Jadi Best, from Bingham, was just 23 years old when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She underwent a variety of tests, and doctors assured her that her tumor didn’t show any signs that it was likely to spread. So they sent her on her way, presuming she was safe.
But a few years later, when Jadi was rushed to the emergency room with a “crackly chest” symptom in May of 2016, she found out the cancer had metastasized to her liver and lungs and was considered incurable. Tragically, this diagnosis came just months before she was to marry her fiancé.
Since then, Jadi has been on the warpath trying to find the treatment that will prolong the little bit of life she has left. She has so much to live for, including an amazing husband and some beloved fluffy dogs, not to mention all the other friends and family members in her life who want to see her survive and thrive. And, of course, she’s got herself to live for too.
“I am an absolute lover of life, and I don’t feel ready to give up just yet,” says Jadi.
But things aren’t looking great for Jadi right now. Most conventional treatments have not done anything to keep her cancer from growing and spreading, and she’s afraid she’s running out of time to find the right one.
“My cancer is aggressive and unwilling to behave,” she says, “and, unfortunately, the treatment options available are running out and time is of the essence.”
After a great deal of research, however, Jadi has been able to pin down one private clinic that might be able to give her specialized treatment to prolong her life. But traveling to London and paying for the treatment will cost her more than she ever thought possible.
In an effort to reach her destination and get treatment in time to save the precious little life she has left, Jadi has set up a fundraising page that has already garnered thousands of pounds. She says it felt weird asking for help, because she’s never asked for anything like this before. But it was necessary.
“I feel so well,” says Jadi. “I don’t want to give up just yet. I am not holding my breath for the two options I have left on the NHS, and I don’t want to give up, so that is the reason I have set up the page.”
Jadi and her husband, Charlie, have been overwhelmed by the show of support on the page so far. Even people who cannot afford to donate money are doing their best to help out; for example, Tom Selby, a childhood friend, is offering his boiler services for free to anyone who will donate what they would have paid him to Jadi’s cause.
So many people have already been touched by Jadi’s story. We hope and believe that it won’t be long before Jadi is in London getting the treatment she needs to prolong her life and keep her cancer in check!
Elizabeth Nelson is a wordsmith, an alumna of Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, a four-leaf-clover finder, and a grammar connoisseur. She has lived in west Michigan since age four but loves to travel to new (and old) places. In her free time, she. . . wait, what’s free time?