So, my beautiful wife Jenn was diagnosed with leukemia last week…

March 24, 2014 | Nestor Aparicio

So, my beautiful wife Jenn was diagnosed with leukemia last week…

month of trying to beat this cancer. Most people wind up being diagnosed with leukemia only after they’re extremely sick and weak and frail.

They’ve told us she’ll be here in the hospital for at least 30 days and she won’t be able to work or function in crowds or near germs and bacteria for 90 more days (in a best case scenario). The docs told Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano the same thing 18 months ago and he spent 26 days in the hospital and got back to work in about 100 days. Pagano has been an incredible “angel” for us. He was literally the first call we made and he spent 30 minutes running us through what to expect and preparing us for many scenarios. He has reached to us every day since her diagnosis with incredible words of encouragement, love and support.

We’ve learned that there a lot of good people in the world and certainly in the sports world. Steve Bisciotti, Ted Leonsis, John Harbaugh, Marvin Lewis, Jim Schwartz, my WNST.net partner Brian Billick plus a myriad of athletes, sponsors, listeners, friends – all of the people who’ve truly gotten to know my wife over the years because of what I do for a living – everyone has just been so supportive.

With Jenn’s mother, father and sister all coming to Baltimore from New Hampshire and Florida over the coming weeks to assist with her care, I’ll be returning to the airwaves next Tuesday, April 1st and we plan to try to live life as normally as we can during this trying time. (If you want to help Jenn’s visiting family, please follow this link to Uber.com & enter the promo code: 1ale6. You get $20 in free taxi rides and our family gets $20 and it’s FREE to do it. And Uber is pretty awesome! BTW: We don’t get the family credit until you actually USE Uber and USE your $20.)

During her treatments, it’s my goal to laugh with her, honor her and share this experience together while making it as good and as comfortable as it can possibly be for her over the coming weeks and months as she tries to achieve remission and a cure from this insidious disease.

Sadly, even in the best-case scenario, her life will be very restricted over the next four months and perhaps beyond. No Preakness. No Bruce Springsteen in Hershey. No beach time. No Orioles games. And this is after chemo kicks her ass for the next month and we hope that the doctors at Johns Hopkins – who are universally believed to be the best in the world at beating leukemia – get the right cocktail the first time and that Jenn’s body will be able to handle it.

The good news? They tell us she’s got a great chance to beat leukemia and live a long, healthy life once we get through this long phase. We’re heard from many, many survivors – like Chuck Pagano – who have given us incredible belief that she’ll beat this thing.

Obviously, to say this has been an emotional firestorm wouldn’t do justice to the range and depth of emotions we’ve both experienced over the last week.

I love my wife with all my heart and I don’t care who knows it.

It’s kinda been that way since the night we met in Manchester, N.H. on February 8, 2003. It was truly love at first sight. Ask anyone who knows us – we really dig each other and always have. We’ve traveled the world together, shared our love of music, sports and each other relatively openly in social media in recent years because we think it’s normal and natural to be madly in love. And to be “best friends.”

In the new era of social media, you share your joy with your friends. And, clearly, so many people consider us “friends” and that’s a gift and a blessing to us.

One of my favorite broadcasters, Dick Schapp, once said he “collected people.” On my best days, I’ve hoped to emulate that state of mind and suddenly all of the people that I’ve “collected” have simultaneously rallied

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  1. BmoreB Says:

    Nestor,

    My prayers to you and your wife. You guys will get though this, you just have to.

    #JennStrong
    #BmorePositive

  2. unitastoberry Says:

    Prayers sent to you and your wife. Hopkins or U of Maryland is the best care in the world. I had kidney cancer 3 years ago still kicking here.

  3. Steve from Sandpoint Says:

    My prayers to you & your wife Jenn, the journey will be a tough one but I’m B-Positive she will get thru it !!!

  4. justafan Says:

    My best wishes! I had the opportunity to meet Jen at White Marsh prior to one of the bus trips. She impressed me as being a tireless hard working person. Again, I wish you the best!

    Walt

  5. Kerry from Brooklyn Park Says:

    Thanks Nasty for sharing this story. My hopes and prayers are with you Jenn and Nestor. As you know you guys are not walking this journey alone. A great community will be with you two every step of the way. May God bless you both!

  6. charlie Says:

    Nestor, you and your wife will strengthen each other and I hope that we WNST fans can help, too.

  7. MICHAEL WAYLAND Says:

    Thoughts and prayers go out to you and your wife Jenn. I am convinced that people sometimes go through things like this because they are strong enough to get through it and inspire others who are faced with the same struggles. My Mom was a 20+ year survivor of breast cancer and being a part of an ongoing support group was one of the defining moments in her life.
    I am sure Jenn will be a source of pride and inspiration for you and many others in years to come.

  8. Go Tigers Fan Says:

    Get the book The Ultimate Gift by Jim Stovall. It’s a novel what a son has to do to inherit his dad’s gifts. I think you’ll enjoy the book as much as I have so far – I’m in Chapter 8.

    Here’s a hint what the book is about from page 72 “any challenge that does not defeat us ultimately stregthens us.”

    My prayers are with you and Jenn.

  9. Rich Says:

    Drop the gloves, Jenn, and take that leukemia to the wood shed. Hockey fans are #JennStrong.

  10. TimNATC Says:

    Nestor – My thoughts and prayers are with you both. I know that with the support of all of your friends & family (I include your WNST listeners as your family) the two of you will beat this disease again. I make a donation to Stand Up To Cancer every other week with money that is raised at golf tournaments I run. This Saturday we are playing at Stonewall Golf Club in Gainesville, Virginia and I will make the donation in honor of your wife. Stay #JENNSTRONG

  11. TimNATC Says:

    To all WNST.net listeners, readers, followers etc… the DC Metro Golfweek Amateur Tour made a donation to Stand Up To Cancer in honor of Jennifer. We also launched a star in her name. If you would like to make a donation & send her a tribute, you can do so at this site http://bit.ly/DCGWATJAS. #JENNSTRONG

  12. Dave The Wave Says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your wife. Her strength and courage are truly an inspiration to everyone. Best wishes on a speedy recovery. It’s also great to hear you back on the air again. The strongest lineup in Baltimore sports talk is now even stronger!

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