Jillie Pays It Forward
Our Jillie has just hit the 5 month mark of being CANCER FREE! Her journey began October 2012 when at age 2 1/2 she was diagnosed with Acute Myloid Leukemia, an aggresive and rarer form of childhood blood cancer. Doctors and staff were amazed at how well JIllie handled her treatment plan. She was kept as an inpatient through most of her treaments, as they had to keep her on fluids to help keep the chemotherapy from destroying her healthy organs. For four months Jillie never missed a beat, receiving week long treatments like a Superhero! Her side effects of treatment were very minimal, part of which we attribute to her healthy appetitie and whole food supplements of fruits and vegtables, which she ate by the handfuls. Jillie had lost 10 pounds prior to diagnosis. She only lost 1 additional pound after starting treatment. We feel there could be a stronger hand in healthy nutrition during hospital stays. Empty calorie foods, candy, cookies, chips, and ice cream were all way to easily accessed. We worked diligently keeping them all away, and turning her thoughts towards a more nutritious substance. She continues with her healthy diet of fresh fruits and vegetables, limited sugar, as the fight will continue for the rest of her life for the magnitude of drugs she was given also cause cancer.
Jillie would like you to join her now and donate the smallest amount for us to purchase more fruit and vegetable chews to take up to the Candlelighters who are at the hospital 3 days per week handing out snacks from a traveling snack cart. They are looking forward to the new product! Chews will also be available during Halloween for trick-or-treating surprises. We have voiced our concerns to the staff, and volunteers have started to make an effort in getting some healthy snacks available to those in need. Together with your help we can do more for these children. Please help us help Jillie PAY IT FORWARD with a small donation. You can learn more on Jillie by visiting Caringbridge.org and entering the name Jillie in the search box, or Jillies Road to Remission on Facebook.
Jillies last appointment breezed right on by. Her labs are looking spot on. She is considered the sergeant around here, never missing a single beat. Her opinion has become as strong as her will to fight. All wonderful things we love to see.
Thank you Lord for blessing us with this beauty.
Thanks again to those who make this donation possible to the many children still fighting. We have begun to hear a few amazing stories about Juice Plus+ and other children around the U.S since starting "Jillie Pays it Forward".
It has warmed our hearts to know that because of you, our efforts have continued to help our fellow friends still fighting in Portland, OR.
Jillie is here with us now, 3years old, very opinionated, and starting out the new year CANCER FREE!!! I still feel nutrition is our #1 goal to keeping her little body at its best!
Thats why we have chosen Juice Plus as our way to give back. We all need better nutrition for our bodies, especially those children who are in a fight for their lives. Thank you again, we are almost half way to our goal!
I love this kid, her courage, her strength.....