In May 2013 I was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer, it had already spread to my bones. I also had a massive tumor in my colon that required emergency surgery. I was only 29-years-old with a one-year-old son. I was terrified. This diagnosis came as a complete shock because there is no family history and I was a relatively healthy individual.
During my recovery, my long time boyfriend (man of my dreams) and biggest supporter proposed to me. We married two weeks later, before my chemo treatments started. I began treatment with a will to live, a will to survive for my family. I had a great support system and visitors from all over the globe! Family and friends traveled many miles just to see me and give me hope. It was a great summer.
After only 6 months of aggressive chemotherapy, my scans came back clear! It was a miracle; there is no other way to explain my progress. A freaking miracle! However, given the severity of my diagnosis, I will always have a back and forth battle with my cancer. After a lovely 3-month break, I am starting chemotherapy again. I’m bummed, but I know I need chemo to live longer, to be able to raise my son and to show my strength.
It’s amazing that I am alive and healthy. I have been given a second chance. I get to raise my son with my husband; that is the greatest gift any mother could hope for.
Editor’s Note: Jennifer left this world on June 24, 2015. She is missed by many.