When my niece, Jessa, was only three, she was diagnosed with Leukemia. After two years of chemotherapy treatments, medicines that tasted awful, and medicines to combat the side effects of other medicines, she was in remission. She had a princess party to celebrate her success, and people came and danced and ate and reveled in miracles.
One evening, a year or so later, my brother came home and asked what Jessa wanted for dinner. She said, “How about IHOP?”
“Why do you think we should go out?”
She thought for a while before she said, “Well, I did beat cancer.”
“You’re right,” he laughed. “Let’s go.”
Now eleven, Jessa loves soccer, piano, school, hanging out with her friends, Harry Potter books, and her Chihuahua JJ. She loves to play with her cousins and go swimming with her brother, Blake. She’s dramatic and funny, which makes me think she’d be a great actress.
The picture above was taken in November 2011, just a few days after Jessa was diagnosed with Leukemia for the second time. She had been in remission for five and a half years—six months past the point where people think they’ll ever have to deal with the aches, pains, and hair loss from cancer again. Jessa has been brave and beautiful throughout this second ordeal.
On Saturday, April 28, there will be a benefit at Trinity Lutheran Church in Ft. Collins, Colorado from 7:00-9:00. If you’re in the area, the church is located at 301 East Stuart Street. We’d love to see you.
Jessa, Blake, and many other talented musicians plan to entertain the crowd. There will also be delicious desserts and a silent auction. Bonfils Colorado Marrow Donor Program will host a booth for cheek swabbing and registration for the bone marrow registry. I’ve already become a donor; it’s quick and easy and could save someone’s life. If you click on the link underneath “Be the Match” on my blogroll, you’ll instantly be connected to their website.
Please pass this on to anyone you think might be interested. And thank you in advance for your support and kindness.
What’s the worst thing you’ve faced—and beaten—before?