Earlier this year my best friend Jazlin was diagnosed with a pituitary tumor. After meeting with several doctors and exploring all options, the decision was made to move forward with brain surgery and remove the tumor as soon as possible. We are currently awaiting confirmation of her exact surgery date which will take place sometime in February 2022.
Jazlin was placed on disability since November due to the physical and emotional challenges of this diagnosis and will be out of work for an additional 4-8 weeks after her surgery. The best way we can support her during this time is to alleviate financial concerns so she can focus her energy on resting and healing. All your generous donations will go towards surgery cost, copayments, rent, utilities, groceries, and any other potential expenses.
Donations of any size are so greatly appreciated and truly make a difference. We are hoping to raise a minimum of $5,000 by February 1st. If you would like to know specifics on Jazlin’s health, please continue reading below.
In September of 2020, Jazlin started showing symptoms that presented in the form of sudden migraines, nausea, excessive fatigue, mood disturbances, hot flashes, amenorrhea and vision disruptions. Her symptoms started out as sporadic and progressed to multiple times a day. While working full time and completing her graduate program, Jazlin tried to minimize the severity of her symptoms. During this time, she did not have health insurance and chose to see a naturopathic doctor. Bloodwork and multiple tests showed that her prolactin levels were abnormally high and continued to increase on a bi-weekly basis. When the levels were 7x the normal range, the doctor urged her to get an MRI.
After obtaining medical insurance, Jazlin was seen by a doctor at Kaiser who started the process all over again. This consisted of several doctor visits, bloodwork, and tests. The MRI results revealed a tumor in her pituitary gland. The tumor is growing and putting pressure on her optic chiasm (behind the eyes) which could result in complete vision loss. In addition, this tumor has caused her to be infertile which has been emotionally challenging since she desires to conceive someday. After meeting with an endocrinologist, she was placed on medication with the hope to shrink the tumor. Unfortunately, the medication had several adverse side effects and only made her feel worse.
She was then referred to a neurologist and neurosurgeon who explained that if she did not pursue surgery, she would have to take this medication for the rest of her life and chances of her ever conceiving would be slim to none. They both advised her to proceed with transsphenoidal surgery.
Jazlin is a resilient woman, loving sister, caring friend, and dedicated behavioral therapist. Those who have met her, know she has a passion for giving back to special needs individuals like her brother Johnny. She is adventurous, courageously authentic and a go getter. We are eager to see her in good health and spirits again. We kindly ask that you give as generously as you can to help our beloved Jazlin. We will be sure to update you as her journey progresses, thank you for your support!