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My Story

Welcome to our CaringBridge site. We've created it to keep friends and family updated. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement during this time when it matters most.  

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Jayden is a Happy, Handsome, Amazing 4 year old boy whose world changed in a matter of weeks.  He is the toughest kid I have ever met.  He was experiencing severe back pain for over 6 weeks and was brought to Kaiser San Francisco for an MRI on May 16th 2013.  We got a call that he needed to be transferred to Kaiser Oakland as soon as possible as they found some tumors in his spine and pelvis and we needed to do more testing.  After 3 Xrays, a CT scan, 2 MRIs, 2 Biopsies, a spinal tap, 3 IV lines and and many many blood tests, he was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) with Lymphomatous features.  He has cancer in his blood stream and has 3 tumors- 2 on his spine between L2 and L4 and one on his pelvis. One of the tumors on his spine has grown into it, obstructing his spine, making walking, standing and sitting very painful.  We are hoping that the chemo will quickly shrink this tumor, so the pain subsides.  He will have to wear a back brace to protect his spine as the tumor shrinks leaving a gap in his bone.  He will need to wear this brace until his bone grows back.  We are hoping that with the advanced oncology treatments and amazing oncology team he can get through this! 


Melissa Zentner posted a new journal entry, "latest news".

I am so bad at updating this site. I do almost daily updates on Facebook but forget that not everyone has access to it. Jayden has been one tough little boy. In the last ... Read more

Johanne DiQuattro signed Jayden's Guestbook.

Saw your site on FB via my niece. Since then I've been following your progress and cheering for you to beat and conquer this thing. Not sure if you have heard about this ... Read more

Melissa Zentner posted a new journal entry, "High Risk ALL the good and the bad!".

I know it has been a while since I have updated this page. We have had many ups and downs. To begin we completed the induction phase. This means no more steroids for now. ... Read more

Melissa Zentner posted a new journal entry, "milestone".

It has been a little over a month since the devastating call that Jayden had to immediately go to Oakland Kaiser where they specialize in Pediatric oncology. And today is ... Read more

Melissa Zentner posted a new journal entry, "moving forward".

We have had some set backs and moves forward in the last week. On Wednesday we went to the clinic for treatment and were admitted to the hospital for Jayden's intense ... Read more

Veronica Jordan signed Jayden's Guestbook.

Glad to hear your baby is at home with you....I pray that he would be comfortable in spite of the side effects from the drugs and be blessed in the presence of the LORD ... Read more

Melissa Zentner posted a new journal entry.

Jayden has been home for a few days and is doing alright. He has had no motivation to get up so has just been laying down relaxing. The first couple days were a little ... Read more

Yeshe ma Wade signed Jayden's Guestbook.

To Samantha - WOW what a loving sister you are...  Sending you lots of LOVE, Sweet Heart. from:  Courtney's Mama Read more

Melissa Zentner posted a new journal entry.

I want to thank everyone for everything they have done for us (donations, meals, prayers, healing energy, support and love). We are so fortunate to have such amazing ... Read more

Yeshe ma Wade signed Jayden's Guestbook.

Yay - you guys are going home!  How great is that?  I will have to come see you when Courtney goes next time.  She will be home on Thursday and I know she will be ... Read more

Jennifer Smith signed Jayden's Guestbook.

YAY!!!! So glad you guys get to come home and that the rest of the treatment is out-patient!!!! That is awesome!!!  Jackson was higher risk, so we spent 100 days in the ... Read more

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