Monday, November 15, 2010
The Journey Begins
Welcome to the first post of the Friends of RJ blog.Today was the first step in what promises to be a long journey for Jessica and RJ. This morning, he was diagnosed with Burkitt's lymphoma and began an aggressive chemotherapy regimen that will likely last for months. As of this writing, he is sedated and his pain is managed while test results come in and countless questions are answered.
So how did this happen? RJ has always been extraordinarily healthy. If you've met him in person, he is so broad and tall that he looks like he is at least 16, although he is only 13. He swims competitively and bikes all over town. All of this was true until late last week when he began complaining of stomach trouble. Knowing that he never complains, Jessica took it seriously and brought him to the hospital on Thursday. Thinking it was just a common problem, they treated him briefly and sent him home. After the symptoms worsened, he was brought back to the hospital, where test results showed that it might be something more serious.
MacMillan.org and Hanna's Hearts of Hope.
We all expect that RJ will be one of the many success stories and beat this disease. Research in the past few decades has brought a much better cure rate for lymphoma than at any time in the past. RJ and Jessica need everyone's love and support during this difficult time.
So what can you do to help?
* Watch this space for updates. We will try to post at least once a day to keep everyone informed of his progress and anything the family needs.
* Send cards and letters. RJ will love getting mail from people throughout this process and we will make sure to get it to him right away. You can send mail to:
c/o C. Jaynes
1042 Glen Drive
San Leandro, CA 94577
* Comment on this blog! Jessica and RJ (when he's able) will see all of your supportive words so feel free to leave a comment or two.
* Many people have asked if they can donate financially. We are in the process of setting up a special bank account and PayPal link for people to contribute a gift to help defray the cost of medical treatment. Jessica will be taking a significant amount of time away from her teaching job and many of you know that there is another baby on the way. Any financial gifts will be more than welcome as they face this challenge. Watch this blog for a Donate button in the next few days.
There is also a fundraising concert in the works - we will post news as soon as we get it . For now, send your positive thoughts and wishes to RJ and everyone who loves him as they face the toughest journey of their lives.
Thanks so much!
Friends of RJ
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