"Teddy Tough" is dedicated to Jordan Shemanski’s fight against Stage III Gastric Cancer, and will serve as the central hub for updates, information and support. Jordan is a 30-year-old staff sergeant in the United States Marine Corps, currently assigned to Airborne Mobile Training Team, Weapons and Training Battalion aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., as a parachute rigger and high-risk training instructor. He is a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom. He and Natalie, his wife of six years, reside in Locust Grove, Va, along with their two-year-old son JT.
For the last three years, Jordan has experienced chronic pain from acid reflux-like symptoms, excruciating stomach pains, and a lot of unexplained weight loss. In addition to these health challenges, numerous doctor visits yielded little in the way of pinpointing the true problem, and only resulted in him receiving medication for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and acid reflux. Jordan was finally diagnosed on July 25th, 2017, with Stage III Gastric Cancer, commonly referred to as stomach cancer. It was not an easy diagnosis.
Early on, the doctors were hopeful the cancer had not spread into his abdomen, and very hopeful to cure him with chemotherapy and gastric surgery, in which they would remove most or all of his stomach. However, after the last of his tests came back from a diagnostic laparoscopy, we were told on August 17th, 2017, that the cancer had, in-fact, spread into Jordan’s abdomen. With stomach cancer being a very aggressive cancer, the prognosis was not good. Now, surgery is not being considered, as there is no longer a "cure" for him at this time. As of right now, we are holding onto the hope of Jordan being a good candidate for a medical trial at M.D Anderson, in Houston, Texas. If he is excepted as a candidate, Jordan, and his wife and son, will all be headed to Houston for as long as the medical trial takes. This has been a very scary, emotional and trying time, but Jordan and his family refuse to give up hope, and are diligently pursuing alternative avenues for a "cure.”
Once again, the purpose of this page is to provide updates, information and progress. We are extremely grateful those who have already been such a pillar of support to us, and will continue to appreciate the support as we continue this fight. Teddy Tough!