My Open Letter To Cancer

Oh cancer,

Boy do I have a lot to say to you! I could sit here and tell you how much I hate you and how much you’ve changed my family, my friends and my life but I’m sure you already know that! Instead I’m going to sit here and tell you how thankful I am of you and why I’ve chosen my motto to be Jillian’s Leap through Cancer!

Thank you for grounding me and making me realize life is way to short to live in the fast lane like I was. You’ve taught me that it is ok to sit back and relax and soak life in a little.

Thank you for bringing my family that much closer. Yes we have always been a tight knit strong willed family but you’ve taught us that family time is more valuable than anything out there.

Thank you for giving me the time that I needed to figure out what my calling in life is. I know that I want to by a inspirational speaker but as far as career I have yet to figure that out exactly where I should be. Good thing I still have 7 more months of kicking your butt.

Lastly Thank you Thank you for strengthening my relationship with our Lord. My faith is stronger than ever and I so proud of it! Because of you I am better able to spread His word to those who may have never taken the chance to hear it.

So yes cancer I do hate you but more than that I am thankful for all that you’ve done in my life and I’m going to leap through you!

Much Love,

Jillian K


  1. Tinya

    You are amazing! Your strength and your faith are inspirational. I am
    Sorry we haven’t been to visit . I have been in Oklahoma with my mom starting her fight as well. Cancer will not dictate to us we will all beat this together as family strength and faith are the amazing love that binds us and we are blessed . I love your spirit and thank you for this reminder that each day is a gift. Love you xoxo

  2. Janis brening

    My 14 year old daughter had a rare cancer in her left ball in socket (clear cell Chondrasarcoma) she said, I can’t wait to see what God is going to do thru all of this. I have to say, she came through it with a better attitude than I had. It truly teaches you not to take things of life for granted and to have more compassion for the suffering.

  3. Ruth Smallwood

    You continue to amaze us. The short time we got to see you when we were down wasn’t near long enough but it was such a pleasure seeing the three of you. Just remember you and your brother and your mom and dad are continuously in our thoughts and prayers. We are so happy that God keeps that angel on your shoulder. Hugs and love, G. Aunt Ruth and G. Uncle John

  4. Melody Pavelka Willingham

    Wow, Jillian, u r so strong in the faith. May God allow u to be a blessing to others in your shoes. I pray u will plant many seeds, water them, and Jesus will provide the increase of souls that we be saved for the Kingdom of Heaven.

  5. Stephen Mathews

    You are truly a beautiful young lady. Although, I have yet to meet you, I feel blessed that you are a part of my family. We pray for your well being continually. Much love, Grandpa Mathews.

  6. Ruth King

    Jillian, you are amazing and I so much admire you and the way you are handling this awful illness. I follow your blog faithfully and pray for you. Keep on keeping on!! And keep the faith. God is holding your hand every step of the way.

  7. Hannah shaw

    I love you Jill & will forever continue to pray for and support your journey. You’re amazing and I will always be behind you.

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