Eve and Jessica – Just a Bump in the Road

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I first saw Eve Selis when she was singing “Do You Know Me” on KUSI News probably

Eve Selis at 7th Annual CP Benefit

back in 2002. I listened and I was hooked! It was also around the time when I was laying in a hospital bed in my family room waiting for my scoliosis surgery.  Eve was still using AOL at the time so I took a chance and IMed her. I told her I loved her song I heard that morning, told her that I was being homeschooled at this time and sent her to my “About Me” page on my web site. We talked for almost a hour, she asked for my address and send she would be sending me something, I thanked her for talking to me and we said goodnight. 2 days later I got a box filled with signed CDs, posters, and other goodies!

I went to her website and saw that she and her band were playing at the Calypso Café. My parents and I decided we would go surprise her & thank her for the box of goodies. We were sitting at our table at Calypso as soon as she looked in my direction she said “Is that my Jessica?!” and came running over. Eve was singing a set and she paused and said “I am passing around a jar to help to get enough money to sign up for the City Of Hope 5k because my sister Gabrielle was diagnosed with Breast Cancer Yesterday”

The sun was shining, the birds were singing, yeah, everything was alright

Til the telephone rang, disappointment came with some news that wasn’t very bright

Could be a stepping stone or a stumbling block, or I could turn it around somehow

I think I’ll just keep livin –  lovin and givin – that’s all I can do right now

I said mom we need to help. My family & I joined her City Of Hope Team, I sat outside of Starbucks asking people for their spare change and I wheeled in my first ever 5k with Eve and my family to help combat Breast Cancer! May I also say our team Eve’s Everyday Angels raised the highest amount of money.

It’s just a bump in the road

Its just an opportunity

It’s just a chance to discover

The best things inside of me

 

As you might have figured out Eve and I became fast friends from that day forward! On the day of the walk Eve also introduced me to a fan of hers Dennis Driscoll who went to Hilltop High as one of the firsts graduating classes of Hilltop. Dennis is a very good friend & my family & I enjoy his weekly visits.

Eve and her band sang at my graduation party when I graduated from Hilltop High School with my graduating class of 2005 with a diploma! (which I was told could never be done because I was too far behind in credits, but I stuck to my motto “If You Believe It, You Can Achieve It” I went to summer school and I got caught up) I love proving people wrong! The band also decided to give me the Grand Prize for being the top fundraising team which was a BIG TV!!

Once Eve’s sister went into remission her best friend Mattie Mills was diagnosed, Mattie is also a local singer with The Hero’s. Then “The Music For Mattie Benefit” was born. Gabby and Mattie are both doing AMAZING now!

I’ve learned to embrace all the troubles and trials that try to mess with me

It’s time to refuse any more of them blues and all that negativity

Whenever lightnin strikes and thunder roars I’m not gonna be afraid

I’m think I’ll just keep laughin, whatever may happen – why should it ruin my day…

 

Eve came up to me at a concert and said you’ve helped me so much the band and I want to do a benefit for the local chapter of United Cerebral Palsy and then I told her about the Rainforest Project and The UCP/Rainforest Project Benefit was born!! This year will be the 7th Annual! We’ve become a huge part of each others lives. She has been there during my many “bumps in the road” Thanks to one of her songs Heart Shaped Tattoo, she and I both got matching ones. I’ve had many surgeries but it was after a particular shoulder surgery that we hit a big bump in the road.   Two doctors walked into my hospital room looked at my mom and dad and I and said your White Blood Cell Count is 250 thousand and we think you have Leukemia.

Whenever the tears start to fall

And I’m feeling buried beneath it all

Whenever I’m up against a wall….I’ll just climb over

Eve was actually in Florida doing concerts promoting a new anti nausea drug when my friends called her and told her I just was diagnosed with Leukemia. It was still the very early stages. We didn’t know if I had Acute Leukemia (the bad kind) Or Chronic  Leukemia (the one that you can manage with chemotherapy meds)

Eve flew home after that gig and came to see me in the hospital, she began to cry and we hugged then I said,  “Don’t cry it’s just a Bump In The Road.”

 

It’s just a bump in the road

Its just an opportunity

It’s just a chance to discover

The best things inside of me

I’m not gonna be angry – not gonna be sad

Keep a smile on my face for good times to be had

In grand scheme of things this ain’t really that bad

It’s just a bump in the road*

 

She and the band went on to write my song and surprise me with it at the 6 Annual Benefit just a few weeks later. You can now hear Just A Bump In The Road on her new CD Family Tree!

Eve then went above and beyond once again and ran for me in the Rock N Roll Marathon with Team In Training in my honor to raise more money and awareness for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society! What can I say, she’s my best friend, my angel, and I’m The Lucky One!

 

 Bump in the Road by Eve Selis and Her Band, written by Eve Selis, Marc Intravaia, Kim Mclean and Rich Wiley.  Used with permission.