Chiboust, the French bakery-turned-casual pizza place in Tarrytown, has long been one of our favorite Westchester restaurants. (See some of our coverage by clicking here.) So we were extraordinarily surprised and saddened to hear about the battle owner Jill Rose has been fighting with cancer these last months.
Her friends, families and neighbors in Tarrytown are trying to help, and have set up a youcaring.com site to help defray some of her overwhelming medical costs. From the site, here’s a look at what Jill has been going through lately:
“At age 49 Jill was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer. She endured four cycles of chemotherapy followed by surgery: a double mastectomy and removal of 23 lymph nodes. The surgery was followed by eight more cycles of chemotherapy followed by eight weeks of radiation. She finished treatment by Thanksgiving and gave thanks with friends and family.
The next month Jill found out that the cancer had spread to her liver and that she was now diagnosed with TNBC – Triple Negative Breast Cancer – a very aggressive form of breast cancer with the worst outcomes. Now she faces more surgery and more chemotherapy.
As she evaluates her options for standard care and/or alternative therapies, she confronts the biggest challenge of her life: how to pursue her career and confront her disease at the same time– a near impossible task. With overwhelming medical expenses, no income, depleted savings, inadequate insurance, and a struggling business, she is overcome with bills she cannot pay. Even worse, her lack of funds limits the decisions she can make about pursuing care options.”
Jill says she’s going to determine what her best treatment options are, and where they are located. “If that means getting on a plane and going, if it means going out of state, which I think it does, that’s what I’ll do,” she says. “In the traditional medical scheme of things, it’s very narrow-minded and tunnel-vision with regards to what they can offer me. And other countries are offering so much more hope, and alternative treatments that here in the U.S. the FDA doesn’t recognize, and I think it’s worth looking into on a deeper level.”
“I’m not willing to sit back on a chemo drip while it slowly kills me,” she continued. “It’s not my style, and I’m looking outside the box. I don’t feel sick, it’s that, apparently, I am.”
Jill has put the restaurant up for sale, but for now it’s still the same-old Chiboust, and Jill says the team there is being super-supportive. “They’ve been giving lots of support and doing a great job,” she says.
Here’s the link, if you want to help, and you can keep up with Jill’s progress there, too: youcaring.com/helpjill