Keeping busy and being proactive helps me keep my sanity, but some of the information that I'm coming across in my research is disheartening. The 5-year survival rate for my cancer is 14%. I felt like I got punched in the chest when I read that. I can't seem to get that statistic out of my head and my breath keeps holding on to that number.
I am constantly reminding myself to breathe.
My doctors are contacting other cancer centers to help find some other options. Surgery may or may not happen depending on if the other clinics want to evaluate me first. I will most likely need to travel to a few places to have the evaluations done. I guess my wish to travel has been answered. I'm still hoping to plan a trip to meet up with Jirar Gertmenian (my adorable BF who lives in Russia). It will be nice to have that to look forward to.
|Getting tough! Jen readies herself for the "big fight" to save her own life.
Photo: Larkin Donley
But out of the darkness, there is light. Not everything has been bad news. I know that I have a lot of amazing people behind me that are working hard to find solutions-family, friends, doctors, and even people I've never met.
Through a friend, Gary Lyons, I have been put in contact with Jeryl Spear, the editor of HOT World-Class Beauty Magazine.
First off, she has invited me to blog about my experience. Secondly, she is using her power of influence to help raise funds for treatment, as well as some other things.
This is more than I could possibly have asked for! Please do me a favor and support this magazine. Any company that has a heart to help a stranger has my complete support!
Thank you all for giving me the strength to get this far. I appreciate all of the positive thoughts and prayers. This war may not be over, but I'm ready for the next battle. On October 17, 2016, I am getting "14%" tattooed somewhere on my body.
Jen Pearson needs your help. Please help save her life.