Tuesday, November 1, 2005


When Jess was first diagnosed with stage four breast cancer, a ton of people knew someone who had stage four breast cancer. Sometimes they knew someone else who had a different type of cancer, but also stage four. Jessica's conversation would always be very similar-- it would go something like this: O.P (Other Person): I know someone who had stage four breast cancer. Jess: Oh really, who? O.P: My (insert relative/friend/etc. here) Jess: How are they doing now? [long, uncomfortable pause] O.P. Well actually they've passed away, but I'm sure that won't be the case for you. Jess: Ummm...

In every one of these conversations and there were again a ton of them-- they always said the person they knew was now dead (Jess would like to interject here as I am reading this posting out loud to her so she can give it the OK that perhaps there were exceptions-- although she can't recall any of them right now-- Now she doesn't like my adendum and now she doesn't like me continuing to comment on this so I'm going to stop now)

Anyway, I don't think they were intentionally bringing up a dead person to discourage Jess, but I am very glad you now have a very different response when you meet someone who is diagnosed with stage four cancer. Future conversation: You: I know someone who was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer. O.P: Oh really who ? You: Jessica Kaylor O.P: How is she doing? You: She's alive and doing great!


Anonymous said...

Hey Jess,

We knew that if anyone could influence the way people look at cancer now, it would be you. I thank God every day that I am able to say that I know someone who had Stage 4, and continues to be a wonderful role model for others. Keep up the good work!

Anonymous said...

I am so excited for y'all every time I think about your healing, Jessica. I have already shared your inspirational story with many. I am so glad you had faith and hope as you went through your illness. It was amazing to watch. See you later!

Wendy Casas

Anonymous said...

I'm so happy for you and your family. I think of you often and your always in my prayers.I still look forward to seeing you and your little one's at the MAC.You are a strong person!!!!! God Bless


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