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My Story

Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We've created it to keep friends and family updated on Jennie's battle with cancer. Get started by reading the introduction to our website, My Story.

Visit often to read the latest journal entries, visit the photo gallery, and write us a note in our guestbook.

In July, 2010, Jennie began experiencing pains in her side that she assumed to be gall bladder related.  In the last week of September the pain became more intense and constant so she went to get a second opinion from a real doctor.  Her "gall bladder" problem was actually liver cancer which had spread from a cancer in her colon. (At least her medical training was very cheap!)

Lab results would later demonstrate that her liver must be a pretty cool place to hang out if you are a tumor because the whole thing was pretty well ate up with them, the largest the size of a man's fist (9 cm).

We began an immediate chemo cocktail that we affectionately call our "scrubb'n bubbles".  We've tried to get something more along the line of a margarita added to the mix, but so far it's been a pretty firm no go.  Surgery and customary radiation were not options... too much cancer.

We've been through several Scrubb'n Bubble chemo mixes over the last 30 months and substituted a bonus drug, Xeloda, for a while but that drug landed Jennie in the hospital.  We recently rode a great advancement in cancer fighting, Erbitux, until it couldn't go any more and lost its punch.  

Then we tried an experimental radiation treatment called Y-90 where radioactive pellets are injected through a catheter directly into her liver.  The right lobe was "nuked" on May 11, 2012, and we "nuked" the left lobe on June 22nd.  Although we reduced the size of the tumors they survived the nukings. Unfortunately, the right lobe (approximately 70% of her liver) did not.  

Fortunately, the left lobe has enlarged itself to compensate for the death of the right side and her liver function continues to be adequate for survival.

Lacking any better options, we briefly went back to the Erbitux chemo regimen which did some good - slowing, but not able to hold the line against the cancer.  Side effects from prolonged use of Erbitux made it difficult to stay on it as well. 

We tried a newly approved Zaltrap chemo regimen on November 12, 2012, but a single treatment of that and Jennie was back in the hospital with a fistula.  

Lastly, we experimented with the most recently approved cancer roadblock, Stivarga.  The first twenty one day "coarse" didn't go over well and we had to discontinue it after just ten days.  We began a second round at half the recommended dosage in early February.  The Stivarga did hold her cancer growth rate constant, although it remained at a high level.   We took it until March 21, 2013.  At that point it was determined that her liver was in it's last gasps and it was time to go to hospice care.

We spent two days in the hospital to get ahead of her pain level and replenish fluids then on March 27th, I brought my Lovely-Beloved home to await her birth into eternal life.  The hospice folks have been wonderful and we are keeping this beautiful child of God as comfortable as possible.  She never complains and has accepted God's will for her has been to show others how to die.  

We're taking it one day at a time, living life to the fullest, and praying that God releases her from the restrictions of this life soon.   Please join your journey to ours in whatever time each of us is given here on this rock and let's make our way home together.  

Smiles, encouragement, and good jokes are really effective supplemental treatments that you can provide in our guest book section.  We are gratefully accepting every one we get.  Thanks for yours!  Prayers are out of this world - and they have the bonus effect of bringing both you and us to a better place so cut loose for goodness' sake!  

I'm sorry, but the love of my life was freed from the struggles of this world and born into eternal life at 3:55 PM, Saturday, April 27, 2013.  God rest her soul and may she live on in our hearts!

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Ed Martin posted a new journal entry, "I'm a People, I'm God, I'm a Duck!".

Hello friends and Caring Bridge family!  It's been over four months since I've touched base with you.  Sorry it has taken me so long to write this entry, ... Read more

Tricia Espinoza signed Jennie's Guestbook.

What a gift you've given to those us that receive understanding through this reflection, your time and your own example of faith. Read more

Czarina Walker signed Jennie's Guestbook.

Love you both so much. This is a beautiful post Eddie. Thank you for sharing this on such a touching day for your family. Read more

June Berry signed Jennie's Guestbook.

Sweet Deacon Eddie,I always get a lurch and knot in my stomach of surprise when I get an email saying I have a message from Jennie. I know she's dancing and singing and ... Read more

Lydia Clary signed Jennie's Guestbook.

Thank you so much for writing this. Another's faith is always important and helpful. Read more

Nicole Torrance signed Jennie's Guestbook.

Ed,What a beautifully written message! I thank you for sharing this with all of us. You are right that God works through all of us in some way. What a blessing it is to ... Read more

Jancy Amedee signed Jennie's Guestbook.

This is such an awesome, inspiring message!! Thank you for sharing and may God continue to bless you with the courage to spread his word. Read more

laura and tom rosendale signed Jennie's Guestbook.

Ed...  This should be your preface to your book.   In your spare time, please just think about writing about your entries in Jennies ... Read more

Darlene Taranto signed Jennie's Guestbook.

My dear friend, you and that awesome wife of yours continue to impact our lives in the most profound ways! I am reminded so very much of Mary's "fiat"...let it ... Read more

Paula signed Jennie's Guestbook.

Thank you so much for those wonderful comforting words. You are blessed and a blessing to so many. Read more

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