Janas last wishes
I'm 34 years old, mother of my 10 year old Gracie Ann , and i want to live, Live like no other! I have been fighting stage 3 breast cancer for 30 months, I'm now stage 4 terminal with little time left. Nothing I mean nothing has went right from the start!
Diagnosis, lab errors, mastectomy, chemo, radiation, lymphedema diagnosis, then surgery which I was burned on accident 2nd-3rd degree three half dollar sizes burns on my arm. I spent my whole summer doing wound care on my already disabled arm which kept me the whole summer from doing what I should of been doing. So from going from all of that to finally healing and getting to go back to work after 30 months. I worked a total of 6 days before my reconstruction. Days later after reconstruction I couldn't walk or hold my bladder! My oncologist ordered a PET Scan a week right before Thanksgiving. What we saw was unbelieveable! So bad she wanted to admit me that night. I'm like hell no I'm going home to my family. The cancer has spread to most of my organs and bones. I'm still shocked I'm alive by just hearing statistic and time given to live, it's all so scary. Then 3 weeks later my breast leaking and getting infected and them having to cut it off again! Literally cut it off! And leave 1! I wanted both removed, my last freaking wish and they would only take 1.
So my reasoning for the go fund me is to get me out of bed to live the rest of my days traveling to see friends and family. I would also love a wedding reception. And a honneymoon. (Pay bills, funeral costs, gas, medical supplies) and all that other stuff nobody wants to think about when they are dying.
I never expected the end of my life to be like this. I have always been a hard worker and managed my money well. Been a good, honest,loving person. U just never think something so horrible could happen to oursrlves.
I also want to talk about Gracie. If we don't get on our road trip across the country spreading our love and smiles to everyone, I want the donations to go to a college fund for her. I could go on and on about the things I'm going to miss out on, it's all so devisting. I'm really bad at asking for things, but this time I need your help, and I know if you don't ask you don't recieve. Any little bit helps.
Jana and Gracie
28453 Rochester Blvd
Randolph MN 55065
Jana has always been in charge of nearly everything. Those that were really close came to know her as "boss". She was smart enough to get away with it. Most of the teachers at Randolph needed a sabbatical after pushing Jana to graduate.
Jana loved and reinvented all forms of fun. She had fun, smiled every day and encouraged everyone around her to do the same. She was a social creature and loved all of her many local jobs, clientele and employers.
Jana loved to eat good food and realized early the difference between food and good food. This developed into a passion for cooking.
Jana left behind Nick Okeson. Lover, friend, companion and husband.
Gracie Vidal. Her beautiful, artistic, 11 year old prankster daughter.
Jana touched many people and changed many lives across the country as she traveled with her family near the end.
Jana would want you to be with us at her celebration of life as a survivor.
This Saturday April 16th. 3:00 to 8:00 PM. MILL STREET TAVERN Cannon Falls, MN.
Be there or be square. Bring your smiley face and be ready to share a story.
Mom and Dad
A Celebration of Life in memory of Jana will be held at the Mill Street Tavern in Cannon Falls on
Saturday, April 16 from 3 to 8 p.m.
Family requests that you please bring your smiles!
Thank you for all of the beautiful thoughts and memories shared this week. Jana’s spirit will continue to live through the many people she has touched.
At 3:45am today, Saturday, April 2, 2016, Jana Leigh Bell left this world with the same strength, courage and grace that she lived for the past 35 years. God truly had a special purpose for Jana. Right up until the end she continued to touch and inspire everyone around her with her honesty, her openness, her unrelenting passion for life and her love for her family and friends. If Jana touched or inspired you, as I'm sure she did, take something you learned from her and carry it forward in your life. Just imagine a world full of goodness.....because of Jana Leigh Bell! We love you Jana and look forward to the day when we are all together again.
(Jana wrote this post earlier this week and asked that I share it once she was gone)
Now this one's for Gracie my 11 year old daughter. We never went out and spent any money on frivolous things we bought a RV and traveled the country side making the best memories to ever be told. We ate like kings and queens for the last year well besides me being absolutely sick but I still was able to cook and eat most of the time.
long story short, I was 3 diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer in September 2012, wow that's almost 4 years ago! Surgery, more surgery, chemo, radiation more radiation, lymphedema, botched surgery, infections to be told my cancer has spread to my whole body, to pain pump to 4 blood patches on my spine, chemo, to port, to Belly Asities now to the end. I did it all and my daughter stayed strong the whole time. Nothing went right, only the people that wanted to help!
My parents will be taking over Gracie Ann. But I really wanted to do something for my daughter. I need all your help! I want her to be able to go to college her first year with paid expenses. Can you help make this happen? She's a great kid and is going to make this world a better place.
Hugs to all and thank you for your help.
I'm a mother of a daughter that's smart and strong, she had a great future ahead of herself. I pray this account keeps going and she can continue to flourish in school without her mom. I promice her a Disney trip that hasn't been taken, I don't know if I'll ever make it but maybe someone else could.
I love you all! Jana
***A Celebration of Life will be held in a couple weeks. Information will be posted once the details are finalized.
I couldn't of done it without my Dad, Mom and Chris, I would of died without them in the past few months. Also all the people that brought food, never thought id be ok to except food as i love cooking. And everyone's love and support!
I have been off the all medication for weeks now! so my heads clear, I feel more coherent, alive, myself and not all steroided out, shaking, waiting for them to exit my body. Its great to have my head back even if my body doesnt survive. So even if it's for a short period I think I have done pretty darn good. We have called hospice in, really it's up to the big man and me. Days, weeks months. But I can tell you this shits getting hard, and tiring.
Today I'm up and walking!!! No stairs and up for a few minutes at a time, I'm super exhausted after walking. My main thing now is to gain muscle, it was eaten up by the infections. Oh and get rid of this nausea!
Besides that, were all doing good, well I can only account for my myself, the rest will tell you thenselves. It's starting to warm up and the sun is shining. I take it day by day, home is where the heart is <3
I have been spending all my time with Gracie, she's been such a great help. Girls just want to have fun!
Love you all,
I am so glad we met you today! You all are an inspiration that cannot be beat! We will get your RV fixed up and I hope you have an amazing trip! I look forward to pictures on your way back through Fernley!!!!!! Your story made my day and I will forever remember you!
Have you tried using marijuana oil as described by Rick Simpson? It's said to stop cancer in it's tracks.
Your a truly amazing woman! Your strength, courage and tenacity is inspiring. I wish you and your family love! Stay strong Jana!
Praying for you and your family to be comforted by the angels and held in peace. I instantly felt connected to you when I started reading your posts and since have been closely following your journey having my own friends who in the past year have been taken by cancer. I pray for you and your family. Your journey and what you have been through and your attitude through it all has been truly amazing. You are an amazing person and I am sure you and your family already knows this but I just want you to know that I know this too as do so many other people out here following your journey! Bless you and your family and thank you!
Your updated mean so much! Huggies and kissies coming your way,...sooooooo many of them that you are wanting me to stop! Hee hee! NOT!!! Love, Juls
You are such an inspiration!!! I have been following your story from the beginning, but have never reached out to say how much you have touched my heart. No matter how bad things get, or how much pain I know you must be in, you keep smiling. Your spirit shines through it all and you bless everyone - even those of us who have never had the privilege of meeting you - with your words, pictures and endless love for your family, friends and life!
Praying for you and your family everyday! I am so sorry for all that is happening to you, it plain sucks but I pray for you all the time! HUGS
Hang In there Jana! God Bless you and many prayers!!❤️❤️❤️
I've been following your posts and want you to know I'm thinking about you. You provide such a great perspective and help me remember to take nothing for granted. This will be a very tough time with radiation but remember that you are in many people's thoughts. You're truly an inspiration and a helpful reminder of what's truly important in this life. Hugs.
What a blessing to meet the three of you in Yellowstone! We'll be praying for your requests daily (and so will our church prayer team)!!! Keep smiling... you're all sharing God's love, whether you know it our not. Peace and comfort to you! XO CB
Hey Jana! Haven't seen a recent update. Please update soon. Starting to worry.
I met Jana and her family when they came in the Early Bird for dinner last night. What a up beat friendly woman. Then she shared her story and my heart broke a little. Read and share Jana's story about her trip across the country, making lifetime memories for them all and ticking off some of Jana's bucket list.
I am happy you are so positive!! Love you!! I hope Noni is giving you more time!
and he is right abut the ph in your body, if you can do it!
To my sweet lo ing cousin JanaLeigh Bell.. A warrior an fighter of the big C for over two years..its been a long harsh battle an the power of god has done mirricles..I love an care for u more than life itself..u r such an inspiration..you r such precious spirit an along with Gracie ..Nick an rest of family..I want to spend time with u soon..may all your dreams of travel..time an honeymoon be granted an your agate garden..u r always with me in my heart thoughts an prayers..god bless talk to u soon..love u ro the moon an back xo :)
I'm really glad you & your Daughter get this time together, & glad God gave you the push to ask for money, there are plenty o f givers he is the reason we can give, God Bless You & Your Family!
I do not have any money to donate but I would like to let you know I will be praying for you guys
I think we believe for the impossible and that's when our faith takes place, I believe God made everything for a reason and I am sure he also created medicines for everything. There are some people doing treatments with Baking Soda and the leafs of this fruit called soursop ( where to be found in South-America and maybe central America). My grandpa has cancer but he changed his diet to vegan and since the cancer has reduced dramatically. I hope this info could help. You still have time to turn this page into a miracle. Blessings
Everyone! I mean everyone you are all so amazing. Yesterday was my last chemo round and of course sick today. But I had a old friend Matt send me 4 water park of America passes and I needed to use them asap. So Gracie, 2 new friends Ava and Rachelle and I went this evening. The moment I got up at 3 showered and was gone by 5 all my sickness had left, of course comes and goes but the excitement of it all made me forget about all the pain and nausea. Good thing for friends, water parks, non alcoholic drinks and little girls. God bless all of you, u truly have made my life so much more full!