The day after Jaymie passed her oldest daughter Hope had an idea, "Let's string panties across the Purple People Bridge for cervical cancer awareness." In five months Hope's vision came alive. Family and friends came together and formed the Jaymie Jamison Foundation for Hope. This event we were planning was about Jaymie, remembering her, and honoring her. Jaymie had no idea you could actually die from cervical cancer. We were going to change that misconception. We were bound and determine to make everyone know! We hung over 4,000 panties across the bridge on July 16, 2011. Panties Across the Bridge honored survivors, fighter, and angels lost to this diseases. Signs and symptoms were placed along the bridge. Our largest awareness event caught the attention of people all over, and even made CNN news. All of this conspired from a 14 year old girls big vision. July 11. 2015 will be our 5th annual Panties Across the Bridge. Our mission has changed from our first event. We now cover all gynecological cancers. We have held a health fair to promote healthy living for everyone. We light the bridge teal for awareness. We are currently working towards making the 5th annual the best year yet! Awareness is the center of all we do, we will let all women know what teal means, educate them on signs and symptoms, and make every woman see a yearly gynecological appointment is a necessity.
Saturday, January 31, 2015
Friday, January 2, 2015
January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. During this month we will be sharing Jaymie's story. We hope to bring to women's attention the symptoms that Jaymie shrugged off are really serious issues. Ladies, if you are experiencing any of these symptoms, or have not see your gynecologist in the last year please call and make an appointment as soon as possible.
Jaymie was 33 years old. She was a mother of 4 beautiful children. Jaymie's children were everything to her. She lived and breathed for them. They were her number one concern. Jaymie had just begun a new job at Clermont County Educational Service Center, and her husband Jon was in school after being laid off. Jaymie had been uninsured causing her to put off her own medical treatment. It had been three years, since the birth of Jet that Jaymie had seen her Dr.
After Jaymie's surgery her cancer staging came back as stage 2b cervical cancer. She would need to undergo radiation and chemotherapy in July. Jaymie had a few weeks to heal before radiation and chemo began. She enjoyed time with her family, and even took a girls trip with her mom to Gatlinburg, TN. Jaymie is seen above happily posing in front of a waterfall. Jaymie was ready to face treatment head on.
August 28th was Jaymie's last chemotherapy. A week later Jaymie was feeling great, and she was so positive. For a couple weeks Jaymie was doing good. Her oldest daughter Hope now needed to have a shoulder surgery, and Jaymie was right there by her side. On September 16, 2010 Jaymie and her mom, Cheryl took Hope for her surgery. While Hope was in surgery Jaymie told her mom, "My stomach doesn't feel right." She attempted to take a few bites of her muffin, but put it down. Jaymie got Hope through her surgery and home, never mentioning another word about her. At 7:00am the next morning Cheryl received a phone call from Hope saying, "Mamaw Mom is sick.."
Jaymie had a cleft palate, and Jaymie's mom Cheryl had explained to the Dr's that her opening may not accommodate a GI that size. They used a smaller tube. Cheryl said, "Jaymie was terrified about everything. I could see it in her face. She wouldn't let us out of her sight." After a day the pain or the nausea had not gone away. The Dr said they would have to change the GI tube to a larger one. Jaymie was absolutely terrified...During this time at the hospital Cheryl had been in contact with Jaymie's gynecological surgeon and oncologist.
as they could, unblock her ureters, and try to fix the bowel obstruction. It was semi-successful. Before the surgery the Doctors told Jaymie she was terminal. She was not going to let that stop her from fighting. After the surgery she was told they found cancer in her liver, kidneys, and ureters. Jaymie just wanted to get home to see her oldest daughter perform in her school play that Friday night. She got home, but never made it to the play. She developed a fever, but wonderful friends skyped her in to see the play.
One morning Jaymie woke up and had a purple spot on her abdomen. Jaymie had an appointment that day with the Dr. So when Jaymie got to the doctor's office she showed him. He said, " Oh we need to open that up right away. That's a fistula." Opening the fistula ended up being a blessing. On the way home from the doctor's office Jaymie's parents stopped at Frisches. She got a Big Boy and was able to eat it. Just opening the fistula took the pressure off her bowel and took away the nausea. She was nausea and pain free for days! She couldn't get enough to eat. After opening the fistula they had to put a colostomy bag over the opening. She wouldn't let anyone but her dad change it.
A few weeks past after Jaymie had the fistula. Another one came up, but this time it was different. Jaymie's mom and dad took her to most of her appointments, as Jon just started a new job and had to support their family. So off we went to the doctor's office and saw the surgeon. He tried to open this fistula, but nothing came out. It was very painful, and finally we said, "STOP!" The doctor then asked to see Cheryl and Jeff in the hallway. Jaymie looked so scared. In the hallway he told us what we knew. There was nothing else they could do for Jaymie. The doctor didn't tell Jaymie, he knew we would want to tell her. Jaymie kept asking Cheryl what the doctor said, but Cheryl couldn't tell Jaymie. Cheryl called Jon and told him. Jon said bravely, "It's okay, I'll tell her."
Even with the doctor's saying there is nothing left for us to do for Jaymie, her family never gave up hope. Jaymie's mom Cheryl was even getting creative. She was blending holistic cancer fighting diets and sneaking them into Jaymie's feeding tube. The tube was really long so Cheryl would hide in the kitchen and put the blended mix into the tube. One day Jaymie's best friend Monica was visiting. Cheryl heard her tell Monica, "she doesn't think I know what she is doing in there." Jaymie kept her humor all the way through her battle.
Jaymie was in and out of consciousness. Jaymie woke up at one time and wanted to speak to her sister in-law Sissy. Sissy came and laid with her, and Jaymie told her how she wanted to write everyone a letter, and for Sissy to give it to everyone after she passes. Amazingly Sissy was able to write letters for everyone from Jaymie as Jaymie went in and out of consciousness.
We knew time was running out. Jaymie had now gone a few days without responding. The Golden Girls came on, and Cheryl started dancing to the theme song, and out of no where Jaymie began laughing! Cheryl about threw her hip out getting her to laugh again!! In these types of situations you hang on to what you can.
The end was drawing near. A friend of the family, Diana Hitt came up with the idea of a candlelight vigil. It went viral across the community. Friends banded together to make this happen. Vans picked up people from Hamersville Elementary school and dropped them off in Cheryl and Jeff's front yard. There was well over 100 people that gathered to pray for Jaymie. Our community was absolutely amazing. In August 2010 they threw a fundraising event after Jaymie completed her first round of treatment. With Jaymie sick and Jon in school the fundraiser raised enough money to help them pay their bills and be able to keep their house. Our community wrapped their arms around us and got us through it. We can never thank them enough.
Jaymie passed away on Sunday February 6, 2011 with her family surrounding her. As much as we miss Jaymie she isn't suffering anymore. She saw something beautiful on her way from this Earth and she was smiling...