Words are not quite adequate enough to describe the wonderful, loving, and incredibly inspiring person Jane is, to both her family and those whose lives she's touched. She raised seven children and has been a steadfast role model for her sixteen grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews, teaching us all what it means to love unconditionally, give endlessly, and be a pillar of utter strength and determination.
Eighteen years ago, Jane was diagnosed with Stage 3 metastatic breast cancer. Several years ago, she progressed to Stage 4. Over the years, this meant numerous doctor appointments, different medicines, treatments, and trials. She is a tremendous fighter; she is dignified and has fought the fight with so much strength and grace. This past Spring, things took a hard left turn as the cancer appeared in her lung and spread to her brain and to her liver. Still, she persisted in her fight with weekly chemo treatments and several trips to the Cyberknife clinic. A few weeks ago, her treatment stopped working and she started to develop other symptoms that were pretty tough to manage. As a result of these complications, she was admitted into the hospital on Saturday. On Wednesday, we learned that the cancer had won and there isn't anything more that they can do for her. She is very tired and has become very weak. The doctors have transitioned her to hospice treatment. Today, Jane came home as she has requested and she will start this next journey with her family and friends by her side.
It is no doubt that Jane is surrounded by incredible amounts of love and support. I feel that I can speak for everyone in our family when I say that we would not be the people we are today without her guidance, encouragement, and leadership. There is truly no better person to look up to, and we are all so incredibly blessed to be in this life with her. We look forward to getting to spend this time with her - we treasure it beyond measure. As this journey progresses, we will continue to update to keep you all in touch.