10/14/16...Jocelynn celebrated her 19th birthday on Oct. 7th! It has been almost 3yrs since she was diagnosed with brain cancer known as Non-Germinomatous Germ Cell Tumor or (NGGCT). Jocelynn fought hard and is now cancer free. However she now faces the after effects of treatment and the damage the tumor caused. One of the main issues is with her kidneys. She needs medication to keep them functioning, without it she will go into kidney failure. This medication is very expensive, and at this time Jocelynn is only on medicaid and it is not covered. The family is still struggling to pick up the medication that Jocelynn has been without for a few weeks now. They need help with this right away. Her father has a new job and will have insurance in a few months, but she can't wait that long. Please help if you can and share. Thank you.
7/1/16.....Jocelynn is 18 now and cancer free but not problem free. She still has several issues with her kidneys, diabetes insipidus and has recently suffered heat stroke and sickness from being over heated. The family is still going through a rough time, Jocelynn's mother lost her job and insurance. They are now living in a motel trying to scrape by until she can find another job. They are sinking fast and could use all the help they can get. Please consider donating to my niece Jocelynn and her family. They are in a bad situation at the moment. Share with everyone, get the word out please. - Aunt Amy
Jocelynn turned 17 on October 7th 2014. Her last scans in Sept 2014 showed no signs of cancer, she goes back to San Francisco tomorrow, 12/14/14 for her next 3month scans. It has been a long year for her. Even though the cancer is gone, she is working through many side and after effects of the tumor and treatment. Her kidneys don't function properly, her thyroid doesn't function as it should, her hormones are all out of wack because the tumor was on her pituitary gland. She is still on a lot of medication and has to travel between Nevada and San Francisco to recieve proper care. She has good and bad days and is now working on homeschooling because of this. The family could still use assistance to make sure Jocelynn has proper care and travel funds when unexpected issues pop up. Your assistance and kind thoughts are appreciated.
For the full story, please read Jocelynn's story below, Thank you. - Aunt Amy
My niece Jocelynn just turned 16 a few weeks ago. She hasn't been feeling well lately and with the assistance of the wonderful panel of doctors at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, we finally got the answers. Jocelynn has been diagnosed with a cancerous tumor on her pituitary gland in her brain. This cancer is known as Non-Germinomatous Germ Cell Tumor or (NGGCT).
Please check out Jocelynn's story that was published in the Nov 11th Nevada Appeal... http://www.nevadaappeal.com/news/local/8865236-113/jocelynn-carson-family-com
On Oct 18th, 2013, Jocelynn's nausea and weakness were far more than she could handle, so my sister took her to the ER in Carson City, NV. After some testing they decided it was best to take her by ambulance to Renown in Reno. Once there the doctors took a look at the situation and decided that the tumor showing up on the MRI was way too much for them to handle. So they put Jocelynn and her mom on a care flight plane to San Francisco. Leaving her dad, younger sister and beloved pets behind. Jocelynn has been at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital since the early morning hours of Oct 19th. After many tests, on Oct 21st we got the news, the tumor in Jocelynn's brain was in fact Cancer.
Jocelynn starts Chemo treatments on Monday Oct 28th, 2013. She will need to stay in San Francisco for at least 5 weeks. If everything is progressing as expected, she will be able to go back home to Carson City, however she will need to return to SF for treatments at least 5 days each month. Her father joined her and her mother in SF, leaving her 11yr old sister in Nevada with family.
This has already been a huge financial strain on the family as Jocelynn's mother has been with her and is on family medical leave from her job without pay. There have been and will be many medical expenses throughout this ordeal as well as standard living expenses. Due to the family's current rental house having a mold issue and a heating malfunction, they have been forced to find another rental house. Your donation will go towards making sure Jocelynn has a clean, safe home to come back to, with power, heat and food to eat, as well as making sure she has what she needs to recover. Excess will be used for medical and travel expenses that are going to come up along the way. If anyone has anything to spare to assist with this situation, the family would be grateful.
The family has been in touch with the Northern Nevada Children's Cancer Foundation for some assistance and support. Please help if you are able to, if not, please keep my beautiful niece Jocelynn in your thoughts.