Sunday, October 19, 2008

Rest in peace, Jamie

I never met Jamie Gonzalez but I recently discovered her blog EG Cancer Citizen. Jamie's short life ended this past week -- she was only 25.

A memorial scholarship has been established in her name at CSUS. Anyone wishing to contribute should make checks payable to University Foundation of Sacramento State and write in the memo line, Jamie Gonzales Memorial Scholarship Fund. Checks may be sent to: The Jamie Gonzales Memorial Fund, c/o the State Hornet, California State University, Sacramento, 6000 J St., University Union – 2nd Floor, Sacramento, CA 95819-6102.

Jamie spent the last weeks and months of her life providing education about colorectal cancer. Here's a list of symptoms from a link she provided on her blog:

SYMPTOMS OF COLORECTAL CANCER

* The most common symptom is no symptom at all
* Change in bowel habits (diarrhea, constipation, narrow stools)
* Unexplained weight loss, vomiting, lack of energy, unexplained anemia
* Blood (often not visible) in the stool (poop) or from rectum (bum)
* Abdominal pain/discomfort (gas, bloating, cramps, feeling that the bowel doesn't empty completely)

If you have any of these symptoms for more than a few weeks, see a doctor and get a colonoscopy!

2 comments:

Nate said...

Thank you for spreading the word. Jamie was beloved friend. She will be missed.

Nate Miller
Former Editor in Chief
The State Hornet

indie in CA said...

Nate,

Thanks for stopping by. I'm very saddened by the loss of your friend, Jamie. I only knew her via her blog about her cancer experiences, but she was truly someone I would have liked to have met. I am impressed by Jamie's intelligence, love of family and friends and fighting spirit.

SC