Julia's Fight Against Cancer
Having Julia in your life is like standing in the sunshine. Her heart is so big, and her love for people runs so deep; you almost want to rub your eyes to see if she’s real. It is rare to find a person who always puts others before themselves… someone who shows up to every birthday/wedding/baby shower, donates her last dollar, and never asks for anything in return.
All that, and she’s really, really pretty.
On January 28, 2016, just 2 weeks after landing her dream job, Julia was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML).
Leukemia is a cancer of the white blood cells; healthy white blood cells are formed in bone marrow and help your body fight infection. With leukemia, the bone marrow produces abnormal white blood cells which don't fight infection, multiply rapidly, and crowd out healthy blood cells making it hard for blood to do its work. In acute myeloid leukemia (AML), there are too many of a specific type of white blood cell called a myeloblast.
AML is a very aggressive form of cancer that gets worse quickly if it is not treated.
Thankfully she has already begun her battle and started chemotherapy.
It is with very heavy, but hopeful, hearts that we begin this campaign for our precious Julia. We have been overwhelmed by the love and support pouring out for her, and hope to keep the enthusiasm going through this difficult season.
Together we can help Julia with the cost of her medical bills, and any other financial needs she may encounter along her journey. It's our chance to give boldly and selflessly just as she has.
Let's make sure Julia and her families entire focus is on what really matters, ensuring she has every possible advantage in her corner as she prepares for the fight of her life.
Let's rally together and raise some money for this beautiful soul in her hour of need. Any amount no matter the size is appreciated.
If you are unable to donate, please share this page with family and friends. Words of encouragement, love and prayers are eagerly accepted.
Friends, we are so close to our goal and any amount helps. Even $1! Your support and encouragement are vital, so if giving financially is a burden please share this link - it's free! :)
Also please consider joining the bone marrow data base, you could help cure blood cancer. Sign up here: bethematch.org (pain free, money free, so simple)
We all know Julia still has places to go and people to see - so thank you for helping her get there!
God bless <3
PS: Guys, only one more day to meet our goal! I'm so excited!!
Hey guys! Two weeks from today will be one year since Julia was diagnosed with AML. She’s had some highs (check the photos!), had some lows, and along the way a lot of what we thought we knew, or thought would happen, has changed.
Chemo did not eradicate the cancer, and it came back fast; and because her immune system is impaired she has had to battle some awful infections on top of it. But of course, Julia handles it all like the ballerina-ninja she is... gracefully, quietly, but fiercely.
While the cancer proved to be too stubborn for chemo, Julia is playing tough and THIS Thursday she’ll be admitted to OHSU to begin preparations for a stem cell transplant - they will wipe out all of her bone marrow (i.e. her immune system) and will implant healthy donor** cells to grow big and strong where those sick cells used to be.
Last year we set out to raise $40k for Julia and her family, and we are SO CLOSE! These days stem cell transplants cost upwards of $800k, but ANY donation to help ease the burden is a blessing. And we only need $8,266 more to meet our original goal!
I’m ask all of you amazing people to consider making a “Kick Cancer’s Bootie for Good” donation THIS WEEK. Julia is being admitted to OHSU for 4+ weeks, and I know your support will lift up and encourage her as she begins a tough journey.
Thank you to everyone who’s supported, whether financially or otherwise, Julia and her family over this last year. It is always needed, welcomed, and appreciated.
With lots of love,
Julia’s Fan Club
Caring Bridge for frequent updates: www.caringbridge.org/visit/juliaswanson/journal
**Save a life, become a stem cell donor: www.bethematch.org
About Bone Marrow/Stem Cell transplants: www.ohsu.edu/xd/health/services/cancer/getting-treatment/services/bone-marrow-transplant/about.cfm
I'm jumping back on to let you know that after her first couple rounds of chemo her blood counts climbed back up like healthy soldiers... but a few weeks ago her treatment was suspended because her blood counts haven't been going back up. Today, actually right now as I write this, she has to endure another painful biopsy to see what's going on in her marrow...
Please pray for her peace, and less pain. Please pray for her doctors to have quick, steady hands. Please pray for her family to have peace, and for them to be able to give and receive comfort.
And if you only pray for one thing, please pray for no cancer.
Thank you everyone for your continued prayers even when these updates weren't reminding you :) thank you to everyone who will pray for her. Thank you to everyone who has supported financially, no matter the amount. We know blessings are multiplied and compounded on top of whatever you've given, so we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Last Friday Julia's biopsy results came back and showed no cancer, which means REMISSION has been achieved.... Praise the Lord!
Of course there's an important "BUT": it's not considered complete remission. We need Julia's blood count to start going up and see if the new cells are all healthy. So keep praying for complete remission - keep praying for big, strong, healthy cells to grow in her and take care of her again.
Since the good news last Friday, Julia is definitely still fighting - now against mouth sores, tummy aches, hair loss, boredom and other frustrating side-effects of 1 solid week of chemo and 3 weeks straight in a hospital. She has been doing so well the doctor did tell her she could leave the hospital or even just her floor for a little, but with her ANC (key to fighting infection) still at '0', Julia doesn't want to risk it.
She is only on an IV 3 times a day for antibiotics, unlike before when it was constant cocktail of fluids and drugs. Every morning around 4:00 am someone comes in to draw her blood so when the doctor makes her rounds, the results will be there. They look at her white cells, hemoglobin, platelets, and her ANC. Once her ANC gets to .5 and stays there for a few days, she can be discharged. So let's go ANC!
She did finally treat herself a few nice new hats for when her hair is all gone, and has been catching up on important programming like "The Bachelor" :) But please continue to pray for her; for peace, patience, and of course for comfort. Please pray for her body to make big, buff white bloods cells and the sores to begin healing.
And if you're feeling ambitious: Pray for the clouds to part and the rain to stop for (hopefully) her last week in the hospital. She has a big window to look out, and all those gray clouds are shading our Sunshine! :)
Julia's Fan Club
Check out more details, and daily updates from her family here: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/juliaswanson/journal
Our love, thoughts and prayers are with you Julia. May the Lord give you peace and strength through your treatments. Sending positive thoughts and prayers to cover you.
we will continue to support financially and prayerfully.. you are in Gods healing hands.. He promises to never leave you nor forsake you.. stay strong in the Lord xx
We are holding you in prayer. From our family to yours. Blessings in Christ- the Lyman Family
Im praying for u and thinking of u daily..
I wish I could do more for you Julia! I am in nursing school and unemployed right now, but I am hoping for the best for you!! Thinking of you.