Help Jamie Fight Stage IV Pancreatic Cancer

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Raised by 213 people in 3 months
Created March 26, 2019
Friends, family, and anyone reading this, it is with the heaviest of hearts that we have to annouce James Dillon  was diagnosed with Stage IV pancreatic cancer with mets to lungs about 6 weeks ago. Since the initial diagnosis, life has been a crazy whirlwind for the Dillon family. Anyone who has been touched by cancer before knows just how difficult life becomes once you hear the initial diagnosis from the Doctor.

Anyone that knows Jamie, knows he is the kind of man that would do anything for his family, friends,  loved ones, and even complete strangers. He is a father of five and an all around wonderful human being. This news comes as a complete devastation to his family and everyone around him. Unfortunately with this type of aggressive cancer, he has had to immediately begin a very aggressive chemotherapy treatment regimen which means he will be out of work indefinitely.

The Dillon's are not the type to ask for help, so friends have decided to start a fundraising campaign on their behalf to help alleviate some of the financial burden of this disease. This will allow them to focus more on his treatment and recovery. Medical expenses, life expenses, and unexpected expenses add up far too quickly. Any amount you are able to donate will help way beyond what you would imagine. If you are unable to donate at this time, even a simple "share" of the post will help spread his story. The generosity and kindness people have already showed their family is overwhelming. The Dillon's are beyond thankful for anything you are able to contribute whether it be money, words of sentiment and prayers, or spreading his story for others to help out. Below is a message from his wife Jamie when she shared the story of his recent diagnosis. Friends and family will update on his progress as much as they are able. Again, please know, they are so grateful for each and every one of you. Thank you for your ongoing support through out this difficult time. Here is Jamie's message to all:

 I have started many posts but stopped because I just didn't know what to say. I have learned quickly that there's really no good way to share bad news so here goes.

After a crazy month, Jamie was diagnosed with Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer which has metastasized to his lungs. He started an aggressive chemo infusion treatment plan consisting of 4 chemo drugs last week.

I have had to share this news with so many people and I just can't do it anymore.  I apologize for those of you that are finding out via FB but I am mentally exhausted. Every time I have to talk about this with someone new it makes it that much more real and I just need a mental break from that.

It has been incredibly hard for me to process. I don't think I will ever be able to fully express the pain I feel every day in my heart or the constant anxiety that weighs heavily on me. Before you ask, yes - our little ones know and yes it was heartbreaking to tell them but in a way it was even more heartbreaking having to tell the older kids since they understand the seriousness of the situation.

Please keep us all (but especially him) in your thoughts and prayers <3

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Chemo treatment #3 was a winning day for Jamie yesterday.

Before each chemo infusion, he has to get blood drawn and the results are immediately reviewed with his team to ensure his body is healthy enough to proceed with the infusion. His blood-work continues to come back perfect and because he is tolerating this aggressive treatment so well (a true blessing), the team suggested that he go back to the gym for weights. The dietitian had a few suggestions to increase protein before bed so he doesnt wake up at 4am with the hungry horrors but she was overall happy with his weight and how he is doing.

His sister Noreen has been with him for each chemo treatment and she shared with me that it was amazing to see how well he did yesterday (I was home working) - he had lots of smiles and conversations. We will never be able to thank her enough for all that she has done for us these last few months.

His sister Shereen took Brendan and Hailey for the last couple of days which was so helpful for many reasons. His other sister Dawn finished Haileys blanket (which is similar to the chemo blankets she made Jamie) which is just beautiful. Even though this diagnosis has rocked all of our lives, it has definitely made us a closer family.

We have had some great times since we last updated between Jamie feeling good most of the week and getting lots of family and friend time in. We also got to go out for dinner with Noreen and her husband Doug on Sunday night while the kids were at Shereens which was great. We didnt remember what it was like to eat dinner as slow as we wanted and to just sit and enjoy conversations without the kids interrupting every two seconds.

We are so thankful for everyones support. We would be lost without each and every one of you as you are helping in your own ways so thank you again from the bottom of our hearts.
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Treatment #2 is in the books. Outside of the steroids he takes for the first 3 days of each cycle making him a little jittery and easily frustrated, some cold sensitivity and having his stomach be a little upset he is doing great. Brendan (youngest son) is struggling this week with daddy being sick but we're getting through it. Last night Brendan and Jamie did a 10 minute meditation together which helped them both a lot.

Jamie will head back to the hospital today to get his home chemo pump disconnected which helps everyone feel a little more "normal". While his body heals and he gets some energy back we will focus on staying positive and having fun together until he goes back for Treatment #3 on 4/15.

We are all in awe at how far this page has reached and we continue to be overwhelmed and appreciative of the support. Please continue to share our story <3
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We want to thank everyone for their generous donations as well as the sharing of our page. The love and support we are experiencing is beyond what we could have ever imagined and is overwhelming at times.

Yesterday was the first warm Spring day and Jamie spent most of the day outside which he said felt great. He even got to play a little basketball with Matthew & Brendan which was awesome. It is a gift to have these "normal" days.

Tomorrow he goes in for another chemo treatment so please continue to keep him in your thoughts and prayers.
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We want to thank everyone that has donated so far. It is unbelievable that we are halfway to our goal in just a couple of days.

Please keep sharing the campaign as the power of prayer does wonders as well if someone cannot make a monetary donation.
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