This is my beautiful sister, Jessica Amanda. She is 35 years old, and a mother to two amazing boys, Elias Kalel and Jacob Emmanuel.
Earlier this year, Jessica began to experience swelling in her right foot for a few months. She finally went in and found out that she had an extensive blood clot along her right femoral vein. Over the next months, due to her persistence of finding out the answers as to why her body formed a blood clot, she referred herself to a new doctor who sent her for an MRI. Doctors found that she had a 5cm mass located in her right upper thigh next to the femoral vein. It has been a long road since then. Within the last few months, she has had CT scans and a PETScan to check for malignant cells in her body. Because she has been on blood thinners, she was recently hospitalized by her amazing doctors, in order to safely do a biopsy of the mass.
Our world changed when we found out that the mass is a Malignant Sarcoma. Sarcomas are very rare, and they are also an aggressive type of cancer. On Tuesday, October 2, she went to the University of Miami Sylvester Cancer Center and met with one of the best sarcoma doctors and teams in Florida. Her world was devastated and shaken when she found out how aggressive this cancer is and the intensity the chemotherapy and radiation therapy will be.
If you know Jessica, you know how great her heart and her faith is, and how strong, loving, and courageous she has been throughout her life. She has a love that is supernatural and genuine, and a smile that can change anyone’s world around and bring LIGHT to it. However, despite the immense amount of faith and strength that she has, her knees buckled hearing that she would not be able to work or provide for her kids for the next 6 months, as she is the main provider in her home for her and her children. Her body will be going through a lot, and her immune system can not be compromised during these next 6 months, because she is a teacher, working throughout treatment is not on option and she will need to take a leave. Unfortunately, FMLA is not paid and the amount of time that she must take off will be more than 60 days, so she will have to pay her own medical insurance, as well.
I am asking first and foremost for all of the prayer warriors to please keep my sister, Jessy, in constant and fervent prayer. The next thing I ask is for donations to help her and her boys during this battle journey for her life. According to her doctors, they have one chance to get it right so that they not only kill the cancerous tumor, remove it with precision and with extreme caution, and make sure that every rogue cell is destroyed so that it does not return. They will not allow her to work because they have to protect her, as they help her beat, fight, and destroy the cancer. She will need help paying her mortgage and monthly bills.
We love you all and appreciate you for taking the time to read this, pray, and consider giving. We will continue to keep you updated.
Jessica is very open to receiving calls, emails, and text messages of encouragement. She will need it now more than ever as we help carry her and her children through this storm.
Thank you, on behalf of me, my mom Nelida, my brothers and sisters, and all of our family who are coming together to get her through this.
There are some who have reached out and considered giving monthly and that is also an option. Many have reached out asking for ways to help or be a part of the Chemotherapy schedule to take her to and from appointments. She will need approximately 6 cycles of chemotherapy. Each cycle consists of 3 weeks. Week 1 will be 5 days of chemotherapy for an average of 4-5 hours a day. Week 2 will be blood work 3 days a week to monitor her immune system, and week 3 will be radiation and a small recovery period.
Anyone who would like to help and be there, we ask that you please get a flu shot.
Thank you again for taking the time to read and share!!
Please feel free to email me at: AnchorForJ[email redacted] for any questions, information, updates, ways you can help or her mailing address.
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