Many of you know of my niece Jessica's miraculous battle for her life over the past several years.
Jessica suffers from RSD, a rare neurologic disorder that causes the brain to attack her nervous system. RSD is considered the most painful disease known to medicine and there is no cure.
5 years ago doctors in the US said she had only weeks left to live. Her last hope for survival was an experimental treatment- a medically induced ketamine coma, to shut down and restart her nervous system. It is not approved in the US and currently can only be performed in Monterrey Mexico.
And it worked- Jessica returned to us whole, healed and in remission from this horrifying disease. Watching her return to life after the coma was incredible, Jessica was reunited with her sisters and family, she returned to school where she was studying to become a physician assistant and she travelled around the country sharing her inspiring testimony of God's faithfulness in front of crowds as large as 25,000. She was finally regaining the healthy life she fought so hard to have.
Unfortunately, after being in remission for the past few years, Jessica is fighting this battle once again.
Multiple surgeries over the past year and a major sepsis infection caused RSD to once again attack her body and she has spent the past 5 months back in Monterrey fighting for her life in the ICU, undergoing another ketamine coma procedure to save her life.
She has now been released from the hospital but will need to spend the next several months in Monterrey to continue treatments with her medical team there to ensure she can have the best quality of life and recover once again.
Due to the experimental nature of this treatment, none of it is covered by insurance and as you can imagine, it has been financially devastating for the family, once again.
An incredible amount of love, support and prayers have always surrounded Jessica and our family throughout this journey. God is a big God who does big miracles and we believe Jessica's life will be restored once again... But we need your help to make it possible. Any donation is greatly appreciated. May God bless you all.
For more information on Jessica's story, check out these links:
Jessica's story on FOX news- http://youtu.be/o6o_1if8nzE
Hope For Jessica blog- http://hopeforjessica.blogspot.com
Through this journey with Jessica we have learned so many things. We have learned to trust in God in ways like never before, we have learned that everything happens in his timing, and we have learned of the great generosity of people.
Thank you to all of you who are enabling Jessica to continue fighting RSD. Your donations have made her treatments possible so far.
Unfortunately, Jessica spiked a high fever a few days ago which usually means one thing, that she has infection. After taking cultures, we found out that she has 2 pretty serious infections, which are resistant to a lot of antibiotics because her immune system is so suppressed.
Thank God that she no longer has a high fever, so the antibiotics are working to kill the infection which is great news! But the antibiotics are very expensive-along with her daily treatments, and other medications it is very costly, but we know that God always provides for us.
If you can, please click on this link below to help Jessica and my family during this time. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
We are praying that this is the last infection Jessica has so that she can continue on the road to recovery without any setbacks.
Please keep Jessica in your prayers that her body will continue to fight this infection.
Thank you so much and God bless you all❤
Hello everyone, I'm sorry that it has been so long since the last update.
In this past week and a half, a lot of things have happened and it was a very scary time, But we are very happy to say that since the last update, Jessica is doing much better.
The first few days after the epidural was removed were very rough for Jessica. It was so scary to see her in that amount of pain, but thank God, Jessica has an amazing doctor who never gives up on her and who is always trying new things.
Dr. Cantu decided to increase the dosage of her intrathecal pump so that she could get some more pain relief.
We were not sure if it was going to work or how she was going to feel, but praise God, it is working very well. We are so happy that along with the pump increase and daily ketamine infusion treatments, she is now experiencing pain relief and the lesions on her left leg and her stump continue to diminish.
First of all, we want to thank all of you who have supported our family during this time. Your unending support has given Jessica the ability to keep fighting and for my family to keep fighting alongside her. You are helping Jessica get the treatments and medicines that she needs. We are so grateful for all of you. God bless you❤️
Please keep praying for Jessica, that she will continue on the path of no infections and that she will continue to get to a lower level of pain every day.
“Give thanks to the Lord and proclaim his greatness. Let the whole world know what he has done.”
Yesterday, Jessica got her epidural taken out. We were all expecting and hoping that the medication in her spine would last for a few hours and keep the pain signals silent. Even Dr. Cantu thought that the epidural effects would last for up to 6 hours, but that was not the case. Yesterday was very very rough.
Dr. Cantu gave her a ketamine infusion and the epidural was pulled during that time. Usually after treatments, she sleeps for about 2 hours, but within 30 minutes she was up.
As she was waking up, she began to hyperventilate and couldn't slow her breathing or take a deep breath. It was very scary. Then when she finally started talking, she was crying and said she was in a lot of pain in her stump-including the horrific phantom limb pain and the pain of the bone pushing against the incision on the stump.
I have seen Jessica in some terrible pain over the years of her battling this illness, but this is a new level of pain. The pain is so intense that she can barely see straight or even open her eyes. And when the pain gets at its worst, she has to hold on to the side of the bed rails. It is truly a terrible thing to have to see your own sister go through. I pray that no one will ever have to see a loved one like this, but I know that for people suffering with RSD, this is a big reality.
Jessica and my whole family are completely devastated. Seeing her like this is a complete 360 from how she was with the epidural in. It was so nice to see her in less pain for that time, but we all know it is not possible to live with an epidural in your spine, since it is expensive to keep having to get it replaced ever two weeks. She is just besides herself, because she too didn't think that the pain would come back as quickly and as severe as it did.
She keeps asking God, "why?". But our place as Christians is not to ask why but to trust wholeheartedly in our savior, our hope, and our healer, Jesus.
Please keep Jessica in your prayers that she will start to experience less pain. Please pray that the excruciating phantom limb pain will completely go away. We know that nothing is impossible to for God. We know that he is in control and we know that he is a loving God. By his stripes we are healed. By his stripes, Jessica is healed.
Right now, we are asking for your help. We are so incredibly grateful for all the people who have donated to my family during the most difficult times. We were not expecting Jessica to be like this. So now we have to spend more money on many more medications and more ketamine infusions to try and lessen the extreme, unbearable pain that Jessica if experiencing. Dr. Cantu will most likely have to give her many ketamine infusions to try and break the cycle of this pain flare. As you can imagine, this will be very expensive. On top of the expenses that we already have of all of Jessicas other medications and normal living expenses, my family is truly reaching their limit.
If you can help in any way, big or small, it would be so amazing for my family and it would help Jessica get the medication and treatments that she needs so desperately right now.
Thank you and God bless you all❤️
“But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them sing joyful praises forever. Spread your protection over them, that all who love your name may be filled with joy. For you bless the godly, O Lord; you surround them with your shield of love.”
Hello everyone, I want to update you all on Jessica this week.
This past week of having in the epidural and having daily high dose ketamine infusions has been pretty good for Jessica. She has been in less pain and the lesions have stopped their progression and begun to heal.
She has also completed the course of IV antibiotics for the sepsis that caused all the RSD lesions to resurface in the first place.
But we still need special prayers. This Wednesday, Dr. Cantu is going to take out the epidural. We are all a little scared of how it's going to go, but we are hopeful that the epidural and infusions have quieted down the pain signals. This is our hope that it will remain this way.
If it were up to Jessica, she would keep this epidural in forever, but we know as well as the doctors that it's not safe to do that. We are grateful that she has been able to keep it in as long as she has.
Please keep her in your prayers that the pain will stay at the level it's at now and that the lesions will not begin bleeding again.
We serve an awesome God, who continues to be the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. We are trusting in him and his will, that it will prevail over everything else.
We will not be afraid of what comes before us, because we have a God who is for us and who loves us.
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
II Timothy 1:7
We praise God that these treatments are working for Jessica. We praise God for Dr. Cantu for his wisdom and guidance and always helping Jessica. And we praise God for all of you who have donated, supported, loved, and prayed for Jessica to make this possible.
The picture below shows her leg before the epidural and how it is now today. We are so thankful for the healing that has taken place in her body and we are believing that she will continue to improve after this epidural is removed on Wednesday.
We are so thankful for all the donations and support that we have already received. Thank you so much and God bless you all❤️