Our dear friend and sister, Jaime Spiliotes and her 5-year old daughter Violet have had a drastic life changing few weeks. Violet is fighting Stage 3 Cancer.
It started a long time ago. Violet was going from doctor to doctor and Jaime was variably told that her daughter had a virus; that a 105.9 fever was nothing to worry about; that she had tummy troubles; that some kids just vomit when they smell things; that she was constipated; and, that a large lump on her side was just some poop stuck in her bowels. She was told to just give Violet some Magnesium.
Jaime had brought Violet to several doctors over the years. It made no sense to any of us that an active child, who ate an incredibly healthy and mostly sugar-free diet should appear to carry so much belly fat (which turned out to be a tumor). The doctors, one after the other, dismissed the very tangible lump on her side, insisting it was stool despite Jaime's protestations that the child was not constipated. When Violet developed rashes, they were dismissed as allergies. Unexplained fevers were met with instructions to take Tylenol. Vomiting after meals was attributed to eating dairy. When Jaime insisted that extensive bloodwork be done, inflammatory markers were off the charts. Still, Jaime was told that this was nothing to worry about and it was just something she had eaten and the yet undiagnosed food allergy.
Although the vomiting stopped, the random fever spikes worsened; Jaime insisted that Violet be seen by the head of the pediatric practice. That doctor sent Violet to the ER.
Things progressed quickly...Violet has just undergone surgery to remove a kidney and a massive watermelon sized tumor that had taken over her entire abdomen. When she awoke from the surgery, she signed, "I love you" and fell back to sleep. A couple of days later, she announced, "I have never felt so good!" Unfortunately, that feeling was short lived as she has just begun chemo therapy and radiation. The treatments are aggressive and Violet is scared, but she has been incredibly brave throughout the last couple of weeks. She knows she will experience side effects such as nausea and that she will lose all her hair. She spent New Year's Day vomiting from the side effects of her first day of Chemo.
Violet is preparing for six-months of treatment, and then recovery from the tolls of her treatment. During this time, she will be immuno-suppressed and isolated to avoid contracting any illness that might interfere with her treatment. Jaime will have to leave her job to provide Violet with the constant care she deserves and will need. Jaime is a single-mom, who has always found time to help her friends and family. Now she needs our help.
We can continue to give her emotional support and all the time we can afford away from our own families and jobs. We can assist with preparing meals that cater to Violet's current needs, and run errands. But, what Jaime will need most in the year to come is financial support to cover her monthly expenses while she remains at home caring for Violet. So, we created this Go Fund Me page to help Jaime.
Your support is very much appreciated and will alleviate some of the stress Jaime faces in the year to come. Thank you for reading this and please reach out if you have any questions or suggestions.