Friday, March 3, 2017

First update

This is Dan,

About 45 minutes ago Jess was taken from the pre-op area to the surgery room. She was in as good of spirits as can be expected. Her tracking status still has her in the operating room, but they have yet to actually start the procedure. My understanding is that she is getting her anesthesia and more IVs. Im sure its no surprise but she quickly made friends with her entire surgical team. She was restless last night and, although I refused to let her respond to any, we went through the comments of support she has received from everyone and it quickly settled her down and filled her heart with happiness. Adding a couple cat videos after quickly had her asleep. Thank you for all of your support and encouragement. We will try to keep updating the blog and allow everyone to follow along with her progress. Once we are able, we will be sharing your comments with her, so if you are debating writing something please go forward and say whatever you feeling. It makes a big impact on her and means so much. Thank you,



33 comments:

  1. Love to you all. Dan, thank you so very much. Truly. And good man - keep her off and protected!!! Thinking of you all. Much love, love, love and more love. xoxoxoxoxo Steph, John, Octavia and Xenia.

    P.S. Such a light, she is, right. Just a beaming light of sunshine.

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  2. You got this Jess!!! I haven't met you personally but have been following you since My Last Days. You are truely an inspiration and such a beautiful soul inside and out. Your light is so bright!!! Keep fighting and smiling!! Love and prayers being sent from Milwaukee, WI!!!

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  3. Jess an Dan, Thinking of you both (and of Jess's parents/brother) so much last night and today. You are in my prayers. So much about you guys constantly astounds me. Praying for a successful and easy surgery and healing period. May God bless you abundantly during this time...even in the littlest of ways. So much love to you. xoxo

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  4. Thank you for the update!! Much appreciated.Blessings and good luck today!!

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  5. Love the Picture of you two! Dan I admire how much you love Jess as she loves you, and you protect her at all times! My Love and prayers are with Jess and you and the Family as you patiently wait today for her to come out of surgery! She is loved and prayed for by so many that all will be okay! I had the pleasure of talking to her on the phone a couple years ago and we had so much fun! Looking forward to doing that again as soon as she has healed! Love To You All, "So Cal" Patti

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  6. Hi Jess & Dan ~ our paths crossed briefly last year at the Santa Monica Laemmle screening of My Last Days... I was there with my parents and our lives were profoundly changed following that evening. Jess, you are truly "lit from within"; your strength, kindness, compassion, humor, heart and soul have inspired countless people to live presently, with love in their hearts. Thank You for Being You. I'm thinking of you and Dan and sending love, light and healing energy to you both. -Nik

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  7. Thank you so much for the updates! I can feel the love and support from around the world converging on you, Jess, and her family. There is so much hope and light that it is palpable! All my love to the courageous team. �� Lorraine

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  8. Thinking of you guys, what courage and love you both inspire in so many of us. Such a gift you have given us by sharing your journey. Hugs and much hope from another island kid!

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  9. Who loves you, Coconuts? Wacky and I do, along with countless followers, cheerleaders, casual bystanders, the Seahawks, literally anyone who has ever met you, your fam and your darling hubby, of course! Mwah!!!

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  10. I can confidently say, that all of us in Jess's world are having a hard time focusing today and are sending all of our positive universal energy to her, you, her parents and her surgical team. At 3 p.m. today, we decided to meet at your house, keep Bing and each other company and share in our Jess and Danny love. I'm bringing champagne because I know it will be warranted. Thank you for taking the time to update all of us. We are with you in every way. Love, Jess's walking posse'.

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  11. And HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAN!!!

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  12. Thinking of you both today. How brave you must be!! Much love from the midwest. ~The Inforcer

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  13. Jess, Dan, and family,

    We are sending you all the vibes, thoughts, energies and doggie kisses we can. You are a bright light in this world, and make everyone you come into contact with brighter just by association. We're thankful that we're privileged enough to experience that light you share. We love you!

    xx
    Megan, Andrew + Hoosier Hey

    PS - HBD Dan!!

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  14. Sending so much love to you Jess, Dan, your family's and to all who love you. You got this! Cheering for you today and always. Cant wait to pop a cork or in my case a kombucha bottle in celebration. Love and Hugs and Happy Birthday Dan! -Melissa

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  15. I love this picture of you two. It sucks that your in a hospital bed and not a luxurious plush room over looking the ocean but word of the street is that you will be there soon🤗. Hope you felt my prayers this morning as you went into the OR.
    Big hug to you. Xoxoxoxox

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  16. I'm holding a little surgery vigil for you in Austin, dear Jess! Praying that your surgery goes well and for your strength and healing. So honored to know you. Sending you love and light!💕✨

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  17. Love you both !! Your love for each other is beautiful to watch ! Sending you all
    Of the positive energy I have !! Emma is doing well !!!

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  18. ELIZABETH KELLOGGMarch 3, 2017 at 12:02 PM

    I know it's been ages since I have seen either of you, but you have been so been on my mind and heart ever since I heard you needed another surgery--and especially these last 24 hours. Since we became Facebook friends more recently, I'm fairly new to the details of your story, and watched My Last Days for the first time last night. I wasn't at all surprised at what a firecracker of love and energy you are, Jess--that is how I remember you. What amazed me was what an incredible, patient, and loving man you've become over the years, Dan. In my mind, you were the cool, popular kid who loved sports and always made others laugh. Other guys wanted to be you, and all the girls wanted to date you--lol. But to see how you've handled this situation with the loyalty and perserverance that you have--I respect you so much, Dan. You've got this, guys! I am sending every good vibe I possibly can your way. Xoxo, Liz

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  19. Liam and I have been sending pure love today throughout your surgery. We have been sending it to the staff, your family, the surgeon and you! Last night we were all very nervous and anxious so I just kept telling myself to embrace it. My hope is that we were able to take some of the nerves and anxiety from you so you and Dan could be present and rest. We love you oh so very much. Xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, Meghan.

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  20. Good luck Jess!!! I started following this blog a year ago when my stepdad was diagnosed with glioblastoma and I have been so inspired by your forthrightness and positivity. My stepdad also had a recent recurrence of tumor growth, and with every update from this blog I was struck by the similarities with his situation. His craniotomy took place on Tuesday and so far looks like a huge success. I wish the same results for you and I'm sending lots of healing vibes your way!

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  21. You beautiful souls. I'm so glad to have met you. The light and vigor with which you meet your obstacles both together and as individuals fills my heart with so much joy. Thank you. The gift of you extends far beyond the body in which you are currently contained. Your energy is felt throughout time, regardless of distance, and continues to radiate outward whether you're in a moment where you are conscious of that fact or not. Happy birthday, Dan, and happy rebirth day, Jess!

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  22. Jessica!!! You are in my thoughts and heart constantly right now. I am rubbing doggie bellies and sending you all their goofy good dog vibes! You are the bravest person I know and a huge inspiration. You got this!!!! xox

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  23. JESSICA AND DAN - i haven't had the time to type up anything much through all of this, but i wanted to reiterate just how much i admire your strength, your love for one another, and your commitment to living the life you want to live, challenges be damned!

    You are SO MUCH more than just this portion of your story, but please know that you are SO INSPIRING in every way possible. I especially appreciate your both sharing your vulnerability and allowing yourselves to go through all of your emotions without shame, because no shame is necessary. i am honored to even know someone like you in real life. and even though we have not seen each other in such a long time, i hope you it helps you even just a tiny bit to know that i have been thinking of you both SO MUCH. you are always in my thoughts and prayers. I am tearing up as i write because although you have had such an incredibly trying journey, I have seen how your love for one another has carried you... and i'd be lying if i said i didn't envy that at least a little bit. I have no doubt in my mind that Jess's determination, Dan's love, and both of your spirits will get you through this time, and I will pray for the surgeons to have deft hands, quick responses, and courageous hearts.

    sending so much love you guys. thank you for keeping us all updated.

    with you in spirit,

    Love, Adine

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  24. Dear Jess, I am a friend of Andrea and Matt. Andrea introduced me to your story a few years ago when my husband was diagnosed with cancer and declined conventional treatments. Andrea thought that your strength, resilience, courage, and just straight-out beautiful light could inspire me to stop being mad at life. I just wanted to you to know that for two years, I have been admiring your awesomeness from afar, and that I have nothing but love and respect for the badass woman that you are. I am dousing the entire surgical unit into a bubble of healing light. Right now. Even though I don't know you, I am pretty sure I love you xo

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  25. Thank you Dan... for keeping us posted! I've been praying and thinking of you all as Jess is going through this! I just came home from Ucla Wednesday and the sun was shining ☀️I pray it is shining for Jessica when she wakes from her surgery ☀️ We are blessed to say she is our friend and so thankful she has such wonderful support! Stay strong my GBM friend! We know you can do this! We are here for you and we are praying for you...love you

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  26. I'm rooting for you Jess! Sending many prayers and love. I don't know you personally but I truly admire your perseverance and courage. I'm looking forward to hearing a great update about you soon :) ❤️

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  27. Be well very soon Jess. I'm thinking about you all day..
    -Kristina

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  28. Sending so much love and healing thoughts to you and your family, Jess.
    Xo Laura P.

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  29. Praying! May the God of all comfort be with you right now and make the surgeons smart, bright and have steady hands. Also, get better as flowers will be coming and as Russell Wilson says, "WHY NOT YOU?" Why the heck not. So it is pouring here in Edmonds and for sure, the old man is snoring. You came over to my house after your plants were ripped out and I gave you some lavendar and some of the plants in my yard. Love, Cat B.

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  30. Thinking of you over there on the "best" coast. You’re an inspiration to all of us, emulating an unwavering and persistent “It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up” (Vince Lombardi) attitude. Our thoughts are constantly with you!

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  31. The entire team over here is putting forth our best efforts for you Jess! You're going to pull through this, you amazing woman. Lots of love to you and your family, especially Dan. "Happy" doesn't seem to be quite the right word to describe this birthday, but you and Jess are both in my thoughts and heart right now.

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  32. I'm sending so much love to you Jess and to all your family...your persistence, courage and endurance, your beautiful smiles, love and humor which you've shared with us throughout this journey will carry you through this, I just know it! Cheers to a quick recovery!! xoxo

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  33. Jessica ~ We spoke outside the ladies room at the Laemmle premiere of My Last Days in Santa Monica. Your beauty, grace and strength have stayed with me ever since. I am sending you all my love and healing energy. I'm visualizing you at home surrounded by your family and friends who love you. ~Elle

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