Prayers. Strength. Healing. Miracles .
Thoughts from Ann (Julie’s mom)
As we are approaching the countdown to Thanksgiving, please know that our family and Julie are so very thankful for YOU. My heart is so touched when I see the list of names of numerous friends, neighbors, family members and the kind souls who do not even know Julie, who have blessed her with your countless generous donations and words of strength. The hopeful messages and encouraging words written by you on this website are just wonderful. Julie is so blessed to have such love and grace filling her heart as she continues to fight breast cancer! She is doing quite well and I am so proud of her poise, confidence, positive attitude... and also for keeping her sense of humor. We have all had our weak moments, but overall our family is strong and standing by Julie every step of the way. Chemo number four is this Wednesday... the chemo half way mark! We are continually blessed to have the doctors and nurses leading the path with their intellect and compassion. There are too many of you to send individual thank you notes, but please know we all thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
May each of you enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving with your families.
Prayers. Strength. Healing. Miracles.By Ann:In a few hours a gathering is going to take place at the American Airlines Center in Dallas! The world of hockey and the world of cancer are going to collide as it is the NHL's Hockey Fights Cancer Night. Julie has been asked to "drop the puck " before the game, which is an honor comparable to throwing the first pitch at a baseball game. She will be cheered on by her Fox Sports Southwest colleagues and family members and her numerous friends on the hockey team, as well as the fans at the hockey game tonight.
Yesterday was a very busy day. First was a visit to have pre chemo blood work drawn. Then a visit with her doctor before the second round of chemo started. Cynthia Osborne MD, who is her chemo doctor, and the nurse Christina were both very pleased and excited with the results of how the chemo is already reducing the size of her tumor. They even high fived!
After that Julie and I were guests of Dr. Osborne at a "Celebrating Women" luncheon to support the Baylor Health Care System Foundation. We loved hearing how there are so many professionals and research teams working diligently to find a cure for breast cancer. Upon return to the Sammons Building at Baylor Julie changed into workout clothes and walked the treadmill at a very fast clip for her Footsteps for Life research program. With her heart rate elevated after working out, she and Kelly attended chemo round two. The chemo nausea drugs and extra nausea pills helped her have a restful night. With the post chemo shot today and some more rest, Julie will be ready to go tonight.... And so will the Dallas Stars! Tune in to Fox Sports SW at 7:00 for the pre-game ceremony.
That's all for now... Please know the prayers, comments and support on this page are a source of encouragement and hope for all of us and we thank you so much for continuing on this journey and as Dr. Osborne said yesterday,"Keep kicking it, Julie!"
Hi fabulous friends and family :)
I've been wanting to add my own update on here and finally have a chance on this Sunday afternoon as I wait for the Stars game to start at FSN. It's been a "crazy", surreal, and emotional couple of weeks! After receiving the worst news of my life, I kept waking up every morning hoping to hear it had all been a bad dream, or that the doctor had made some sort of horrible mistake! :) Now, I realize that whether I like it or not- this is the hand that I have been dealt, and I have a good grasp on what is happening and what the next year or so will be like. I am so ready to kick this cancer out of my body.... and ready to do it with strength and a smile.
This week has been a really good week for me. I had ZERO doctors appointments and just felt like myself! I've worked a regular, busy schedule, visited with my friends, went on a fabulous date with my amazing boyfriend (after he returned from Colorado and before he left for California) and had a very special visitor (Kelly's mom and recent breast cancer survivor) staying with me from Canada in an effort to help me acclimate to his first couple road trips of the season. I also took part in my very first "Race for the Cure" on Saturday... it was a very eye opening and inspiring event!! Go Team Meow!
I'm getting ready for round two of chemo on Wednesday- it will be a busy day as my doctor has asked me to attend a "womens health" luncheon with her and sit at her table in between my lab work and the actual chemo appointment. I've cleared out my schedule for the rest of the week in case I have the same gnarly side effects I had after round one. (fingers crossed I don't!) I think I have about 3 days left with my full head of hair and I am cherishing EVERY SECOND OF IT!!!!! (selfies, anyone?)
Also, I wanted to make sure and take a minute to let everybody know how much I appreciate every one of you and your huge hearts!! The response to Jessie's website has been UNREAL and it is truly amazing. While I admit at first I was hesitant to have a "donation page".... I am so very thankful for it now- not only for the monetary help... (holy moly this stuff is expensive!) but also because it is so great to just to be able to read each person's sweet comments when I am having a weak moment. I feel so much stronger every time I click over to this page.
I've started a weekly bible study with a few amazing women of all ages from my inner circle in Dallas, and that has been such a blessing. I know God is right here with me holding my hand and I'm working to grow my relationship with Him every day. I also know that He wouldn't have let this happen to me if He didn't know I could handle it. I'm so thankful for my amazing family who have been giving me so much strength and helping with my day to day appointments, diet, and medications. I'm also thankful to have had my dear friends Jessie and Sarah in Dallas with me during my very tough first week of chemo.... taking care of me and organizing my life! (They're type A, I'm type "Z", and I need them.) I can't believe how lucky I am to have such a fabulous group of girlfriends here in Dallas to walk next to me through this journey, such wonderful high school friends down in Austin to keep me laughing and to keep me young, and of course my Mizzou Chi-O sisters/real life sisters who have kept my spirits high from the great state of Missouri!! (Watch out Dallas as they're all crashing my pad in November!!)
Again, thank you so much for coming to my page, donating, and sending your love and prayers. I love you all so much. I wish you all so much happiness, peace, positivity, and of course, healthy mammograms!!! (GO GET ONE... EVEN IF YOU ARE YOUNG!!) We will keep you all posted with my journey as it continues. I feel like I have a new giant family :)
Prayers. Strength .Healing. Miracles.
Whew! What a week! The reality hit.
Julie had her port placed during a day surgery procedure on Tuesday. This was the first time she has ever had any surgery and the nurses and doctors showered her with compassion and extra care. Upon waking up from her anesthesia, she exclaimed, "Don't start! I am still awake!!!" to which the doctor smiled and calmly replied, "That's good.. because we are done!"All went well and she was so hungry after the day surgery, that Kelly, Julie and Ann stopped in to eat a good meal at Norma's Cafe where Uncle Bill works. It was so nice to sit and be together, relax and have a nice visit. After a restful Tuesday night, Julie felt ready to get the chemo started.At 7:30 Wednesday morning, she participated in her first workout with FITSteps for Life and then she and Kelly went to the chemo treatment area. The treatment went very well and she was comfortable and had Kelly right by her side. Ann, Jessie and Aunt Lisa each popped in to say hi since only one person per patient is allowed during the treatment. It went quicker and easier than we all expected. After a tour of the Sammons Center, Jessie thought it reminded her of the swanky W Hotel and now is assured that Julie is being well-cared for in a wonderful hospital.
Progressively through the day the after effects of the chemo kicked in and Julie needed to stay calm on the couch and rest! Kelly was the head caretaker and Ann and Jessie were there for support.
The next day she felt better and had a shot to boost her white blood cells. The rest of the day was spent doing some personal errands, a visit from her cousin Jill and having a girl 's relaxing movie night with Jessie and Ann.
The first steps on any journey are the most difficult and we are thankful this week is behind us. With all the support of family and friends... and Julie's positive attitude, amazing strength and high spirits... she WILL get through this with flying "pink "colors!!!
Love, Ann and Jessie
Prayers. Strength. Healing. Miracles.
Thank you, thank you, thank you to all our friends and families and to all those who have heard Julie's story and responded with your loving hearts. The care and continued prayers of friends and family, in addition to the extremely generous and overwhelming gifts of love on the website, have truly helped Julie, Kelly and all of the family to gain strength and courage as we have navigated through the past week and prepared for this week to come.
Julie has been to several doctor appointments, received shots and had blood work taken and there now is an excellent game plan in place for her to start the needed treatments this week. Through all this that little rascal has continued her work at Fox Sports SW, attended Stars hockey games, played tennis (hit winners!), shed tears, giggled, cuddled her Cranny cat, visited with friends and family and most of all kept her chin up!
She has my utmost admiration and is a beautiful young woman inside and out. Her Kelly is a calm, intelligent and gentle caring source of comfort and help to her. Kelly's mom Arlene is coming to Dallas from Canada in a week or so and is a true ray of sunshine and positive energy as she is a recent breast cancer survivor. Arlene, Julie and I and a few others are going to participate in the "Walk"...( not race ! )... for the Cure on Saturday Oct. 19 in Dallas.
Needless to say, we were in quite a shock to hear Julie's news and it has been a fast and furious learning curve to come up with what will be a strong plan for her to beat this cancer. We are gathering emotional strength from the army of people sending thoughts and prayers our way. We know you are with us in your hearts and prayers and please continue them for strength, comfort, healing and victory for her. It is such a blessing to have her on prayer lists in churches and homes in just about every state and in Canada as social media has helped get her story to so many people. We also have friends and family sending love from Spain and England!
We have gathered tangible items and emotional strength to prepare for the journey starting this week.
This week will be where the "rubber meets the road" as the port goes in tomorrow and Julie's first chemo is Wednesday AM. We encourage visitors, but please know that per doctor's orders you MUST have a flu shot and have no colds, coughs or infections. Her immune system will be compromised.
We are a bit nervous, as you might imagine, but strong and ready to tackle this.
Thank you so much from the bottom of our hearts for being there for us. May God bless you and those you love.
Love and Peace of the Lord to all,
L.A and Ann
Chad and Julie
First, I want to thank everyone who has donated to this cause for the amazing support and love you have shown towards Julie. She is absolutely overwhelmed with the encouraging messages and extreme generosity that everyone has shown. There is nothing that could lift her spirits more at this stage.
I have been emailed and contacted by so many people asking how Julie and her family are doing so I wanted to give an update.
This past Friday Julie had a PET Scan to determine if the cancer was local to her breast or if it had spread. The tests showed stage 2-3 cancer and that it had only spread to a few small lymph nodes. This is great news! On Tuesday Julie had a heart echo. This is one of the many tests they will do between now and next Wednesday to make sure her chemo medications are suitable for her needs and will treat her type of cancer most effectively. She also attended a chemo class and when I asked her what she learned, she responded, ‘That chemo isn’t going to be fun, but on the bright side I get a free thermometer, pill box, and lip balm. But I’m most excited about the lip balm.’ Gotta love Julie humor!
Julie will undergo her treatments at the Baylor Hospital of Dallas, with her first chemo planned for next Wednesday, 10/9. She has met with her doctors multiple times now and seems very happy with and confident in her team of caretakers.
Based on Julie’s type of cancer and her young age, she has been asked to participate in a medical study. The study measures the effectiveness of consistent exercise on her treatment’s results. She will go to each chemo session 30 minutes early to workout at the facility’s gym.
Julie plans to continue her show every week. If you live in Dallas and want to see her, it’s called Star Insider and airs Tuesday nights at 6pm on Fox Sports Southwest.
Overall, the love and support that Julie has received over the past couple of days has been amazing. Her spirits are high and a lot of that is a result of all the support on this site and reading the messages from everyone. In her mom’s words, ‘The Holy Spirit is here.’ Thank you to everyone for the amazing support!!!