Jessie Karlovich

First post: Aug 13, 2019 Latest post: Jun 25, 2020
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A few months ago my daughter, Jessie and her boyfriend, Morgan, moved  from Oregon to Pennsylvania to find jobs and have a new experience. Jessie began working shortly after the move, turned 27, and was beginning to build her new life on the East Coast, and was enjoying spending time with family and friends. But, about a month ago, she discovered a lump on her sternum.  She had been having back pain for about a year,  and after month of testing, today Jessie found out that she has Stage IV Primary Mediastinal B-Cell Lymphoma which is rapidly growing. This cancer most frequently affects young women. She has numerous tumors in her chest cavity and one on her small intestine, and other lymph nodes on her chest, neck, and tonsils are affected as well. She will begin her first series of treatments on August 13. She will be hospitalized for 6 days and will receive Epoch-R treatments which are a combination of chemotherapy drugs. This process will repeat every 3 weeks for 6 cycles, each time requiring a 5-day stay in the hospital. There are so many side effects to chemotherapy, but there's been a high success rate for this type of therapy for this particular lymphoma. The doctor told us that after the 1st cycle of treatment that as much as 90% of the cancer can be destroyed. Jessie is very hopeful that she can continue working but is not sure that will be possible. She may be weak, tired and sick , and she has to be very cautious as her immune system will be suppressed,  and she will be more vulnerable to other illnesses. She will be receiving her treatment at the Harrisburg Hospital, Harrisburg, PA.