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! 🙂