Dear Jack

Jill E

Active LifeList Participant

I’m Jill. Six years ago, at the age of 31, after many years of pain and fighting for doctors to listen to my concerns, one ran some tests and did exploratory surgery. Turns out I have a rare form of ovarian cancer – granulosa cell tumor, that they just don’t have much info on how to successfully treat. Not wanting to go into menopause that young, and not having enough clinical evidence that other treatments would be worth the havoc they would pay on my body, I elected to just stick with surgery and surveillance. I went back to work at the very physically and mentally demanding retail management job I had been doing for 10 years and attempted to put all this behind me. The physical side effects of my surgery and the emotional side effects of denying the life-altering cancer diagnosis mentally took their toll and I was not able to keep working and focus on my health at the same time. Meanwhile, I had a 6-year-old stepson at home and a partner that wanted more children. Those plans went out the window!

Six years later, at age 37, I had a hysterectomy due to a recurrence with metastases. I still have minimal options to choose from for treatment and all of them will directly affect my family and my quality of life. Plus now I have a 12-year-old who is trying to understand what’s going on and worrying that I’m going to die. I want to make as many positive memories as possible with him and my partner with whatever good time I have left.

Jill’s LifeList:

  1. A Nintendo Switch with Animal Crossing

  2. Gaming Bluetooth headphones

  3. Smart TV with wall mount

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