Please share this to help my sister Anna

This is a fundraising project for my sister, Anna Carmela, 23 years old, single mother who was diagnosed with Leukemia.

This is a fundraising project for my sister, Anna Carmela, 23 years old, who is a single mother to her two year old son. They are living in Manila, Philippines.

She was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia last March 2011. She had already undergone several chemotherapy sessions, blood transfusions and six bone marrow biopsies (with Minimal Residual Disease) from May to November of the same year.

By the end 2011, her Hematologist confirmed that she was in complete remission already and was about to start a three-year maintenance medication of two oral chemotherapy medicines.

My whole family thought and knew that it was already the end of her fight with cancer. But then, by May of this year 2012, she had experienced several complications/infections. She had Herpes Zoster for almost 2-3 weeks and a Hand Foot Syndrome for 2 weeks. Her two oral chemotherapy medicines were immediately put to a stop for the doctor said that these infections might be already due to a drug induction.

So for almost 3 weeks, my daughter had no chemo meds aside from her anti-anemia vitamin and some antibiotics. When she returned for a follow-up check-up, all of her blood counts dropped very low. The doctor immediately said that she needs to undergo another bone marrow biopsy to know her latest condition. The results showed that her cancer is back with a 93% blast population. Yes, she was in relapse. But this time, the Hematologist was not yet sure if she relapsed in ALL (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia) alone because her bone marrow results showed some positive myeloid markers which may lead to AML (Acute Myelogenous Leukemia).

She is now in a LALLA 94 protocol. She will undergo a more severe treatment which will run for 4 months. Hopefully after that, she will reach complete remission again. For if not, the last resort would be being a candidate for a Bone Marrow Transplant. We really need all the support (spiritually and financially) we can get to help her fight this battle.

All proceeds of this fundraising project will be used for my daughter’s medical expenses there in the Philippines including: chemotherapy sessions, hospitalization, doctor’s fees, blood & platelet transfusions, and future bone marrow biopsies.

2 Corinthians 9:7
“Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver”.

Just when we think there is no hope, God reaches down and says, “Take My hand and let Me lead the way. Be still and know I am God and we can do this together.”

Believing that God is our Hope, Healer, and Provider.

God bless everyone! 🙂

Pinteresting Stuff

Pinterest has been around for quite some time but it was only this year that I decided to create an account there. I linked it to a new fb account I made as well. Now that I’m teaching, it seemed fitting to create new accounts that houses my new colleagues and friends from work. Plus the Pinterest account holds teaching stuff and my new found love of accessories, particularly, rings!

Anyhow, I uploaded several pins and created 4 boards. One for Heaven, the other for random quotes, one for photography and the last one for rings and stuff.

Sadly, in my new profession, casual clothes is something I would hardly get to wear. Corporate slash uniform is all the rage from Mondays to Thursdays but come Friday, it’s every fashionista for herself. So this means, I need to get new girly clothes and give up my regular T-shirt and jeans look.

Sigh. Much as I love pinning stylish clothes and shoes, I’m hardly one to actually wear them. That’s my bestfriend’s forte. She knows exactly how to create a look that’s totally stylish, totally affordable and totally her! Check out her own fashion blog if you want to know what I mean.

Anyway, I have to go and prepare for tomorrow and maybe even scour my closet as to what I’m gonna wear on Friday. Ugh.

What I normally wear anywhere…
What I should be wearing every Friday… 

On Inspiration

It’s amazing that in life, you get to meet people who have had their fill of living, people who yearn to taste true living and people who try to live each day as something worth writing about.

People get inspired by different things because there are no two people in this world who are the same. I get inspired by other writers, by their lives and their words. Reading about them and learning how they have lived and what they wrote inspires me to re-examine my own life and how I can make it extraordinary.

I welcome to know more people who can inspire me to be the best me that I can be. 

However, I realize that I am also tempted to simply give in to that road I took in the past, to get behind that curtain off indifference and pursuit of self-love and indulgence. Memories fill me with the desire yet I am reminded that I am still the master of my own fate. I can still control that dark side of me.

Letting words overflow and things that come to mind be simply written down to remind me that each day we are tested by life. Knowing that the prize is something beyond I can put into words, steers me to the direction I hope takes me to a better life, a better me.