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5/20/2017 Latest post:
Thanks for joining the Caring Bridge site we have set up for Jenna. To give you some background, shortly after Easter, Jenna began feeling a little under the weather. Nothing major, just a little upset stomach. It stayed with her for a couple weeks and wasn't going away. She was due for blood work as part of a routine physical, so she went in on Monday 5/1 to give the blood sample for the typical labs. The doctor called us on 5/2 and said that her liver numbers were a bit over the normal range and wanted us to come in on 5/2 to review the lab work with us. When we met with our doctor, he was concerned enough to order more bloodwork that returned more concerning results, which led to an ultra sound of Jenna's abdomen, and then a CatScan, and then a biopsy of Jenna's liver on Monday 5/8. Our worst fears were realized, when it confirmed that Jenna has stage 4 pancreatic cancer, which has spread to her liver. We met with our oncologist on 5/10 and he gave us two chemo options (one which is more aggressive and one that is less aggressive). After much thought and prayer, Jenna decided to go with the more aggressive chemo option so the doctor ordered a port to be placed on Tuesday 5/16, in prep for chemo to start.
We have shed many tears over the last couple of weeks as we try and absorb all that has happened in such a short time. Due to our human frailty that causes us times of fear for the future, sadness, grief, and anxiety, we are not shaken in our trust that God has us in his hands and is walking alongside us through this difficult time.
My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 73:26