Jamie Ertle 's Cancer Fight
My 34 year-old sister-in-law, Jamie (Arp) Ertle, has been one of the most positive and giving individuals I’ve known. We are all devastated to learn that she was recently diagnosed with Stage IV Colorectal Cancer .
After feeling some discomfort in weeks prior, Jamie set-up an appointment for a colonoscopy on October 7, 2017. The findings that morning indicated a mass in the recto sigmoid suspicious for cancer. Due to the severity, she was transferred to the ER for expedited work. Further testing revealed the mass was in fact cancer and had spread to her liver and lungs. Jamie’s treatment has already begun and will be managed out of Sharp Memorial Hospital.
Jamie has lived her life brightening the day of everyone in her path and serving others through her career. Jamie is an Air Force veteran, who served 6 years active duty, including tours in Iraq and Korea. She was also stationed at Mt. Home and Lajes Air Force bases. After her service in the military, Jamie continued to serve her country as a civilian air traffic controller in Afghanistan. In 2012 upon returning home from Afghanistan, Jamie gained employment with the FAA at Southern California TRACON (SCT) in San Diego, California. She’s also been a NATCA member since her first day on the job. Although Jamie is from the Midwest, she settled into Southern California with ease and later met the love of her life, her wife Andrée. Just over 9 months ago, Jamie and Andrée were blessed with their beautiful daughter, Brièle.
Being the single income for their household, Jamie will be unable to work for several months to come, and the financial road ahead is uncertain. We are humbly asking for donations to help cover the rapidly growing medical and daily living expenses, and hopefully give Jamie comfort that she's not in this alone. Any and all help is greatly appreciated. Thank you.
Surgery has been scheduled for November 27th-
They anticipate it being about 8 hours long, with numerous doctors working on the different organs. They are planning on taking 10”-12” of the colon, removing both ovaries and doing a sweep of the abdomen to look for any tumors missed on the scans. The doctors have decided to go ahead with the HIPEC (chemo bath)-basically filling her abdomen with chemo and manually swooshing it around for 90 minutes.
A temporary colostomy bag will be in place for about 12 weeks so her colon can heal.
To say we are scared is an understatement. Our household is a rollercoaster of emotions right now. We appreciate all the prayers, good juju and positive energy being sent our way. Please share this on your Facebook page ❤️
Just wanted to give a quick update. Jamie responded well as can be with her first chemo treatment two weeks ago. Today, as I'm writing this, she is receiving her second treatment. Today, also happens to be her favorite holiday AND her birthday! Please join me in wishing her a happy birthday...HAPPY BIRTHDAY JAMIE! We love you!
Tomorrow is a big day. Jamie will receive her first round of chemo treatment. The treatment plan will have Jamie receiving chemo every 2 weeks, for next 6-8 months. Each treatment will depend on how her body responds before and after treatment, and that her colon stays unobstructed.
Each round will consist of lab work to ensure her body can handle the treatment. She'll then receive a 4-hour round of chemo at the hospital. The following day, a nurse will administer her chemo at their home through a port. This treatment will last 48 hours.
Two weeks after this initial treatment, Jamie will repeat the process; lab work, 4-hour hospital round of chemo, then the 48 hours of home chemo.
We know the road ahead will be long and difficult, and we will do our best to update everyone with her progress. Please don't hesitate to cheer her on, send her well wishes, funny memes.. anything to keep her spirits up!
Thank you so much for all your support.