Jayme Knapp

First post: Jul 23, 2019 Latest post: Nov 5, 2019
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Jayme and Jason have been married for 15 years and she is mom to two amazing kids; Ryan and Chelsea. Jayme was originally diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012 at 37 years old. At the time, her kids were 3 and 7 years old. After undergoing a double mastectomy, she was given the all clear and after several reconstructive surgeries, she was on the road to recovery and eventually given a clean bill of heath with no other treatments necessary. Fast forward-exactly five years and one day, on July 19, 2017, Jayme went for a checkup to discuss a concern she had. A scan was ordered and she was told the cancer was back and is terminal; Stage IV metastatic breast cancer. 42 years old with terminal cancer. It had spread to her neck, chest, spine, and hip. There is no cure-only treatment-for the rest of her life. Fear, shock, confusion, sadness and anger, followed.  After breaking the tearful news to her 8 and 12 year olds, and her family and friends, she had to quit her job as a school bus driver to focus on her health. Her support system immediately jumped into action and she started chemotherapy right away. She  tried to stay away from reading statistics and focused on treatment. She underwent  6 months of grueling chemotherapy, followed by 18 months (and counting) of immunotherapy, monoclonal antibody therapy, bone cancer infusions,  estrogen shots and daily medications. Jayme has responded very well to treatments but this is only the beginning of a very long road of aggressive treatments to keep the cancer from spreading too quickly. She is stable, currently, until the cancer spreads again, at which point she will start hard chemotherapy again. We continue to pray for mercy as she continues her maintenance treatment infusions every three weeks at Illinois CancerCare. Even though her calendar is full of countless appointments for treatment, bloodwork, scans, and echocardiograms,  Jayme tries to focus on taking one day at a time, spending as much time with her children as possible, making memories with them as she continues her battle to live as long as possible. 

We appreciate your support, prayers and words of hope and encouragement as she continues her fight. 

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