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Sunday, May 12, 2013

A Story of A Mother's Love:Cancer Patient Passes Away On Mother's Day

This story brought tears to my eyes knowing someone could love their child so unconditionally that she lived her own life to the fullest despite her sickness so that her own child could live his, despite his imperfections.

Jorie Rogers was diagnosed with an un-treatable form of cancer called "paraganglioma, a rare form of cancer that caused dozens of tumors in her body, had advanced to a point of no return."


However, through the help of family and a non-profit charity, "3 Little Birds 4 Life", she was able to spend her last few weeks surrounded with family and was able to provide her Down Syndrome son with the biggest and most memorable birthday of his young life. This would be the only birthday she would have to celebrate with him, so she wanted to make it something he could look back on and really remember and appreciate. During this time, Jorie wanted to celebrate not only her son's first birthday, but the first year of her young sons life together.

Jorie didn't expect to have a child because she was told her radiation treatments would leave her infertile, but instead she was blessed with baby Tristan. May you hug your children a little closer tonight as you think of Jorie and her family, especially baby Tristan and remember how a mother's love is unconditional and lasts a lifetime.

To all the mother's who have passed before us, or all the mother's who have had to bury their own children before them...I wish you a Happy Mother's Day!

May God's blessings and the gift of life surround your children as they live on through your love. A Mother's Love is everlasting, through life and death and nobody can take that love away.

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On Wednesday, Jorie said on Facebook that she had been given one to two weeks to live.

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On Wednesday, Jorie said on Facebook that she had been given one to two weeks to live.

Jorie Rogers just wanted to live long enough to celebrate her son’s first birthday.

She got her wish, but the mother who wasn’t supposed to be a mother, the mother who wanted only the best for her miracle baby with Down syndrome, lost her battle with cancer on Sunday, her second and final Mother’s Day.
After the birthday party, Jorie said she wanted Tristan to know how hard she fought to be with him.

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After the birthday party, Jorie said she wanted Tristan to know how hard she fought to be with him.

"It's very special because not only are we celebrating my son's first year and everything that he had to go through to get here, but it's the one birthday that I'll get with him," Rogers said in March when she held a carnival-themed party for her son, Tristan. "And we get to celebrate the one year that we had together."
Jorie Rogers was believed to be infertile after her radiation treatments but, after marrying high school sweetheart George Rogers, discovered she was pregnant.

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Jorie Rogers was believed to be infertile after her radiation treatments but, after marrying high school sweetheart George Rogers, discovered she was pregnant.

"It's very special because not only are we celebrating my son's first year and everything that he had to go through to get here, but it's the one birthday that I'll get with him," Rogers said in March when she held a carnival-themed party for her son, Tristan. "And we get to celebrate the one year that we had together."
She had stopped treatment in March after doctors told the Ladue, Mo., mother that her paraganglioma, a rare form of cancer that caused dozens of tumors in her body, had advanced to a point of no return.

Dad George holds Tristan as Jorie and the family enjoy the birthday party.

KSDK

Dad George holds Tristan as Jorie and the family enjoy the birthday party.

Plagued by medical bills, the Rogers called upon Illinois-based nonprofit 3 Little Birds 4 Life, an organization that grants people with cancer a wish. Jorie’s was for little Tristan to have a first birthday to remember, a carnival with popcorn machines, snow cones, clowns, jugglers and a bounce house.

Her wish — and Tristan’s — came true, and during a stretch of dreary late March weather, the skies cleared for the big day, leaving the 70 guests basking without jackets in the Midwestern sunshine.

"I want him to be able to look back on videos and pictures from today and hear the stories about today and for him to know how much his mom loved him,” Jorie then told KSDK-TV. “And for him to know how hard his mom fought to be here for him."
Reflecting on the birthday party’s significance, Jorie offered, “I want (Tristan) to be able to look back on videos and pictures from today ... and for him to know how much his mom loved him.”

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Reflecting on the birthday party’s significance, Jorie offered, “I want (Tristan) to be able to look back on videos and pictures from today ... and for him to know how much his mom loved him.”

Less than two months later, cancer claimed Jorie’s life. On Mother’s Day, no less.

Jorie was a member of a cancer support group on Facebook. The group’s leader, Tisa Perra, remembered Jorie on Sunday.

“Today, the world lost a valiant and courageous Pheo Trooper,” Perra wrote. “Jorie Wilson Rogers, was a loving mom, wife, sister, daughter and friend. She fiercely loved her son Tristan like a lioness. Her fighting spirit was an inspiration to many. She lived her life fully despite disease and suffering. May she rest in peace. May she be free from suffering.”


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