We Love Jillian

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Raised by 1,624 people in 46 months

Jillian is a 31 year old nurse.  She was diagnosed with stage 4  metastatic breast cancer when she was 16 weeks pregnant with her third child. Jillian has since given birth to her third child and is now in the fight of her life. She has been given less than 2 years to live.

I have worked with Jillian for many years; she is one of the most compassionate, caring and humble nurses that I have worked with who puts her patients above all else.

Jillian was only back to work for 3 days before finding out she had breast cancer and because of this, her place of employment can do nothing for her financially. She is not entitled to sick leave, short term leave or long term. Her husband has to work double hours to cover the bills when he should be spending what precious time is left with his family.

I asked my fellow nurses for some words to describe Jillian and this is what followed: 
“Kindest,” “Most caring,” “One of the special few who nurse very naturally because she loves what she has chosen to do as a career,” “Dedicated,” “Compassionate,” “Thoughtful,” “Delightful,” and “Fun loving.”

Our goal is to raise enough money to cover her bills and provide some care for her three young children.
It's time to care for the caregiver.




To read more about Jillian's story:  http://ottawa.ctvnews.ca/specialized-chemo-treatment-helps-pregnant-ottawa-woman-1.2179678

http://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/mother-with-incurable-cancer-gives-birth-to-healthy-baby

http://www.1310news.com/2015/02/11/the-ed-hand-show-jillian-oconnor-discusses-birth-of-healthy-baby-despite-cancer-treatment/

http://ottawacitizen.com/entertainment/local-arts/artists-inspired-by-sad-tale-of-jillian-oconnor

http://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/fundraisers-for-ottawa-mom-with-terminal-cancer-overwhelmed-by-response

https://www.facebook.com/groups/176315345896952/permalink/322143997980752/

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Jillian has passed her two year anniversary since being diagnosed with cancer. Declan is 18 months old, healthy and strong. Unfortunately, Jillian's cancer has spread to her brain. She takes it day-by-day. But she is still optimistic and thanks to her husband and kids for that.
The support continues to roll in for her, too. A theatrical group, Indie Women Productions is hosting a musical comedy in Perth from now until August 28th, with all the proceeds going to Jillian and her family.

Check out this article for more information on Jillian and the musical production:
http://ottawa.ctvnews.ca/ottawa-area-woman-who-battled-cancer-while-pregnant-passes-2-year-anniversary-but-cancer-spreads-1.3034538#_gus&_gucid=&_gup=twitter&_gsc=e5dM4LC
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Jillian and a group of great nurses and friends and I went for dinner on Monday evening. Jillian looks great and still has a wonderful sense of humour. When we were chitchatting , Jillian mentioned to me , that earlier in the day of the night that she was invited to drop the puck at the Ottawa Senators game, she had had surgery. When she was in the recovery room and noticed the time, she said to the nurse " grab my wig and shoes I've got to go."
She absolutely amazes me.
So on days that I feel to tired to be productive, I will think back to that story of Jillian, her treatments, her 3 young active children, and her amazing will to keep going!

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Jillian and her family had the honour of dropping the puck tonight at the Ottawa Senators vs. the Calgary Flames game for #HockeyFightsCancer night.

https://www.facebook.com/ottawasenators/posts/10153641090814477:0
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Thanks again for the renewed interest in Jillian and her family. Many of you have donated anonymously and therefore no one but me see's your inspiring comments.
I thought I should post as an update a few of them.

"Jillian is a true inspiration. Her story puts all my trivial concerns into perspective."

"You are a hero to those children. Your mother loved you 3 girls more than anything. She would often take Jodi & Julie out for bike rides (you would be in a seat on the back of her bike) and come visit my mom along the way. You could tell that you three were her everything. You are following in her footsteps in being the most amazing mom those kids could ever dream of having. Good luck with your treatments. xxx"

"I'm so touched by this story. I have tears in my eyes every time I read. I've shared with with my family and friends. Jilian, you're amazing!"

"I have every confidence that your children are going to accomplish great things in the world. Everyday, you and your husband are teaching them how life should be lived, with love and hope."

"The very best of human spirit is within you."

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Marion Metcalfe
38 months ago

Hi Jillian: I think about you everyday. I pray for you. I have been spending time with little Braelynn...so cute. Kris and Shannon are doing well. xxxxooo

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Ela Dence
45 months ago

Warm regards to everyone reading this, I want to use this medium to thank rick Simpson for the help he rendered to me and my family over three months of treating my mom of her bone cancer with his cannabis oil which we purchased at Rickcannabisoil02@outlook.com. am saying a very big thank you to rick for curing my mom of her cancer with his powerful oil. Am advising all my Reverend to purchase hisher oil here at RICKCANNABISOIL02@OUTLOOK.COM. purchase it now and see the difference, it really worked for me and I know it would work for fellow brothers and sisters having similar problem. THANKS

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Cheryl Turner
46 months ago

Thanks mom, for donating again. Wow I love you and I'm glad to have you as my mom.

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Judi Mallett
46 months ago

I would like to see the total raised reach $110,000 so that with administration fees Jillian and her family will still receive $100k.

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Natasha Davis
46 months ago

A few short years ago, I worked with an incredible team of nurses, Jillian being one of them. We always pulled together, to help each other out.. No matter how difficult. Jillian has always been compassionate, positive and caring. I am truly inspired by Jillian's strength while facing the fight for her life. A couple of weeks ago this same group of ladies came together to help Jillian in her time of need. It has made my heart smile, seeing all of this outpouring of Positivity, Love and generosity from our community. Thank you to everyone for donating and sending your well wishes to Jillian and her beautiful family. Thank you Beverley, for getting the group together and organizing this. Thank you Cheryl, for putting this fundraising page together. Thank you to all of our group who have helped to raise awareness and generate more funds for Jillian and her family. Jillian, I am sending Peace, Love ,Positivity and Blessings to you and your family. I will keep you in my prayers. Natasha

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Cheryl Turner
46 months ago

HI Cheryl, you and the other nurses are such good friends to Jillian! Thank you for all the work around this fundraiser. Please consider this: Jillian has no long-term insurance, no life Insurance - so $100K for 3 kids spread over 10-15 yrs is not too much. In 10 yrs this amount will be worth less than now. Please don't take the Fundraiser offline - people still want to give. Or, close this Fundraiser, give the money to the family and start "WeLoveJillian2" - please consider it.

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Christy Bindhardt
46 months ago

Jillian was my mother first friend when she came to live at Stoneridge. Without Jillian there my mother might well have decided it was too horrible and stopped. We have missed her caring and smile and we wish this had never happened to her. With all our love - The Bindhardts, Lynn & Christy

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Cheryl Turner
46 months ago

Cheryl, please see the few lines below, and if appropriate, please post as part of an Update - by a site visitor called Anonymous: " PEOPLE, please don't stop at the amount given as a goal - this is not a garden variety office goal or deadline - Jillian needs a miracle ! SUPPORT can make it happen: let's go beyond the goal as a means to show support - and let's pray for her - all you Believers out there, please say a prayer, we do it for Him! Let's support Life, let's take the side of Life - after all, what distinguishes humans from other life forms - isn't it Compassion? - Compassion makes us human, and brings us closer to God. Just think, HOW would those YOUNG CHILDREN grow up WITHOUT A MOTHER - the younger the child, the more vulnerable, and the more irreversible the damage, we know that nowadays. JILLIAN GREW UP WITHOUT A MOTHER - to all who consider themselves decent and good human beings : let's give as much support as we possibly can so that HER YOUNG CHILDREN have TIME WITH HER. "

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Karen Kempel
46 months ago

Cheryl you have done a remarkable job raising funds for your dear friend Jillian. Jillian I am a breast cancer survivor. I went through 2 types of chemo, surgery and radiation and with the amazing support of the Ottawa Cancer Centre am now completely cured. I was also a mother of 3 young children at the time and I admire the love you have demonstrated to your new baby and your two other little ones. Please know that many people you have never met are praying for you every day. Hang in there .. treatment is tough but the results can be remarkable. Miracles are truly possible! Much love ...

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Kim Kui Yapp
46 months ago

Many Congratulations and Blessings to the safe delivery of your baby. Wish I can say and do more, even come and visit you guys, but... .So, instead- we convey our prayers that you will find His Love, Peace, Healing and Strength and that ALL Will Be Well, Your prayers are heard and be fulfilled. Take courage in His Mercy, Jillian. Thank You too to the great doctors. God Bless you all..

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Betsy Kenerson
46 months ago

Dear Jillian and family, Congratulations to you on the birth of your dear baby boy, Declan. He is so beautiful. It seems that you are in very good hands with Dr. Clemons and all the staff at The Ottawa Hospital. Am sending positive energy for healing and love to you all!

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Lourdes Tovar
46 months ago

Hello, some weeks ago as I was checking on my fundraising page I learned about a lady that had cancer and was going to be treated at the Oasis of Hope clinic, so I was wondering if someone who knows Jillian could pass this information to her Please. Oasis of Hope has better survival rates than any other cancer treatment center in the world. http://www.oasisofhope.com/ Hope everything goes well and she could be healed so she can raise her children. God bless you all.

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Brian Johnson
46 months ago

PLEASE TWEET AND SHARE ON FACEBOOK THIS STORY, I agree with the use of hemp oil, it is worth a try, we want to use it for our daughter Sophia - for her daily seizures but Pennsylvania says NO at this time. PRAYERS FOR JILLIAN!

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Darlene Dougherty
46 months ago

I was diagnosed with breast cancer a couple of years ago so I have an idea of what you are going through. My sister was also diagnosed with stage 4 cervical cancer which couldn't be treated with an operation as well she was not a candidate for chemo therapy. I urge you to take hemp oil. She started taking hemp oil and it has put her cancer in remission which is truly a blessing. Her oncologist is amazed by how she is doing. It has been a real miracle! All the best.

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Charlotte Wallace
46 months ago

Please, Please, Read the Book by Susanne Summers called Knock Out! It's well worth the Read!!!

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Jenny LaBerge
46 months ago

The link for the Run From the Cure video is http://www.esoterictube.com/run-from-the-cure-the-rick-simpson-story/

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Jenny LaBerge
46 months ago

Please don't think I'm crazy but please try hemp oil. I am not a doctor and am not saying it will cure the cancer as it is apparently advanced but please look up either Rick Simpson or Run from the Cure. Many people that used hemp oil have been cured and children with seizures have had the number of seizures very greatly reduced when using the oil. It does not have the thc that marijuana has and is not smoked. Please watch Run From the Cure even if you don't have cancer. I don't know how to reach Jillian personally so if someone can pass this on to her I think it may help her. Please and thank you.

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Traceylyn Watchorn
46 months ago

I would love to be in contact with Jillian. I also am a patient of Dr. Clemons and live in Ottawa with 3 kids. I would love to offer support or a shoulder

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Kelly Couldridge
46 months ago

I want to thank Jamie Renaud, for his crazy generous donation! He doesn't know Jillian, but his Mom was a nurse, and his family lost her to cancer, so this cause is very near and dear to his heart!

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Cheryl Turner
46 months ago

I also want to thank everyone who isn't a nurse. We have a lot of support workers in the hospital that give their all and are so supportive of the nurses. Cancer touches us all. I love everyone I work with and I am proud to know these caring people.

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Marion Metcalfe
38 months ago

Hi Jillian: I think about you everyday. I pray for you. I have been spending time with little Braelynn...so cute. Kris and Shannon are doing well. xxxxooo

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Ela Dence
45 months ago

Warm regards to everyone reading this, I want to use this medium to thank rick Simpson for the help he rendered to me and my family over three months of treating my mom of her bone cancer with his cannabis oil which we purchased at Rickcannabisoil02@outlook.com. am saying a very big thank you to rick for curing my mom of her cancer with his powerful oil. Am advising all my Reverend to purchase hisher oil here at RICKCANNABISOIL02@OUTLOOK.COM. purchase it now and see the difference, it really worked for me and I know it would work for fellow brothers and sisters having similar problem. THANKS

+ Read More
Cheryl Turner
46 months ago

Thanks mom, for donating again. Wow I love you and I'm glad to have you as my mom.

+ Read More
Judi Mallett
46 months ago

I would like to see the total raised reach $110,000 so that with administration fees Jillian and her family will still receive $100k.

+ Read More
Natasha Davis
46 months ago

A few short years ago, I worked with an incredible team of nurses, Jillian being one of them. We always pulled together, to help each other out.. No matter how difficult. Jillian has always been compassionate, positive and caring. I am truly inspired by Jillian's strength while facing the fight for her life. A couple of weeks ago this same group of ladies came together to help Jillian in her time of need. It has made my heart smile, seeing all of this outpouring of Positivity, Love and generosity from our community. Thank you to everyone for donating and sending your well wishes to Jillian and her beautiful family. Thank you Beverley, for getting the group together and organizing this. Thank you Cheryl, for putting this fundraising page together. Thank you to all of our group who have helped to raise awareness and generate more funds for Jillian and her family. Jillian, I am sending Peace, Love ,Positivity and Blessings to you and your family. I will keep you in my prayers. Natasha

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Cheryl Turner
46 months ago

HI Cheryl, you and the other nurses are such good friends to Jillian! Thank you for all the work around this fundraiser. Please consider this: Jillian has no long-term insurance, no life Insurance - so $100K for 3 kids spread over 10-15 yrs is not too much. In 10 yrs this amount will be worth less than now. Please don't take the Fundraiser offline - people still want to give. Or, close this Fundraiser, give the money to the family and start "WeLoveJillian2" - please consider it.

+ Read More
Christy Bindhardt
46 months ago

Jillian was my mother first friend when she came to live at Stoneridge. Without Jillian there my mother might well have decided it was too horrible and stopped. We have missed her caring and smile and we wish this had never happened to her. With all our love - The Bindhardts, Lynn & Christy

+ Read More
Cheryl Turner
46 months ago

Cheryl, please see the few lines below, and if appropriate, please post as part of an Update - by a site visitor called Anonymous: " PEOPLE, please don't stop at the amount given as a goal - this is not a garden variety office goal or deadline - Jillian needs a miracle ! SUPPORT can make it happen: let's go beyond the goal as a means to show support - and let's pray for her - all you Believers out there, please say a prayer, we do it for Him! Let's support Life, let's take the side of Life - after all, what distinguishes humans from other life forms - isn't it Compassion? - Compassion makes us human, and brings us closer to God. Just think, HOW would those YOUNG CHILDREN grow up WITHOUT A MOTHER - the younger the child, the more vulnerable, and the more irreversible the damage, we know that nowadays. JILLIAN GREW UP WITHOUT A MOTHER - to all who consider themselves decent and good human beings : let's give as much support as we possibly can so that HER YOUNG CHILDREN have TIME WITH HER. "

+ Read More
Karen Kempel
46 months ago

Cheryl you have done a remarkable job raising funds for your dear friend Jillian. Jillian I am a breast cancer survivor. I went through 2 types of chemo, surgery and radiation and with the amazing support of the Ottawa Cancer Centre am now completely cured. I was also a mother of 3 young children at the time and I admire the love you have demonstrated to your new baby and your two other little ones. Please know that many people you have never met are praying for you every day. Hang in there .. treatment is tough but the results can be remarkable. Miracles are truly possible! Much love ...

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Kim Kui Yapp
46 months ago

Many Congratulations and Blessings to the safe delivery of your baby. Wish I can say and do more, even come and visit you guys, but... .So, instead- we convey our prayers that you will find His Love, Peace, Healing and Strength and that ALL Will Be Well, Your prayers are heard and be fulfilled. Take courage in His Mercy, Jillian. Thank You too to the great doctors. God Bless you all..

+ Read More
Betsy Kenerson
46 months ago

Dear Jillian and family, Congratulations to you on the birth of your dear baby boy, Declan. He is so beautiful. It seems that you are in very good hands with Dr. Clemons and all the staff at The Ottawa Hospital. Am sending positive energy for healing and love to you all!

+ Read More
Lourdes Tovar
46 months ago

Hello, some weeks ago as I was checking on my fundraising page I learned about a lady that had cancer and was going to be treated at the Oasis of Hope clinic, so I was wondering if someone who knows Jillian could pass this information to her Please. Oasis of Hope has better survival rates than any other cancer treatment center in the world. http://www.oasisofhope.com/ Hope everything goes well and she could be healed so she can raise her children. God bless you all.

+ Read More
Brian Johnson
46 months ago

PLEASE TWEET AND SHARE ON FACEBOOK THIS STORY, I agree with the use of hemp oil, it is worth a try, we want to use it for our daughter Sophia - for her daily seizures but Pennsylvania says NO at this time. PRAYERS FOR JILLIAN!

+ Read More
Darlene Dougherty
46 months ago

I was diagnosed with breast cancer a couple of years ago so I have an idea of what you are going through. My sister was also diagnosed with stage 4 cervical cancer which couldn't be treated with an operation as well she was not a candidate for chemo therapy. I urge you to take hemp oil. She started taking hemp oil and it has put her cancer in remission which is truly a blessing. Her oncologist is amazed by how she is doing. It has been a real miracle! All the best.

+ Read More
Charlotte Wallace
46 months ago

Please, Please, Read the Book by Susanne Summers called Knock Out! It's well worth the Read!!!

+ Read More
Jenny LaBerge
46 months ago

The link for the Run From the Cure video is http://www.esoterictube.com/run-from-the-cure-the-rick-simpson-story/

+ Read More
Jenny LaBerge
46 months ago

Please don't think I'm crazy but please try hemp oil. I am not a doctor and am not saying it will cure the cancer as it is apparently advanced but please look up either Rick Simpson or Run from the Cure. Many people that used hemp oil have been cured and children with seizures have had the number of seizures very greatly reduced when using the oil. It does not have the thc that marijuana has and is not smoked. Please watch Run From the Cure even if you don't have cancer. I don't know how to reach Jillian personally so if someone can pass this on to her I think it may help her. Please and thank you.

+ Read More
Traceylyn Watchorn
46 months ago

I would love to be in contact with Jillian. I also am a patient of Dr. Clemons and live in Ottawa with 3 kids. I would love to offer support or a shoulder

+ Read More
Kelly Couldridge
46 months ago

I want to thank Jamie Renaud, for his crazy generous donation! He doesn't know Jillian, but his Mom was a nurse, and his family lost her to cancer, so this cause is very near and dear to his heart!

+ Read More
Cheryl Turner
46 months ago

I also want to thank everyone who isn't a nurse. We have a lot of support workers in the hospital that give their all and are so supportive of the nurses. Cancer touches us all. I love everyone I work with and I am proud to know these caring people.

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