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Jen's Liposarcoma Recovery Fund

$10,611 of $4,000 goal

Raised by 108 people in 17 months
We wanted to start by saying thank you to everyone who has reached out to us. Our family and good friends are still in Los Angeles or elsewhere, and John has been my biggest support, taking care of me on the day to day. Thank you to those who have sent us cards or posts with good wishes, to those who have sent care packages or even monetary gifts. We are so humbled by the love we've received in such a short and trying time. All we can do is thank you for reading our story and being moved by it. 

Shortly after we got married and picked up our lives to be in the beautiful state of Washington, John made me go to the doctor, again. That time they didn't have good news for me. I was sent for a few tests and rushed to the emergency room. A couple days later we were getting used to the word cancer. Here we are, two months later and our lives are forever changed. We went through IVF almost immediately and we've had to travel back and forth to Seattle to get second opinions on my treatment. This is my third session of inpatient chemotherapy, where I hang out in the hospital for about a week and try to stay as active as possible. Our bills are adding up and it's all a bit overwhelming having our closest friends and family in Los Angeles while we are all here.

More information about my condition: I'm special. I have a double port, which I have to explain to many nurses, since I am now well versed in what it is and why I have it. I have what is called a liposarcoma of the chest cavity. It impacts the function of primarily the right lung, but also puts a lot of pressure on the surrounding organs. Thus, I am out of breath and often in severe pain. Sarcoma in general are very rare, and my gender, age range, and type of sarcoma makes this even more baffling to doctors.

If you know John and I well, we don't ask for help often, but at this point anything helps get us to my next treatment and the surgery awaiting. We have the regular day to day bills like rent and groceries and we have the special ones, like pet and cat scans, weekly visits to the oncologist, getting hooked up to my meds and fluids to keep me from being a zombie, and our travels to and from Seattle, the best place for my specific type of cancer. I wish we could stay out there through this all, it is just simply too burdensome.


Thank you you again for taking the time to read this and learn about our story. It's a tough one but we are getting through it together, day by day.  The supportive staff has been wonderful to us, and we couldn't be more grateful. Thank you to our friends and family for helping us out in a great time of need. We couldn't do it without all of your support.

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We wanted to sincerely thank everyone for the outpouring of love and support that we've received since our first post. It's been eye opening to see so many posts and friendly faces to get us through the last few days.

A little update: Jen's back home from her third round of chemotherapy at the Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane, Washington. She's getting better everyday but still tired and a little nauseous. In a couple of weeks we are going back to the SCCA in Seattle, the bigger medical hub a few hours away, for a CT scan. They want to see how much the chemo is shrinking the tumor (sounds promising!) and we will determine whether we are going to do more chemo or not before her surgery TBD. We will continue to update as we get more information in the weeks to come.

Again, we wanted to thank everyone. We are humbled and in awe by the graciousness of everyone who has commented, shared, and donated. Our original goal was to help us pay our $5,000 out of pocket maximum for our insurance. Thankfully, we met our goal; however, and unfortunately, we foresee this treatment being dragged into 2018 as well. In that light, anything that we get over our goal will be going to a combination of next years medical expenses helping with paying rent while Jen is still unable to work during this time.

You are all amazing - THANK YOU SO MUCH
Jen and John enjoying the view by the local Couer D'Alene Lake
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