First of all, thank you so much for visiting this page, whether as family,
friend, co-worker, or fellow musician. I am truly blessed to have so many wonderful people in my life!
Hey everyone, this is Jessica. I am a survivor, a woman of color,
a mother, a wife, a daughter, a sister, a musician, a teacher, a yogi, a
breadwinner, and someone with cancer. In October of 2017 I was diagnosed with breast cancer and have undergone surgery, genetic testing, radiation, and treatments to get rid of the tumor. At 44, I am a pretty “young” patient, so anything I can do to decrease my odds of cancer coming back is an option.
The reality of my children and husband and parents going through this with me has made us all a little more tenacious and brought grit to our
lives. My six and eight-year-old finally know what the situation is. We
waited to tell them until it seemed like I was in the clear. It’s scary to tell a kid you have cancer and expect them to understand and be alright with it. But they are resilient and have been so sweet and gentle with me. They know not to hug too hard or play too rough. My husband has been a rock and taken care of me, even through his extensive work travel. And my parents have been positive, supportive, and help whenever I need someone to talk to or take the kids for a while. My doctors were proactive, honest, and real healers. They listened to at least a million questions and never rushed me through anything or forced me to take drugs I didn’t want. Thank you!
If you know me, then you know I haven’t been out on the music scene during this whole process. Playing music for over twenty years and suddenly having to put it down was a really shocking reality for me. It’s a psychic gut punch not to sing and play my sax. But I’m coming back. Thank you to all my musician friends who believe in my talent and are starting to offer me shows again. Music is truly the thing that defines me and comes through me to share with the world.
As a teacher, I never knew how much my students actually appreciated my presence in the classroom until I was gone for several months. I have been back at work for three weeks now and everyday seems more amazing than the last. The hugs, the cards, the flowers, the love, the encouragement, the smiles, the kids………. it feels amazing to have so much support. The first day back a student told me, “It’s like you never left. It’s like you’re meant to be here. This is your calling. We missed you so much.” They show me every day, through their hard work, that a teacher can leave a lasting impression on young souls.
The cost of cancer has been physical, emotional, and financial. But, I have been cancer free for 6 weeks now!!!!!!! I look forward to getting
back to the family you see in the picture. Thank you to all my friends
and family who support me, check in on my physical and mental well-being, and share their magic healing energy with me. Without you, the task of getting better, staying positive, and maintaining family seems like a tunnel without much light at the end. I truly imagine that as a nation we can do better to provide everyone with comprehensive, preventative, curative health care without regard to income level. However, until this happens, I need help with the medical bills. I hope to raise these funds, in urgency, by the end of May. Thank you for anything you may be able to contribute. And if you happen to be in the mood, I am ready to serenade you with a song to show you my appreciation.
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