Jasmine Beat Leukemia Help Pay Off Her Insurmountable Debts
Organized by: Ander Pierce
In September of 2013, Jasmine was in her 2nd year of medical school when she became very sick. She was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Jasmine spent the next 4 months mostly living in the hospital. Medical school, and all else, had to be put on hold.
During her early treatment, she became very sick with a serious intestine infection. It progressed so quickly that it wasn’t a question of if they would have to remove her small intestines, but when.
Because of the chemotherapy, there was a good chance that she wouldn’t live through this surgery. We sent out a massive call for prayer, and, within hours, the infection in her intestines had vanished. The doctors were amazed; they said it wasn’t possible. But nothing is impossible with God.
Not long after, Jasmine faced another life-threatening hurdle: sepsis. She spent two weeks in ICU battling this infection of the blood, with a temperature of 107. (Yes, 107!)
The doctors said that if she had been even a few years older, she would not have survived the infection…but thanks to God, she did!
The next two rounds of treatment left her incredibly weak and in much pain. During that time, a cancer fertility specialist delivered some horrific news:
Due to the chemo’s damage to her ovaries, it would be nearly impossible for Jasmine to have children.
Three months after Jasmine’s last chemo treatment, the doctor said it was okay if to start trying to get pregnant. Four days after that, she was pregnant with Jonah!
Jasmine and Ander were thrilled to be pregnant! But then more terrible news was delivered:
The Leukemia had returned. The only viable solution was an immediate bone marrow transplant.
At 33 weeks, Jasmine underwent 6 more weeks of chemotherapy. Since she had to undergo a bone marrow transplant, her labor was induced, and Jonah was born.
Miraculously, Jonah was born perfectly healthy! He wasn’t affected at all by the chemo treatments. We have complete faith that Jonah is a miracle from God.
Jasmine’s bone marrow transplant went very well. Though it was an incredibly painful and weakening experience, her body has mostly recovered and her energy level has returned.
Today, she is still trying to recover from the intense treatment. But she faces a major problem: massive student loans.
Doesn’t student loan forgiveness exist for mothers who’ve battled Leukemia? Sadly, it does not.
Despite her horrific story, Sallie Mae is unwilling to offer Jasmine a realistic payment plan. After paying endless medical bills, a gargantuan monthly student loan payment (think 4 digits) is just not possible. There’s no way.
Left with no other real option, Jasmine and Ander have decided that the best thing to do is to take a leap of faith and attempt to pay this loan off in cash and, therefore, settle the debt at an incredibly reduced value.
By Saturday, February 20, Jasmine has no choice but to pay Sallie Mae $78,000. Would you like to help rally to help get this loan paid for her?
Whether you can give $1 or $1,000, please do remember Jasmine, Ander, and Jonah in your prayers.