This is for Jordyn, my best friend.
On Columbus Day in 2011, Jordyn walked in to the New England Urgent Care Center. She had been sick for ten days with flu-like symptoms. She would later find out that she had a fever of 103 and an enlarged spleen. Jordyn didn’t return to her apartment for 18 days.
Jordyn would soon learn that she had Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML). At first, she was told "If you are going to get cancer, this is the cancer you want to get." That turned out to be not be the case for Jordyn. What they meant, was that most patients can manage CML with medication. However, in Jordyn's case, the pills do not prove effective. She has worked with a medical team for 18 months to find a combination that worked and to combat her cancer, but in May of this year, the decision was made to move forward with a bone marrow transplant. At this point, essentially, her only choice.
Jordyn will be having her bone marrow transplant at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center in Boston, Massachusetts. She will be admitted on July 31st and stay in Boston for approximately one month. During the first week she will undergo an intense pre-regimen of chemotherapy to eradicate most of the leukemia cells and suppress her existing immune system. On August 6th, Jordyn will receive her transplant. Jordyn is receiving her cells from a donor off of the national bone marrow registry who was chosen after her two brothers were found not to be matches. While the donor is not a perfect match, he is a single antigen mismatch that the medical team has deemed acceptable for transplant.
The road to recovery will not be an easy one. Jordyn is expected to be out of work for up to one year. During that time, she will be taking medication that will greatly suppress her immune system. Jordyn will be relegated to her apartment, with an intensley strict diet and hygeine regime and little contact with the outside world. As she prepares for her transplant, Jordyn has been spending as much quality time as possible with her family and close friends because in her words, "the future is uncertain and normalcy will be a long ways away."
This fund has been set up to help ease Jordyn's financial burden and help her as she goes down the road to get well.
What We Need & What You Get
I am trying to raise at least $15,000 for Jordyn. This money will cover Jordyn's rent, utilities, car payment and insurance, health insurance premiums, egg cryopreservation and storage, co-pays, her mother's stay in Boston, travel and any other expenses Jordyn will have during the six months to a year that she cannot work.
Jordyn has been through so much and is so strong, and I want to make sure that she can concentrate on getting well. Please help me to help Jordyn find happiness and comfort as she begins this road to recovery.
To begin to offer each and every one of you my truest gratitude, I, along with a gathering of Jordyn's best pals will be creating homemade gifts of thanks.
For your donations, we will send you a homemade friendship bracelet, a hand screened t-shirt or a signed photographic print.
But mostly, we will send you our love and admiration for being a friend to our friend and for helping a gal get back to good.
Other Ways You Can Help
Please help us spread the word, and share this campaign with your friends.
Send Jordyn your good thoughts and prayers. You can follow her journey and keep in touch here: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/jordynodonovan
If you can, please sign up for the bone marrow registry today. I cannot begin to express the love that we have for Jordyn's donor. A person that signed up for the registry and has decided to help someone that he has never met. It is truly an amazing gift. You can sign up here: https://www.deletebloodcancer.org/register/regi...