I humbly ask you for help on my battle with cancer. My 8yo son with autism greatly needs me for his life and learning. I wish to live longer and regain my strength to get my son through grade school, high school, hopefully college, and witness my children's transition into adulthood myself.
Getting therapies for my son with autism is already tough, but this new challenge in our family has made things tougher for us emotionally, spiritually, and financially. It was a long and painful discovery for me since July 2016. What started as a nagging itch that I ignored to care for my young kids has resulted to long lines of consultations with different doctors and my symptoms adding up with no permanent cure until my overall wellbeing diminished and I am too weak for household chores and bonding time with my very physical kids.
When my last doctor ordered for several lab tests in to find out what's wrong with me, we discovered on my chest xray just this February 2018 a suspicious mass at one side of my lung.
More imaging, biopsy, and tests later confirmed I have cancer.
Now I am am needing 12 treatments of grueling chemotherapy in 6 months, hospital admissions, more blood work and imaging scans, and maintenance medicines, not counting in potential radiation therapy sessions.
To my beloved Gava Angels, please spare me a piece of your kindness and help me together through this challenge. I am told Lymphoma is a very curable illness, and with God's grace your generous donations to my battle with the Big C will all be worth it.
August 3, 2018
After 8 chemotherapy sessions and difficult side effects, my doctor decided to let me rest for 8 weeks until a PET scan is performed on me in order to monitor my progress and to determine the next procedure I need to take.
Within those sessions I experienced chemotherapy-related side effects such as headache, bloating, diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting. I had MRI and EEG done on my head to rule out metastasis and brain poisoning. I was admitted to the hospital because of severe diarrhea, thus, slightly postponing my 6th chemotherapy schedule. My 7th dose went on missing a chemotherapy drug because of supply shortage. Thank God I overcame these obstacles.
I will need to regain my health by resting more, eating healthier, worrying less and praying even more before undergoing the expensive PET scan. I hope for a favorable result. So help me, God.
July 4-6 2018
Chemo dose deferred to next day because I was confined in the ER due to dehydration by severe diarrhea. Possible cause was chemo-induced dyspepsia resulting to food decay remaining in the stomach.
June 14, 2018
I have regularly suffered and overcome adverse side effects such as acid reflux, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, sore veins, and headache. The headache seems to be a background pain so I went to a neurologist and prescribed me with a pain management drug. My headache is expected to be reduced to 50% in the first week of taking the med and I must check back with her in the second week to monitor changes. I still have the headache and I am pending a checkup with an ENT doctor for my sinusitis that may have been contributing to my headache.
Dose 1: April 16 | Dose 2: April 30 | Dose 3: May 15 | Dose 4: May 30 | Dose 5: June 20 | Dose 6: July 5 | Dose 7: July 19
April 5, 2018
After 2 CT scans and 2 biopsy readings I am finally diagnosed with Stage IV Classical Hodgkin's Lymphoma.
This is a huge battle ahead of me, but with God's grace, the love of my families, and your support I am about to begin treatment hopefully within the next week.
March 28, 2018
Thanks to my sister and brother in law I'm able to get the necessary CT scan and report for my next checkup. This, along with the pending results of my re-evaluated biopsy slides, will hopefully confirm the type and stage of my lymphoma.