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.
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!