Our darling Jess went for a routine check up when her son Leopold was 6 months old, and was shocked to receive abnormal blood results. In the coming weeks she learned she had pre-leukaemia and needed to start chemo almost immediately. She had to suddenly wean her son, and begin treatment. After two rounds of chemo and the painstaking wait for a bone marrow match, Jess had a bone marrow transplant. The agonising wait began, to see if her body would accept the transplant. Things appeared to be going well, then Jess began to develop GVHD (Graft vs Host Disease) and was rushed back to hospital.
Sadly, a combination of the leukaemia, GVHD and an infection have become untreatable and Jess has now been moved to palliative care. This is devastating news for Jess and her young family. Jess now faces the grim reality that her 15 month old son will grow up without her, and Nick and Leopold will have to face life without their loving wife and mama.
Nick, her ever supportive husband has been working so hard to look after his family, and keep up with work demands, but the time has come to just focus on his family.
As a community, we can come together in support of Jess, Nick and Leopold, to help reduce any financial burdens or concerns about how the bills will be paid. This allows them the time they need to savour these last few days/weeks/months together, and give them all the time they need to grieve.
Any contribution, no matter what you can offer, will be gratefully received with love
- Ryan McPartland
- Kathy & Peter Sharkey
- Éanna Meaney
- David Brammy