Jada & Baby Twins Against Cancer

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Raised by 92 people in 29 months
Scarlet Begonia   GARDINER, ME
Please lend your support Jada and Ryan as they raise their wonderful baby twins, Kacia and Kailos. Shortly after Jada found out she was pregnant, she became extremely sick and was diagnosed with breast cancer (invasive ductal carcinoma) as well as a rare genetic mutation known as Li-Fraumeni Syndrome. She underwent surgery and chose to proceed with chemotherapy to achieve the greatest possible success rate of removing her cancer entirely. After a very difficult pregnancy, her twins were born on August 14th, 2014 and were exceptionally healthy.

Although Jada and Ryan now have the beautiful family they have always wanted, the road that brought them there has left them without jobs or a home to call their own. Jada recently completed her chemotherapy treatment and is scheduled to undergo one final surgery in order to reduce the chance of recurrence. They eagerly await the opportunity to begin rebuilding their lives and regain their independence.

You can follow us on Facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/welovejada

More pictures of the family @ https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10153036245232818&type=1&l=ca14424f12

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Update 37
15 months ago
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They're growing up so fast!
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Update 36
15 months ago
By the end of the year we will be done with all of this. That means no more surgeries, no more visits to the cancer center, and no more Herceptin. We have found a home for our family and are on the cusp of returning to the workforce. Our babies are healthy and continue to amaze us every day. It's a beautiful thing... and we couldn't have done it without this wonderful community!
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Update 35
17 months ago
Wow... what a busy few weeks it's been for us! The amount of appointments we have has been steadily increasing and the twins have been growing almost as fast as the pile of snow on our lawn.

Jada and I are now actively searching for a place to call our own and hope to find a home in the very near future. Our family has begun a collaborative effort to help us pay for an apartment until Jada is able to act as a stay-at-home mommy and I can return to work. There just isn't enough space for our family where we are now. Independence is on the horizon for us, but it's still going to take a little time.

As we mentioned previously, our twins are undergoing genetic testing to determine whether positive for Li-Fraumeni Syndrome. It is a genetic mutation that has a 50% chance of being passed down and could dramatically increase their chance of being diagnosed with cancer during their lifetime. We recently found out these tests, which will likely amount to well over $1,000, will not be covered by our insurance. They are simply too important NOT to have done.

We've properly disposed of the medications that were given to Jada after her operation because they have done nothing but make matters worse. The pain pills were making her so sick that it was easier for her to just to tolerate the discomfort. She has since decided to speak with her oncologist and they are going to try medicinal marijuana in place of pharmaceutical drugs to treat her pain, nausea, and anxiety. This of course, is also not covered by our insurance.

I'm very excited however, to report that Jada's overall health has taken an upward turn for the first time in awhile! She has recently been able to hold and feed our babies sparingly, which otherwise has not been possible since her surgery. They look so happy and at peace while they are in their mother's arms - it's a truly a wonderful sight!

In the midst of everything, the twins continue to keep us smiling. They are the shining light that guides us on our path to becoming a healthy, happy, and independent family. They are absolutely amazing!

-Ryan
Lots of Binkie Stealing Lately...
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Update 34
17 months ago
GOOD NEWS AND BAD NEWS... STARTING WITH THE GOOD STUFF!

JADA HAS RECEIVED THE RESULTS FROM HER RECENT FULL-BODY SCAN AND THE ONCOLOGISTS BELIEVE THAT SHE IS CANCER-FREE!

We have been told that the results were slightly difficult to read due to some residual tissue associated with her pregnancy, but that they still looked incredibly reassuring. Jada will be going in for another scan in 6 months, when it should be much easier to get a clearer image. We anxiously look forward to the added security of another negative report, but are happy to take some good news whenever we can get it!

SOON THE TWINS WILL BE GOING IN FOR GENETIC TESTING... PLEASE WISH US LUCK!

It's always so hard to watch them get poked with needles, but this is something that we absolutely have to do. Our babies have defied all odds since the time they were conceived, so I look forward to being able to confirm that they are 100% healthy and DO NOT have Li-Fraumeni Syndrome. We just can't keep waiting to find out one way or another.

THE MEDICINE THAT JADA HAS BEEN TAKING FOR PAIN AND NAUSEA IS NO LONGER WORKING - AND THE NEW MEDICATION SHE NEEDS ISN'T COVERED BY OUR INSURANCE!

Up until this point, we have been fortunate enough to pay only the occasional outrageous prescription fee. The coverage that she currently receives has actually been pretty good, but I guess it only goes so far.

Jada has been getting sick to the point of vomiting almost every day now, which is especially not a good thing to be experiencing when you have stitches all throughout your chest. Her pain level has been only marginally controlled by the pills she was prescribed, and they make her feel so nauseous that it's not even worth taking them. Please help us raise money for her new medicine by sharing our GoFundMe page!!!

As always, THANK YOU ALL VERY, VERY MUCH! I don't like to always be the one holding out their hand asking for more, but I don't really know what else to do...

Thank goodness for all the good people out there :)

-Ryan
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Scarlet Begonia
6 months ago

Sorry it's been so long since I've posted. We've had a lot going on. I've had so many tests done to find the source of my pain with no luck. I feel like I have arthritis and can't sit/stand/lay down/walk for any length of time. I'm going to see a neurologist next. Please pray that they figure out how to help me feel better. We're trying to get back on our feet but it's a long process. We need help to get a second vehicle, probably a minivan, so Ryan can go to work and I can get to my appointments. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!

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Roberta Westerlund
17 months ago

m y prayers are with you and your family the beautiful little ones with all the prayers god will answer them your a strong young lady and we all know you will beat this hunny god bless you and your children and the awesome man you have in your life hugs

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Scarlet Begonia
28 months ago

I'm starting to feel a little better after my surgery, just still very sore. I got wonderful news when my home care nurse came today and she took my picc line out!!!! I have the port in my chest now so I can get fluids and medicine through that! I'm so excited about this because I've been having to deal with this iv wrapped around my arm for what seems like forever and it gets caught on things and pulls and just causes me to get irritated. What a relief!

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Scarlet Begonia
28 months ago

I have had many people ask for more info and updates, so I will try my best to comply. I just want to say that it warms my heart how generous you all have been! I know it is not very easy for some of you, yet you still help us out. As thankful as we are for all of the donations, I cannot read any of the beautiful words you have expressed without tearing up! It gives new meaning to saying words cannot express how much it means to us! Thank you, thank you, thank you and I love you all so much! I can feel my heart strings being tugged on with each word! It is amazing to see the beauty in the world first hand! That being said, I am now home from a couple days of surgeries and the twins are absolutely perfect and healthy!!!! We had an ultrasound afterwards to put me at ease that they were okay and also got the wonderful news that we are most likely having one boy and one girl! Of course, I just want them to be healthy and perfect but have wanted one of each from the beginning! I will update you again soon when I hear the results from the lumpectomy. Love you all!

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Sharon Mckibbon
28 months ago

to my beautiful niece jada......I am so inspired by you and ryan and how you are putting love and being there for each other and the babies as your front center and world. I will be there for you and the babies while you continue your battle after their birth, it will take a village and a family to keep your precious babies happy and loved while you regain your health and can be mommy and just enjoy baby on the left and baby on the right. still rooting for twin boys but I am open to two girls. love you both so much

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Katie Keenan
28 months ago

My heart breaks for you and Ryan, Jada! Best wishes to you, I hope you kick its ass! I would love to help in anyway if I can, just let me know! Xo

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Doreen Crocker
28 months ago

thoughts and prayers are with you all, just wish I could do more.

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Ryan McKeagney
29 months ago

I would like to give a heartfelt thank you to everyone that has reached out in support of Jada and the little ones growing inside her tummy. This is a very difficult time for us, so your help and positive feedback are appreciated more than we can possibly express. Please continue to send good vibes our way and spread the word :)

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$5,113 of $12k goal

Raised by 92 people in 29 months
Created March 4, 2014
$50
Erin Wolfanger
1 month ago
KM
$20
Kelly Minehart
17 months ago
AM
$50
Amanda Malinowski
17 months ago
$100
Anonymous
17 months ago
$50
Starla Perico
17 months ago

♥ thinking of you all the time

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BS
$20
Bonnie Sablinsky
18 months ago
SP
$100
Shawn P.
19 months ago
$30
Anonymous
19 months ago
DH
$20
Darline Harris
19 months ago

Jada, Our hearts have been thinking of you and glad to see your beautiful babies!

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LG
$20
Lisa & Craig Goedecke
19 months ago

Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family.

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Scarlet Begonia
6 months ago

Sorry it's been so long since I've posted. We've had a lot going on. I've had so many tests done to find the source of my pain with no luck. I feel like I have arthritis and can't sit/stand/lay down/walk for any length of time. I'm going to see a neurologist next. Please pray that they figure out how to help me feel better. We're trying to get back on our feet but it's a long process. We need help to get a second vehicle, probably a minivan, so Ryan can go to work and I can get to my appointments. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!

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Roberta Westerlund
17 months ago

m y prayers are with you and your family the beautiful little ones with all the prayers god will answer them your a strong young lady and we all know you will beat this hunny god bless you and your children and the awesome man you have in your life hugs

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Scarlet Begonia
28 months ago

I'm starting to feel a little better after my surgery, just still very sore. I got wonderful news when my home care nurse came today and she took my picc line out!!!! I have the port in my chest now so I can get fluids and medicine through that! I'm so excited about this because I've been having to deal with this iv wrapped around my arm for what seems like forever and it gets caught on things and pulls and just causes me to get irritated. What a relief!

+ Read More
Scarlet Begonia
28 months ago

I have had many people ask for more info and updates, so I will try my best to comply. I just want to say that it warms my heart how generous you all have been! I know it is not very easy for some of you, yet you still help us out. As thankful as we are for all of the donations, I cannot read any of the beautiful words you have expressed without tearing up! It gives new meaning to saying words cannot express how much it means to us! Thank you, thank you, thank you and I love you all so much! I can feel my heart strings being tugged on with each word! It is amazing to see the beauty in the world first hand! That being said, I am now home from a couple days of surgeries and the twins are absolutely perfect and healthy!!!! We had an ultrasound afterwards to put me at ease that they were okay and also got the wonderful news that we are most likely having one boy and one girl! Of course, I just want them to be healthy and perfect but have wanted one of each from the beginning! I will update you again soon when I hear the results from the lumpectomy. Love you all!

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Sharon Mckibbon
28 months ago

to my beautiful niece jada......I am so inspired by you and ryan and how you are putting love and being there for each other and the babies as your front center and world. I will be there for you and the babies while you continue your battle after their birth, it will take a village and a family to keep your precious babies happy and loved while you regain your health and can be mommy and just enjoy baby on the left and baby on the right. still rooting for twin boys but I am open to two girls. love you both so much

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Katie Keenan
28 months ago

My heart breaks for you and Ryan, Jada! Best wishes to you, I hope you kick its ass! I would love to help in anyway if I can, just let me know! Xo

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Doreen Crocker
28 months ago

thoughts and prayers are with you all, just wish I could do more.

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Ryan McKeagney
29 months ago

I would like to give a heartfelt thank you to everyone that has reached out in support of Jada and the little ones growing inside her tummy. This is a very difficult time for us, so your help and positive feedback are appreciated more than we can possibly express. Please continue to send good vibes our way and spread the word :)

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