Three little words that changed my life…again…
You have cancer.



I feel compelled to share my updated story. It seemed there was a bit of misunderstanding about the cancer treatments chosen on my first cancer healing journey.

People shared that I was going to die and my family would be without a mom. Overall, many were/are skeptical of the healing path chosen.

On the other hand, there were many people that supported me on my healing journey without judgment and abundant love.

My hope and intention is to share my updated journey with you to create understanding, support and love as my quest for healing continues.

Following is a letter that was shared with my place of employment. It has been tweaked for all to read.

August 10, 2018

Dear Family & Friends~

I hope this finds you well and enjoying your summer!

I wanted to let you know that I am officially out of remission. This summer I was re-diagnosed with cancer.

Just a little background on myself and how I am back in this situation….many years ago I was in the Peace Corps for 4 years. During that time, I had every dysentery known, such as, amoebas, parasites, giardia. When I returned home from Uganda, my energy level and immune system were never quite the same.

When I was diagnosed with cancer over two years ago, the source of my cancer was from a build-up of H. Pylori from my gut (from my Peace Corps years with the unresolved dysentery) and from my mouth with infected root canals and cavitation. This created the perfect storm for the breast cancer.

Along with the breast cancer, my doctor diagnosed me with “neutropenia” – an abnormally low concentration of neutrophils (type of white blood cell) in the blood. They make up the majority of circulating white blood cells and serve as the primary defense against infections…and cancer.

Due to neutropenia and my compromised immune system, I did not qualify for chemotherapy. My doctor knew from my labs the chemo would kill me.

Fortunately, there are other treatments for cancer.

I was blessed to locate one of the best doctors in the world who uses immunotherapy to treat cancer. After working for the Mayo (who has used immunotherapy for many years), my doctor opened his own clinic. Immunotherapy works with your immune system and builds it up so your body can heal from cancer.

I went on to have surgery and immunotherapy treatments. My Petscan showed I was in remission.

Unfortunately, the past year has been a bit rough. I was diagnosed with Lyme’s 3x, had a series of unfortunate events, and my stress was at an all-time high (The WHO identified stress as the #1 killer this year).

As a result with the crazy past year, compromised immune system and neutropenia, I have cancer again.

My treatment plan is to have surgery and immunotherapy treatments.

In addition, I will have a personalized vaccine created from my tumor. My tumor will be sent out-of-state where the vaccine will be created. I will be traveling once a month for my vaccine for 6 months. There is great hope in this vaccine as my doctor said it is healing cancer patients.

Many family and friends have graciously asked, “How can I help?”

I ask that you send love, prayers, and healing thoughts.

Please do not be fearful for me as I am in great hands with God, my amazing medical team, loving family and friends.

If you feel compelled to do more, I have a Go Fund Me site entitled “The Return of Breast Cancer:”

It is very humbling to receive so this is an easier way for me to receive.

Also, there is NO pressure for you to give.

Your continued prayers, love and healing thoughts mean so much to my family and me.

Thank you all for your support!

Love and blessings,
Jackie Extrand

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