Help for the Vicentes

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37608040_1552047947599459_r.jpegThe Vicente's are a fire family. Jenny and Walter are the parents of an 8 year old daughter and two sons ages 4 and 1. Walter is an Engine Captain in the Columbia River Gorge Scenic Area along the Oregon/Washington border. Walter is also a former Zig Zag Hotshot. Jenny has her hands full with three wonderful kids under the age of 10. Jenny and Walter are both 30 years old and enjoy all that life in the gorge has to offer.

The Vicente's have been dealt a difficult blow. About a month ago Jenny was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. It started as breast cancer and has spread to various parts of her body. It is rare for someone of Jenny's age to experience this form of cancer. The doctors are hopeful that hormone and immune therapy can help force the cancer into remission providing this young family with a future together. The cancer will not fully go away, but it can be kept at bay.

Insurance will help, but it will not come close to covering the cost of treatment and loss of income due to illness. Your donations will help pay for medical bills and basic needs. It will also assist in reducing the stress that this family is experiencing.

We want the Vicente's to know they are not alone. There is a caring community out there waiting to help. The smallest donation is greatly appreciated. It is time to show up for the Vicente's. Together we can make a difference for this fire family. Please help if you can and share this link with as many people as possible. 
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This is the spanish translation from the status and updates of Jenny for all our spanish speaking family and friends.

Los Vicente son una familia que dan servicio national de bomberos para la forestal de Los Estados Unidos. Jenny y Walter son los padres de una hija de 8 años y dos hijos de 4 y 1 año. Walter es un Capitán en el Área Escénica del Río Columbia a lo largo de la frontera de Oregon y Washington. Walter también es un ex Zig Zag Hotshot. Jenny tiene las manos llenas con tres maravillosos niños menores de 10 años. Jenny y Walter tienen 30 años y disfrutan de todo lo que la vida les tiene para ofrecer.
Los Vicente han recibido un duro golpe. Hace aproximadamente cuatro meses, a Jenny se le diagnosticó cáncer en etapa 4. Comenzó como cáncer de mama y se ha diseminado a varias partes de su cuerpo. Es raro que alguien de la edad de Jenny experimente esta forma de cáncer. Los médicos tienen la esperanza de que la hormona y la terapia inmunológica pueden ayudar a forzar el cáncer a la remisión, lo que le brindaria a esta joven familia un futuro juntos. El cáncer no desaparecerá completamente, pero puede tratarse y tener al margen.

La asegueranza ayudará, pero no se acercará a cubrir el costo del tratamiento y la pérdida de ingresos debido a una enfermedad. Sus donaciones ayudarán a pagar las facturas médicas y las necesidades básicas. También ayudará a reducir el estrés que esta familia está experimentando.

Queremos que los Vicente sepan que no están solos. Hay una comunidad cariñosa que espera para ayudar. La donación más pequeña es muy apreciada. Juntos podemos hacer una diferencia para esta familia. Por favor ayude si puede y comparte este enlace con la mayor cantidad de personas posible.

El diagnóstico de Jenny es que tiene cáncer metastásico óseo HER2 negativo. La mayoría del cáncer hacia arriba y abajo en su columna vertebral, lo que le dificulta moverse. Después de obtener más imágenes, encontraron un par de puntos en el hueso frontal de la cabeza, el esternón y los huesos de la cadera. Este cáncer se alimenta de altos niveles de estrógenos y hormonas, por lo que el tratamiento que recibirá detendrá la propagación y regulará el dolor de Jenny. Jenny también tenía una vértebra fracturada y una vertebroplastia para ayudar a aliviar su dolor de espalda. Los médicos esperan que con este procedimiento no tengan que recibir radiación tan pronto en su tratamiento, pero solo el tiempo lo dirá. Jenny todavía se está recuperando de una cirugía y hemos cruzado los dedos de que esta era la solución para mejorar su movilidad. La exploración mostró un par de vértebras comprimidas en su espina dorsal y la esperanza es que el procedimiento que había realizado redujera las posibilidades de que también se fracturaran. La forma en que el cáncer afectó su columna vertebral significa que sus huesos son más frágiles y podrían ser más propensos a sufrir lesiones. Parte del tratamiento que está tomando mensualmente son medicamentos para fortalecer los huesos para ayudar con eso también.

En cuanto al cáncer en sí, el plan es la terapia inmunológica, hormonal y verificar el éxito en un par de meses a partir de ahora. Si el tratamiento está funcionando, según tengo entendido, ella continuaría con ese tratamiento durante el tiempo que parece mantener el cáncer bajo control.

Actualización: 5/18/2019
Jenny ha completado sus dos semanas de tratamiento de radiación y hay algunos efectos secundarios que vienen con él. Jenny está enfrentado estos efectos secundarios con fuerza y ​​coraje. Su tratamiento mensual de inmunoterapia, quimioterapia hormonal y oral continúa. Están considerando la posibilidad de ajustar su dosis o tratamiento, ya que le está causando algunos síntomas gastrointestinales y un bajo recuento de glóbulos blancos.
Tuvimos una cita en Seattle y recibimos algo de tranquilidad por primera vez en bastante tiempo. Los especialistas nos dieron una expectativa realista de lo que podemos esperar en el futuro. Están de acuerdo con el tratamiento que está recibiendo Jenny y dijeron que tomará tiempo para que Jenny se sienta realmente mejor. Tenemos una cita en junio para obtener más imágenes para ver si el tratamiento está siendo exitoso y si el cáncer está mostrando señales de remisión. Nuestro siguiente paso es tratar de descubrir qué está causando el malestar gastrointestinal y cómo tratar eso.
Recientemente yo he sido aceptado en el Programa de Transferencia Voluntaria de Licencias (VLTP) donde compañeros de trabajo dentro y fuera de la agencia pueden donar licencias. Me siento afortunado de tener esta oportunidad, ya que podré ser el cuidador principal de mi esposa e hijos durante el verano.
Mi familia y yo no podemos agradecerles lo suficiente por todo el apoyo que estamos recibiendo. No hay palabras para expresar nuestra gratitud. Realmente nos sentimos bendecidos de tenerlos a todos.
-Walter Vicente
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Update: 5/18/2019
Jenny has completed her two weeks of radiation treatment and there’s some side effects that come with it. Jenny is dealing with these side effects with strength and courage. Her monthly treatment of immunotherapy, hormonal and oral chemo continues. We are looking at possibly adjusting her dosage or treatment as it’s causing her some gastrointestinal symptoms and low white blood cell count.
We had an appointment in Seattle and received some piece of mind for the first time in quite a while. The Doctors in Seattle gave us a realistic expectation as to what we can expect in the future. They agree with the treatment that Jenny is receiving and stated that it’s going to take time for Jenny to truly feel better. We have an appointment in June for more imaging to see if treatment is being successful and the cancer is showing signs of going into remission. Our next step is trying to figure out what is causing the gastrointestinal distress and figure out how to address. It.
I’ve recently been accepted into the Voluntary Leave Transfer Program (VLTP) where coworkers from within and outside the agency can donate leave. I feel fortunate to have this opportunity as I will be able to be the primary caretaker for my wife and kids through the summer.
My family and I can’t thank you enough for all of the support that we are receiving. There are no words to express our gratitude. We truly feel blessed to have you all.
-Walter Vicente
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An update on Jenny’s status,
Jenny is still experiencing a great deal of pain. The vertebroplasty procedure she had done helped with her upper back, but the pain has shifted down to her lower back. She is continuing the hormone, immune and oral chemotherapy.
We have an appointment later this week with the radiologist to decide if starting her on radiation therapy is a good idea. We also hope to get an appointment for more imaging to see if the treatment she’s currently receiving is working and get a better idea of what is causing Jenny’s pain.
We can’t thank you all enough for all the support. I am amazed at how large our family is and how amazing you all are. You have us covered from meals, play dates, financial assistance and moral support. It’s amazing and you are appreciated.
Thank you
Vicente family
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Update on Jenny 3-16-19

Yesterday Jenny had a vertebroplasty to help alleviate her back pain. The doctors are hopeful that with this procedure they won’t have to go into radiation so early into her treatment, but only time will tell. Jenny is still recovering from yesterday’s surgery and we have our fingers crossed that this was the solution to improve her mobility. The scan showed a couple of vertebrae being compressed down her spine and the hope is that the procedure she had done will reduce the chances of those being fractured as well. The way the cancer compromised her spine means her bones are more fragile and could be more prone for injuries. Some of the treatment she’s taking monthly are bone strengthening meds to help with that as well.

As for the cancer itself, the plan is to stick to the immune and hormone therapy and verify the success in a couple months from now. If the treatment is working, from my understanding, she would stay on that treatment for as long as it seems to keep the cancer in check.

The amount of support we’ve received from you all is deeply appreciated. We’d never thought we’d find ourselves in this position especially at this age but we’re thankful for all our family and friends. It’s heartwarming to know we’re not in this alone. Thank you family, our fire family and our friends. We consider everyone family. Thank you so much for the support we’ve received and are receiving.

I can’t thank you enough,
Vicente Family.
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