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Update posted by Ma Therese Andrada On Feb 21, 2019

Yesterday, Feb 20 was the final session for the 1 cycle of my chemo. Also on that day we found out how much more expensive this type of chemo I am having. It is much more expensive than the higher original supposed treatment. Since, the second session is no longer receiving a PCSO discount, only my PWD discount, it is still quite high. :( Mom was not too happy about it plus the fact we are paying the doctor much more. I do hope that I will be receiving more funds by then. Chemo, is getting more tolerating each time. I do hope this continues on. Even after my treatment I just feel a bit weak for 2 days then I am good again. I still need more push to exercise. I recently made a new friend with a man who use to work at the Cervical Institute in Australia and has shared with me links and articles about cancer and all about it. Second cycle will be on March 3, hopefully all blood works before that will be normal.

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Update posted by Ma Therese Andrada On Feb 17, 2019

I'ts been a week after my supposed .5 chemo day of Cycle 1. Today, after my blood test of this morning, I can finally take my final dose of chemo to complete Cycle 1 on Wednesday, Feb 20. I can't wait for all this to be over! I am wanting to go back to my normal life. But really, how normal can one be when there are still restrictions to your diet? I only hope and pray God can help me through this. The GCSF shot I took last Thursday, did help increase my WBC. Gcsf is short for Granulocyte-colony stimulating factor. This is a Glyco-protein that helps stimulate my bone marrow to produce more WBC. It did help increase my count from almost zero to 142 10/l count. Normal is 150 I didn't reach it but at least it had a remarkable increase.

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Yesterday, Feb 20 was the final session for the 1 cycle of my chemo. Also on that day we found out how much more expensive this type of chemo I am having. It is much more expensive than the higher original supposed treatment. Since, the second session is no longer receiving a PCSO discount, only my PWD discount, it is still quite high. :( Mom was not too happy about it plus the fact we are paying the doctor much more. I do hope that I will be receiving more funds by then. Chemo, is getting more tolerating each time. I do hope this continues on. Even after my treatment I just feel a bit weak for 2 days then I am good again. I still need more push to exercise. I recently made a new friend with a man who use to work at the Cervical Institute in Australia and has shared with me links and articles about cancer and all about it. Second cycle will be on March 3, hopefully all blood works before that will be normal.

Ma Therese Andrada

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Update posted by Ma Therese Andrada On Feb 06, 2019

Today days after festivities of the 93rd birthday of my Grandma, I tried to eat in moderation. Eliminated sugar and pastries in my diet as well. I definitely don't want to feed that thing growing inside of me. For those who don't know, sugar is what feeds the cancer cells in the body. I started buying sugar free or keto breads since it has added sugar unlike commercialized bread and also is low in carbs. Carbs also breaks down to sugar when not burned. I do try my best to exercise and have an the same life as usual. Of course you only do what your body can handle.

So back to today's chemo session. I had a different combination of chemo meds. I was given first 2 hours of Iv or Hydration then Cisplatin for the first part of the chemo meds (same one given to me 2 years ago) but this time followed by Gemcitabine. The treatment was 6 hours total. But for the next one dated Feb 13 will just be given Gemcitabine which will only be for 3 hrs including pre-hydration and pre meds. I feel fine maybe because its only the first day. I hope I don't expect fever, and nausea feeling right on this first session. I am no longer afraid. Although this way of medication is much more expensive than the first one (where I had a allergic reaction). For those who donated it is greatly appreciated as it will help me cover as much as I can with the amount. One cycle costs approximately $800-900 per cycle. Right now I have raised only $240. But any amount is greatly appreciated really. God bless to all those who have.


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Update posted by Ma Therese Andrada On Jan 17, 2019

I headed to the Philhealth office first before heading to the Cancer facility. I was calm and relaxed not thinking anything will go wrong with my treatment for today. Hence, even the injection of the needle went smoothly this time.

We start with a dehydration Iv line then meds are inserted inbetween such as anti allergy meds before the actual chemo meds. Mind you, going to the toilet every 30 minutes while dragging the whole Iv contraption is no fun at all by yourself. The meds start to make me groggy and sleepy, so I try to sleep. 10 minutes later after the chemo was inserted as I was trying to sleep again, it hit me instantly pain all over, back, tummy and lastly I couldn't breathe. I was under an anaphylactic shock. In short, a bad allergic reaction to the chemo meds. I had to shout "Mariel" several times (the nurses name). She was the same nurse who assisted me 2 years ago. Who still very much remembers me and saddened that I was back there. My doctor came in minutes after she was informed by my nurse Anjo who was assigned for me that day. Moments later my aunt came in and I explained to her what had happened. My doctor to do 1) a purified version of what I just had with an Allergist around to assist or (which will cost $200 more) or 2) change complete meds. Of course I'd like to opt for the first one because that is the second line of meds used for cancer re-occurence. In two weeks I will have my next lab tests and by Feb 6 my next session. Hopefully it is successful this time. Let's all hope and pray the best for the next one.

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Update posted by Ma Therese Andrada On Jan 13, 2019

Today, 01/13/18 i went ahead and enjoyed the remaining day bonding with my friend over a movie called Bumblebee (of the transformers character). In 2 days I will be having my Chemotherapy. Thinking of all sorts of ideas to help me with funding from selling home made soaps to putting this site up.

Having a healthy routine even during my chemo ideal such as exercise, more research to the soap making endeavour are some of the things that will keep me busy during these hard times. This will be a totally different experience only because i know it will be much tougher for me and need to totally gather more strength to over come it.

Also, today was nice to reconnect and find a deeper connection with Jesus. I attended the usual Victory service at 12 noon with my other friend, Michelle. After the speech of Kim Atienza, who I had no idea has gone through a lot in the past years, and totally made Jesus his best friend. After his speech few realizations came to mind: that life isn't always about " I can" do this and do that. We need to realize that "He can" do this with you. Kim's final speech was about the struggle and the questions he asked when he was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre syndrome is an autoimmune disease that happens rapidly and can affect autonomic nerves. I am not alone in this. We are not alone in this. Again, Jesus answered the questions I had that was pounding on my head the past week.

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