My Story


unnamedHi there! My name is Jess. I’m 29 years old and I live in Florida. I was diagnosed with Stage 4B Hodgkin’s Lymphoma after 3 years of going misdiagnosed. I had all of the symptoms of Lymphoma, but about 10 different doctors brushed it off as allergies and acid reflux. That is, until I went into respiratory failure and ended up in the emergency room right before my 29th birthday. Happy Birthday to me right? I started immediate chemotherapy in the hospital. I had 4 cycles of BEACOPP after being in complete remission after two. After the fourth cycle, my cancer came back. I had 20 immediate radiations to basically my entire body, and then two more cycles of BEACOPP. I am currently in remission as of August 18, 2016, after a grueling 7 months. Miracles do happen.

Throughout my journey, I created a blog/Instagram page to help raise awareness, document my journey, and help other cancer patients in the process. I found that the response from other fighters out there was so touching, that I wrote a book, entitled “Talk Cancer to Me”, since there is no real guide book to cancer.

Business Insider:

https://www.facebook.com/Insiderbeauty/videos/296777224026016/?pnref=story

Media Coverage:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3712431/My-cough-actually-CANCER-Saleswoman-says-six-different-doctors-misdiagnosed-disease-allergies-acid-reflux-pulled-muscle.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/jessica-decristofaro-blogger-cough-was-cancer-lymphoma-barbie_uk_579b2648e4b07cb01dcf6d8c

Go Fund Me Page:

www.gofundme.com/lymphomabarbie

Instagram:
jessdecris

 

  1. Kim Drury says:

    You are even more amazing than I had thought!!! I’m sure your experiences will help others get through this nasty thing, CANCER!!! BTW, I am a cancer survivor too ??

  2. Michael says:

    You are truly the most amazing woman I hope to meet someday! I Might be the most optimistic man alive but i myself am a medical miracle of life and I know you too will be back on top of the world once again! But one sentence truly made me want to tell you that you will forever be the most breathtakingly beautiful woman on the outside just as you are on the inside & I hope you never feel or think otherwise!

  3. Sandra says:

    You seem like such a kick ass girl! Came across ur page on instagram and read your blog. Your attitude about everything you went through/are still going through is incredible. I wish you all the best in your journey to wellness. Im upset that no body did a damn chest xray when you first developed a cough. But, thats not whats important now anyway. Not sure if you heard of the new research behind sulforaphane, which is found in high quantities in broccoli sprouts. Look into it. Anyways, sending prayers and positive enegy your way. God bless

  4. Jose Lozano says:

    Amazing story, keep up the fight everything is achievable with a positive attitude. my story is shockingly similar and I rarely talk about it. I know exactly how you feel knowing that no one will understand what your going through, almost feels like everyone is walking on eggshells around you. I’m proud to say that because of my experience today I’m stronger and happier than in June of 2012 when I was diagnosed, a story I’ve shared with few very close friends and family. Happiness, Nutrition, Fitness and Family is what I work for every day. Stay strong and keep up the fight.

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  6. Just finished your book in one sitting. Thank you again for sharing your story with the world. When my husband was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in our first year of marriage while I was just three months pregnant, I thought it was the end of the world. I have been so angry. Reading your book, and especially the part about timing of diagnosis has been the biggest eye opener. For us, we would not be pregnant right now had he been diagnosed sooner. Reading about how long it took to get a diagnosis was also so encouraging. How do doctor’s seriously still not know how to diagnose Hodgkin’s?! Absolutely mind blowing. We begin Cycle 2 in a week and some days it feels like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. Watching his hair fall out all over our house, and not being able to go out to the movies or with friends has been gut wrenching. Knowing that we are not alone and that we can and WILL get through this is so encouraging. Praying for you and your remission. Keep on doing what you’re doing! It’s been a huge help to the Casey family.

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    This is a topic that is near to my heart… Cheers!
    Where are your contact information though?

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