Friday, August 19, 2005


Okay, Jake beat me to it! But, I can't wait to share my excitement with you all too! And, I get to fill you in on the details!

I had my MRI today. That was a unique experience that I can spare you the details of (just imagine how they might do a breast MRI, and then imagine 10 times more awkward!) Then, I want for my appoinntment with my surgeon, Dr. Euhus. Sine they are on the same floor, and all computerized, the doctor just walked down the hall to get my results.

He came back to say that the MRI was completely clear! Now, when I told my Aunt Sandy this she said she was overjoyed, extatic, jumping up and down, but not shocked. She knew God could and would heal me. Well, I was shocked. I am humbled and grateful, but still in shock. Shocked at God's amazing provision and the way my body accepted these chemo drugs. I know God is teaching me that I do not have to be shocked any more by his complete protcection and provision over me. He has proven this to me over and over. I get it now!

Dr. Euhus also told me the results of my scans on Wednesday, a CAT scan of my abdomen, chest, pelvis, and a nuculear bone scan. All these also came back completely clear!

They cannot feel any lumps or masses, and they cannot see any on any scan or test they have run so far!


The next step: Dr. Euhus will be there to present his results at the meeting this Tuesday with Dr. Haley, and anyone else who has worked with me and has input to offer. It is Dr. Euhus' opinion that surgery is not the only way to prevent a recurrance in my case. I would not have a lumpectomy (since there is no "lump" to get!) so the option is a masectomy to remove all chance of recurrance. Dr. Euhus is not necessarily for this, since my cancer had metastisized, it has a chance of recurrance in all those other places, not just the breast. Radiation is an option, but also one that is unlikely according to Dr. Euhus' for similar reasons. He leans toward carefully watching the entire body for recurrance, and using a hormone reducing drug to keep cancer growth down.

That said, at Southwestern, they work as a team. So after everyone weighs in on my case, I will get an opinion from them Tuesday afternoon. Then, we'll go forward from there.

I am so excited about this news!!! I want to ask my doctors, IS THIS NORMAL?? But, I know the, it is not. It is a wonderful, amazing GOD thing, and I can't wait for the next step.

I love you all!!


Krista Bangsund said...

Jess, sweetheart, I am so incredibly happy for you! There are no words to express it!! What a miracle you are! Time to celebrate!!! love, Krista

Cindy and Dad said...


We share in your shock and joy! You have always deserved to beat this terrible disease and now you have it on the run.

Cindy and I are just speechless as is everyone we tell. You are an incredible woman, daughter and mother. I am constantly amazed at the thousands of arms that have reached out to hold and protect you. We will always be here for you.

Love Dad and Cindy

Anonymous said...

Leave a chair for HIM at that meeting on Tuesday, because He is definitely with you!

All our love,
Gene, Janette, Ryan & Mark

Kathryn Young said...

YAAAAAAYYYYYYY! (In the words of our beloved Cameron, the hyperactive, charismatic, "Is that guy a pentacostal in a Baptist church?" . . . GO GOD!!!!!

The LORD is faithful to all his promises, and loving toward all he has made. Psalm 145:13

Anonymous said...

What an Amazing, Incredible God we have. He is the Great Healer. I am so thankful and excited to hear the news.Love Ya, Gretchen

Amy Sayegh said...

Wow!!! I can't tell you how happy I am. You a woman of great faith, and God did a great work of healing in you!! Never a doubt - just a matter of when.


Anonymous said...

Jess, Jake, Kaitlyn, Jadyn,Bryn and everyone else, PRAISE GOD!!!!!!!!! Now that the shock is beginning to wear off we are praising God for what has happened!!Thank you Jesus for what you have done.
Faithful and True is His name!!
God bless you all !!! Love, Jeanette, Garry, Jordan, Josh and Emily

Anonymous said...

Halleluja!!!!!!!!!!! God's Word is true!!!!
Psalm 100
Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.
Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are His!

Praise God for His faithfulness!
and the Word says in Nahum 1:9
"trouble will not come a second time"
Praise the Lord!!!!

Anonymous said...

Jess, when Aunt Diane called me today with the news, I found myself with my mouth wide open, and tears in my eyes. Reminded me of when she called me in April. I didn't know what to say then, and I'm completely dumbfounded now. If anyone I know deserves this fantastic news, it's YOU. I can't wait to see you again...and this time we are hopping on the bike and going for a ride. I have soooo much I want to ask you about.

I love you Jessica, you are truly my inspiration.

Uncle Mike

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Jessica!
That is wonderful news. I am so happy for you. You are a wonderful example of how God cares for us.


Bangsunds said...

Jessica -- What glorious news...I tell everyone I see!!!! When your Dad called I just kept smiling and cheering. We celebrate your doctors' agressive approach and your unwavering faith!! Not only is Jessica beautiful, and she will be celebrated in medical text books.

We send our love and prayers
of joy and thanksgiving,
Dave and Lynne

Aunt Suzanne said...

Dear Jess and Jake,

Tears are streaming down my face I am so very delighted in our King. I knew he could heal you but what I have been praying is that he would. He is so awesome, shout from the mountain tops so all can hear what an awesome Lord he is. Hey, it is time to celebrate!
I love you both, Aunt Suzanne

Anonymous said...



Good news Jake and Jessica! What a testimony God has given you! Many lives will be touched and changed due to His grace and power!
Looking above!
Chris, Steve, Ryan and Trent Basden

Anonymous said...

Jessica - I am so happy for all of you!!! Enjoy the good news & keep pinching yourself - you are NOT dreaming!!

Kristin from NY

Anonymous said...

I had to read your post twice because I couldn't read it all the way through the first time for all the tears!!! Words cannot express my sheer joy for you, Jake and the kids. Thank you so much for the privelege of allowing me to see God work a miracle in you. Thank you guys so much for your witness and your testimony. God has increased my faith through you. NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE WITH GOD!!

Katy Tuttle

Big Katy said...

Congrats Jess! I have been praying for you and have not forgot about you guys! I think about you everyday and I am constantly reminded when I look down at my wrist and see the braclet! I love you and miss you!

*Big Katy*

Bryan and Karen Panella said...

Bryan and I are thrilled for you and your entire family. Get out there and CELEBRATE!!! Ah, the power of prayer, and has He ever been listening! This has to be a huge weight lifted from your shoulders. Breath easier tonight knowing that you're going to be OK... Our prayers will continue to flow for you and your family.

Bryan (in remission and thankful) and Karen Panella
Wood Elementary

Anonymous said...

Jess, Jake & girls,
I have been reading this blog every day and keeping your family in my prayers. PRAISE GOD!!!! He has done an amazing work in your life! I continue to pray that God will use this to draw others to him. Psalms 96:3 - "Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples." Your life and struggle has obviously affected many thus far, and I'm sure you will touch many more lives. God bless you!
Arica Colley (Bryant & Kay's daughter)

KayDiB said...

Didn't surprise me at all! Isn't HE awesome and GOOD!!!!!!!
Mark 11:23,24
For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.

Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

Anonymous said...

Jake and Jessica and the Girls!

Wow. . .God is good! I have been checking this site now since it went up and have never left a comment, but when Jason called me from church and told me the news, I had tears in my eyes and couldn't wait to read it in your words

You all have been truly amazing throughout all of this. God has chosen to use you in amazing ways and now look at the story you have to tell! Don't you feel like shouting from the rooftops!

We love you guys and are blessed to have been able to watch God work in and through you.

Pauline Medlin

Anonymous said...

Oh, Jessa~Mandy, Aunt Diane and I are sitting here reading the comments and rejoicing that God is getting the glory for the journey He hastaken our family on the past 6 months. Our God reigns, our God reigns, in the heart of His people our God reigns....Jessa, we can't even begin to put down in words how much we love you. You are a strength in our family, you are the one who reminds us who is in control and you are the one who constantly reminds us that God is good~all the time! We are somewhat in a daze as our most constant, continual prayer has been answered and the anwer is YES~she is healed completely!!Thank you, Jessa for being our inspiration, our constant reminder that God is and always will be above All names.

Love you to heaven and back again,
Aunt Diane
Aunt Sandy

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Anonymous said...

Dear Jessica -
Surprised? Shocked? Nah! That is the awesomeness of God working in your life! We all know that if we allow ourselves to be placed in the palm of His hand (and sometimes, we get in the way), He will never forget nor forsake us. Amy told me the wonderful news yesterday and I am rejoicing with you and your family.
God Bless you!
Maria Hughes

Tammy said...

AMEN! That's all that I can say...

Aund Diane said...

Hi Jess and Jake -

Over and over in my mind, since April, I kept repeating the words Jake wrote in your very first blog. For some reason this has stuck in my mind and I hung on to it.

"The medical oncologist told us that Jess's cancer was treatable but not curable. We think that God has a different plan."

And Boy did he!!! You were so right. Thank God, this IS truly a miracle!!

We love you so much. We will continue to pray for you every day. And will always be here for you.

Aunt Diane

Anonymous said...

Jessica- We all rejoiced in the car as I told my kids what your Aunt Jacque told us in the teachers' lounge Friday at Corey! Our family has prayed for you daily, and we won't stop. There are so many praying for you whom you've never met! God's family is like that. Blessings- Julie Lee

Anonymous said...

Jessica. Here's another crossover.
If Jacque will write to Amy. I will write to you. I am Amy Sayeghs' Aunt Diane from Omaha. I
heard your fabulous news from Amys' Mother before reading it here. You and Amy both are truly
the most inspirational thing that has happened to me in years. I will take a copy of your last blog to my Dr. (Surgical Oncologist)

We are all also so grateful for the
friendship that Janette gives. Amy
was lucky to find another "new" New Yorker.

Diane Taylor

P.S. You and I also have the same
birthday. (Sept. 18)

E.J. Nash said...

My family and I read your blog every day. We also pray for you and your family every day. We were so excited to find out your results from your test. You and your family are such an inspiration.. What a miracle...GOD is truely GREAT!! Go out and celebrate!! =)
Love ya,
E.J. Nash

Sarah Summit said...

Jake and Jessica,
Thank you so very much for allowing us to walk through this with you. It has been such an amazing journey. I have kept up with you since I heard at church this was a way to keep up with you guys and know how to pray. It is such a testimony to me and many others to see you each at church with a smile on your faces. From the outside it would have been hard to tell antyhing was going on! It has been fun to "get to know you" through the blogs. Thanks for sharing this journey, I look forward to all God has in store for you and your famliy-which by the way I can tell is an awesome family!!! Thanks again!
In Him,
Sarah Summit