Welcome to WARRIORS for JENNA!!! We are using this site to keep family and friends updated regularly. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement.
In the summer of 2016, Jenna started coughing on a regular basis, with no other signs or symptoms. Being in the medical field, Jenna figured she would treat herself and just deal with the cough until it stopped. However, this cough was relentless, and by early fall Jenna decided it was time to get things checked out. Upon her initial doctor visits, Jenna was diagnosed with GERD and post nasal drip. Still, no medications were working and the cough continued. By October, Jenna began to experience shortness of breath. This continued through early winter and by December, the diagnosis of asthma was added to the list. Through the start of the New Year, the coughing and shortness of breath continued and became more significant. In mid-March 2017, Jenna’s voice changed, and at times, she strained to speak. Throughout those first eight months, it just didn’t seem to make sense to look beyond the facts that Jenna was a healthy 41 year old who was very active with both Cross Fit and running on a regular basis. After more doctor visits and testing, a CT scan showed a left bronchial growth. Jenna was sent to Sloan Kettering, where she was diagnosed with Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma on April 19, 2017.
April 19, 2017 marks day one of the fight to kill this cancer. This is a very rare cancer that affects only a small amount of cancer patients. Out of the 566,000 cases of all types of cancer that occur each year in the US, only about 1,224 of them are ACC. Right now, we are in the research stage of the treatment plan. We are all researching doctors, researching hospitals, researching the best treatment plan.
What we do know...
* this cancer is very rare
* this cancer is not treatable by chemotherapy
* this cancer involves surgical intervention
* radiation is a possibility after surgery
What we need from you right now...
* LOTS of PRAYERS!!! PRAYER WARRIORS!!!!!
* POSITIVE THOUGHTS!!! The power of positivity is so powerful!!!
* Patience and understanding with our immediate family, as we all work as a team of support to figure this out
For information on how to donate: https://www.gofundme.com/warriorsforjenna
As always, thank you so much for all of the love and support!