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About Jesicha's Cancer and Treatment

Jesicha never wanted to be known for her cancer; she hated the very thought the cancer was even a part of her. She was Jesicha the person, the desginer, lover of animals and children; she was more than anything the sister of ten wonderful loving sibllings and the loving daughter of a mom and dad.  But, unless her cancer story is fully told others may not fully understand what she discovered and why she created the organization Jesicha's Hope.  Her  'rude' awakening as she called it came towards the end of her journey; she thought it was the beginning of a lifetime ahead of her cancer free; her cancer free lifetime was not as long as she envisioned. Her dream of Jesicha's Hope was handed over to her mother, who carries the torch for her daughter. 

Her cancer story began in the summer of 2008. She loved animals and the great outdoors. Living outside was not out of the norm, especially in the summer where gardening and hiking about trails with one dog or another was and everyday event.  When her shoulder began to ache and would not go away her first thought was Lyme's Disease, in CT a common occurrance.  After visiting the doctor and expecting to come out with a script for doxy in her hand she came out with an appointment for a scan in hand. Shortly after the results came back she was headed off to yet another appointment and there a doctor told her she had an unusal lump under her breast.  A biospy resulted and it came back with invasive ductal carcinoma ER postive, PR Negative HER2 positive, it was poorly differentiated with intra ductal carcinoma solid - node # 1 postive with tumor clusters, #2 and #3 were negative.  Surgery resulted in a radical mastectomy of the right breast. 

Before  surgery she was put on a neoadjuvant therapy of Hercetpin 6 mg. Taxotere 75 mg and carboplatin @ACU of 6, no raditation was indicated by three top radiologists. She recieved 6 cycless of Taxotere and carboplatin and the Herceptin was planned for one year.  In 2009 of June the Herceptin was stopped and Tamoxifen was started. By Novmber of 2008 the radical mastectomy was performed.

She was complaining for the same shoulder pain during the course of the year and was reassured they got everything and the pain in the shoulder was not the same but replaced due to the surgery and reconstruction of the breast that she was undergoing.  But she still complained and in November of 2009 a scan was done that showed she had hypermetabolic masses on the chest wall and collar bone.

Surgery was again performed in January of 2010  The reconstructed breast was removed; the tumor on the chest wall was removed as well as on the collar bone.  The tumors 4.5 respectively in size.  Jesicha's tamoxifen was stopped and cycles of Zoladex and Armidex was begun. Radiation was recommended and begun on the chest wall. By June of 2010 despite the heavy cyles of chemo a new scan showed boney mets on the spine of L2, L4, T5 and ilicc bone. ; another scan in October showed new hypermetabolic foic on the skeleton at T5, L3, L5, L4, L1. 

She decided to leave her care at Beth Israel and Sloan, to go to a new promising doctor at Dana Farber; she was hoping for one more trial that might make the difference.

In November of  2010 the reports came back for the second surgery; it was HER2 negative and identified as adenocarcinoma metastic; lymph nodes #3 and #4 were no longer negative, they were postive for metasitc carcinoma. 

December of 2010 her reports were gathered from NYC and sent to Dana Farber.  She waited for acceptance into a trail program and was told if she to begin new cycles of chemo her chance of getting into a  trial would deminish. She waited. The doctor told her cases such as Jesicha's could go on for a long time, and she would simply manage her condition, much like a chronic illness of any type. Things she thought might be not so grim afterall. 

January of 2011 she was put back on Herceptin, and several more cycles of chemo using Avastin and Xeloda. By March there was no improvement and the trial she hoped for was not available because the trial she had used previously of the carboplastin cocktail and the subsequent mets deemed her unqualified.  She was devasated. 

She was being treated by the doctor from Dana Farber as well as a former doctor from Sloan that happened to move closer to Yale; she administered all the chemo so traveling to Boston was not needed.  In May she complained of a bump on her head just to the back of her head. It grew, but the doctor claimed due to her headaches from the chemo she must have gotten dizzy and hit her head. A week later we returned for another round of chemo and told the doctor it grew and another appeared. They began to appear daily it seemed and they all grew quickly. She had one just over her eye and another to the right of the eye; her vision was deteriorating. They decided to add Tykerb to the mix.

In June, with no improvement and the tumors now in her jaw invading her mouth, radiation was scheduled. Radiation would begin in mid June.  

Meanwhile at a support group center she over heard another woman wih similar advancement had gone to Germany for Whole Body Hyperthermia and was not doing well.  Jesicha enlisted her mother to do begin research.  A clinic in Germany was found, the Herzog Clinic directed by Dr. Herzog; and a consultation ensued.  After reviewing her tests and condition he was adamant she would love to serve her but in her best interests he suggested a  clinic closer to her in Mexico run by one of his closest collegues, Dr. Jimenez.  She recieved a consultation with him to determine if she qualified and found she was able to do so. She had also tried Dr. Bryzinski in Texas but the FDA had rulings as to who could get into his program and Jesicha had not undergone enough surgery and radiation to qualify. She was declined.  Dr. Jimenez accepted her and arrangements were made to go just after her last radiaiton on her jaw to improve her eating ability.  Jesicha had two treatments and the radiation on her head proved to taxing to her already frail body.  Emergency arrangements made to bring her to Jimenez's clinic immediately, a week or so short of her appointed time.

At the clinic Jesicha underwent a transfusion, her blood count accoring to Mexican standards were too low, for her doctors here it was a wait and see.  A series of tests resulted in showing another tumor in her right breast, not yet seen in a recent scan in the U. S. The use of extensive sonogram technology and thermography showed areas of high concentration of cancer cells, and showed active tumors, those that were currently using a lot of blood supply to grow.  She began heavy immune boosting and strict diet; a series of treatments including, sono-photo-dynamic therapy, whole body hyperthermia, local hyperthermia and a series of IV theapies that would slow down the blood supply to the tumors and begin the kill off were administered around the clock.  (The treatments are described in detail on our cancer treatment page)

After three weeks, Jesicha who was carried into the clinic walked out; her cancer was dying; there as a huge reduction in the blood supply to the tumors and some had disappeared.  On her skull alone, she entered with near 13 visible tumors on her skull, jaw and face structure; she left with 3 and they were shrinking.  She returned home expecting new and great things ahead. While at the clinic with her mother she was so excited about her progress but very disappointed that such good treatments were blocked from patients, never disclosed to people that have no hope; that rather than give people what they deserved, all information and resources it was being held from them. [ Note:  by federal and state laws a doctor cannot adminsiter, recommend or disclose to a patient any treatment that is not approved by the FDA, no matter if the doctor believes it could work or could be a last hope ]  Jesicha did not know that such laws existed and if she had known she would have deemed that barbaric, that all persons have right to know of all treatments and make such decisions for themselves.  Jesicha's Hope was conceived while at the clinic, to give to others what she thought they should all know and have the right to know.

Jesicha was doing fine until mid August of 2011;  her scans in early June compared to her July scans showed the cancer was dying off rapidly.  Despite this good scans, her condition began to show signs of being sluggish and it was noticed the Lyme's disease of 2010 was resurfacing again with pains to her knee joints.  Her oncologist here would not believe it was Lymes'  and would not give her Doxy, but insisted it was bone mets, though no PET scan showed mets to the knees. Again she called Dr. Jimenez who sent a collegue assocated with the clinic to see her in CT.  He arrived shortly after Jesicha arrived home from the hospital where she went on an emergency to acquire some relief from the Lyme's. She did get the relief through an IV of Doxycyline.  The hospital due to her nausea from the doxycycline  used two anti nausea resulting in a side effect of heart paplatiaions; causing another trip to a hospital further away, thinking she was having a stroke due to chemo damage to the heart. There she was forced to undergo hours alone without her mother able to be present, of pressuring her to go into hospice with heavy morphine. Jesicha determined to live; refused. She was returned home under the direction of DNR stipulations. An attorney had to remove it once she was save at home.  The doctor from the clinic arrived on August 15th. 

Her condition began to improve under the care of the clinic doctor and he ordered all recent records from the area cancer clinic; they gave them to him over the phone as he needed the quantities and names of all chemotherapy in the last chemo cocktail given.  He asked for all liver test results. After reviewing the records, he determined from his exam and the results of past and recent blood work her liver was failing and failing fast.  The liver began to ' relax ' on August 19, it completely engulfed her tiny belly; it felt like jelly not like the hard tight liver she had had only a week before. On the afternoon of August 19th she complained she was very tired after she did all her therapies, the sono photo dynamic therapy was the last she did. She asked the doctor if she could take the afternoon off; she fell into a sleep, only to wake confused and unable to understand some of what was going on. In spite of Jesicha's refusal to use hospice her siblings insisted,  knowing what was approaching.  The nurse arrived in the evening.  Jesicha would be lucid often but slip back into a dream state. Jesicha asked that her mother hold her hand and wait until she  ' got there' . Her mother never left her side.

At 2:50 am on Saturday August 20th 2011 Jesicha succumbed to liver failure due to chemotherapy poisoning. Her mother, her sister Natasha and brother Ethan were by her side. At 2:50 am Jesicha let go of her mother's hand forever.


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