It was May 18, 2018. Jenn was being rushed to the hospital by ambulance in severe pain. An MRI would reveal fractures in her femur and shoulder. She would need an emergency C section. Once the baby was born, doctors explained that large tumours in the bone had caused the fractures. Jenn was brought in for a second surgery to stabilize the hip with a metal rod. A CT scan revealed more tumours in her lung, spine and tailbone. She was diagnosed with terminal metastatic bone cancer with a devastating prognosis of only 3-5 years. Radiation treatments began immediately and chemotherapy will begin in the coming days.
Jenn Tonkin, 30, was barely 8 months pregnant with her second child.
She was in the prime of her life. She had fully established her career as a registered nurse. She was doing an impressive job raising an amazing toddler, along with her husband Mike, outside the bustle of city life in Northern Ontario.
The family was healthy and active and living life to the fullest.
Jenn had aches and pains but chalked it up to the usual pregnancy issues.She had always wanted to be a mom
Jenn had already defeated breast cancer once in 2011, as a 23-year old nursing student in her 4th year at the University of Windsor. Despite the successful treatment and eventual return to normal life, she was left with concerns about her future chances for fertility.
Her motherhood dreams came true with the birth of daughter Ellie Josephine in late 2015. And with a second bundle of joy only a month away, things were looking up.Those pregnancy pains were getting worse
Like, really bad. Excruciating. Something was very wrong.
Doctors performed an MRI and found tumours. They rushed her to Sudbury, three hours away, so the baby could be delivered by emergency c-section. They needed to start her cancer treatment right away.
Her baby boy, Aiden Marcus, was delivered successfully weighing 6 lbs on May 18th, 2018. He is doing well and is now in the NICU to be looked after with the other premature babies.Devastation
Soon after, doctors had to deliver the heartbreaking news: Jenn's cancer had metastasized to her bones.
It could no longer be cured. It was terminal. The doctor explained that this cancer has an average life expectancy of 3 to 5 years.
Jenn proceeded to get radiation to reduce the size and pain in her tumours which she has in her shoulder, back and hip. The hip tumour was so big it fractured her femur. A metal pin was used to fix the broken bone and reduce pain.
------------------------------------------------------NOT GIVING UP
We are writing this in the past tense to tell a story. But this is happening NOW.
Now is the time that we can make a difference for Jenn and her family.
Currently, Jenn is still hospitalized and her husband is by her side.
Jenn is going to make the most of this situation but it’s going to be hard. There are endless costs to cover in this battle.We can do this
Financially, the couple needs help as before Jenn can apply for unemployment there is a waiting period of a minimum of four weeks.
Our goal is to alleviate some of the financial burden so that Jenn and Mike can focus on what’s most important to them -- spending time and making memories with their children. We would also like to start an education fund for Ellie and Aiden.
We are her support team and ask you kindly to donate whatever you can to help this family have financial comfort so that they can focus their energy on what really matters.
We thank you immensely and if you rather not give a donation through gofundme, we will have a donation jar located at the Temiskaming Speaker where Mike works.
Thank you for helping our friend.