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Jesse had been experiencing stomach discomfort for several months when he decided to make his first visit to his primary care physician at the beginning of August 2010. Jesse was started on omeprazole, a prescription-strength medication that helps control heartburn-like symptoms. After taking this medication for a month, Jesse did not feel his symptoms had improved. Jesse followed up with his primary care physician a couple more times, the last being Friday, November 12.

At this visit, Jesse had lost 40 pounds since his first visit in early August. The primary care physician was extremely concerned and scheduled Jesse for an endoscopy on Monday, November 15. For this test, Jesse had to swallow a camera that a GI specialist used to look inside of Jesse's stomach. Right away, the GI specialist knew Jesse's stomach did not look good. He pulled 12 biopsies and ordered more lab tests.

After the endoscopy, the GI specialist expressed to Jesse and I that he had a strong suspicion for cancer. He had to rule out infection first, but that was quickly ruled out when Jesse's pathology came back: adenocarcinoma of the stomach that had spread to lymph nodes surrounding the stomach. The lymph nodes were apparent in the CT scan the GI specialist had scheduled for Jesse the day following his endoscopy.

With this result, Jesse and I were referred to Oncology. We had our first visit with Oncology on Tuesday, November 23. The oncologist ordered a PET scan for Jesse to get a complete look at his entire body to see the stage of Jesse's cancer as well as if the cancer has spread anywhere else in his body. The oncologist also informed us that chemotherapy is the first treatment step when treating stomach cancer. After some testing to evaluate Jesse's current nutrition level and whether his heart is strong enough to undergo chemo, we are scheduled to start intravenous chemotherapy on Tuesday, November 30.

We should receive the results of the PET scan in the next day or two. We still have a lot of questions and are hoping to get a prognosis from the PET scan results. We intend to post all updates to this website as we receive them.

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Karlyn Brewington posted a new journal entry, "Transitioning".

Hello, all. I have created a new website, a blogspot, where you all have the option to choose to follow any continued updates on Jesse's behalf, including email ... Read more

Karlyn Brewington posted a new journal entry, "Transitioning".

Hello, all. I have created a new website, a blogspot, where you all have the option to choose to follow any continued updates on Jesse's behalf, including email ... Read more

Karlyn Brewington posted a new journal entry.

Some of you don't have Facebook, and I don't have emails for MANY of you...These were played at the funeral, and our fantastic brother-in-law, Greg, put them up on youtube ... Read more

Karlyn Brewington posted a new journal entry, "Legacy, Memorial, Tributes...".

Hello, all. As I continue to struggle through the coping process and MANY changes that are happening in my life, updating this page has been one of them. I feel strange ... Read more

Karlyn Brewington posted a new journal entry, "Thank you, thank you, thank you ;)".

Yesterday, I drove back up to Hampton after being away with only one short stop before the funeral last week. There were DOT vehicles, patrol cars, county cars, city ... Read more

Karlyn Brewington posted a new journal entry, "Jesse's memory lives on...".

I hope you all don't mind that I use this wonderful tool (caringbridge) to send mine and Jesse's family's continued gratitude for your extremely kind and thoughtful words, ... Read more

Karlyn Brewington posted a new journal entry, "Jesse, you are terribly missed...".

Hi, everyone. Doing better today...I feel a little more normal anyway, and I've been talking to Jesse several times daily. I asked him to help keep me strong, and he ... Read more

Karlyn Brewington posted a new journal entry.

Hello again, everyone. I'm having trouble expressing myself just yet, but wanted to post to let you all know that Jesse passed away today, August 2, 2011, at 1:28 pm ... Read more

Karlyn Brewington posted a new journal entry.

Hi, everyone. Thank you so much for the well wishes on our "vow renewal" wedding weekend. The day was warm, and Jesse was able to come outside and enjoy much of ... Read more

Karlyn Brewington posted a new journal entry.

Hello...we continue to struggle with pain control. Jesse said last night he felt, "a lot of pressure, as if I'm going to explode." The lump at his abdomen has ... Read more

Karlyn Brewington posted a new journal entry.

Cousin Larry, thank you so much for posting that response. I am sitting in a nice, cool, relaxing living room as I type this update! We can't thank Joey and K&S ... Read more

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