A post for Jesse!2:46 PM
|Jiselle Johnson - December 2013|
Blogging is something I do for fun and to entertain myself (and others). This blog post it different.
On Thanksgiving Day (2013) I gathered with my family to celebrate the day and eat too much. My cousin little Jesse (Jiselle Johnson) was there with her parents and baby sister. She was running around with the other kids, nibbling on snacks and having a good time.
One of the relatives noticed that something seemed a little off to her. She mentioned that maybe Jesse was coming down with an ear infection or something like that. Nobody thought too much of it. Because this cousin is a nurse, when she suggested that Jesse's parents take her in to the doctor the suggestion was taken seriously.
Two days later the diagnosis was confirmed. Jesse was diagnosed with DIPG. A very aggressive brain tumor located within the brainstem. She and was given a very grim prognosis of 6-12 months. Jesse is just 2 1/2 years old and she's taking her treatments as best she can.
|Still smiling after radiation!|
Jesse's parents and grandparents (my cousins, aunt and uncle) are raising money and awareness. They want to provide Jesse with the best life they can while for however long they are blessed to have her. They also want to find a cure so that other families won't have to suffer from this devastating disease.
Your support is greatly appreciated!
|Jesse at dinner with family 1-3-14|
Even though it's rare to survive DIPG, here are a few kids who have!
DIPG (Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma) is a disease which strikes at the heart of childhood and it is a disease in desperate need of a cure. And at the same time, there may be no better place to start the search for a homerun cure for cancer.
DIPG, for all its difficulties, presents an opportunity for all forms of cancer. It is one of the most resistant of all cancers to chemotherapy treatments; it affects primarily children (whose treatment has historically led to innovations in many other forms of cancer), and with a "dismal" prognosis, alternatives are few. Put together, these obstacles offer researchers a chance to revolutionize cancer research and prevention. It is even suggested that a cure to DIPG might result in a cure for almost every other type of cancer. For this reason, the cure starts now.
The Cure Starts Now strives to generate the resources necessary for doctors to study DIPG and implement the findings in hope of curing DIPG, and hopefully all cancers.