Jazmine’s Battle

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Raised by 143 people in 13 months
Created November 3, 2017
My sister, Jazmine “Jazzy” Gonzalez, has been hospitalized since 10/13/17 with an extremely rare, autoimmune disorder called Anti NMDA receptor encephalitis caused by a teratoma found in her ovary. Jazmine is a loving daughter/sister/aunt/niece/cousin & friend. A devoted Teacher (Social Studies & PE). She loves being a teacher, and is driven by her need to make changes in this world by positively impacting the youth she works with. She’s a history buff, a Game of Thrones fan, and a loyal member of Dumbledore’s Army. She’s an active, intelligent, sweet, funny, loving person with a zest for life and adventure. This condition has broken her. She is now unable to speak, she repeats 1 or 2 words at a time over and over, she is bed-ridden, unable to eat, and does not make eye contact. She is suffering from horrible symptoms from the encephalitis. On top of this, and even rarer, the teratoma was in fact cancerous. Chemo is now part of her future treatment plan. She is fighting, but the doctors are unable to say how long she will be hospitalized or how long before we see significant improvement. We are devastated, Jazmine is a light in our family. We are trying to maintain Jazmine’s home, car, and now the coming medical bills. She will soon no longer have sick days at work. Any donation you can provide is beyond appreciated by Jazmine’s family as we help her fight this. Please feel free to share this post, and from the bottom of our hearts, thank you.❤️
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UPDATE: Jazmine is fighting, and winning. She has started eating solid foods with help, she is able to walk 1-2 times a day from the hospital bed to the hall and back (w/help, a walker, and chair for safety). While she is still struggling with the effects of the encephalitis, she is talking more now. We are SO thrilled. Chemo and all other therapies start when she is stabilized. She still has a long way to go, and is still hospitalized, but we are SO happy for the progress she has made. She responded SO well to music therapy yesterday at the hospital! A young man played his guitar and sang Bob Marley’s “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright,” and she began singing with him. She sang, she remembered the words, and she cried. She is coming back to us, and it’s beautiful. It’s just taking time. She will be there through the Thanksgiving holiday, and probably longer than that, but she will not be alone. My family is bringing food and decorations to her room, and spending the entire day with her there. She will be showered with love. Just thought I would share. Thank you so much for all the love and support!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️
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UPDATE: Jazmine is fighting, and winning. She has started eating solid foods with help, she is able to walk 1-2 times a day from the hospital bed to the hall and back (w/help, a walker, and chair for safety). While she is still struggling with the effects of the encephalitis, she is talking more now. We are SO thrilled. Chemo and all other therapies start when she is stabilized. She still has a long way to go, and is still hospitalized, but we are SO happy for the progress she has made. What an improvement!! She responded SO well to music therapy yesterday at the hospital! A young man played his guitar and sang Bob Marley’s “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright,” and she began singing with him. She sang, she remembered the words, and she cried. She is coming back to us, and it’s beautiful. It’s just taking time. She will be there through the Thanksgiving holiday, and probably longer than that, but she will not be alone. My family is bringing food and decorations to her room, and spending the entire day with her there. She will be showered with love. Just thought I would share. I’ve received multiple requests to share updates on her progress. I will try to do that more often. Thank you so much for all the love and support!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️
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The outpouring of love and support for my sister is unbelievable. We can’t thank you enough!! From the bottom of our hearts, thank you!!! ❤️❤️❤️
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