Jillian's Living Will

Jillian recently found out the unthinkable - not only does she have cancer again, 2 years after she was declared cancer free- but it’s terminal. Jillian has gone through 6 months of chemo, a double mastectomy with major painful complications, and radiation that left her with horrible burns- just to end up with cancer again, and realize that she will likely succumb to cancer. 

The bone and CT scans show cancer has infested her lungs, ribs, spine, chest, etc. Luckily one of the only unaffected places is Jillian's brain, allowing her to continue to share her wicked sense of humor and make decisions for her own treatment.  Jillian already had to get a thoracentesis, where they insert a huge needle into area just below her lungs, that is not supposed to have any fluid, and pulled out 600ml of fluid with blood in it, bc it was affecting Jillian's breathing. Jillian is facing day to day challenges and can tell that her health is declining rapidly. 

The doctor's haven’t given Jillian an exact time estimate but it’s so bad that they immediately referred Jillian to palliative care and mentioned hospice. Jillian does not have any financial support from her family and is needing to seek help from her close friends and the community to be able to cover her living expenses and medical bills. 

Jillian would like to be able to cover the cost of any medical treatment to keep her comfortable and to be able to get back to San Diego where her best friend and biggest support system is while going through these final stages of her life. Some of the expenses Jillian has includes, co-payments, pain management, moving expenses, rent, and all cremation and or burial services. Jillian does not want to leave her twin sister or best friend with any expenses and hopes that she can take care of her needs with the support of this gofundme account.  

Jillian was hopeful that she may be able to go on a Bucket List trip, however she feels her health is declining quickly and would really like to make her priority getting back to San Diego and being surrounded by her largest support system.  

It is unfathomable the amount of pain and suffering that one person can take. I hope that we can come together as a community and provide Jillian with the support she needs. Jillian has had 34 years on this earth and I pray that her final months will be filled with peace, love and kindness.

In Jillian's own words "Thank you and blessings to everyone who had been kind to me in my life."



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Organizer and beneficiary

Brittany Astrom 
Huntington Beach, CA
Jillian Rubinstein 
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