Jessica’s News – Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

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Wednesday September 27th, 2017

[Dennis] Hi Jess!

[Jess] Hey Dennis, how are ya?

[Dennis] I’m doing great, how about you?

[Jess] Pretty good. It’s been a while since we’ve done a website update, hasn’t it?

[Dennis] It has been a while and I’m ready to help you do one again!

21751327_10213612087157022_7355216341638056257_n[Jess] I think it’s been pretty much a year or so since the last one so we need to get everyone up to speed on how I’ve been doing.

[Dennis] Yes, and we’ve finally figured out how to do this whole recording, web-posting thing correctly (laugh).

[ Jess] And now you are using your phone and you don’t have to bring your little recorder over here with you.

[Dennis] Yes, it’s so much easier and it’s helping me learn a little more about things that I can do with my phone.

21768076_10213673345568444_3796988858273941326_n[Jess] So, today is September 27th. I can’t believe it’s already getting into Fall with all the things that happen and it will be Christmas before we know it.

Well, it’s been a crazy ride. I’ve been here for over a year in La Mesa. I still love it here. Actually this weekend is Octoberfest. What are you doing this weekend Dennis?

[Dennis] Well, let’s see, what am I doing this weekend? I think I have at least one musical event that I’m going to. Tomorrow I’m going out to Alpine where our friend Sara Petite is doing a Library Show. She’s going to sing for an hour there. I’m looking forward to that.

And in a couple of weeks I’ll be attending a dinner and show hosted by our friends Christopher Dale and Barbara Nesbitt. It’s going to be a nice sit down dinner and then some music performed by Christopher and Barbara after.

20526293_10213146269991884_6062173003586018187_n[Jess] And of course, our #1 dear friend is Eve Selis! She’s definitely an Angel in my life. It’s been very nice to be able to go out to see her again thanks to her lovely husband Tom who is absolutely amazing. He’s been through two surgeries since being diagnosed with cancer. He has received both radiation and chemotherapy treatments. He is my Hero. He has taught me what a fighter truly is and how to live every single day to the fullest.

And if you would like to give a little something to Tom, his GoFundMe page is still up. There is a link to Tom’s GoFundMe page at the bottom of this newsletter.

Being able to attend Eve’s shows and see the Band again has been amazing and it really warms my heart and I love to see her out and performing again. They’ve had a crazy year so we just need to keep sending positive vibes, prayers and love their way.

Their son is as crazy as ever (laugh). He’s having a good start for the school year. Henry, I love you and you are my Little Buddy and you are amazing.

What Eve has been doing lately is online podcasts with Marc on StageIt. Today’s will be the fourth of four in the series. They may have more in the future so check out Eve’s website (EveSelis.com).

10422184_10204197376355136_1663609307274862120_nMy family is doing ok. Phoenix and Kayla are getting super big. Kayla is seven, Phoenix is nine. Kayla’s got her Mother’s “sass” and we’re all having to deal with that. They are both coming into their own. They will be getting ready for the Holidays soon and you know that’s always big in everybody’s household. And they are doing good in school and I’m happy about that. Phoenix likes talking on the phone more than Kayla does. Kayla is actually in Cheer. She’s just started it and she really loves it. She says she wants to do it all the way through high school!

Healthwise I’m doing fairly well. I weigh 72 pounds and I have my ebbs and flows just like I always do. I’m waiting on a surgery date. Dr. Shoemaker and I are going back in and he’s going to remove more of my bone spurs. So we’re waiting on a date for that. Hopefully October or November, somewhere around that time.

And there has been something going on that I’ve not been able to talk about because I don’t want to jeopardize anything. Unfortunately that still is the case, where I can’t speak about it. It’s going much slower than I would have liked. But hopefully sooner rather than later I’ll be able to hop on the air with Dennis to give you guys the update behind everything. Trust me, I would like to tell you now, I just can’t. So please just continue to send me all the good vibes, love and support. I absolutely love it and need it right now. Please keep those coming and I thank everyone for it. Hopefully you guys will get another update real soon when all this is over.

15780875_10154421493324495_2356535508894528039_nAmongst the wonderful things that have been happening in everyone’s lives I do have to touch upon this. We did lose a beautiful person in this world, in probably November or December of last year. Unexpectedly and arduously, friend Anita York passed away and went up to be with the Angels and my parents and her parents. She is deeply missed down here. We miss her and I know a lot of other people miss her as well. Anita thank you for everything you taught me while you were here on Earth. We miss you, we love you and we will see you again my friend. Thank you for everything.

I’m hoping, God willing, that I’ll be able to return to public speaking. But for right now that’s all in a holding pattern. I’ll update you again on that as soon as I can. Thanks guys for all your prayers, love and support. All of you are amazing and I hope you enjoy my website and I hope to be doing another update soon. And check out EveSelis.com. I know she has some shows coming up and maybe you’ll see me there.

I will see you guys soon, and please donate any amount you can to Tom using his GoFundMe page. The link is just below. I love you all and have a good weekend coming up.

https://www.gofundme.com/2jka53jv

Love,

Jessica Smith

 

Jessica’s News Wednesday August 31st, 2016

Hello Everyone.

 

[Dennis]  It’s Wednesday, August 31st and I’m here with Jess in her new little cottage.  There was a mini house warming party here the other day with Eve and Tom.  It was Tom’s birthday and lots of Tom and Eve’s friends were here.  I happened to stop by with a couple of pieces of furniture, so I got in on the festivities too.  Anyway, it’s been a while since Jess has done an update so today she is ready to share with you what’s been going on since the last time she posted an update.  So Jess, how’s it going?

 

13592748_10210188215086974_5040730823701754566_n[Jess]  It’s going pretty good.  I can’t believe we’re almost at the end of summer.  It’s going to be Halloween and Thanksgiving before we know it.  It’s crazy how time is flying, it really is.  But I’m here in my new place.  It’s been a long route, but I’m living in La Mesa now.  It’s a cute little duplex, close to a lot of things.  Tom and Eve have really been instrumental in helping me to get this place, and it’s beautiful.  It’s a two bedroom duplex and I absolutely love it here.  It’s close to a lot of things that are within walking distance, which is very helpful.

 

A couple of weeks ago Eve’s husband Tom, who has been helping me out a lot, had an incident.  He was driving a vehicle, and had a seizure. Doctors found that he had a brain tumor.  They removed the tumor and he is recovering right now.  Things went well.

 

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Click for Tom’s GoFundMe page

Tom and Eve have a lot of medical bills, so I’ll be attaching a link to Tom’s GoFundMe page.  If you would like to donate, anything will help right now.  No donation is too small.  I’m sure that they will be very grateful.   And I can tell you that Tom is resting comfortably and healing nicely.  There is a link Tom’s GoFundMe site at the end of this message.

 

It’s just been a crazy few months.  I can’t comment too much right now, but hopefully I’ll be able to within the next few months.  There are still lots of people asking “Where have you been”.  And where I have been is a very complicated story.  Let’s just say that I’m just happy to be alive.  And I’ll be able to give you guys more information as time goes forward.  But I’m happy, and I’m healthy and safe in my new place.

 

Amy and Ron have once again come back into my life.  They have helped me tremendously and I don’t know where I would be without them.  I talk to them on a daily basis.  They were over here last week and Ron did a couple of things around my new place.  I’m going to try to post some pictures of the inside and all the beautiful furniture and stuff .

 

My sister came over last week with Phoenix and Kayla before they started school.  I can’t believe I have a six year old niece and an eight year old nephew.  It’s absolutely amazing how time is flying.  They love my new place, they think it’s beautiful.  And, you know, I always have to say “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery and today is a gift”.  That’s why it’s called “the present”.  I truly believe in that, and just can’t believe how blessed I am with my huge support system of friends and family.

 

Right now, I’m in a duplex, with twenty-four hour staff through a program called Life Options.  It’s basically where you find a place to live and they hire and pay for staff.  So I would recommend for anyone who has physical challenges, and does not want to live in a group home,  to check out Life Options because they are doing a wonderful job for me and I love it here.

 

[Jess]  What else do you think I should add Dennis?

 

[Dennis]  Well, I think you should tell your friends about your new neighborhood and all the opportunities there are for you just outside the front door.

 

[Jess]  Well, my neighborhood is within walking distance of La Mesa Village.  There are a whole bunch of shops, and it will be nice because Oktoberfest is coming up.  And in the summertime they have vintage car shows downtown.  They will have Christmas in the Village and there are a whole bunch of cute shops (including a sweets shop), and places to eat.  It’s just an amazing little neighborhood.

 

Oh, and I will tell you that The Enforcers won the Championship so now we are two-time National Champions.  And I was able to attend the game and got to see lots of friends.  I was able to go to the championship game as well as the banquet with Ron.  That was a lot of fun.

 

You know, I’m just living life right now and it’s amazing.  It’s been a tough road, but I’m in a good place now and I could not have done it without my Support Team.  And, like I said, I’ll be updating more as time goes on, and I’ll be keeping you guys more informed as details come out.  I have to be very careful right now because I actually don’t want to say anything that might jeopardize things that we have going on right now.  If you’re close to me you kind of know what I’m alluding to and like I said I’ll be able to give you more information later but right now I have to protect a lot.

 

I will see you guys soon, and please donate any amount you can to Tom using his GoFundMe page.  The link is just below.  I love you all and have a good weekend coming up.

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GoFundMe page for Tom Gulotta

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.gofundme.com/2jka53jv

 

Love,

 

Jessica Smith

 

Jessica’s News – Wednesday April 22nd, 2015

 

Hello Everyone

 

Well, it’s been very tough since Mom passed, but I don’t want to touch

on that too much.  Thank you everyone for your love and support.  It

means a lot.

 

Still a lot of changes going on.  Still moving ahead.

 

I Hope I don’t have to continue to live in Otay Mesa, which is pretty

close to San Ysidro and the Border.  I’m hoping to get out and move

closer to Aimee and Ron.  That process took a slower turn today than

I would have liked, but hopefully I’ll be out of here within maybe a

month or so.  I just need to be somewhere closer to my friends.  And

I need to start a new chapter of my life.  Jenn and the Family have

moved to Kearny Mesa and are living their lives there, so it’s time

for me to make a change too.

 

But I’m hanging in there and things are going ok for right now.

 

If it had not been for Aimee and Ron, I think I would have gone

absolutely crazy.  They’ve been Angels and Saints.  And friends have

been taking me out and visiting.  This place, by far, is not the best.

Hopefully I can touch on that a little more at a later date.  I’ll be

getting out of here soon.  But Aimme and Ron have just been

amazing.  I was with them for Easter so I got to see Cameron hunt

Easter Eggs.  That was just amazing.  Patty and John served me with

ham dinner, so that was wonderful.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Haven’t been to a lot of Eve’s concerts lately.  It’s hard to find drivers

but I’m hoping to get back into that too at some point.  If anyone

wants to drive me, just call me up.  My number is 619-208-0964.

Even if you just want to chat, call me up.  I’ll be happy to hear from

you.

 

A couple of days ago I decided to get a new phone because right now

my phone is my only source of entertainment.  Unfortunately there

is just basic cable here.  So went out and got myself the brand new

Samsung Edge.  So I’m learning how to work with that.  There’s plenty

of things I can do on it and plenty of new apps.  I haven’t even set up

my email yet, so I have to continue working on that.

 

Monday I have a big appointment coming up.  It’s with Dr. Shoemaker

and Dr. K.  As many of you know Dr. Shoemaker is my Orthopedic

Surgeon and Dr. K is my hand specialist.  I want to go in and see both

of them and odds are we’re going to need to do some more surgery on

my right hand and maybe some other parts of my body.  I’m going to

have Dr. Scott do some full x-rays.  We’re just going to see what needs

to be tuned up.  While he’s in there we might as well get it all done

with one whack.  I know it’s going to be a longer recovery, but at least

it will be only one recovery instead of two, three or four.

 

So, things are not easy, but I’m just, you know, trying to take it

one day at a time, sometimes one hour at a time, enjoying every day

to the best that I can.  Hopefully in my next update I’ll have some

better news for you.

 

If you like white rice for lunch and dinner every day, you’d probably

like it here (lol).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So basically that’s all for now.  I’ll update you again, hopefully

fairly soon.  Definitely if there’s any new information from Dr.

Shoemaker and the hand specialist.  That will definitely go up

as soon as I get it, now that I’m looking to come out of there with a surgery slip.

 

Thank you to Dennis, Aimee and Ron and my Family for just

helping everyone through this difficult time.  You’ll hear from me

again soon, so keep checking my website.  And you’ll see me at a

couple of Eve Selis shows and I’ve already been asked if I’m doing

the Kaiser Kids Toy Drive again this year and yes, I’m going to do

it.

 

So keep checking the website.  I know there has been a lapse, but

you know we’ve been going through some stuff.  So thank you and

check back soon.

 

Love,

 

Jessica Smith

 

Btw …  The May 30th San Diego Enforcers Football Game will be

dedicated to my Mom and Dad, and I’ll be doing the coin toss at the

start of the game.  Join me for the game if you can.

 

Update … I am scheduled for my surgery!  It will be on June 22nd.

They are going to be doing some tendon work, nerve work and just

trying to straighten out my right hand (It looks like I’m always

flashing the A-Ok sign, according to Dr. Shoemaker).  More

information to follow soon.

 

Good News from Jessica

I just received an email from my oncologist today and we got the results of a very important test. As of TODAY I’m still in REMISSION!! Going on 4 years!! Thanks to all of the wonderful support I received I’m still KICKING CANCERS BUTT!! Thank you all!!

Jessica’s News – Sunday November 2nd, 2014

Sunday November 2nd, 2014
Hello Everyone!

Wow! Where do I even start? I hope this update finds everyone well! This update will explain a lot as to why my website has been so quite at least until now. Some of you may or may not know that I’d been waiting on a surgery date. It has been moved up to this coming Tuesday at 7:00am Dr. Shoemaker and his colleague Dr. C will be doing some tension lengthening on my right hand to make sure I can get some use out of those fingers again as well as out of pain. They will enter my palm and hopefully fix that problem from there. They are also going to be doing some hardware removal and tightening as they call it. The team is planning to remove a screw in my thumb that has loosened and become more painful as well as re setting some screws and the plate in my wrist. Dr. Shoemaker will also be cleaning up a few (it feels like several) bone spurs aka devil horns on my right femur area. Please think positive thoughts that he will find them all. I will be at Kaiser Zion for a few days, hopefully getting out Thursday depending on how everything goes and how quickly my stomach wakes up from the anesthesia. There will be updates posted here so please check back often. Even though I know I’m in wonderful hands with Dr. Scott and Dr. C prayers are always welcome!

Now for the reason that my surgery has moved up and my family has been more quite. This is probably the hardest part to write. After Mom has been in and out of the hospital and has had several tests done a biopsy and other tests have confirmed that she has Stage 4 lung cancer. This has hit our family very hard. The cancer has metastasized (spread) to her ribs, shoulder, a few other lymph nodes, we are unsure about a possible spot on her skull, and of course the lung. She is going to do her best to fight this horrible Cancer. After my surgery she is going to be starting radiation on her rib area to help with the pain and hopefully reduce the size of the mass. After that she is considering whether or not to try chemotherapy. Even though they is no cure at this stage, we are going to do all we can to help mom go into Remission! Please send her positive thoughts and prayers as we help her through this time!

Phoenix and Kayla enjoyed Halloween as Elsa and Optimist Prime and they are now looking forward to Thanksgiving. Having them here again has been a great distraction and I guess the man upstairs brought the 4 of them back just in time.

I’m writing Poetry and selling Scentsy to getting some funds for my manual wheelchair. Scentsy it’s perfect because all the warmers run on light bulb. Okay i am signing off for now, please keep myself and my family in your prayers. Please check back here for current updates on my surgery and recovery. Please keep my mom in your prayers too!

Love,

Jessica Smith & Family

Happy New Year Everyone!!

I’m taking on 2014 like a battering ram! I am still in REMISSION from Chronic Leukemia and KICKIN Cancers Butt!! My New Years Resalution Is to be Louder then EVER and to use my voices for causes I support and also use my voice for those who don’t have theirs anymore ! Thank you to everyone who continue to help us up some days. I have MANY different fires burning but no dates confirmed yet. Please check back often! I love and miss you dad! Below is a beautiful video Mr Rick Lakin put together WARNING have tissue in hand! The first game of The San Diego Enforcers Season is Saturday March 1 at Balboa Stadium. More info TBA.

Help me Support Service Dogs

Please buy a Little Angels Service Dog Shirt. YOU can help children and adults help raise funds for their Service Dog just for $18.00! Our goal is to sell 100 shirts! Little Angels is helping people all across the U.S. Including Me! Help if you can!

Jessica had surgery and is doing well.

Jessica is at home now and recovering well.

 

From Mary Smith

Jessica’s surgery went really well and her hand opened up.  Dr. Shoemaker is really pleased.  Jessica is now just going through the process of recovering her system back to normal.

 

From Dave:

Spoke to Jess at 3:00 she was groggy from anesthetic but is out of recovery and in a room  waiting for parents to catch up to her after her move to room.   3:34 pm Wednesday

 

I will check in tomorrow morning to see how Jessica is doing.  Email me at rilakin@gmail.com  if you have any updates.

Jessica Speaks at Toastmasters Open House (VIDEO and PHOTOS)

I really enjoyed speaking at the Sweetwater Valley Toastmasters Open House Event!  I would like to take a moment to thank Mr. Rick Lakin,  Toastmasters Club President. Mr. Lewis Scott Lewis the Sponsor of the Toastmasters Open House and TweetMeWorld.com. Mr Richard Lederer and so many other wonderful people I was able to meet from the different Toastmasters clubs around San Diego County.

I truly believe everyone liked my speech, which as always came right from my heart, everyone was so surprised when they would asked where my notes were and I replied I didn’t have any notes everything was off the cuff from my heart. As you will see below I think my speech was very impactful as I received a standing ovation when I left the stage! I would really like to thank The Sweetwater Toastmasters club for donating $100.00 to United Cerebral Palsy and thank you to everybody who bought Mr. Lederer’s books as he decided to donate all profits made for a grand total of $200.00 for United Cerebral Palsy!

Hearing Mr. Lederer speak was amazing and I could have listened to him for hours, if you ever get a chance to hear him I highly recommend it!

Speaking was truly my honor. Thank you to Sweetwater Toastmasters for my certificate and most importantly letting me raise funds and awareness for UCP!

Get Involved to support my causes

Please remember as you watch my speech and look at the photos that people from age 5 to 95 seem to enjoy my speeches because I can make my speeches fit everyone and I can speak to any size group you would like. I really enjoy tailoring my speeches to YOU the listeners! If you like the bit of what you see please feel free to email me at: Jessicamsmith1987@gmail.com and I look forward to booking an engagement with you soon!

Thank you!
Jessica Smith

iCrew Photos by Kathryn Matteotti and Rod Villa

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Jessica will keynote the Sweetwater Valley Toastmasters Open House

I HAVE SOME EXCITING NEWS!! I am honored to let everyone know that I have been invited to The Toastmaster’s Open house! I would like everyone to come out and support me and United Cerebral Palsy. I will be giving a 6 minute speech called an Icebreaker. I will speak about my life and many other subjects that I’m choosing to keep close to the vest, so you’ll have to come out to hear it. My teacher from High School Mr. Rick Lakin is the President of and is hosting this Toastmaster’s Event. After I speak I will turn it over to Author and Verbivore Richard Lederer. Mr. Lederer has written many books, has a column in the Union Tribune on Saturday’s called “Lederer on Language”. Mr. Lederer is also very well known on the Public Speaking and Radio circuit. In 2002 he won the Toastmaster’s Golden Gavel. After he speaks I would encourage you to go buy his book because Mr. Lederer is nice enough to donate the profits of his book sales to United Cerebral Palsy! A fun fact about Mr. Lederer is he’s the father of very famous poker player Annie Duke. So please join me on May, 11th from 6-8 at Sunnyside Library in Bonita. The dress code is nice, Dinner is also included, Oh did I mention it’s FREE! So please come out and have some fun while learning about Toastmasters & Supporting United Cerebral Palsy. I hope to see a lot of you there! Thank you to our Sponsor Tweet Me World. More Details Below!

I also had the pleasure of Tossing the coin at the Enforcers Game. We played the Charlotte Cobra’s. At halftime I had the honor of giving an in prompt to speech! I think it went over well considering everyone was applauding. We played a good game but the Cobras came out victorious. Even though we lost, I know this has made us stronger and we will come out with a Win the next the we play because the guys are out for blood!

I’ve been working with Little Angels to find the perfect service dog for me. This process is long and hard but also fun and rewarding! I know Ms. Katie and the whole little angels team will help find the perfect dog for me! Right now I’m lucky enough to work with the directors own personal dog Guen.

I would be crazy if I didn’t sent out my love and prayers to the people in Boston, I am thankful that everyone I know personally from Team In Training are safe and not hurt and they are back in San Diego! Also my love and prayers go out to the people in West, TX. Stay Strong Everyone!

I hope to see you all on May 11th for my Toastmasters Speech! Don’t forget to buy Mr. Lederer’s book so we can raise money for Cerebral Palsy!

All My Love,

Jessica

When:
May 11, 2013 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Where:
Bonita-Sunnyside Library
4375 Bonita Road
Bonita,CA 91902
USA
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Brenda Bautista619-381-9322

Jessica Smith will present a 6 minute introductory speech known to Toastmasters as an Icebreaker.  Jessica will join Author and Verbivore Richard Lederer and the members of Sweetwater Valley Toastmasters as

TweetMeWorld.com Presents

Sweetwater Valley Toastmasters Open House

Benefitting United Cerebral Palsy

Featuring 2002 Toastmasters Golden Gavel Winner

Author and Verbivore Richard Lederer

There will be food and fun and the opportunity to learn about Toastmasters