Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Jennifer is in a pickle again

The world hands us difficulties.  Jennifer has been handed a bonanza-a nasty kind of cancer, no one should ever have.  Ewing's Sarcoma is a childhood cancer.  It's not the glamour cancer that breast cancer has become.  I suppose it's because so many people have breast cancer, it only makes sense that the research dollars should go this way.  But, what about the "freak" cancers, as Jennifer likes to call them.  There are no pink ribbons or walkathons for them.  There is no great politician, that I know of to champion these lesser known, and dare I say, lesser cared about cancers.  Children have no vote.  My daughter can vote, but, her lone vote does not matter.  She's a 25 year old with a classic childhood cancer. 

I don't begrudge anyone the benefit of the research done for breast cancer, my mom and grandmother are both survivors of breast cancer, both having mastectomies.  This is a wonderful thing.  

The picture above was in Jennifer's art show, that won acclaim around the area, and why she never ended up on Oprah, I'll never know.  It was so poignant and beautiful.  

So, without saying it, you can guess, it's rearing it's ugly head.  The cancer nightmare has returned.  She doesn't want to go through the treatment.  Someone so young shouldn't give up.  Oh my goodness, she does not know what she's doing to us.  Woes me.  


Evelyn aka Starfishy said...

I am very sorry to hear that it is back again, and so soon - it seems like just yesterday you were doing the hospital rounds. I guess you can only be as strong as you can be and be there for her. If you need anything, let us know. Of course, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family on this new round in the cancer battle.

Annie of Blue Gables said...

Is this her first bout or is it a return? I actually know a girl who not only survived, she had a baby. The village here is celebrating this young girl's survival. She moved to New York for treatment and the doctors were so interested in this rare, and supposedly children's cancer in a young woman, that her treatments were mostly paid for.
I can find out more if you are interested. Who is Jennifer? Is she your daughter?
prayers, hugs and loves for you

Libby said...

Oh dear - I'm so sad to hear this news. I can only begin to imagine how this has taken your breath away. I will surely keep you all in my thoughts. Try to keep strong.

Jeanne Turner McBrayer said...

Oh, no. Sending love and prayers your way.

Quiltdivajulie said...

Prayers and cyber hugs to you and your family.

Since this is a "classic childhood cancer" have you checked with the good folks at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis? They are known worldwide for their work on childhood cancers/illnesses (and I know they treat young adults because our neighbor was a patient of theirs).

www.stjude.org and search for ewing sarcoma on their website

ROZ said...

Jennifer--feel better soon. You are in my prayers. Yes, Jennifer there is an organization for you--The American Cancer Society

Janet said...

I will keep Jennifer and the rest of your family in my prayers. She is a very brave young woman with so much to offer this world!


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