Jessly is a courageous 19-month-old from Warwick. She was diagnosed in May of last year with grade three diffuse infiltrating astrocytoma. Jessly has undergone two brain surgeries to remove the tumor and her surgeon was able to remove about 90% of it. She is currently in a 72 week-long chemotherapy regimen that should be completed in March of next year. She may need another surgery or radiation, but that will be determined later.
After Jessly’s first surgery, she lost the usage of her right side, so she goes to therapy two to three times per week to help her regain normal functioning of that side of her body. Jessly doesn’t stand or walk independently, but her balance is getting better and her medical team believes that she will walk. Another challenge that she deals with is that her sense of taste keeps changing because of the chemo so food that Jessly loves one day do not appeal to her the next. In addition, her speech is also delayed because of surgery. She has started saying a few words, but is also learning some sign language to help her communicate better with her family.
Jessly is doing well and is happy and loves people! She can’t go to daycare very often because of the risk of getting sick so she spends a lot of time at her mom’s office while she works. Jessly has won over everyone at work and they are always asking about her. She even gets to go for stroller rides with a few ladies in the mornings when they take walks around the building. Jessly is very close with her three-year-old big sister, Mariska. They miss each other terribly when they have to be apart. Jessly is one tough little girl and loved by everyone!