Friday, January 15, 2010


JESSICA !!!!!!!

Love, your "dog" Molly xoxo

Today is Jessica's 22nd Birthday !!! Here is a special letter I have written to her:

To my beloved daughter Jessica,

Today is the day that I celebrate and cherish. Twenty-two years ago today, I brought you, my first daughter, into this world!

You were born at 11:21 AM and with a full head of hair. Your Dad and I were so excited - we had been waiting for God to bless us with you for 5 years! When you were born you weighed in at 9 lbs. 15 ozs! The doctors said that if I had eaten another slice of pizza the night before, you would have weighed 10 lbs!

Your eyes - a bright blue - just like the sky above. You kept that color blue till the age of two, when God saw fit to change them to a beautiful hazel green! And oh - what a smart child you were!

My daughter, you were beautiful! And you are beautiful now!

I know that you have gone through such trying times these past 4 years. You've experienced real suffering, more than anyone should have had to bear! I've felt honored and loved that you've turned to me during these difficult times.

Please know that I am always here for you! I've promised to wipe away every one of your tears and to never walk away from you. I've promised to never stop loving you --- to never give up on you --- until you are finally well and whole again!

Our hope lies in the good Lord above. Our God who gives us hope. A hope that never disappoints!

Today, at 11:21 AM, you will be 22 years old and I know that being in a hospital is not the place you want to be to celebrate your birthday.

My wish for you this year is simple. It has been my wish for these past 4 years. The wish is that you and I, and our family, can once again enjoy all the good things that life has to enjoy --- and to enjoy them abundantly!

I can see you "better" one day!
I can see us "walking" the beaches again!
I can see you "laughing" with your Dad & sisters again!
I can see you "running" as you play fetch with your beloved dog Molly!

I know right now it may be hard for you to "see" these things as well. It's easy for me to say these things, I am not in your "shoes"!

Just know that as your Mom, I will do all I can, with God's guidance, to help you to "see" through my eyes --- that there is light at the end of this tunnel! That there is victory up ahead.....

I hope you know just how very much you are loved, treasured, admired and adored!!!

Happy 22nd Birthday Jessica!

I love you and always will,

***Remember: God Gives Hope That Never Disappoints!!!***

***To Post a Birthday Message to Jessica - Please Click on Comments Below***


Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Jessica!
I do not know you but have followed your story for a few months now. Even strangers like me are praying for your miracle to happen!!
Happy Birthday.....A friend in Bonita Springs.......

Marianne E Quinn said...

Good Morning Jessica!

Happy Birthday Sweet Jessica,

I wish you many Blessings of Good Health for you Jessica - free of the pain and suffering that you have endured. My thoughts and prayers are with you daily. God is Good and Compassionate. May He Bless You with His Healing Love.
With Love and Prayers, Marianne

Marianne & Rob said...

Happy Birthday Jessica! I pray everyday that you may be well again and enjoy life to the fullest. I hope you do "see" through not only your mom but all of us who love you dearly a bright future ahead. May all your wishes come true this birthday and always. We love you! Marianne, Rob, Daniel, Matt & Kristina

Regina said...





Anonymous said...

Dear Jessica,
Today we celebrate "YOU"!! You are a very special & unique young woman.May Gods love shine brightly on you this very special day you entered this world 22 short years ago.I pray every day for God to answer my prays & guide you to a world were you are free of pain.Close your eyes & imagine your birthday wishes are coming true & then blow out the candles.
Let the journey of Jessica be smooth sailing from here.HAPPY 22nd BIRTHDAY!!! Jodi Lepp XOX

Anonymous said...


Touched from Tampa said...

Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday dear Jessica
Happy Birthday to you!!!

I am stopping by to wish you a Happy Birthday and that you receive all that you wish for. I have heard your story and it has renewed my faith in God. I now pray every night and include you in my prayers. I wish you nothing but the best and that maybe one day you will have your own blog detailing your story as a survivor of this disease.

Once again, Happy 22nd Birthday!!

Touched from Tampa

Anonymous said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESSICA!! Happy happy birthday to a remarkable young woman who is an inspiration to us all!! I keep you in my prayers daily. My wish for you this year is that your pain lessens and your faith continues to grow, that you find strength and comfort in the absolute love and support of your very special family, and that your mom's hopes and dreams for the coming year are realized tenfold! We love you so much Jessica!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!! Love always, Angel
p.s. Happy Jessica's birthday, Gina!!! Unconditional and absolute love is the greatest gift a mother or father can give to their child, and you have given yours in abundance! It is like God's love flows through you directly to Jessica. What a beautiful relationship you have. Thank you for sharing it and yourself with all of us on the blog. Miss you!
p.s. To the first poster: a stranger is only a stranger until he or she is a new friend! :)

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Jessica!

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday to you Happy Birthday to you Happy Birthday dear Jessica Happy Birthday to you!!!! Jessica, close your eyes and imagine everybody you know putting their arms around you and giving you the biggest hug in the world. Better days ahead honey. BELIEVE!!!! luv, Bonnie By the way, Luv to Gina too!!!

Anonymous said...

"This is what the Lord, the God of your father David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will heal you." 2 kings 20:5

Dear Jessica,

Happy Birthday! Please keep the faith! God does heal the faithful, so I know he will heal you. He has many wonderful plans for your future and I can't wait to see those plans come to life!!!!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday!!

Robyn Weiner said...

Happy Birthday, Jessica from everyone at Garden City Middle School! We are thinking about you today and everyday.

Jenna Wood said...

Happy birthday, Jess! I remember we always used to make a big deal about our birthdays since they were about a week apart - we even used to make songs about being born in January. My thoughts and prayers are always with you, I hope this is the last birthday you ever have to spend in this condition!

Anonymous said...

"And the greatest gift is Love" Jessica, you have received the greatest gift. God is with you and will continue to be with you. May you cherish this day that you can see your devouted mom next to you. May you see the love that everyone is sending you. It has been the Maitan family's luck that we have known you for so many years.

atimeinthepast said...

Dear Jessica,

Our family wishes you a very Happy Birthday. You and your family serve as an inspiration of faith, love and strenth for all of us. We wish you a very blessed day full of little miracles!!!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Jessica! You have had a long hard fight to get well. I believe you have great things in store and lots of beautiful works ahead. Fight the war and tell the tales. God is with you.

Linda said...

Dear Jessica,

Happy Birthday!!! You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. You are such a strong and beautiful young woman. Believe that you are going to get well very soon and come home. God is with you.

And to your mom, Gina, Happy Birthing Day to you!

All my love,
Linda McGuire and family

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Jessica!!love, Nancy E.

The Sustersics said...

Happy Birthday Sweet Jessica!
All the love that God has for you and the love flowing from all these wonderful friends, from all corners of the earth, is flowing though your body today healing you and giving you strength! That is my Birthday Prayer for you.

Give Dr. Green Shirt a big ole smooch from me for taking such great care of you and for offering his pure love to help you get well again! Kisses to Dr. Rainbow too!

Nancy AKA The girl on the floor! I love you both so much!

Cristina David said...

Happy 22nd Birthday Jessica!!!
We've all been following your progress and cheering for you here in New York. I admire your strength, courage and determination. Keep it up and keep smiling! We hope to see you back in NY soon,
Cristina David
and your friends at DDSNY

Nancy said...

Forgot to say:
"Molly looks Fabulous!!" That pup is dressed to PARTY!! Bet she's doing the BREAKDANCE for you Jessica.

Sarah did you do that??
You amaze me everyday!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday, Jessica.

I too have CRPS which has spread full body. While helping my doctor research the timing of ketamine boosters for my outpatient protocol, I came across your story. It came at a point where depression had taken hold and your faith, as well as your mother's, turned my eyes back to Jesus.

No matter how much physical healing I ultimately get, I praise Him for the spiritual healing going on in me each day despite the pain. To see someone like you also in so much pain who has touched so many people, to me this is a your eyesight, your movement in your legs, your healed sores, your medical team in the right place at the right time, etc.

And I KNOW, as your mother has written, that there is much more in store for you, and me and all the others suffering from this disease.

May God bless and keep you, dear brave Jessica.

Linda Pedigo
West Lafayette, Indiana

Anonymous said...

Dear Jessica

Happy Birthday Jessica. 22 years old today,it seems like only yesterday that you and Ashley were only 1. We have seen you grow into the wonderful women that you are today. We think about you everyday and pray that 2010 will be the year for you and your family.Happy Birthday. Gina you are a tremendous mother and an example for all of us.

Paula, Ray, Ashley and Kevin

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday

Anonymous said...

Wishing you only good things! Happy 22nd Birthday to you.

From Friends from Garden City who are praying for you and following your journey to getting well

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Jessica! I have been praying for you~

from Jessica in Nancy Sustersic's BNI group

Anonymous said...

Hi Jessica! Even though I have not had the pleasure of meeting you, I can see from your fan mail that you are much loved! Wishing you a very happy and special birthday. Thinking of you in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Teacher from the Bronx

Anonymous said...

Happy 22nd Birthday Jessica from the Hoosier state of Indiana! Although not a Hoosier by birth, the little joke is it stands for "Hoosier Daddy?"

A little bird says your not feeling too well but are on the road to recovery. Let me say that 4 of 4 in my family were lymies including myself. There is light at the end of the tunnel. Hang in there. You are with the best of us, and hey, at least we know what is wrong. Think of those out there with no clue to begin getting help. Better days ahead. Believe that.

Now, do they have any of those toy carts they roll around in the hospital. If so, you tell'em your never too old for a Teddy or a Town hand one over. Otherwise, send Mom on a mission. Give that big, furry creature a hug and what it gives you back will be from me.

......and next years birthday, don't make up for lost time....behave. Just kidding.



Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday, Jessica. I hope the next year brings you health, happiness, love and anything your heart desires. Thoughts and prayers are for you.

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Jessica-

Many people continue to pray for your full recovery.

The GC Rosary Group

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Jessica
What a beautiful name.I have a daughter named Jessica who was very sick for about 6 months.We went all over for tests and noone was able to dianosis her.We had many people praying for her, like we are praying for you. We finlly got to the right doctor.She had a tethered cord in her spine and it would never show up any any mri because of her schelosis.She had spinal surgury and is better.Never give up on hope and the power of prayer.We are praying for you and you will get better. Love Friends from Garden City

Jane said...

Jessica -
Count us in with all the others who are wishing you a HAPPY 22nd BIRTHDAY! And more than that, we wish you and your family a HAPPY YEAR - a year when your health is restored and you're all together again enjoying life - a year when wishes come true!
- Jane & Steve

Lenny Rivera and Family said...

Happy Birthday Jessica !

The love, support and prayer that surrounds you is truly immeasurable...

Our prayers are always with you...

Best wishes and Happy Birthday !

Lenny Rivera and Family

Anonymous said...

Happy 22nd birthday Jessica,
You are a remarkable young lady and an inspiration to us all. May your journey to wellness be fullfilled soon.
Love from SC - Pam (Dad's cousin)

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday to my oldest daughter. Jessica. I was the first to hold you when you were born. you were the only girl born that day out of 28 births at Winthrop Hospital.

Your Apgar rating was five. This is a rating doctors give to newborns. Five is the highest.

Today is also the one year anniversary of the Miracle on the Hudson.

It is also the birthday of Martin Luther King.

So clearly, this day is a special day.

I consider myself a blessed man that God has allowed me to be your earthly father.

Both mommy and me love you.

I miss you and mommy so much. But I am trusting God to deliver a complete healing to you.



Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Jessica!!!!!!!!!!! My name is Jeanette and my daughter Barbie Arcia went to GCH with you. I have been following your journey since she told me about this website. I admire your bravery and amazing spirit!! You will have victory in the Lord Jessica!!! Happy 22nd birthday with many many many more HAPPY birthdays to follow!!!

Summers Pulmbing Service said...

We wish you a Happy Birthday Jessica!

We pray for you to get better and come back home soon.

Anonymous said...

Happy 22nd birthday, Jessica! Hi, my name is Shawn. I know Angel from the neighborhood, etc. She is helping us know and care about you.

Jessica, I have a daughter, Trista, who is your age. She is also my first child. I am praying for your relief. You are carrying a very heavy burden, especially for someone so young, and you are very brave to do this experimental treatment. I watched your video, and know you feel you had no other choice. Good will come because of your present suffering. There will be increased understanding of your illness. I also hope and pray you are cured!

Jessica-your birthday is the same day as my mother's birthday- a very treasured day in my family! My mom's name is Carolyn. She would be 69 today. Since you have that special connection with my mom, I am asking my mom to help you out from heaven any way she can! She had seven children, and would certainly love a girl like you. She also endured much suffering before passing on, so she knows something of what you are going through.

I am asking everyone to pray for you now. Enough is enough. This must be your year to get well! We will storm the gates of heaven with our prayers and requests! Every burdensome thing I do now, I will offer up for you!

Much love and affection to you and all your family. I pray for everyone's strength and health-the medical people, too.

Happy Birthday, Jessica!

Anonymous said...

Hi Jessica, Happy birthday! I am wishing you a good day on your birthday. Just wanted you to know that I think of you and your mom often and you are in my prayers. Wishing you all the best. Peter D'Antonio (Angel's husband)

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Jessica! My friends and I are all praying for you, and I've been wearing your necklace all the time! Love, Sarah D'Antonio

Anonymous said...


J (Jude 1:1-2)

To those who have been called, who are loved by God the Father and kept by[a] Jesus Christ: 2Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance.

E (Eph 3:16-19)

16I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

S (1 Sam12:22)

22 For the sake of his great name the LORD will not reject his people, because the LORD was pleased to make you his own.

S (2 Sam7:29)

29 Now be pleased to bless the house of your servant, that it may continue forever in your sight; for you, O Sovereign LORD, have spoken, and with your blessing the house of your servant will be blessed forever."

I (Isaiah 26:4)

4 Trust in the LORD forever,
for the LORD, the LORD, is the Rock eternal.

C (1 Cor 6:23)

23The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you.

A (Acts 20:32)

32"Now I commit you to God and to the word of his grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Jessica! We will be saying the rosary for you today at 1:30 in Garden City.

KATHERINE:)) said...


i know that right now you probably arent giving your birthday that much thought, and to you, because of your situation, you probably dont care much about another birthday that comes every year. I do not blame you for not caring about your birthday because i wouldnt either, but i just want you to remember that today is more than just your birthday..its the celebration of another year that God has given you to live. There were many times when doctors had doubts about how long you would make it, and look at you, youre 22 now! happy birthday jess and i pray that the next one will be better!

i love you very much,


Anonymous said...

May you have a very Happy Birthday, Jessica!

May God bless you with completely healing very soon! May He give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.

With love & prayers,
The Turners

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Jessica
We pray that on you next birthday you will be at home with your family and healthy and happy




Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Jessica, God bless you this day and every day of your life.

Love from Grandma Josie said...

Dear Jessica...happy 22nd birthday from nanny in Marco Island.. Love you and miss you both so much...Happy Birthday to mom also. I can't wait until you can come home...Love always Grandma Josie

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Jessica!
May all your wishes come true!
Love xxx

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Jessica, May God bless you and keep you strong this day and every day. Rosalie

The Thompson Family said...

Happy 22nd Birthday Jessica! We have been following your progress everyday and praying for your recovery! We hope you are feeling better soon and we will continue to keep you in our thoughts and prayers. We hope you have a special day today!
Rachelle Thompson and Family

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Jessica!

Thoughts and prayers are with you today and always!

Fern said...

Happy 22nd Birthday Jessica!! It is going to take you a year to get through all the messages of good will and support that you receive today. :)
It is my biggest prayer to you that you may find health and restoration very soon. In keeping with that hope and prayer (and since I am part Irish) I wanted to share a blessing with you that has been used often in my family and that says so clearly what I hope for you:

Irish Blessing

May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of his hand.

May God be with you and bless you:
May you see your children's children.
May you be poor in misfortune,
Rich in blessings.
May you know nothing but happiness
From this day forward.

May the road rise up to meet you
May the wind be always at your back
May the warm rays of sun fall upon your home
And may the hand of a friend always be near.

May green be the grass you walk on,
May blue be the skies above you,
May pure be the joys that surround you,
May true be the hearts that love you.

Have a truly awesome day, my friend. I hope that today brings you some relief in so many ways.

-Fern Kwantes (and my family too!)

Anonymous said...

Jessica, reading these well-wishes from others shows what an impact you've had on so many people.
It's inspiring!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY! from yet another friend.

Silicon Valley Real Estate said...

Robert and I know you will get better. We know it is possible to recover from both Lyme and RSD and have a wonderful life again. You are so lucky to have such a devoted mother and family. I can see you up and happy and pain free also.
Marcy and Robert

Anonymous said...

Happy BIrthday!!

nerb said...

Happy Birthday Jessica! You are so strong and patient and faithful even if it's hard to realize at times. God is working through you to touch so many people. I pray that this day is the start of much better ones.


Anonymous said...

I understand that today is your Birthday, so I wanted to send you my Best Wishes for the Day and the Year to come!!
Warmest regards,
BNI Downtown Networkers, Naples FL

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday to a very special young lady and her mother. Best wishes for improved health. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Wishing you all the best.

Katherine said...

Happy Birthday!

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday each day will get better

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday, Jessica!!!!! May God fulfill all your hopes and dreams! Faithful In Prayer, Your Friend, Crystal

Anonymous said...

Happy 22nd Birthday Jessica!!! I hope you start to feel better soon! Take Care (=

Anonymous said...

Dear Jessica,
Happy Birthday, you and your family are in our prayers. May God be with you always.

We pray for a miracle for you. God answers prayers.

Anonymous said...

Dearest Jessica
Happy 22nd Birthday! May our Lord grant the Birthday Wish, we are all praying for, HEALING for you.
You and your Family are always in my prayers.
Love ya!
Kathy Shohfi

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Jessica!! You are such a remarkable young lady and an inspiration to us all!! You keep fighting because God has a purpose for you. Hugs, prayers and well wishes from Jacksonville, Florida.

May the Lord be with you.

unrequitedlyme said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! my bday sucked too, but we will make it through together!!

Anonymous said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the young lady who is impacting the world in ways that cannot even be imagined!!! Jessica, you have touched our hearts and our souls and we love you so much. The circle of hope that surrounds you today (and every day) just continues to grow. Today I pray that your mind will retrieve every special memory that you have (of your family, your friends, your dogs, your life). I pray that God's blanket of love will surround you today and relieve all pain and discomfort. From so many miles away, we are singing with you, we are smiling with you, we are celebrating your life. Nita

Anonymous said...

We are sending special birthday wishes to you today! May your day today and the days ahead be full of good things. Remember all those great birthday parties on Huntington Road? they were special times for a special girl. Keep the faith and know that we send our love and prayers your way today and every day.
The Pratts

Laci said...

Happy Birthday Jessica!

I've been praying for you every day. You are the strongest person I know. I always think about all the nights we spent online chatting until the wee hours of the morning. I would never have survived my Lyme journey without your words of wisdom and hope. I hope you know what an inspiration you are and how many people you've helped. Your facebook group has almost 11,000 members...and it's all because of YOU!

Stay strong and keep being the amazing girl I met on myspace. :)

I hope your birthday is as special as can be!

Sending lots of love and healing energy your way,
Laci Corridor

Julie said...

A Big Happy Birthday to you Jessica!!

My wish for you today is that you continue to improve your health at a speed faster than the speed of sound.

Continue to be strong!!

We are praying for you.

Julie Scerbo

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday Jessica!!
Keeping you in my thoughts and wishing you the strength to heal. From what I hear you are a pretty amazing young lady.
There are so many people that love you and care about you. Even though I don't know you personally
I am sending you a great big hug.
I admire your courage.

Anonymous said...

Happy 22nd Birthday, Jessica! May God grant you the healing you so deserve. You are truly faithful in the fight for a better life. God WILL see you through. May today be the beginning to better tomorrow's.
Love, The Cherson Family

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday and best wishes for a successful treatment that will bring some much deserved relief. You are strong young lady and much admired for your ability to continue fighting.

Anonymous said...


These wishes come with great admiration of your continued strength and deep faith. We miss you and all the Stevens family, our dear friends and neighbors.
We look forward to your homecoming to Naples and all the celebrations we will make up for these past 4 years. You know what planners your Mom and I are. :)

Love, Carol & Ray XXOO♥♥

Anonymous said...

Hi Jessica,

I wanted to pause for a moment today to wish you a Happy Birthday!!!

My daughter Lauren is also 22 and she is in grad school to be a PA. I know you would also like to one day be in the medical profession. Lauren hopes to graduate in a little over a year. She is very much interested in your story and it has at times been part off class discussions. Many are still not familiar. Please know that our prayers go out to the Lord for your well being.

I continue to hope and pray that 2010 and your 22nd year will be a turning point for your health and happiness.

God Bless you Sweetie.

Robert Moyer

Julie said...

Happy Birthday Jessica!!

I am praying for you.


Anonymous said...

Hi Jessica!
Happy Birthday!
From Mike D'Antonio

roxann said...

Happy Birthday sweet Jessica!!!

Anonymous said...

Hey Jessica!
Happy birthday!
I really hope you feel better soon and that all your pain will disappear!
Love, Margaret D'Antonio

Anonymous said...

dear jessica,
HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I hope you are doing very well and that all of your wishes come true on your birthday! michelle always talks about you and about her visit to mexico! i hope that you come home soon, healthy and safe! happy birthday again and i hope i get to see you soon! you are always in my thoughts and prayers!!!
genevieve Klatt

Aunt Elena said...

Dear Jessica, Happy Birthday. This is the year everyone is praying for your recovery. Just know we are praying for you. Love, Aunt El and Uncle Al

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Jessica, May the Lord be with you on this your special day and every day of this year. Love, Deacon Marion Legler, Resurrection Lutheran Church, Garden City.

Anonymous said...

Dear Jessica --

HAPPY 22nd BIRTHDAY TO YOU! On this day, I pray with all my heart that you feel the tremendous love and wishes that are being sent to you on your special day. You and your mom are absolutely amazing and are thought of and loved more than you can ever imagine - - - by more people than you can ever imagine!

I await the day that I can meet you and be one of the many that will welcome you home -- pom pom's in hand! Never forget how very special you are and how the one and only wonderful you has touched the hearts of so many. Happy Birthday to you, Missy Jessica . . . and a very Happy Belated Birthday to your Wonderful Mom! With my love, Renee Klatt

Taylor said...

Happy Birthday Jessica!
I hope you are having a great day! You are in my prayers! Get well soon!
Taylor Thompson

Anonymous said...

Dear Jessica,
I want to wish you the best birthday ever!!! I cant wait to meet you. I wish you all my luck and have a great birthday!! I will always keep you in my prayers. I hope you get better each and every day!!!

From, Isabel Klatt

Lisa Hilton said...

Happy Birthday Jessica! I pray each day you are stronger! God bless you and your family. I hope you get everything you wish for!

Anonymous said...

Happy 22nd Birthday Jessica! We are thinking of you and praying for you!!!!

- Bill and Marie

Aunt Rosie said...


Anonymous said...


Shari said...

Happy Birthday Jessica,
I wish you health for your Birthday.

Sending love and strength to you and your family!
Your Mom's letter to you is beautiful- I love the Blog- it's not only pretty to look at, but also inspiring, it's so from your heart "Mom":)
I've been following your story since both my son (almost 24yrs old) and I are battling late Lyme.
My son found out he had Lyme just a couple of months after has 20th birthday.
Much love to you
aka: Lyme Love

adriaxxita said...

Happy Birthday Jessica!! I hope you feel better and that you recover soon =)

Hugs from Mexico City

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Jessica!!

michelle said...

dear wessie!!!,

happy 22nd birthday! i love you sooo much. you may not care about ur birthday but u should bc God gave you your life and this day. you are so special to me! turn that frown upside downnn. i love you with all my heart. i am gonna see you soon either in new york or florida! I love youuu<3 stay strong wessie!!!

Katie said...

Dear Jessica,
I'm wishing you a very happy birthday and I want you to know that you will be in my prayers. I wish you nothing but happiness and I know that God has a plan for you.
-Katie Fitzgerald, Maine.

Anonymous said...

Dear Jessica, Happy Birthday!
We wish you all the best and keep you and your family in our prayers daily. We look forward to seeing you back in G.C. and at Resurrection SOON! May God be with you always

Love to all,
The Gearns Family

Anonymous said...


As your Mom said, I know this is not how you dreamed your 22nd Birthday would unfold. As kids we dream of dress up dates with a close boyfriend at twenty-two, not a hospital room full of doctors (however handsome they may be ;) you know who I mean), you dream of surprise birthday parties not surprise blood infections, you dream of owning your own car, not owning your own hospital bed. I know, having spent many of my birthdays much different than the way you expect too, difficult just isn't a strong enough word. But throughout all of this, the doctors, the infections, the hospitals, you trust God must have something bigger. And with God, it is something better. Though we would all love to see you up and about right now, today, what is happening isn't happening without a reason. I am currently reading Beth Moore's book called "Jesus, the One and Only" The one thing she discussed was that God puts eternal purpose over earthly things. And I have no doubt, yesterday, today and the next all are serving some great, magnificant eternal purpose. On a far bigger scale than we can even imagine. I know that. I trust that.

Jessica, I just want you to know that you are never, ever far from my thoughts. Though I know I have done a crappy job at keeping up, know that it is NOT because I don't think about you. I told your Mom. I will do a better job at keeping in touch. And, I do miss our emails! One day, one birthday I pray we will be able to celebrate together, whole, and praising God for the amazing things he has done in our lives. And I know, one day in heaven, God will lay before us our entire lives and show us just what eternal purpose these times of struggle severed. It will be far greater than we can fathom. I look forward to that day. The day we can compare and share our stories together.

In His love,

Happy Birthday,

Lindsay Spengler

Amy said...

Dear Jessica Rachel Stevens
You obviously don't know me but I am Michelle's friend who is one of the nicest person that i have ever met!!!! I just wanted to say happy 22nd birthday!!!!!!!!!!! You may have been in pain for 4 year and in those 4 years there was pain,grief,sadness, but through all that there was still happiness!!!!!! God Bless You and I pray for you all the time. You are brave loving and you are the definition of STRONG. please get better soon. Happy Birthday Again! <3 <3
Much Love,

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday Jessica! May God hold you in His arms and comfort you, heal you and be forever at your side. Many of us, unknown to you, are praying for you and your family. We send our love, thoughts, and prayers for your recovery and hope that you have many more birthdays in the years to come.

michelle(continued) said...

.............and one other thing....
you are my besttttt sister everr! You are the sister that helped my through the good times and the bad like when we made melted peanut butter and chocolate syrup together! When you made me eggs with vanilla in them!! yuck! do u remember im feeling feeling it..WESSIE POWER!
“In the world you will have trouble but take courage for I have conquered the world.” Jesus.
stay strong jessica i love you!!

not a minx, a moron, or a parasite said...

Dear Jessica,

HAPPY 22ND BIRTHDAY, JESSICA!! I do not know you personally, but I was introduced to your blog through the GC grapevine. Know that I am praying for you and your family. I pray that God gives you the strength to bear you pain until the time when you are healed. I pray this all happens VERY soon! You have my very best wishes.

xo Trista

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday to you
Happy Birthday to you
Happy Birthday Dear Jessica
Happy Birthday to you!!


~wendy. said...

"And the time came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom."

Even if you risk everything to blossom, you are stepping boldly into the fullness of life.

My wish for you is that 2010 is the year that you blossom.
Much love, ~wendy.

Jason said...

Hey Jessica!!!


We hope you get better soon. We are watching after and hope to see you back in Tampa soon. I can't wait for the day I get the phone call from your mom to pick you from the airport. You have taught us so much and what we have learned from you has helped us in our job so much and allows us to help patients with RSD so much more affectivly. We hope to change some of our protcols and training that we get for EMS in your name. You are the strongest person I know and I think about you all the time. I hope this message finds you in good health today and you have a great birthday and recovery from this soon. Best wishes to you and your family on your birthday.

With love,
Jason, your own personal EMT

not a minx, a moron, or a parasite said...

A blog post for you:

Sandra - coolest chic in hollywood florida!!! said...

Dear Jessica,

Flowers are delicate
Friends are dear
Many many blessings
In your 22nd year...

I wish you the sweetest birthday =)

Love, Sandra
(Ryan wants some credit for the poem, but that would be a lie - he does wish you a happy birthday though...)

Anonymous said...

Dearest Jessica, it is heart rendering to read all the beautiful birthday wishes on the occasion of your 22nd year. Though these past few years have not been kind to you, we know there are better days ahead brave one. Your spirit, intelligence and humor shine through all the pain and suffering. You have been blessed with a loving, supportive family whose love knows no bounds. Miss you and wish we could be in Room 845 singing Happy Birthday (albeit quietly) with Dr. Cantu, Dr. Zavala, Rick, Justin and all the wonderful staff at St. Jose Tec. xoxo Cathy Emmanue

Sandra - still reigning over Hollywood said...

Hi Gina, I forgot to mention that you're my hero...I heart you!


Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Jessica! Like many others, following your progress has become a part of our daily routine. I think you may now have a bit of an idea of the tremendous gift you and your family have given the rest of us. Sharing your journey has made us realize the power of love. Thank you for that. Our gift to you is continued prayers and wishes for recovery.

Hope you can get a little crazy today and celebrate!

The Norcini Family

Anonymous said...

I can not believe you are 22! I love you and miss you so much! I miss playing manhunt outside with you!! I hope you get better soon and all of your pain goes away!! Don't give up! I am praying for you everyday.
Love olivia server

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Jessica!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Jessica!
May God bless you during this next year with strength, healing and patience, as well as the comfort that only He can provide.

the Turners' daughter

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday to you!
Keep up your strength and courage. You and your Mom are amazing. God bless you and your family. You're in our prayers daily.
The Jermains
PS Belated HB to Gina.

devon said...

Jess, you're the bravest girl I know and a a role model in courage to me. As I told you in Mexico, if I could put some of your disease in my body and fight it for you, I would. I pray that your 22 year will be one of healing for you. If you don't come back from Mexico soon, I'm going to come back to help you "Escape". Happy Birthday Jess, I love you,
Dev, your coma buddy

Anonymous said...

Hola Brujita Feliz Cumpleanos!
Estas son las mananitas quecataba
el rey David hoy por ser el dia de tu cumplenos;
se las cantaban asi
Despierta Jessy despierta mira que ya amanecio ya los pajaritos cantan la luna ya se metio.
Good Bless you Love!
Cookie Candy Jimy y Cecilia

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Jessica and may God speed your full recovery! Amy McGoldrick

Christina said...

Happy Birthday Jessica!
I cant believe your 22! i hope you get better soon.I miss you so much.

Christina Server

Anonymous said...

Happpy Birthday!
Our prayers are with you and wishing you much happier and healthier years to come.

Pat Summers

Anonymous said...

Dear Jessica,
We wish you a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!! . You are in our thoughts and we hope you get better and better everyday. Please say hello to your mom. Happy Birthday.
Love always,
The Losquadro Family

Pat & Fred Server said...


We are sending you many birthday wishes and blessings today on your special day! Please know that we follow your blog every day and pray for your continued progress to good health. Stay strong and keep fighting. Hope the flowers brightened your beautiful day! Love and miss you and your wonderful Mom more than you know.

Pat & Fred

phil said...

Wow, 22, that just happens to be my favorite number... seriously!

More importantly, I am thrilled at your progress and thankful to God for your healing AND your ministry.

You and your mother's faith shine brightly through this time to more people than you know. My wife follows your blog (she has full body RSD - improving slowly) and shares with me much of what she reads and posts. We learned about you just before you went to Mexico and have been following since.

Your continued faith in God and courageous trust in Him shows the strength Christ provides you, since He is always with you and will NEVER forsake you.

And, in turn, your example strengthens and encourages the saints and ALSO calls out to those who do not know God that there is something in your life beyond what they experience.

May God bless you with ever increasing health and complete healing.

Thank you for your ministry and such a powerful example of the perseverance of the saints.

Have a wonderful birthday!

In Christ,

Phil Turner

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Jessica!!
I miss you so much and I wish I was there to see you today! Hang in there..hope i see you soon!
Love you, amanda

Ashley said...

Happy Birthday Jess,

I love you sooooooooo much and I can't believe you are 22!! How crazy is that? I remember celebrating your birthday with you every year when we were younger. I remember the birthday your mom made homemade ice cream cake and we had a sleepover. Sleepovers at your house were always my favorite! ( I love you Mrs. Stevens!!!). I know it must be hard to be away from your family and friends today, but you are an amazing person and I am so proud of you for fighting. You are INCREDIBLE and I feel blessed to have you in my life. You will always be my "first friend".

I can't wait til next year when we can spend your 23rd birthday together! It's going to be fantastic, I know it!

Stay Strong!

I love love love you!!!



jennifer gibbons said...

Happy Birthday!!! The number 22 is very special to my husband. We wish for your 22nd year to be pain free. We will continue to keep you in our hearts and our prayers. Love , The Gibbons Family

Galuchie2000 said...

Happy Birthday Jessica!!!!

I wish you the best!!

Thank You for being such a strong Inspiration for all lymies!!!

I have read your blog and talked to your friend Cat, she is also an inspiration to all of us Lymies. She spoke so highly of you it was incredible to hear.

Lyme Angels do exist and you and Cat are proof!!!

Ralph Davila

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Jessica. Keep fighting.
Ellen and Mark Warner

Anonymous said...


I want to wish you a very Happy 22nd Birthday. You are a very special young lady and such an inspiration. I have been following your progress since I read the article about you in the Naples Daily News.

Mark 1:41 NLT
Moved with compassion, Jesus reached out and touched him. “I am willing,” he said. “Be healed!”

Our Lord loves us beyond our comprehension and sees every tear that falls from your eyes and your families. Faith honors God and God honors faith. And you certainly have faith. I pray for you daily and thank the Lord that he has healed you.

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday!! I wish you all the best in the coming year!! You inspire me everyday with your continued strength and faith. I will keep you in my prayers and look forward to seeing you get better and better!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Jessica,

Happy Birthday! I know it's not really "happy" but I wanted to let you know that I wish you all the best, and hope that you are feeling better soon.

My daughter is close to your age and is sick with Lyme and cos. and has been homebound for 3 years.

And, I am actually the same age as your mom!

My daughter is in touch with people a few years +/- her age-18, who have been dealing with the devastating effects of tick borne illness.

I will pm your mom with info, so that when you're up to it (and if you want to), you can connect with other young people who can relate.

In the meantime, I am keeping you in my prayers, along with your mom and the rest of your family.

You have been to hell and back and have gone through more than anyone should have to. But as a mom myself, I have faith that you will overcome this.

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to wish you a happy birthday. My heart and prayers are with you today and everyday. You are very wonderful person to have a great mom like you do. I guess its because you are just as special as she is. Again Happy Birthday. May you get well soon.

Anonymous said...

Just left a comment. Just wanted to say we are thinking about you in Naples. Carol and Ray are the ones that told me about your story. Again have a great birthday.

Josee from Naples Fl

Marianne Quinn said...

Happy Birthday Jessica!

Just Like the Butterflies that take that incredible journey and survive, so will you. Keep Looking up as that is where miracles come from! May God Bless you this 22nd year of your life with all the good Health, Happiness, Joy, and LOVE that you so deserve! You have touched so many hearts and have inspired so many with your Faith. May God Bless You with Peace and Comfort as you continue to heal and get well. Please continue to Believe in the Power of Prayer! I will always admire your Faith, courage, strength, and perseverance in the face of so many daily challenges at such a young age. God Bless You , LOVE YOU and Care FOR YOU! GOD BLESS YOUR LOVING MOM!You Both ARE Beautiful Women! Happy 22nd Birthday 12 hours later!!!
With LOTS of LOVE and Prayers, Marianne

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday, Jessica!

May God Bless YOU most especially today!!! My dear sister Angel has told me about you and your family, as you and your family mean a great deal to her and her family. Though you are living through a most challenging time in your life right now, the incredible STRENGTH, COURAGE, FAITH, HOPE, TRUST, PERSEVERANCE and DETERMINATION that you and your family are showing each other, united, and sharing with others, openly, is completely inspirational.

My daughter Bella is five and is our miracle baby. Born 10 weeks prematurely, her first years were very difficult with health issues for both of us. I could not see the path that God had paved for us, but my husband, Michael helped me hold the trust and keep the faith that God had a plan for us. Just as God has a plan for you. Your strength and courage in the face of these unimaginable times is like a strong light beaming through the clouds on a thick, foggy night. The strong glow of the human spirit. YOUR STRONG SPIRIT. YOU CAN DO IT!!!

In reading your blog, one can see that You CAN get through and HAVE been getting through a minute at a time, one hour at a time, one day at a time. Your incredibly supportive family, friends, your very gifted doctors and nurses, your strong faith in God, are all part of Team Jessica that are leading you down your road to full recovery.

Your mother has so poetically written about her thoughts, her prayers, her dreams for you, and your toughest challenges. Thank you both for sharing your hearts. It is awe inspiring.

Today I put your name on our church's prayer list and said special prayers for your full recovery. May God shower you with special blessings and may God hold you, your Mom, your Dad, your sisters and your dog and all that is special to you, very dearly.
Happy, happy birthday.

Most Sincerely,


Anonymous said...

Happy 22nd Birthday Jessica!
You and your family are always in my prayers and pray that God gives you strength and courage to get you through this rough time!

-Christine Simpson

Anonymous said...

Jessica this is a Happy Belated Birthday to you God Bless you and your family and remember we are thinking of you and wishing you the best!
Love Jacquie

Daniel said...

Dear Jessica ! im sorry to leave you this comment about your birthday so late. But, anyway, i wish and pray that this year is the year fo your path to real recovery and life again..

hugs, form colombia latin america

George said...

Didn't know her bday had come and gone. I check this site periodically, been checking it for a while.

Happy belated bday, and I pray you'll soon be in the best of health.

Jessica's Journey to Getting Her Life Back

By Sarah Gina (Jessica's Mom)

As we begin this journey toward renewed health we would like to express our sincere heartfelt thanks and appreciation to Dr. Anthony Kirkpatrick and all the work he has done and continues to do in order to bring patients like my daughter Jessica back to a more meaningful life and restored from this devastating illness. Also, special thanks to Dr. Fernando Cantu and his team of doctors in Mexico for taking on a difficult case like my daughters, Words cannot express the renewed sense of hope that we have that one day, our Jessica, can regain her life that has been taken away from her – God Bless you all!

Jessica’s Story

Once an A+ student who loved school, was involved in many extracurricular activities, played varsity tennis, lacrosse and gymnastics and enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, our daughter Jessica has spent the last 3 years incapacitated, paralyzed, unable to sit or walk and eat. She spends her days confined to a hospital bed, wearing sunglasses and noise-canceling headphones, due to severe light and sound sensitivity.

Jessica and her sisters, 2 mos. before becoming ill

The pain she feels is indescribable and all attempted treatments have not even come close to relieving her suffering.

She has seen many doctors, undergone numerous painful tests and procedures, has been prescribed various medications, and has been hospitalized frequently including being intubated and on a ventilator. She is severely debilitated and currently is only 92 pounds. This is certainly no life for a 21 year old young woman!

Jessica is suffering from neurologic Lyme disease and Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), a severely debilitating and painful neuromuscular disorder. She suffers daily with constant sharp, stabbing, tingling and burning pain; throughout her body; severe headaches; paralysis; intense muscle spasms; gastroparesis; seizures; twisting of her limbs (dystonia); sensitivity to any touch (allodynia); extreme sensitivity to lights and sounds; excessive sweating; swelling; fevers; softening of bones; decreased hair growth; redness and discoloration of the limbs; and painful skin ulcers. The pain is constant and unrelenting, but despite her suffering, her faith in God remains and she still has hope for her future.

Jessica's painful skin lesions

Jessica's journey began in 1999, when she was only 11 years old. She became very ill with Mono and was bed bound for 3 months. She subsequently developed RSD (stage 1) of the lower right leg. She received early intervention and returned to playing sports and enjoying her life.

Jessica, age 15, at summer camp

Four years later, in 2003, while away at a sleep-away camp, she developed a rash behind her right knee, coincidentally in the same leg that previously had RSD!

At the time, the camps nurse & doctor told her that it was “duck rash” – a rash from swimming in the lake with duck feces. However, Jessica was able to obtain photos from camp from another camper which shows the classic “bulls-eye” rash from Lyme disease! It wasn’t until much later and only after developing symptoms and becoming very ill, was the diagnosis of Lyme disease and Babesiosis (another tick-borne infection) made.

Most people (and doctors!) have no idea how serious Lyme disease can become and no clue how to properly diagnose it. Unfortunately, if she would have been promptly diagnosed and treated for Lyme disease, the RSD would not have been triggered and she would not be suffering.

July 2003, Jessica's Lyme disease rash

If it wasn’t for her doctor, Dr. Liegner, and his expertise with complex cases of Lyme, and his determination to try any means in getting her well, by getting a “team” of doctors on her case, we wouldn’t be here today, still fighting. We owe him a deep sense of gratitude for all he does for Jessica!

During these past three years and with the pain becoming more intense and unbearable she has been seeing Dr. Finkelstein for pain management. He has even made house calls to spare her the pain of coming by ambulance to his office. Jessica has been treated with multiple pain medications, at the highest possible doses, as well as an implanted dilaudid pain pump, which delivers potent medication straight into her spine. Many doctors have told us that with the amount of medications Jessica was taking would be enough to “kill a horse”—yet they had little to no effect on her. If it wasn’t for Dr. Finkelstein trying to alleviate her constant, severe, unrelenting pain, I don’t know how she would have managed. He is very special to us as well.

Recently Jessica was transported by air ambulance to Tampa, Florida to see Dr. Anthony Kirkpatrick, a world renowned RSD expert. Dr. Kirkpatrick told us that Jessica is one of the most debilitated patients he has ever seen.

Jessica getting into the air-ambulance to go see Dr. Kirkpatrick

Upon his testing and because Jessica's condition is so severe, Dr. Kirkpatrick is recommending the only treatment available that can possibly help relieve her suffering, and afford her some semblance of a “normal” life - the Ketamine Coma Procedure - a clinical trial that is being conducted in Monterrey, Mexico.

During this procedure Jessica will be put into a coma , with the hope that her nerves, brain and spinal cord will “reset” -so that her nervous system sends the correct signals to her brain.

Yes, this is a radical, scary treatment, however, for Jessica, "scary" is thinking that she could spend the rest of her life in this condition, unable to walk, eat, or take care of herself. Since all reasonable treatments have failed to help her, we feel we must try everything possible to help Jessica regain her life.

We understand that due to Jessica’s fragile condition, there is a high risk associated with this procedure. We are also aware that other patients with severe RSD like Jessica's have had success.

Jessica’s goal is to one day become a doctor. Our hope is that with this study she can have that chance. As her Mom, I know that she will be a great doctor because when a patient presents in her office and says “Doctor, I am in pain and words cannot express how bad it is” – my daughter –Dr. Jessica– will be able to say - :I know how you feel, I’ve been there too. So, take a seat and let me tell you a story”….

We are so thankful and feel so blessed to have been led to Dr. Kirkpatrick.

God is good and with his help guiding Dr. Cantu and Dr. Kirkpatrick, our hope is for Jessica to be able to return to us whole again and pain-free!