Jamie's Journey Fundraiser

For: Jamie Duque
Organizer: Betty Lorenz, Rachel Rhodes, Samantha Brasses
of $20,000 goal.
Raised by 28 donors
8% Complete
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story

On September 17, 2013, a day after her 37th birthday, Jamie went in for her first mammogram to ease her mind about a small lump she had found next to her right breast. Her mother had a history of benign tumors, so she thought this would be the worst case scenario since there is no history of breast cancer in her family. However, following the mammogram, the doctor was concerned enough to immediately perform an ultrasound and biopsy. Jamie's world was turned upside down the next day when the doctor called with heartbreaking news that she did indeed have cancer. She was diagnosed with stage III triple negative invasive ductal carcinoma, a rare and aggressive form that only occurs in 15-20% of all breast cancer cases. In just the past month, Jamie has endured three mammograms, several ultrasounds, three biopsies, two MRIs, numerous blood tests, an echocardiogram, a PET scan and the surgical placement of a port for her chemotherapy injections.

It has been an emotional and whirlwind of a month for Jamie and her family. But also a time that Jamie calls humbling and full of faith and love. Jamie has vowed to remain strong and courageous through her journey with cancer. Her three children, ages 5, 7 and 14, are her greatest motivation. Her husband is her rock. And her friends and family have been her support system, offering encouragement every step of the way.  Jamie has found giving to others helps her to cope with her own fears.  This past week, she cut her long hair to donate to Locks of Love.  Also, with the help of good friends, she will participate in the Susan G. Koman Race for a Cure this coming weekend.  She hopes to be an inspiration and offer guidance in the future for those battling the same fight.

Jamie is scheduled to soon begin chemotherapy, which will continue for five months. Following chemotherapy, she will undergo a mastectomy and radiation treatment. Just as Jamie was set to begin her chemo treatment this past week, the PET scan found an area of concern on her left ovary.  An ultrasound detected two masses.  Now once again, Jamie must wait for the results of yet another biopsy.  She has a long road of recovery ahead of her. She is determined to use this time to refocus on what is truly important in life and to seek the silver lining in this dark cloud. Jamie fully intends to keep laughing and enjoy life during this time.  She strongly believes that laughter is the best medicine. 

Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Though Jamie asks for nothing more than love, prayers and support during this time; the tests and treatments necessary for cure will create an enormous financial burden on Jamie and her family. Jamie's husband recently opened his own business. It is their dream for this business to succeed and have made short-term financial sacrifices in order to succeed in the future. With that, Jamie is the primary source of income for the family right now. During treatment and recovery, Jamie will be forced to reduce her hours at work; therefore will have a reduction in her income. Unfortunately, cancer is not considerate of times of financial hardship and simply does not care about bad timing. Please find it in your heart to make a donation to help out the Duque Family during Jamie's fight with cancer.  

Galatians 6:2 Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on January 2, 2014 by Betty Lorenz, Rachel Rhodes, Samantha Brasses
Jamie is ready to start the New Year off! She is ready to kick cancer in the butt in 2014!!!  She now has finished up her first phase of chemo and is starts taxol next week.  She should be finished up with chemo in a couple of months.  This will be followed by surgery and radiation.  The tumor no longer can be felt so we are optimistic.  Medical bills keep coming in.  Donations are still needed and appreciated. 

Please continue to keep Jamie and her family in your prayers.

Posted on December 2, 2013 by Betty Lorenz, Rachel Rhodes, Samantha Brasses

Happy Belated Thanksgiving. The Duque Family would like to take this opportunity to express their gratitude for all the kind donations and are thankful for such kind generosity.

Please keep sharing Jamie's journey. There are only 29 days left to donate towards her fundraiser.

Matthew 18:20 (NIV) 20 For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”

Let's continue to pray for Jamie's healing and the financial burden this has brought upon her family during this holiday season.

Posted on November 21, 2013 by Betty Lorenz, Rachel Rhodes, Samantha Brasses

Jamie has now lost her hair and is rocking her cranial prosthesis "wig". It was an emotional time for Jamie and her family, but tried to keep the experience light for her children while they gave her a temporary mohawk. We added some photos of this occasion. She has completed her second round of chemo. It was much tougher this go round then the first. She just couldn't kick the nausea. The doctor changed up her medications and today she is feeling more like herself, but a bit fatigued. Last week Heather Moerey from the Edmond Sun interviewed Jamie about her battle with breast cancer. The article was published Saturday 11/16/2013 on the FRONT page!!! If you’re interested in reading the article please go to the edmondsun.com.

Posted on November 5, 2013 by Betty Lorenz, Rachel Rhodes, Samantha Brasses
Jamie began her chemo treatments this past Thursday.  She was pleased that she felt well enough that evening to go trick or treating with her children for a short time.  The next few days proved to be a bit more challenging and she spent most of the weekend in bed. Jamie feels very fortunate to have such an amazing husband to take care of her and the daily tasks while she is down.  She is regaining strength each day and is pleased to have a week off before another round of chemo.

Jamie would like to express her appreciation for all of the support she has received through all of you. 

Posted on October 30, 2013 by Betty Lorenz, Rachel Rhodes, Samantha Brasses
Check out Jamie's inteview from this afternoon with Linda Cavanaugh from Channel 4 News!!  http://kfor.com/2013/10/30/local-mother-shares-story-of-rare-cancer-diagnosis/. Please keep your donations coming to help support Jamie and her family.

Posted on October 29, 2013 by Betty Lorenz, Rachel Rhodes, Samantha Brasses
We just heard some exciting news from Jamie.  She will be on KFOR Channel 4 October 30, 2013 at 4:30pm!  Linda Cavanaugh will be interviewing Jamie about her experience with triple negative breast cancer.  Be sure to tune in!!!

Posted on October 25, 2013 by Betty Lorenz, Rachel Rhodes, Samantha Brasses
Great news today! No cancer was found on the ovary. After a bit of recovery from the surgery, Jamie is able to resume her scheduled treatment.  Chemo should begin in the next week and Jamie will be on the road to being cancer free! 

Posted on October 24, 2013 by Betty Lorenz, Rachel Rhodes, Samantha Brasses
Jamie is recovering at home after a unilateral salpingo-oophorectomy (removal of her left ovary and fallopian tube) surgical procedure yesterday.  Two masses were discovered on a PET scan, which was taken before chemo to verify that the breast cancer had not spread to other areas of the body.  While her oncologist said it is very unlikely that the masses are a metastasis of the breast cancer, he felt that a proactive approach should be taken.  Jamie should only need to wait a week or so before she can move on to her chemo treatments.  She is still waiting to  find out the results of the ovary biopsy.  Jamie remains in good spirits and anxious to get on the road to recovery.  She is very appreciative of all the support she has received from her family and friends.

Posted on October 21, 2013 by Betty Lorenz, Rachel Rhodes, Samantha Brasses
Jamie and her family were able to participate in the Susan G Koman Race for the Cure this past weekend in downtown OKC.  It was an uplifting experience for the entire family to be surrounded in such encouragement and love.  Jamie's office organized a group called "Duque's Divas".  We all wore our bright pink shirts  in support of Jamie and her battle.  Everyone had great fun and it was surely a day to remember.  Jamie is particularly proud of her 14 year old daughter, Kaitlyn, who ran her very first 5K in her honor.  Though Jamie walked this year, she has vowed that she will run the 5K next year as a symbol of her victory over cancer.  Please take a look at some of the fun photos from the event. 

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