every one of you. Mom saw the site last night and wanted to write yall a message for all of your gratitude. I have posted it below:
"Thank you doesn't seem adequate. Grateful... Humbled... also seem inadequate, but I am all that and more. The kindness and love you all have shown me and my family cannot be measured by words. All I wish for you and your families is that God blesses you and returns your generosity 10 fold."
Mom is getting better every week with each passing chemo treatment. She has good days and bad, which is to be expected, but overall making progress. She cut her hair yesterday in preparation for whats to come. I attached a picture for everyone to enjoy. Please keep sharing this story and thank you again to everyone who has donated and who will donate. THANK YOU!!
On September 8, 2013, Joni went to the emergency room with some severe stomach pains. She expected the news to be some sort of stomach virus or food poisoning but the findings were much worse. She was diagnosed with stage IV ovarian cancer which had spread into her liver.
With no family history of cancer and otherwise being a very healthy person, this came as a complete shock to her as well as the entire family. Luckily she has been referred to a great group of doctors and nurses and has already begun chemotherapy treatments and other treatments for the sickness and pain in her abdomen.
She is a loving mother, a devoted wife, and an amazing friend to countless people. Given her outgoing personality and extremely compassionate nature, she has never met a stranger. With the loving support of her entire family and friends behind her we know she will overcome this just as she has any other obstacle in her lifetime. She has always been there to give support to anyone in need and now it is her turn to receive it.
We have set up this website to help with any medical and household bills she will have while undergoing treatments to beat this cancer. She will be undergoing chemotherapy treatments once a week for the next six months along with surgery to remove the cancer once the doctor sees fit. She and her husband run their own small business selling books and could use all the help they can get during these hard times. As you can imagine traveling all over the city for each book fair will be difficult for her during treatments, so she will miss some of the fairs. We appreciate any and all donations, however large or small; they will go to a wonderful and incredible woman. Feel free to share this story and page with as many people as possible. Any funding we raise that she does not use will be donated directly to a cancer society of her choosing.
She is one of the strongest people I know and I am certain she will beat this cancer. She and our entire family are so grateful for any help you give. If anyone wants to leave her a few words of encouragement please leave a message on this website or on her Facebook account, Joni May Stephens-Jacoby. Again, thank you all and god bless!