Izspiration

When I speak to others about my experience I can’t help but always discuss the silver linings. As I have discussed at length in this forum, one of these silver linings was finding the perfect medical team. 

I was fully prepared to take an Ativan every time I walked in the door at Women & Infants Hospital. As it turns out, these people have become like family to me and some are legitimately close friends. My chemo nurse Sheila and I hang out at least once a week. It is clear to me that the right people come into your life at the appropriate time.

Last night I got dressed up to go to Feb Fest, a casino night to benefit “The Izzy Foundation”. This non-profit was started to help my oncologist and her husband fund medical expenses for their daughter who was diagnosed with Stage 4 rhabdomyosarcoma two weeks after her first birthday. Izzy passed on two years following her diagnosis. From the stories I was told she was happy, vibrant, loving, and generous.

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She “Izspired” people all around the world. Now, in her memory, The Izzy Foundation lives on to help families and children with debilitating diseases. 

Last night’s event brought in a great crowd! Not only did we get to contribute to an amazing cause, but I also got to spend quality time with my medical team. I mean, how often does a patient get to do wine tasting and play blackjack alongside her doctors and nurses? 

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Here are some highlights:

1.) Our fabulous black jack dealer! It as no secret that we were inexperienced so he would offer tips like: “are you SURE you want to hit?” or “MAYBE you should double your bet”. 

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2.) Sheila & Sarah just killing it at the black jack table

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3.) Dr. Robison and her husband announcing the raffle winners. Unfortunately I did NOT win the tropical timeshare I was hoping for. Oh well. My money still went to kids with illness so that is a win regardless.

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4.) This is one of the most remarkable women I have ever met. We have been through a lot together in the past year and I am standing here today because of her brilliance. My beautiful oncologist, Dr. Robison!

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5.) Of course, the trifecta: Chemo nurse, Gyn. Oncologist, & Patient. They crush cancer for a living and I crush cancer to live 🙂

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What a great start to a big week!

To come:

Today: Superbowl/eating until I feel sick

Monday- I am back to work full time! 

Wednesday- My fundraiser for the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition!

 

Updates to follow 🙂

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3 thoughts on “Izspiration

  1. Thanks, Jess, for keeping us up-to-date on your latest adventures. You are so inspiring and I love how you always have a such an uplifting message for everyone. Love the silver linings. Looking forward to placing my order on Wednesday! Best to you always.
    Pictures are always a bonus. Thanks for sharing.

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