Jessica Schwausch was born November 4th, 1991, in Houston, Texas, to Jon and Pam Schwausch. The fourth of her siblings, Jessica is the only girl. She grew up with a sense of independence, unconditional love for her family, and a heart even bigger than Texas.
At the age of 18, Jessica was diagnosed with a rare type of cancer, a sarcoma known as Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor (GIST). Soon after her diagnosis, she began treatment at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center with Gleevec, an oral chemotherapy. Although Jessica has had some success with traditional GIST therapy, her “wild-type” GIST does not have the gene mutations that Gleevec is known to target. It has not been an easy road, and the treatment has made Jessica prone to life threatening bleeding requiring frequent hospitalizations and over 95 blood transfusions.
Throughout Jessica’s difficult journey, her faith has never waivered and her positivity stands strong. Her life motto, “Free and Easy Down the Road I Go”, stays with her, and she carries on with grace and faith, knowing that God is leading her to beat this cancer one day soon.