Jessica's story written by Shelley, her mother...
Before February 15th, 2012, Jessica was a normal 10 year old little girl. She was in the middle of her basketball season and was on the all-star team. She was also looking forward to starting softball with her friends in March. Jessica was a bright, sweet and outgoing little girl and was living life to the fullest.
Jessica’s life changed radically on February 15th 2012. She had played in a basketball game the night before and could hardly run down the court. After the game I took her to the doctor and they drew some blood and her Hemoglobin was only a 5. They sent us to the hospital to have more lab work done. The next morning we went in to see our doctor and she sent us to Scottish Rite in Atlanta. They immediately came in and started doing more tests. Around 4 o’clock that afternoon they came in and told us Jessica had Leukemia. They were going to do further test that day to determine which kind she had. The next morning they came in and said she has Acute Myelogenous Leukemia and we would need to be transferred to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston.
With a battle plan in place, Egleston became our “home away from home” for the approximately 30 days we would be there. We grew to love the nurses, doctors and staff of the Aflac floor at Egleston. Jessica loved to give them all a hard time and they would give it back to her. Jessica’s strength and courage through the next 7 months of horrible chemo side effects and life-threatening infections were an inspiration to us all. She never complained of all the medical procedures and surgeries she endured as a good solider for Jesus Christ. She amazed our family every day.
After several attempts to get Jessica in remission it was just not in God’s plan. God did give our family the month of August to be at home with Jessica and have somewhat of a normal life. Jessica’s birthday was on August 2nd and she was released from the hospital. She was so excited to be going home. We had the chance to take her to the mall, an Atlanta Braves game, and just spend some quality time with her at home. Jessica was readmitted to the hospital on September 4th for major surgery to try and get her to bone marrow transplant. However, before she could fully recover and start chemo treatments again her Leukemia started blasting at 100%. Jessica was sent home on hospice care on September 18th, 2012. She later passed away on October 4th, 2012 at 10:35 am with me next to her telling her how much I loved her and I was so proud of her.
Though our hearts are broken, we have much to be thankful for – so many memories to cherish. We are comforted knowing we did everything we could humanly do for our daughter while she battled here on Earth. Gods plan are not our plans so we had to say goodbye to our precious child for now. We will forever be grateful for the 11 years we had with our precious Jessica.
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