When our 10 year-old daughter was diagnosed with cancer last year, our world was turned up side down, and we could not grasp the idea of telling her the reality of her diagnosis.
Our lives went from normal school days to extended hospital stays, twice a week clinical visits, and chemo and radiation sessions, etc, which caused all of us extreme exhaustion both on a mental and physical level, and haunting us was the looming unspoken worry : will our princess get though this?
To say that we went through a hard time is the least i could say. however, the ongoing support, and unconditional love and prayer from our friends and family went a long way in making things easier. Most of all, a HUGE THANK YOU TO OUR LORD GOD for this blessing that he gave us, and for continuously standing by Jasmine’s side, giving her faith and hope, that kept her fighting until she SUCCEEDED.
As of today Jazzy Wazzy is cancer free, and until now I am speechless, as to how happy and grateful I am.
Yet, I continue to send my prayers and hopes to all the kids I meet who are fighting cancer. May their faith in GOD not weaken; GOD willing they will become cancer free, to see the day GOD has blessed me with.
Jazzy Habebti, we know you went through a lot (the monster is gone) and we still have to go though a path of recovery. Our hope for you Jazzy is that you continue with the strength and will and faith in GOD that you showed us this past year so you can get your life of school,basketball,swimming,etc.back!! We know you will because with GOD all things are possible!!
HEY EVERYONE. WE’RE BACK! IT’S BEEN ABOUT 2.5 MONTHS SINCE OUR LAST POST. SUMMER TIME WAS GREAT BUT IT SURE KEPT US REALLY BUSY. WE’VE BEEN FOCUSING A LOT OF OUR TIME ON JAZZY WHILE HER BROTHER WAS VISITING BACK HOME DURING THE SUMMERTIME. THE PAST COUPLE MONTHS WERE FILLED WITH SOME GOOD YET DIFFICULT TIMES AS JAZZY MOVED CLOSER TO END OF HER CHEMO TREATMENTS. IT’S BEEN EXACTLY ONE YEAR SINCE JAZZY WAS FIRST DIAGNOSED WITH HER CANCER. ON AUGUST 19TH, JAZZY FINALLY COMPLETED HER 43 WEEKS OF CHEMOTHERAPY TREATMENTS. THANK GOD! WE CAN’T BELIEVE HOW QUICKLY THESE 11 MONTHS OF CHEMO HAVE PASSED BY.
THE SUMMER WAS FILLED WITH DOCTOR’S APPOINTMENTS , CHEMO TREATMENT AND PHYSICAL THERAPY THAT HAVE BECOME A PART OF JAZZY’S LIFE; HOWEVER, SHE STILL HAD TIME TO CONTINUE HOME-SCHOOLING AND STUDYING 3-5 DAYS A WEEK. ALTHOUGH THE DOCTORS ADVISED JAZZY TO AVOID EXPOSURE TO THE SUN, THAT DIDN’T KEEP HER FROM HAVING FUN AND ENJOYING HER TIME AS LONG AS SHE FELT WELL ENOUGH TO DO SO. WHAT CAN WE SAY…JAZZY WAZZY IS AND ALWAYS WILL BE A FIGHTER. NOTHING CAN PUSH HER DOWN. SHE KNOWS THAT GOD IS WITH HER, KEEPING HER STRONG. HER ATTITUDE IS SO ENCOURAGING. WHEN HER BLOOD COUNT IS LOW AND SHE’S FEELING WEAK, SHE STILL FINDS A WAY TO CONVINCE US TO LET HER GO TO THE EVENTS THAT HAVE BEEN PLANNED AND SHE’S BEEN LOOKING FORWARD TO. JAZZY HAS MADE VALUABLE USE OF HER TIME INDOORS. IN ADDITION TO SPENDING A LOT OF TIME WITH HER FAMILY AND , SHE HAS DEVELOPED VARIOUS HOBBIES: BAKING, PAINTING NAILS, READING, AND OF COURSE SHOPPING WITH HER FRIENDS…OH BOY!
UPON COMPLETION OF HER TREATMENTS, WE SEE JAZZY FEELING BETTER AND STRONGER DAY AFTER DAY. HER NAUSEA AND VOMITING HAS DECREASED TREMENDOUSLY, AND HER APPETITE HAS INCREASED. SHE WILL CONTINUE TO BE ON DAILY TPN TO ASSURE THAT SHE RECEIVES THE APPROPRIATE CALORIC INTAKE TO KEEP HER STRONG. FORTUNATELY, SHE HAS GAINED ALMOST 15 POUNDS WITHIN THE LAST THREE MONTHS. WITHIN THIS UPCOMING WEEK, WE WILL BE RETURNING TO THE HOSPITAL TO PERFORM A CT SCAN AND MRI TO EVALUATE THE FINAL STATUS OF JAZZY’S CONDITION UPON COMPLETION OF HER CHEMO TREATMENTS. PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR JAZZY. WE WILL KEEP YOU POSTED REGARDING THE FINAL RESULTS.
JASMINE HAD AN MRI AND CT SCAN DONE LAST WEEK. THIS WEEK JASMINE WENT INTO THE HOSPITAL TO RECEIVE HER 32ND TREATMENT AND TO GET RESULTS ON THE MRI AND CT SCANS. AFTER SHE RECEIVED THE CHEMO TREATMENT WE MET WITH HER DOCTOR AND NURSE PRACTITIONER AND THEY INFORMED US HOW EXTREMELY HAPPY THEY WERE WITH THE TEST RESULTS. THE NEWS WAS A HUGE SURPRISE……….JASMINE NO LONGER HAS A TUMOR!! WE THANK GOD FOR THE HOPE AND LOVE THAT HE HAS GIVEN US THROUGH THIS. HER CHEST WAS ALSO CHECKED AND THE RESULTS CAME BACK NEGATIVE AS WELL….THANK GOD! THE DOCTORS ARE AMAZINGLY HAPPY WITH HER PROGRESS. UNFORTUNATELY ALONG WITH THE GREAT NEWS, JASMINE HAS HAD SOME EXTREMELY SICK DAYS. PER THE DOCTORS, JASMINE HAS BEEN ABLE TO ENDURE ONE OF THE MOST AGGRESSIVE CHEMO AND RADIATION TREATMENTS. THIS TREATMENT HAS WEAKEND HER BODY AND IT WILL TAKE LONGER FOR HER TO RECOVER .JASMINE NEEDS TO CONTINUE WITH PHYSICAL THERAPY FOR HER LEFT LEG IN ORDER FOR IT TO RECOVER FROM THE NERVE DAMAGE. AS YOU KNOW FROM THE BEGINNING, WE WERE TOLD JASMINE WOULD HAVE TO HAVE 45 WEEKS OF TREATMENTS. SO AS OF THIS WEEK SHE HAS 13 TREATMENTS LEFT TO MAKE SURE THAT ANY CANCER CELLS LEFT IN HER BODY ARE KILLED.
WE WILL CONTINUE TO UPDATE YOU AND WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK EVERYONE FOR ALL THE LOVE AND SUPPORT THAT HAS BEEN DISPLAYED AND ACTED UPON.
I know it’s been a while since my last update. From the last update, Jasmine has been exerting a lot of positive energy. Her appetite has increased, she has gained a couple of pounds, looks healthy, and is full of energy. She has been busy supporting her brother Jacob as he has been busy with school. She has also been diligent studying and completing all her homework and school assignments. As you all know, Jasmine is finishing 5th grade next week! She is very excited and wants to feel her energetic and at her best to celebrate her graduation next week!
Jasmine came into the hospital today. She was excited to come in because she knew she had to get some scans done. This week is also week 30 of chemo and she has come 2/3 of the way to finishing her treatment! Tonight, around 8:30 PM she received a CT scan. She did very well and it went by very fast. She also received her aggressive chemotherapy tonight and she tolerated it very well. She was pre-medicated well so her nausea is managed. She is currently hydrating post-chemo and sleeping. We are looking forward to tomorrow to get her second set of scans, specifically MRI. We ask that you all continue to keep Jasmine in your prayers, hoping for good news. :) by the end of this week.
Jasmine’s graduation is on June 19th and her brother Jacob’s graduation for middle school is on June 20th. Next week will be a busy yet happy week because we are all ready for summer vacation! We want to relax in the sun and meeting friends and family, and being as one as a family
As we all know, Jasmine left the hospital 0n APRIL 6TH-13 and had to be on TPN at home for 12 hours every day until she reaches her weight . The home nurse came twice a day, at night to start the TPN and in the morning to turn it off. Jasmine was observing and learning how to give TPN at home by herself . Soon, Jasmine was doing this herself! And she loves being her own nurse because she can do it on her own schedule. She tells me “Mom, don’t worry. You can go sleep. I’ll hook it up by myself.” Within these three weeks, she has had 1 blood transfusion. Jasmine had the opportunity to attend the “In Honor of Jasmine Faulk” fundraiser where she had the chance to shave her friends’ heads to support St. Baldrick’s Foundation for cancer research and also spend time with friends and family. After that, Jasmine had a low ANC level (which means her immune system is weak) which delayed her chemotherapy administration for 2 weeks because the chemo will weaken her immune system even more. We tried to keep her busy so she wouldn’t get bored, and Jazzy enjoyed her time at home . Since she wasn’t able to leave the house, we were able to gather at home with family and a small group of friends. Recently Jasmine got an infection in her left toe. She had to start taking antibiotics and thank God, the infection healed in two days. Jasmine’s ANC started to go up on Friday, so on Saturday, Jasmine and I went to my freind in Palos Verdes and cut our own palm branches to braid and arrange with some beautiful flowers for the Orthodox Palm Sunday service . Jasmine looked beautiful in her summery dress, and the family had a great time at the service and at dinner afterward. By Monday, her ANC was 2600 (very good) so she was able to be admitted to the hospital for chemotherapy. Because it took a long time for her to recover after the last chemotherapy, the doctors decided to lower her doses of chemo by 20 percent so that her body can recover faster. As she gets further along in her treatment, this is expected to happen. Jasmine was happy to see her nurses and friends at the hospital and to resume her part-time job as the unit secretary :) She has learned to answer the phone and say “Pediatrics, this is Jasmine. How can I help you?” This is her 25th chemotherapy treatment and hopefully, we’ll be home soon
In the honer of Jasmine Faulk a fundraiser was organized by Team Jasmine to raise money for St. Baldrick’s Foundation. In exchange for your donation, we will shave our heads in solidarity with the beautiful Miss Jasmine Faulk as she battles cancer! GO JASMINE!!!!GOOOO
Team Jasmine: We’ve teamed up to have our heads shaved — to stand in solidarity with Jasmine and other kids fighting cancer, but more importantly, to raise money to find cures.
Special thanks for all who participated in the special event <3 :)
On March 25, 2013, Jasmine came into the hospital for aggressive chemo. After all the blood tests, they found out that her immune system was weak from weekly chemo treatments. Her white and red blood cells were low, so the doctors worried about her future chemo treatments. Since Jazzy’s last admission to the hospital, she lost five pounds. In total, she lost 33 pounds. The doctors told us that her lack of appetite will deeply affect her process of healing from chemo. They wanted her to heal before the next treatment, but she ended up passing the test by 10 units.
Since it is a struggle for Jasmine to eat, her doctors have prescribed her medication to stimulate her appetite. They recommended going on TPN through her IV. TPN stands for total prenatal nutrition. Jasmine was first scared about having a needle inside her chest. But the doctors persuaded her to take the treatment. The doctor wanted to record Jasmine’s IV levels for three days, but Jasmine wanted to go home for the weekend since it was Easter and her brother’s birthday. The doctor allowed her to leave, but under two conditions: she had to drink 1.7 Liters of water every day and she had to eat at home. During the weekend, she was well-fed and hydrated.
We ended up celebrating Easter and her brother’s birthday at home. It was a great weekend; Jasmine is always positive and happy whenever she is with her family. She was tired throughout the weekend, but she was still energetic and carefree. We came back to the hospital on April 1, 2013. She got her weekly chemo on Monday and started her TPN on Tuesday so that Jasmine can meet her daily caloric needs. At the moment, she is under the IV for TPN treatment. With the help of her dietician and TPN, Jazzy’s health has improved. If Jazzy improves her health, she will be able to go home on Saturday. She has been in the hospital for eleven days for the past two weeks.
Usually, chemo patients who have undergone weight loss are under IV treatment for 24 hours. Jazzy promised the doctor that she would eat 600-700 calories during the day time. At night, the TPN will help her caloric intake by 1,000 calories. With this method, Jazzy will be able to live her daily life freely. She can run, play, and enjoy regular activities. I know that Jazzy has a long journey ahead of her, but she keeps staying positive and happy.