Here is a video from Jess’s health coach, Chris Wark:
- Bob’s Red Mill Organic Gluten Free Oatmeal
- Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
- Organic Spring Salad Mix (preferred brand: “Olivia’s”)
- Organic Carrots
- Organic Celery
- Organic Beets
- Organic Avocados
- Organic Cage Free Eggs
- Organic Broccoli
- Organic Cauliflower
- Sweet Potatoes
- Organic Kale
- Organic Spinach
- Organic Carrots
- Organic Oatmeal Rolled Oats
- Navitas Superfood Powder
- Navitas Goji Berries
- Organic Hemp Seeds and Organic Chia Seeds
- Organic Almond Butter
- Organic Flax Seed
- Organic Brussels Sprouts
- Organic Asparagus
- Organic Brown Rice
- Organic Beans
- Organic Quinoa
- Organic Apples
- Organic Red or Green Peppers
Since Jess’s most recent recurrence of cancer and her decision to postpone chemo treatment and pursue a more aggressive alternative, all natural approach to treatment, many of you have expressed concern and doubt. We understand your concern and understand your worry. Chemo is the most widely understood treatment for cancer, but in many cases it doesn’t work, and in many cases the recipients of the drugs, overtime, become resistant to that type of treatment. Jess’s cancer may be incurable, but that doesn’t mean that it’s terminal, and that doesn’t mean that it can’t be managed by methods other than chemo. There is no one that has more at risk than Jess, and no one more determined than her to manage the recurrence and spread of her cancer. To assuage your concern, we encourage you to ask questions about her approach to treatment; we’re happy to explain the research, and the process by which she is committed to following. In addition to her team of advisors (natural path, nutritionists, and other specialists), Jess will continue to see her oncologist at St. Agnes. She is also pursuing opportunities for clinical trials at well known facilities such as the NIH, Johns Hopkins, and possibly MD Anderson. Additionally, Jess will continue to have regular PET scans, at which point she and her team will discuss her treatment plan and decide what is the best past forward.
During this time, while we recognize that the back and forth recurrence of cancer may be Jess’s new normal, we do ask that you continue to share with Jess encouraging, uplifting, and motivating words and gestures. Here are some ways you can show your support:
-Send a positive note via mail, text, e-mail or Facebook
-Offer to babysit so Jess can have a day to organize appointments and read up on medical research
-Bring a healthy meal for Jonathan and the kids
-Contribute to her daily regimen by supplying her with money, gift cards (for example, Whole Foods, and other vitamin and natural-foods stores), or fresh, organic produce
-Purchase Jess Fights Back gear, take a picture, and send it to her
Thanks so much for your continued support!
The Care Team
I am so thankful for my amazing twin sister’s post and all the encouraging comments. Though our trials may seem tough our God is tougher and he continues to see us through! It has been remarkable to see how God has moved in this journey. With God we believe I will be healed again.
I’m thrilled to celebrate 6 years of marriage with my amazing husband! He works so hard to provide for our family, care for our children, lead our family in a Godly way, love and care for me constantly, and so much more! He worked over 12 hours today and came home to help put the kids to bed. Then he helped me juice for 45 minutes. ( It usually takes an hour). Then it’s time to make my coconut fruit smoothie, Budwig protocol, take more supplements, more rebounding on the trampoline, more supplements, take mistletoe, devotions, and bed time. That is less than usual.
I am also so grateful for the way our church family looks out for us. So many have sacrificed a great deal to be a blessing and encouragement to us. It has left me speechless! ( That is hard to do!)
Thank you friends and family who love on us, make me healthy meals at holiday parties for me to enjoy, help us cover the high cost of food and supplements, and show us their support in so many ways.
I am so undeserving of such kindness and love!
Psalm 86:15 But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.
2014 has already been a busy year. We did not receive the news we were hoping for with the scan. Just because we did not get the answer we prayed for it does not mean that God is not moving. In fact, He is moving more than ever.
We were told by Jess’ oncologist that she could not go back on chemo and stay on it for very long. At some point her body would resist it and cause the cancer to grow more rapidly. She told us that whatever Jess does outside of St Agnes is helping tremendously and that she needs to not only keep it up, but do more. St. Agnes frequently asks Jess to share with other patients her strict regimen. Nurses have been in tears asking her to share about which vitamins she takes, her diet and other alternative methods.
The doctors never expected a clean scan from Jess. The first time she got one the hospital was in tears. Her oncologist said “keep doing what you are doing!” Jess was the only patient on chemo not totally wrecked by treatment. She was the only one who could exercise, eat regularly, not lose her hair and who could avoid a plethora of other horrible side effects.
God provided generous friends and family to support her in her fight. Your support allowed her to see a highly trained medical doctor who was also a naturopath. We put Jess on a strict diet that while it was incredibly expensive it has helped save her life. Her diet and supplementation plan kept her from having heart failure. Another reason why her oncologist wanted to delay chemo was because of the damage it was creating in her organs. She was on the brink of heart failure. Her supplement plan helped to save her heart and even cause improvement. She was also experiencing allergic reactions from the hormone drugs. If she had not been on her strict diet she could have been hospitalized many times.
I thank God constantly for the Page family who directed us to Believe Big. Ivelisse Page encouraged us to be proactive and to become our own advocates. Before this diagnoses I would never have thought to see a naturopath. Jess and I have learned so much over the last two years. We take time everyday to read about cancer fighting strategies. This research has increased significantly over the last month. We learned that you must be the expert when it comes to your health. St Agnes told Jess that “clearly you have done your research”. It amazes me how many times I met patients who had no idea what meds they were taking and why. We are questioning everything.
We were definitely surprised by the reoccurrence. This just means that we are close to the right formula for Jess. The growth that occurred was small. We just have to make some adjustments. We decided to take Jess to a Wellness Center that does more therapies. A couple weeks ago we spoke with a health coach who helped us determine that Jess still had to fix her environment. She got a special water filtration system to take out the toxins in her water. Wow, what a difference that made. You don’t realize how bad it was until you drink the right water. She got filters for the shower head, changed out her cleaning supplies and soaps, got rid of her candles, changed out her pots and pans, etc. All of these things were bringing toxins into her body. She stopped using the microwave and started a strict raw vegan diet. Jess is experiencing amazing results just from these changes. She ate super healthy before, but this is even more hardcore. Her energy is increasing, her blood work is improving, side effects from old chemo treatments are disappearing etc. The challenge with this diet is that it is more expensive and incredibly time consuming. It is totally worth it though because these things are boosting her immune system. Together with the help of doctors, nurses, naturopaths, and nutritionists, Jess has a new plan of attack! Now that Jess is getting her strength back it was recommended that she exercise an hour everyday. The Wellness Center that has helped patients with even worse diagnoses were adamant that Jess do this. All of these things will reverse the tumor growth, boost her strength and heal her organs from the damage caused by treatments over the last two years.
We are also in communication with NIH. We are doing whatever it takes. We do know that it is God who heals. We just want to do our best and let God do the rest.
I cannot thank the Birmingham family, Mary Ray , Julie Daniels and Gayle Brooks for their help with Jess and the kids. They have gone above and beyond for our family. Your sacrifices will never be forgotten. I believe that because of their help Rachel and Seth have barely noticed what their mommy is going through. They are happy, well adjusted kids who feel loved. One big thing Jess has been told many times is that she has to live a quiet, peaceful life. We are doing everything we can to keep her stress down.
The next three months will be super critical. Please continue to pray for healing and peace. Thank you so much for all the letters of encouragement you send her. I know she looks forward to your encouraging words.
Could you also pray that she could get help with her lawsuit against her original doctor who was negligent and misdiagnosed her? We waited on doing this so we could focus on her healing, but now she has to submit something to a lawyer before the case closes.
We are extremely excited to see what God will do over the next few months.
As always we are Believing Big!
Jonathan and I are doing well. In fact we’re excited about new therapies! This has given us the opportunity to explore great therapies with no harsh side effects. God prepared us for this! We’re giving it to God. Psalm 27:14 Wait for The Lord; Be strong, and let your heart take courage. Wait for The Lord!