Jessica DeCristofaro

Age: Adult
Association: Survivor
Region: Florida
Cancer: Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
Written by Jessica DeCristofaro

"It’s good for both of us because the patients love them and cancer will always be a part of me."

I was diagnosed in February of 2016 after being misdiagnosed by 10 different physicians for about two years. It became so bad that I ended up in the hospital and went into respiratory failure. Doctors thought I had kidney stones, acid reflux, or something similar. They weren’t able to piece all of the puzzle pieces together. After diagnosis, the hospital I was in couldn’t treat me because I was stage four and the cancer had metastasized to every organ in my body. They decided to put me on hospice, but my mom refused and took me to a real cancer center where I was able to start treatment that very night. 

When I was in the hospital and when I left the hospital, everyone sent me flowers. When you’re going through chemo you’re neutropenic and the bacteria on the flowers could make you really sick. So I thought, what can people send to those going through cancer that’s helpful and motivating? When I went into remission, I started making kits and dropping them off at my cancer center for patients going through treatment. I would fundraise money or use my own to buy goodies to make the kits. The idea grew, I eventually started getting requests and decided to turn it into a business. It’s good for both of us because the patients love them and cancer will always be a part of me.

To learn more about Jessica’s chemo kits, visit chemo-kits.com.