Jayme's Breast Cancer Treatment
I’ve recently received some unexpected news—I have been diagnosed with breast cancer. At this time I know I have two large tumors. One in my right breast and one in the lymph node under my right arm, with the possibility of other lymph nodes also being affected. As you can imagine, this diagnosis has been quite a shock and has made for a stressful time for our family.
We are, of course, taking the necessary steps to treat this so hopefully I'll be able to get on with my beautiful life. The bad news is my breast cancer is considered to be aggressive and I will need to begin chemotherapy right away.
Understanding Triple-Negative Breast Cancer
Additionally at some point my treatments will also include surgery, radiation and possibly other treatments that I’m not yet aware of. The good news is that I am in the care of wonderful doctors who are and will be doing everything needed to kick cancers butt and to get my health back on track. Over the next week I will have several test and doctors’ appointments at which time my exact course of treatment will be decided. One large determining factor will be the outcome of a genetic test which will provide the doctors with more specific information on the exact type of breast cancer I have.
First and most importantly, we are asking for your prayers, positive thoughts, and well wishes.
We are starting this fundraiser to help with some of the cost involved in the treatment of my breast cancer. While our insurance will cover a large portion, there is a very high deductible and maximum out-of-pocket amount that must first be met. Additionally my treatments and surgeries will extend through the new year which would then be subject to the high deductible and maximum out-of-pocket amounts once again.
Any donation is deeply appreciated and will be put directly towards my medical expenses and any specialized treatment we can get. We would be forever grateful, even if all you can give is a prayer or positive thought.
I will get through this journey God has planned for my life. It is because of my faith and understanding of God’s love that I am at peace with this news. That being said I will tackle this head on and fight with all that is in me to be a Breast Cancer Survivor!
I am grateful for your friendship and hopeful that my family and I will be in your thoughts and prayers in the coming months.
Thank you so much for your love and support!
The Quintanilla Family
Breast self examination card
Once again I would like to start this update with saying thank you to everyone saying prayers for me and our family. Prayers are truly the most important part. God hears our prayers. I would also like to say thank you to our family, friends and my wonderful church, The Country Church in Marion, Texas for all of the support we have been receiving. A special thank you to my dear friend Lynn Skonnord from The Country Church who has organized meal deliveries for our family from fellow church members during my chemo treatments. We are truly blessed and extremely grateful. Also a great big special thank you to my wonderful mother-in-law Velma Moran who works so hard and has sacrificed endlessly to help this entire summer taking care of our boys and additionally taking care of me through all of my chemo treatments.
Although my mother is in heaven and I miss her dearly I know God has given me another special woman in my life to look up to.
It’s been about 3 weeks since my last update and in that time there has been some good news and a few changes regarding my chemo treatments I’d like to update everyone on.
Let’s start with the good new…..
My first 4 chemo treatments, which I've received over the last 2 months (a combination of Cytoxan and Adriamycin (also known as Red Devil)), have been doing their job!! On Monday July 18th I had a sonogram & mammogram to check the progress at the half way point. My oncologist Dr. Lisa Fichtel at the START Center for Cancer Care was very pleased with the results. The tumor in my right breast has shrunk by more than half and the lymph node has shrunk as well. All very good news and praises to God for everything going so well!
The next bit of news really isn’t bad news... It's just a change from what I originally thought my course of treatment would be.
Originally I was going to receive Taxol for the 2nd half of my chemo treatment. A total of 4 treatments, 1 every other week for a total of 8 weeks. After looking into a recently completed study on Triple Negative Breast Cancer and working closely with my oncologist we decided to add in an additional chemo medication called Carboplatin which has shown an increase in survival rate when given to Triple Negative Breast Cancer patients prior to mastectomy surgery. Although this is a very new study I feel good about the choice to add this additional chemotherapy drug. That being said, Carboplatin does have to be administered differently than the Taxol. So last Thursday July 21st I received my first of 12 chemo treatment with Taxol & Carboplatin. I will now be receiving my treatments every Thursday for a total of 12 weeks. Basically the new medication adds an additional month to my chemotherapy treatment.
I’m not worried about the added treatments or time. I know this is the best treatment option for me and my family. I have to do everything possible to fight & beat breast cancer so I will have a long and wonderful life with my husband, my precious boys, my family and friends!
I’m still 100% strong in my faith!!! All things considered I’ve been feeling pretty well. There are days that I’m more tired and weak than others and some lessons I’ve learned the hard way about not having an immune system but I will make it thru one day at a time!
Please keep praying!
I've had three rounds of chemo. My next one will be this Thursday July 7th. I've had different and multiple side effects with each round of chemo. So I'd have to say I have no idea what to expect with this next one. I just pray for the best.
Overall I'm doing really well & still in good spirits. My faith in God and prayer carries me through each and every day.
Additionally my dear friend Sarah Grace has designed a
T-shirt to help support our cause. I'm extremely grateful for all the time and work she put into designing the shirt and making it available to be sold.
Each shirt is $15.00 with 100% of the proceeds going toward Jayme and her family's goal of $15,000 to pay for medical bills and expenses.
Currently we have left:
***Hot Pink T-Shirt with pink design:
2 small, 6 medium, 6 large and 3 XL
***White T-Shirt with pink design:
1 small, 1 medium, and 1 XL
To purchase a shirt:
Please text or call Sarah Grace at (910) 644-4721
Please leave a voice message if she's not available.
If there is a size you need that we don't have on hand we can order it!
Thank you for your support.
First I would like to thank everyone for your prayers, kind thoughts,support and donations. George and I are extremely grateful and blessed.
Yesterday made exactly 3 weeks since I opened the letter saying I had an "Area of Concern" on my mammogram. So I would say the last three weeks have been a little bit of a blur considering everything that has happened.
Within the last seven days I have had an MRI, a PET scan, a MUGA heart exam, and surgery to put a Medi Port in my chest for my Chemo meds. My first round of Chemo was yesterday and everything went very well.
With all of that being said I'm still feeling good and my spirit is high.
I believe in prayer and have God to thank for how wonderfully well everything has been going.
Thank you again from the Quintanilla family.