Jenna is a bright beautiful soul who has had the dream to work with books and children, teens, and adults. She particularly enjoys reaching out to teens and mid grade youth to learn about their passions and explore ways to foster a love of reading and learning at a young age.
She attended Ole Miss and got a B.A. in English, ODU and got a M.A. in English, and University of Maryland and got a M.S. in Library Science.
The day she learned she finally got her hard earned dream job as a Youth Services Librarian, she also received news that would change her life...
Jenna was diagnosed with Stage 3b Breast Cancer. Under doctors recommendation, she will start an IV chemo which will definitely cause her to lose her hair based on the cocktail they are recommending. She will also under go test for the genetic presence of the BRCA gene, and hope the cancer shrinks enough to perform a lumpectomy. If the cancer does not shrink, She will have a single or double mastectomy.
She has had seven biopsies, an MRI, an appointment with a General Surgeon already. She has an OBGYN appointment to have her IUD removed since it’s “feeding the cancer”, an appointment with the Oncologist, 3-6 months of chemo (which is 4-8 doctor visits) and 3-6 weeks out of work, and another MRI. When she has surgery, whether it’s a lumpectomy or a single or double mastectomy, she will be out of work with all of the doctors appointments and she has the cost of surgery. Per the advice of her surgeon for she is also switching to organic everything which is not cheap!!
All that being said, please take a moment to consider donating to this amazing woman. Any sized contribution will make an impact and is a meaningful way to show your support of Jenna through her very difficult journey ahead. Thank you in advance for your support.
Jenna's hopeful future:
"5 years from now I hope to be at my Library promoting breast cancer awareness, helping others through the confusing process, and working with the children in my community to plant an organic vegetable garden at the library."
My name is Ashley Shillingburg and I am Jenna's sister in law. I hope you can help me and the rest of Jenna's family and friends to support Jenna in this fight.