Wednesday, November 30, 2011

A Family Journey

Well. Instead of blasting all of my friends on my face book page, Jilly's Jems, I've decided to start blogging. No, that doesn't mean you've gotten rid of me on face book, but I think the blog will be more for me. And for other moms and care givers who are currently supporting their loved one's with cancer, or in my case, the nasty black beast, melanoma.

I started a care page for Jillian when she was first diagnosed with Stage IV melonoma September, 2010. I had so many family members and friends inquiring about her, responding to everyone became too much for me to manage. The care page was much easier. Just update that page, and there ya go. Presto. You have your update. Anyone can access it anytime and get any new information. Since that time, I have tried to be Jillian's narrator. Sometimes I slip and share my heart, but most of the time, I try and keep it about Jillian and her journey. After all, this is her story, not mine.

More and more I've become to realize that this isn't just Jillian's journey. It's my journey, my husbands journey,  my other three children's journey, their significant other's journey, my parents journey. It is now Jillian's fiance' Steve's. journey, along with his family....Melanoma has become OUR journey. And I want to share it with you. The good, bad, and the ugly.

So, for tonight, this is the introduction to my blog. Jillian's Journey- A Mother's Story.

Sleep well,



  1. I am really looking forward to reading more of your blog.

  2. <3 So glad you are going to be part of the blogging community! <3

  3. God bless you and your family. My wife had Stage II in 3 places,
    no lymph node involvement. She is checked every 4 months and has had 10 Dysplastic Nevi's removed also. Her Lung Dr, Oncol Dr or Derma Dr have not ever mentioned a Pet Scan. Enjoy your blogs,
    informative! Glenn

  4. Thank you Glenn, I appreciate your comment and your support! It was just a fluke ( or was it:) ), that Jillian's Dr. suggested a PET scan. He was unsure if our insurance would even pay for it, but he went ahead and ordered it. Jillian had absolutely no symptoms what so ever. I will pray for you and your wife for continued good health!