Jessica Poppell

Since August of last year, when Jennifer was first diagnosed with Metastasized Melanoma, Jessica has been an angel sent to our family. There is no other way to describe it. Without Jessica, our family would never have been able to accomplish all of the things we have been able to do.

When Jennifer and the kids moved in with Jessica and I, Christian was a little baby still. The first few weeks were extremely difficult, emotionally, physically, and most importantly logistically. While we were all trying to figure out how to handle the everything, Jessica was right there, ready, available, and always more than willing to help. While Jennifer was going through full brain radiation, in August, I was working. Christian was a baby, and as any baby, needed a lot of time, attention, and care. Night after night, Jessica was there to take care of him when he woke up in the middle of the night. She was always there to make sure Christian has enough diapers, formula, toys, new clothes, when he got to fat for his old stuff etc. At night, when everyone got home from work, school, and radiation treatments, we were all so emotionally drained, worried, stressed, and scared. Jessica was always there, with a dinner made, and the house organized. She was our life saver.

As Jennifer started the immunotherapy, and she was getting better,  Jessica was still always ready and able to help, no matter what it was. She always made sure homework was done, driving kids to school,  and she truly just kept the house running. Without her, we would not have been able to make it through the week. It was all the little things, that kept us all together.

When the holidays came, she cared about the kids first and foremost. She spent her time, money, care, and effort focusing on the kids. She wanted to make sure, after the hard year the family had, the kids had a wonderful holiday with their mom. Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years/Natalie’s birthday all turned out perfect. Jessica and I created a perfect system. I would come up with the big ideas and she would help me execute those ideas. Without her I would not have been able to do it myself.

In January, I was hired as a History Teacher. Without Jessica’s help, I would not have been able to spend the time, energy, and effort that was required to get the job done. My first school year was a huge success, because of her support and help. My job has been one of the greatest things to happen to me in a while, and I have Jessica to thank for that! (after thanking my school for taking a chance on a BRAND NEW first year teacher!)

Now that we are in the current position, of Jennifer being sick, Jessica has once again stepped up to make this whole process easier. When Jennifer was admitted into the hospital, after the seizure, I was at the hospital for 12-14 hours a day. When Jessica was not at work, she was making dinners, washing laundry, taking Olivia to summer school, and or driving Natalie to work. She is still holding down the fort, for all of us.

Jessica is such an important part of our family, there is no way to ever repay her for all of the things she has done for our family, it has been priceless. I really can not find the word to express how pivotal she has been to this entire process. Without her, we would not be where we are today!

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