About

me at Longwood Gardens

Hello! My name is Jennifer and I’ve been living with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia since 2007.  I’ve currently on my fourth regimen of chemotherapy (a pill) and am focused on knocking the disease back into remission.  Feel free to read along as I share my journey.

Aside from updates on my treatments and symptoms, I hope to send helpful information for anybody who is about to start or currently in treatment.  I also would like to spread my incites and thoughts for healthy living.  There is a lot about cancer that is out of our command – I would like to focus on what we can control!  Our diets, standing up for our rights, proper communication, stress relief, etc.

The name Cancer Boxer was thought of by my girlfriend, Shelby.  I was contemplating ideas for a week when I asked her what she thought.  She spoke those words without hesitation and Cancer Boxer was born!  Am I an athletic boxer? No, but I always liked the sport and can hold my own on Wii’s Punch Out!  But as I sit in the infusion chair, I’m fighting the disease…one round at a time!

So sit back, enjoy, feel free to ask questions and express any thoughts or ideas!

My history:

Diagnosed early 2007 (by bloodwork, CaT Scan and finally a bone marrow biopsy)

1st Round of Chemotherapy: Cytoxan, Rituxan, Fludara

Rituxan maintenance from May 2007 – May 2012

2nd Round of Chemotherapy (2013):  Rituxan, Bendamustine (Treanda)

3rd Round of Chemotherapy (2014): Ofatumumab (Arzerra)

Pre-meds: Saline drip, Decadron (steroid), Aloxi (anti-emetic), Benadryl & Tylenol

Current chemotherapy (2014): Imbrutinib (Imbruvica)  (2) 140mg pills once a day

Current Side Effects (as of 3/3/15)

fatigue

stomach problems (diarrhea, cramping)

peri-menopausal symptoms

 

 

23 comments on “About

  1. Beautifully done Jen…our prayers are with you.

    • Thank you Theresa. I hope you are well.

  2. Jen I remember the day you came into the office to tell me you had cancer. I saw you then as such a special person who would fight this terrible disease one step at a time and full on! I continue to stand with you in support of your fight against cancer. And I applaud your selfless contribution to help others through your blog. “Cancer boxer” is just amazing. You are amazing and such an inspiration to everyone who knows you. You can count on my prayers for your strength and healing every step of the way. Love you my friend.

    • Brenda, thank you for your kindness. You’ve always been a woman whom I looked up to and respected so your words meant a lot. I’m really looking forward to this blog and sharing as much as I can with anyone who will listen.

  3. Love you!

    • Love you more!

  4. I am so proud of you! I’m glad you decided to go forward with this website. You are a fighter and I believe you can be an inspiration to people who are fighting this disease. I love the name, Cancer Boxer beat the crap out of it. You are one of my heros. Fight on my love!

    • Thank you Aunt Sharon. As long as I feel that I have a story to tell, I hope to push forward with this blog. And as always, thank you for your comments and positive vibes. I love reading your comments.

  5. DID I EVER TELL YOU, YOU’RE MY HERO? Keep on with the informative post & know that you are also helping us! All our love, Mom & Dad

    • Isn’t that a Bette Midler song? Thank you Mom & Dad. Your unwavering support and daily phone calls have been a great help.

  6. Great start Jen! I love the title. Very fitting for your n tenacity & spirit. The pic you chose is cool too, with the reeds. I’m in awe of your channeling positive energy & strength. God bless!

    • Thank you Mary Beth. It is very motivating to have such great support. I’m happy that we’ve been able to stay in touch after all these years. YGAF!

  7. An Inspiration to us all!! Love you. You sent me a text one time about our family history with bad hips and diverticulitis….you also said….we re strong willed and fighters. AND YES WE ARE!!!! I m fighting with you XO s Great job…love the info

    • Thank you for your comment, my favorite aunt in Florida!! And for always being near me in spirit. Love you!

  8. It’s been awhile. This is amazing. I am posting this to let you know that by putting this out there, it is rippling into the universe, and love is rebounding back to you. Your strength and honesty is an inspiration. Sending you love and light.

    PS I also have to take steroids periodically, and it’s funny how I never want to wolf down a big bowl of salad……….

    • Thank you Cyndy! You’re right about the appetite…a salad is the last thing you want. I’m looking forward to talk to the dietician next week. I’ll post what I find out!

  9. Cancer Boxer – PERFECT! Your strength is an inspiration! I am so glad you decided to go through with this blog! What a great way to share your story!

    LOVE YOU!

    • Thank you! It is because of everyone’s support that keeps me motivated.
      Love you, too!!

  10. Thanks for all of your information. It helps me to see it in print to understand everything you’re going through. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Love you Jen

    • Thank you Aunt Teddy. I’m glad to give you info from so far away. Miss you & love you!

  11. Cancer Boxer,
    A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of all the overwhelming obstacles. You are truly a brave and inspiring HERO!!!
    Robin
    (one of your TESC classmates)

  12. Hi Jen,you don’t know me but I was sent this by a very good friend of mine your dad.I’m sending you my prayers and to know that you will beat this so that when I read this again I will read ( I WON )

    • Hi Dobby! My parents have talked of you before. Thanks so much for commenting!
      – Jennifer

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