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Survivor Story: Aniston Jennings

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Written and Contributed by Claire Wise


Aniston Marie Jennings was born on July 8, 2012.  Since the day she was born she has captured every heart she’s come in to contact with.  Her smile is infectious; her laugh, contagious. Her light shines brighter than anyone I’ve ever met. 


She was a healthy little girl who never had more than a measly cold.  She loved fruits and veggies and lots and lots of milk! 


Her days consisted of coloring, playing outside, naming her colors, counting, playing dinosaurs and watching Bubble Guppies! 


Flash forward to September 3rd, 2014.  The day before Aniston welcomed her baby brother, Lawson, into the world she started puking.  I remember my sister being so sad because Aniston was NEVER sick and of course she got sick the only time her mommy couldn’t be there to take care of her. 


Aniston had a fever and nausea off and on for a few days.  The flu was going around so we didn’t think anything of it. 


Over the next 2 weeks, Aniston acted depressed and sad.  We attributed this to having a new baby around.  She began sleeping more, eating less; she lost her color, and her happy personality. 


On September 21, 2014 we decided to take her to the doctor.  Something was wrong.  We thought anemia or a viral infection...Nope.  The doctors took her blood and came back with earth shattering news, “We think she might have leukemia” they said. 


Those are words we will never forget.  Aniston was then rushed by ambulance from the clinic in Clarksville, TN to Vanderbilt Children's Hospital in Nashville, TN. 


There she was diagnosed with A.L.L. (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.)  At the time of this writing 40 days have passed since the day Aniston was diagnosed.  Of those 40, 22 have been spent in the hospital. 


Her days now consist of chemo treatments, spinal taps, bone marrow biopsies, hospital beds, IV’s, vitals, Doctors, Nurses, gloves & gowns.  


When your child is born, you look into their eyes and imagine this amazing life you’re going to provide for them.  You picture them learning to crawl, walk, talk, imagine them going to their first day of preschool, grade school, high school, first dance, first kiss, graduating, getting married, having babies, etc. 

 

 

You have so much pride, hope, and joy for them.  You do the best you can to teach them, feed them healthy foods, and provide a safe environment for them.  Then cancer happens.  Something you’ve never imagined in your plan for your precious child; your whole world changes. 


So here we are.  Aniston Marie Jennings is 2 years old, and she is fighting cancer with all she has.  She still finds a way to smile and laugh and giggle and gives us all the strength we need to get through this. 


Aniston, a 2 year old, gives US the strength to make it.  Aniston has a long road ahead of her.  Although her last bone marrow biopsy came back negative for leukemia, she will undergo aggressive chemo therapy for the next 166 days. 


After that, if her bone marrow is still negative, she will continue with chemo once a month for the next year.  

 


All we can do now is take this battle one day at a time.  And that’s what we are doing.  Kicking cancers butt, one day at a time.


-Claire


50% of the profit from all Fight the Fight purchases made from March 15th, 2015 to April 4th, 2015 will be donated to Aniston's family to help cover medical expenses.

 


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