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7/30/2016 Latest post:
Jeanne (AKA Mom, MomJeanne, Aunt Jeanne and Mrs. Day) was diagnosed with breast cancer in May of 2016. She tolerated the first two chemo treatments well but unfortunately she developed a serious infection due to her weakened immune system, Necrotizing Myositis in her right thigh. She spent summer and fall of 2016 being treated for and recovering from this infection: 6 surgeries, a month in the hospital, home health care and physical therapy got her back to a place where she could continue with her cancer treatment. At that point her team decided not to continue anymore chemo and instead they did a partial mastectomy and radiation treatments. She was sad not to be able to return to teaching last fall but focused on working hard to get back into the classroom as soon as she could. She started back at St. Paul's in January. In February, she began having pain in her back and her hip. After many tests and scans, we learned that the cancer had spread to her bones. Those of you who know Jeanne, know that she is determined, positive and always moving forward. She finished out the semester despite the intensity of the pain and said her time in the classroom was the highlight of each day. In May, she had surgery to put a rod in her hip and thigh to reinforce the weakened bones and she was back in the classroom a few days later. Even though the cancer has metastasized, the doctor has said that there are a lot of treatment options they will continue to pursue. Jeanne was really counting on teaching again this year and it has been a sad transition these last few weeks to realize she doesn't have the energy to return to St. Paul’s right now.