From Paul & Jenny:
Friends & Family, for those interested in supporting Sam & Jerome’s household, please see the new content regarding non-monetary support on the “DONATIONS” Tab. Many are excited to support and they are going to love it![...]
It was a long morning at UW in the new Surgical Pavilion spent mostly waiting. The purpose of today's visit was to meet with a multi-disciplinary team of doctors who were "conferencing" on my case to discuss my case and make recommendations for treatment. The conference was called the Liver Tumor Clinic as they specialize in tumors that metastasize to the liver from other origination areas. The person who walked us to the exam room mentioned how "this is a big deal", and that patients fly in from Europe and Asia just to have this consultation and recommendations on treatment at UW. How fortunate this is in our own backyard.[...]
After my first infusion on Wednesday, the doctor called on Thursday to follow-up on how I was doing. I told him that I felt better than I did before I started chemo, because I truly did feel great, as there were no adverse side effects hitting me yet, and I was ignorantly thinking that this feeling of overall wellness was going to continue. [...]
After our first meeting with the doctors at SCCA, they wanted me to undergo another CT scan of my lungs, as the original CT scan focused on the pelvic/abdomen region, which only showed the bottom of the lungs, and they wanted to check to see if the cancer has spread beyond what they could see.[...]
Follow-up to yesterday's shenanigans
After yesterday's excitement discussed in the post below, I was happy to be squeezed into the schedule this morning, which had an identical itinerary to yesterday according to the nurse. I drove my moms car (because she prefers other people driving) to SCCA and showed up in the lab at 7:20am, and they said that I didn't have an appointment with them, who then called up to the nurse who indicated that because I had my blood labs done yesterday I was fine. I then went up to see the nurse, and they said the same thing, that I didn't have an appointment, which was starting to concern me. Luckily the receptionist mentioned that because they saw me within 48 hours that I didn't need to see her again. He also mentioned that I am in the system for a 9am infusion, and that's all that mattered to me.[...]
From Jerome: Numerous calls to SCCA finally resulted in them submitting the orders to Premera, and nurses and doctors told me that it was marked as an urgent request. They also mentioned that the next available appointment for me would be next Thursday (May 1st), but if Premera processes the request soon, I could be seen tomorrow. I then called Premera to verify they had everything needed and to drive the processing as much as I could, and of course they mention that the request from SCCA wasn't marked as urgent and wasn't requested to be processed until May 1st. That was where it was too many mis-communications and I needed to escalate (it hit the fan).[...]
From Jerome: This morning, I was excited to finally begin my chemo treatment. My dad was kind enough to pick me up and dropped me off at SCCA by 7am. They tapped into my port with a rather large gauge needle (quite painful), drew my blood, and left it in for the chemotherapy.[...]
From Paul: This support portal (supportal) was started for Jerome and Samantha Jimenez by loved ones for loved ones. It will serve as a repository to communicate the status of Jerome’s fight with cancer, allowing the concentration of their social media, Phones, and general conversations to stay centric on their everyday life. This will also provide anyone a way to show support in the form of positive messaging, prayers, and giving. It may also be educating on the process and well-being for all who follow.[...]
From Jerome: I feel so blessed to have every single one of you supporting me! This won't be an easy battle, but knowing that I have you cheering me on gives me the strength I need to beat this. I especially want to thank my parents for all their help, Caleb for giving me a big reason to fight, and most of all, Sam for going with me to all my appointments, taking wonderful care of Caleb, and for doing all the little things each and every day.[...]
Welcome to the Jerome Jimenez support family! This site is for family and friends, old and new, to organize our efforts to support this extraordinary person. This page will serve as your home base for rallying the troops, receiving updates , and raising dearly needed funds to support Jerome Jimenez. Here's the plan:
Your First Step: Please take 30 seconds to click on the "Follow" button on the top right of this page. This will allow you to receive updates, read journal entries, make donations, share Jerome Jimenez’s story on social media, and help the family with week-to-week calendaring needs. Though not mandatory to follow Jerome Jimenez’s page, we encourage you to easily create an account with your name and email in order to be able to post photos, leave comments and sign up as a helping hand on the Calendar page. Feel free to upload a photo of yourself to your profile so we can get to know and recognize others on Jerome Jimenez’s support team. After clicking “Follow” above, read on to learn more about what you can do to help.
Journal: This tab is where you can read the latest entries posted for Jerome Jimenez and our support team. You may see additional authors writing updates here to help alleviate pressure for Jerome Jimenez and expedite information sharing. Each post is followed by a photo and name of the author of the entry. You can reply with supportive comments to any journal entry, or click on the name of its author to send a private message.
Posts: This is where you can leave an encouraging message for Jerome Jimenez and family, and to read thoughts left by others! If you have something pressing you'd like suggest that everyone sees (e.g. a fundraiser or upcoming event you're spearheading), please don't hesitate to contact us via private message so we can consider sharing it more widely in the Journal sections. There will undoubtedly be many coordinated efforts and events ahead, and we want to make certain they’re organized and publicized through this site to help drive the greatest possible impact.
Calendar: Please see this important section to learn what the family needs NOW. This will be an especially helpful section for locals in close proximity to Jerome Jimenez. This is an up-to-date calendar which will list the family's immediate needs such as child-care, rides, and meals to help most in the short term. If you see a need posted and can fill it, please sign up through the calendar page directly (i.e. not through private communication) to let us and others know that you've committed to that need. Please check back often to help out with the most recently posted needs!
Donations: The very most impactful way to help Jerome Jimenez’s is to make a direct donation right now. After insurance participation, bills and related costs are expected to reach several thousand dollars. This fund will be used at the sole discretion of Jerome Jimenez and family to help manage all related expenses, and will give them the flexibility to take time off work as needed to directly support Jerome Jimenez’s. Donations can be made securely using credit or debit card for any amount. PostHope.org generously makes these donations free of any fees. All donations, large and small, come with the eternal gratitude. Thank you for your generosity in considering what amount you are personally able to give.
Perhaps more importantly, you will also find the tools to share your donation and Jerome Jimenez’s story with friends and family via Facebook and social media. After donating, please click the social media buttons to share far, wide, publicly and OFTEN! We believe that many kind strangers online will feel moved by Jerome Jimenez’s journey.
Notifications: After clicking “Follow” above, you’ll then see a tab to manage “Notifications”. If you feel you’re receiving too many or too few email notifications, please check this section to tailor notifications to your areas of interest. For example, if you want to receive journal updates but not new calendar posts, or any combination of notifications from this site, you can do set them to your preference this section.
Don’t Forget! If you haven’t done so already, please click “Follow” on the top right. It’s your very next step to showing your support!