Let's put a spring in Jackie's step and weed out cancer.

For: Jackie Johnson
Red Lake Falls, MN
Organizer: Jill Thibert
Let's put a spring in Jackie's step and weed out cancer. (Jackie Johnson)
of $15,000 goal
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The Story

Jackie's Journey:

My journey actually started in March 2015 with a diagnosis of Uterine Cancer.  On April 2, 2015 I had surgery and it was staged at 1B.  After surgery my oncologist stated I had a 95% survival rate.  Fast Forward 2 years and in Feb. 2017 I got what I thought was a respitory flu like the rest of my family.  They all got well buy my cough never went away.  In May I had my 6 month cancer screen and they x-rayed my lungs.  I got a call that afternoon to come in the next day.  They found metastatic cancer with multiple nodules in both lungs.  We went through all the tests and a needle biopsy confirmed the Uterine Cancer had metastasized to both lungs with multiple nodules in each. My Pulmonologist said my only option was chemo which would only give me a little time since it looked like stage 4.  I had watched my father-in-law, step father-in-law and my husband’s cousin go through the traditional treatment with the cancer in their lungs and it was horrible .I had vowed never to do it if it happened to me.   

My son who had recently moved to St. Louis to take a pastorate there started looking for an alternative MD.  He found an amazing doctor who has had a very good success rate with the toughest cases.  I called and they got me in the following afternoon under an emergency. I have gone through 5 months of treatment and will be needing approximately 5 more months the way things look.  I have had a great quality of life throughout the treatments.  Alternative treatments are wonderful but also very costly because insurance won’t cover any of it.  Unless you do the traditional surgery, chemo, or radiation, which is far more costly for the insurance companies, you’re on your own.    

With cancer, especially stage 4, you have no guarantee of survival no matter what route you choose.  I told my MD, I’d rather have quality of life to the end than quantity of life being so sick you’re wishing it was the end, only to have to go through it all over again when they tell you there is nothing more they can do for you.     

At the age of 60, I have a real drive to live and be with my family a while longer.  I’m comforted by the fact that my life is in God’s hands and I know that He will work all things out for good whether He takes me home or grants me more time here with my family.  No matter the outcome, His grace is sufficient!    

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