Jamie's Story

Jamie Gilmore, Founder of Jamie’s Hope, was born in the Houston area in 1982. Jamie is a pediatric cancer survivor and is currently fighting a rare form of cancer called Acinic Cell Carcinoma. 2012 marked the 4th time her cancer relapsed and the year Jamie gathered family & supporters to starte a non-profit called Jamie’s Hope.

The mission of this non-profit organization is to support personalized medicine research at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center while helping those directly affected by cancer and raising awareness on cancer prevention and early detection.  By donating to Jamie’s Hope YOU are part of the “Cure”. Jamie wants to personally Thank Dr. Tsimiberidou and ALL of the staff at MD Anderson. You were truly part of the inspiration which lead me to create this non-profit organization.

Jamie’s Story

In 1996, at the age of 14, Jamie discovered a small nodule in front of her ear. Jamie’s local ENT believed the small nodule was a cyst. Lab samples were submitted to Pathology following Jamie’s 6 hour operation to remove the nodule. Pathology results diagnosed the nodule as Acinic Cell Carcinoma. Following diagnosis, Jamie was referred to a local doctor who advised against radiation due to Jamie’s age and the small size of the nodule.

In 2002, at the age of 20, another small nodule appeared in the same location. Jamie was then referred to MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX for treatment. Surgery was scheduled to remove the mass. Prior to Jamie’s surgery routine labs were performed. The morning of the operation, Jamie was given the surprising news that her hormones were slightly elevated indicating pregnancy. Consequently, surgery was cancelled and Jamie returned home with her family. Doctors closely monitored Jamie throughout her pregnancy as the mass was growing very rapidly. Due to the cancer, Jamie was induced at 38 weeks and gave birth to a beautiful and perfect daughter, Mikala.

On January 23, 2003 Jamie endured her most challenging operation: a 12 hour operation to remove the mass and reconstruct her neck and facial area affected by the cancer. Following the surgery, Jamie underwent radiation treatment of the affected area for 6 weeks. Since the surgery and radiation treatments Jamie has not suffered a relapse of cancer in the facial or neck region.
In 2005, at the age of 23, Jamie suspected she had suffered a sports injury in her hip area. After several doctor appointments and numerous tests Jamie was informed of a new mass in her pelvis. Jamie was again referred to MD Anderson Cancer Center for treatment. Jamie underwent surgery to remove part of the bone including six weeks of radiation.
In 2008 feeling strong and optimistic, Jamie began training for the local Susan G. Komen Marathon. Unfortunately, this was to be short-lived; she suffered a fractured hip, resulting in a partial hip replacement. It was time for routine check-ups with her doctors.
In May of 2012 Jamie received the news of another cancer re-occurrence in her pelvis. Multiple tests revealed several new locations in Jamie’s right pelvic area, left ischium, and lymph nodes. The cancer had once again returned. Today’s medical technology just doesn’t provide a standardized treatment option for the rare cancer that continues to plague Jamie’s body. Jamie received chemotherapy at MD Anderson through clinical trials in their Targeted Therapy Department for over 2 ½ years. She had “stable” results while enduring so many side effects but she continued to fight.
In December of 2014 Jamie personally declared war on her fight against cancer and made the choice to LIVE and change her life! For the next 2 ½ years Jamie fought her cancer with lifestyle by using the Gerson Therapy method, eating a plant based diet, mediation, and LIVING. She fell off the wagon and hit rock bottom several times, but she has never given up and each time came back stronger! Jamie has become a true inspiration to many even people without cancer!

 In 2017 Jamie’s cancer spread to her skull bone, collar bone, left femur, large area in her left pelvic bone, and that the original areas have worsened. Jamie spent most of 2017 at home on hospice due to numerous hospitalizations from pain and displacement because of flooding from Harvey. At the end of 2017 Jamie had a couple bad falls which caused her left femur to become lodged into her pelvic bone and due to the cancer it is unable to be reconstructed at this time. 

 In 2018 wanting to walk again Jamie came off Hospice to continue her fight. She started an immunotherapy treatment and is back to living a healthy lifestyle in hopes to eradicate or reduce the cancer so she can have a hip reconstruction. Jamie is staying strong and is determined to keep fighting her cancer!

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