At 37 years old, she now bravely travels along a road many of us dread. Suddenly, words like "chemo", "radiation", "malignant", "biopsy", "Stage 2" and "invasive ductal carcinoma" are everyday lingo. She's had her hand forced to begin talking to her young children about very difficult things...explaining that Mommy is sick and having to come to terms with the reality that (at least temporarily) she won't be able to be as strong for THEM as they will have to be for HER.
Despite this disease that weakens the body, Jes is one of the strongest women I know. Chemo might take away her energy, and challenge her thoughts, but she does not let it steal what makes her so wonderful - HER SPIRIT. She has dealt with this "new normal" so well...with courage, grace, and unbelievable RESILIENCY. I know she struggles at times to remain upbeat and positive, but she is amazing and is a true fighter!! She has taken this diagnosis and turned it around. Through her blog, she shares her story to help and encourage others in her situation and infuses SO many with her light and positivity.
|So fitting - Jes's husband, Gary, is chief of their fire department. |
As a Firefighter Wife myself, I, too, will FIGHT!!
Unfortunately she lives 40 miles away so swinging over every day to check in (like I'd prefer) isn't realistic. But I do want to help in any/every way I can...I know she would do the same for me.
SO, on October 20th, I (and my family) will be walking for Team Jes in our local Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk to raise money for research to end this horrible disease. I will NOT let cancer disrupt my family anymore (my Aunt fought - and WON! - this battle very recently) and/or threaten my friends!
If you are moved to support me in any way, great or small, please click this link to sponsor me/Team Jes and help raise money to fight back! Any donation will help...OR consider joining Team Jes and walk with us!!