The only climbing must of us do is climbing out of bed in the morning. Jess never fails to impress us, here she is doing the rope climb at Jo Ann’s gym. Jess fiercely climbed that rope and wouldn’t stop until she reached the top. She kept saying “I’ve got this, I’ve got this!” Just another example of when Jess sets her mind on something, she is unstoppable!
For those of you who are willing and able to send groceries via Peapod, here is a list of items that are sold through Peapod:
5 LB Natures Promise Organic Carrots
Natures Promise Organic Salad Spring Mix 16 oz
1 Bunch Beets Organic
Celery Hearts Nature’s Promise Organic 16 oz
Mushrooms White Whole Nature’s Promise Organic 8 oz
Nature’s Promise Organics Broccoli Florets 16 oz
Nature’s Promise Organic Salad Baby Spinach and Spring Mix 7 oz
Cauliflower Organic 1 Head
Nature’s Earthly Choice Premium Quinoa 100% Whole Grain Organic 14 oz
Organic Tomatoes 1
Nature’s Promise Organic Green Peppers 2 ct
Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Vanilla Almond Milk Unsweetened 64 oz
Nature’s Promise Organic Cage Free Eggs Large 1 Dozen
Nature’s Promise Organics Almond Butter 16 oz
Thanks in advance for helping! Please send Peapod orders to: 2039 Deering Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21230. Please schedule deliveries for Sunday evenings.
The Care Team
Last week Jess and I went to the Wellness Center to see her new naturopath. The visits are usually pretty lengthy. One visit can take up most of a day, but it is always productive and educational! Jess had to endure a long series of tests. The questioning is so intense it can feel like you’re on trial. I love that at this center they leave no stone unturned. Results revealed that Jess has been hard at work and it is paying off!
I am so proud of how dedicated she has been with her diet! She has had to get super creative since being on the vegan diet. She was also not allowed to have any gluten, no sweeteners, no fruit, no dairy, etc. The diet is time consuming when it comes to prep and clean up! After one day it could easily take up to two hours just to do the dishes, clean her blender, juicer, and kitchen! Jess has been juicing up to 40 oz of organic veggies/day and has a 40 oz organic, anti-cancer smoothie/day! Thank you to all of you who have sent her groceries. Her grocery bill is astronomically high from buying so much organic produce! Since she is so dedicated she was rewarded with being allowed to have 3 servings of organic, cage free chicken or wild caught salmon/week and 1 serving of low fructose fruit per day! Jess has missed having fruit! I cannot imagine not being allowed to have so many food items. Jess took it like a champ. So proud of my Super Twin who happily eats like a rabbit!!
Jess has been required to exercise 30min/day 7 days a week. Her naturopath was very firm about this. She reminds me of a boot camp instructor! She will turn people away if they are not willing to make extreme sacrifices. These sacrifices are so worth it! Jess showed signs of improvement, but her doctor told her she has a long way to go. Dr Luneski was not happy that her liver is still bogged down by toxins. She increased some of her supplements and is now requiring 40min minimum of exercise per day with no rest days!
Dr. Luneski increased some of her supplements, which means that it will be more time consuming. The supplements she takes require special prep before she ingests them. She also has all of these breathing exercises she has to do. The doctor really wants Jess to eliminate stress. Dr luneski told us that lowering Jess’ stress should be our primary goal right now. We are researching yoga, meditation and other methods used for relaxation.
Extra prayers are needed right now because while Jess is progressing nicely, she is experiencing a lot of detoxing symptoms. Over the last month she has a record number of colds and headaches. Dr Luneski reminded us that these symptoms are normal. In the past she wasn’t healthy enough to release toxins. The toxins were trapped in the cells. As she improves, the cells will release the toxins and cause temporary symptoms. Jess makes me smile when she is super excited about these brutal symptoms because it means she is healing. I have never known a happier person while in pain. This joy definitely comes from the Lord! Even though Jess is so chipper she needs extra encouragement. This road has been long and hard, but God has been faithful. I pray all day everyday that God will provide continued support and encouragement for the Rehns. Their tank needs to be filled to keep going. A kind word of encouragement in the morning can give her the strength she needs to keep giving this battle everything she has all day long.
Jess is also experiencing painful spasms in her abdomen and hip area. We believe it is due to adhesions forming after her ovary and fallopian tube removal surgery. She has to see the doctor to be sure this is the cause for her pain.
Pray that Rachel and Seth continue to adapt well. They are showing more and more concern over mommy. They wonder how much longer will mommy have to see so many doctors? How long will she be so tired? Jonathan has been working extra hard to take the kids away during these times so they only see their mommy at her best. Pray that God will provide extra strength for Jonathan.
This month is a super busy month filled with extra appointments. She has two holistic dental appointments, lab work, oncologist visits, thermography tests to check her progress and a scan. Rachel and Seth finish school at the end of this month too. Jess has been hard at work taking them to school(she is required to go and help teach) and going over daily school lessons. She might be more excited about the Summer break than Rachel and Seth! Rachel turns 5 this month! She is growing up so fast.
Thank you for taking the time to read this update. We are blessed beyond measure. If you have a spare moment please encourage Jess and Jonathan any way you can. While Jess is experiencing intense/painful detox symptoms and gearing up for testing they could use the encouragement more than ever.
Jess training hard under Jo’s watchful eye! I think after this routine the cancer cells will be too exhausted to even think about multiplying. If Jess isn’t inspiration to get off the couch and move, what is?
It has been almost three months since my last update on my super twin. Jess has really outdone herself again. The last two years have taught us so much. There is so much information out there on fighting cancer. The tricky part is finding the right regimen and determining the root causes. We do not want to just take care of symptoms. We believe that God has given us the perfect plan for success. Jess may be small, but she is so fierce! She fiercely went after her latest routine with the vehemence of a hungry lion! Her attempt at a vegan lifestyle proved to be quite successful. She also met with a new naturopath in order to get another perspective. The new naturopath was at a wellness center that performed special tests unique to Jess’ needs. We discovered Jess had a few allergies that were slowing the healing process down. She continued her mistletoe treatments and incorporated much more exercise. Daily exercise is new for her. She is finally getting her strength back after all the surgeries and rounds of brutal chemo. Rebounding on a trampoline aids in cleaning the lymph system which is basically the garbage can of the body. Exercise is the only way to get the lymph moving. Rebounding is the most effective way to do this. In order to heal properly she must detox her body. Jess usually does this outside with the kids. She was encouraged to get 30 minutes of sunshine daily. Each day the goal is to get to bed early. It is recommended that you get 4-4.5 hours of sleep minimum by 4am. Juicing is a big part of the Rehn household these days. Juicing daily has been one of the most valuable parts of her new regimen. We have incorporated a lot of Dr Max Gerson’s therapies. I have been so proud of Jess’ dedication to her time consuming routine. The raw vegan diet requires so much prep and clean up. Jess’ hands keep cracking from washing all those dishes. One of the most challenging aspects of her new plan is that it is hard to juggle kids and treatment. Jess has allowed Rachel and Seth to help mommy. It is so precious to see them help her juice, make big anti-cancer salads, exercise, get outside, rest, etc. I love seeing how God has used this journey to shape Rachel and Seth into two of the most kind, compassionate and health educated kids I have ever known. Recently I was helping Jess with the kids and asked Rachel what she wanted to do. She said that she wanted to go outside and exercise and get vitamin D! How many 4 year olds say that? We see her new naturopath again in a week. More testing will be done to determine her level of success on the new program. We are super excited. Jess saw a holistic dentist this past Monday. The last time she saw her cardiologist her heart issues had basically vanished. Last summers chemo almost caused her to go into heart failure. Fingernails have grown back and the itching in her forearm is gone. The itching was a side effect of too many toxins in the body last summer. These improvements would not be possible without all the support we have received. I have learned there are no bad days. Only good days and great days. Our generous family and friends have made this ride so much easier. We are so grateful for the financial support, meals, cards, encouraging Facebook messages, calls, babysitting, prayers, etc. It amazes me that people who only met Jess once or not at all have helped her like she was family. Some time next month Jess should be getting another PET scan. We are praying hard and believing big! We have a lot to look forward to this spring! Rachel turns 5 next month on the 25th. Where did the time go??? Thank you all for everything you have done for us. We can never thank you enough.