Please put my cousin, Jill, on your prayer lists. We just found out that she has Inflammatory Breast Cancer. She will be 40 years old on December 21. She was a Christmas baby, so her middle name is Noel.
Jill has 3 kids: Thomas is 22, getting married, and expecting a baby soon; Kaitlyn just turned 16, and Patrick just turned 15. Her husband, Tom, just got back in July, from a year in Iraq. His picture is on the left side of my page. Jill’s brother, Ross, finished a year in Afghanistan back in February. He is also on the left of my page.
Inflammatory Breast Cancer is different from what we think of when we hear ‘breast cancer.’ It is extremely fast growing, and there are no ‘tumors’ as we think of them. The tumors can grow in sheets rather than lumps, and be undetected. IBC can be mistaken for an infection, and go longer before it is diagnosed. There is only a 30-40% 5 year survival rate.
This is Jill at my parents’ 50th anniversary party in December 2005:
By the way, the only center in the world dedicated to the treatment of Inflammatory Breast Cancer, is at M.D. Anderson Cancer Institute , in the Texas Medical Center in Houston. This is the IBC Clinic at M.D. Anderson.