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…

to the support of my wife and I during our darkest hours and the most trying time in our lives.

Many times we share the joys in life – holidays, Super Bowl, parties, sports, concerts, parades, dinner with friends, beach time in Fiji or Tahiti or Ocean City – but inevitably life brings challenges none of us can predict.

Sadly, this time we’ll be sharing some sorrow and my wife will experience a lot of pain but we are holding a strong faith that there will be some massive celebrations at the end of this journey.

If you care to drop my wife a note or a gift of some kind, we’re asking that they be sent to:

WNST

1550 Hart Road

Towson, MD 2186

(PLEASE do NOT send flowers!!! She can’t have them in her wing!) ;)

And, yes, I’ll be back on the radio at 3 p.m. next Tuesday and every day after that when I can do a show when my wife isn’t too ill to leave her side. I’ve promised her that she will never, ever walk alone in this journey. I love her too much for that.

As for financial donations or gifts of that kind, we’re focused on getting Jenn healthy first – and then we’ll be putting together a slew of ideas, events and fundraisers to bring awareness to what we’ve gone through and to make it an easier path for those unfortunate souls in the future.

We don’t know where the end of the road is but firmly believe it will have a happy ending where we…well, you know…live happily ever after.

But for now, we’ll fight. My wife is as tough as a $2 steak!

Jennifer Ford Aparicio is the strongest, most courageous woman I’ve ever known. The day after I met her in 2003 she sent me to a restaurant to get some food and demanded it immediately. She told me to hurry. When I got back, she had a needle in her stomach and a kit on the bed. Turns out she was a Type 1 Diabetic and she thought that many men shied away from her because of that responsibility and she didn’t want to tell me. She was almost embarrassed by it.

The minute I laid eyes on her, I said: “That’s the toughest woman I’ve ever seen.”

The bravery she shows on a daily basis is a marvel and an inspiration to me. Always has been.

Not to mention that’s she’s also the most beautiful girl in the world – an amazing, tough, wonderful spirit who is truly my soul mate and best friend.

She takes two needles a day and pricks her fingers several more times a day. We always have orange juice or glucose tablets a few feet away. She’s lived this way since she was 19  – ask any diabetic in your life what it’s all about…trust me, there are more than a few on your Facebook page or at your office.

The good news? Her diabetes doesn’t appear to be a significant complication with her leukemia and can be relatively easily managed.

She’s one tough cookie, my wife. She’s all mind, muscle and determination and finishes things she starts. That’s why I married her.

When she got her first blood transfusion on Friday, she looked at the bag and realized her blood type was: B Positive. She took a picture and posted it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And shouldn’t we always be positive?

She’ll beat this cancer. She’ll slay this leukemia.

It’s only a matter of time.

We hope you follow our journey on Facebook and via my new radio show at WNST.net & AM 1570 and remain #JennStrong along with us.

And remember: always try to #BMorePositive ;)

 

Love,

Nestor & Jenn

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12 Comments For This Post

  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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