Help Andrew Fight Leukemia

Update posted by Clarice Fritz Caliwatan Canonigo On Sep 01, 2018

And just like that all his hair is gone. I gingerly picked on his head and made the “pahak” even. 😂 Just relieved that the blood counts are now stable after the nadir. Ever grateful for those who came through for us. Taking in this short break in between cycles 6 and 7. Almost there 8th cycle! 😘

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Update posted by Clarice Fritz Caliwatan Canonigo On Aug 26, 2018

Nadir. In cancer treatment, commonly refers to the lowest point that an individual's blood cell count will reach as a side effect of chemotherapy. We usually get past this after 21 days for each cycle. For this 6th cycle, Drew’s white blood count is inching is way up with the Filgrastim injections but his red blood cells and platelets are still way low. We transfused a bag of platelets but today the counts are still low. We need to transfuse a bag of red blood cells and possibly 2nd bag of platelet. Drew’s tears fell thinking of another round of transfusion and I had to fight back my own tears. We’ve come this far, 6 out of 8 cycle and we are thankful for this grace. I’ve heard of some patients who didn’t even get to this point. He came back alive from infections and liver almost failing so we can’t back down now. We will push on to finish the 8 cycles of intense chemo, get him to consolidation and maintenance phase until we are able to get him the bone marrow transplant.

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Update posted by Clarice Fritz Caliwatan Canonigo On Aug 26, 2018

Drew’s chemo had been on hold for 2 months with his liver not being able to function well with the present regimen. We first made sure his liver was okay and thankfully it responded to the rescue treatments. We’re back on track for the 6th out of 8 cycles. Pushing on to finish the 8 intense chemo cycles, get him to consolidation and maintenance phase until we are able to completely prepare for the resources for bone marrow transplant.

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Update posted by Clarice Fritz Caliwatan Canonigo On May 24, 2018

Woke up to an early start today for his outpatient blood transfusion (I’ll still be reporting for work later). This day when I got my hubby dressed and had his nappies just in case (chemo has this dribbling urine side effect). It was painful to see him struggling to go down the stairs with his feeble legs. But we’re keeping it positive. So far no fever in between cycles and now we’re only having packed red blood cells transfused (at least we don’t need platelet apheresis for now).

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Update posted by Clarice Fritz Caliwatan Canonigo On May 20, 2018

Much happened over the past week. We’ve done the bone marrow aspirate after the 4th cycle and then we proceeded with the 5th right after. There has been a lot of challenges and disappointments along the way but we still count the good things that came. We got his results and it shows the leukemic cells are down to 4.81%. This is the first time we’re in the 0-5% bracket which is in the remissionbracket. This is the lowest so far (we started with 86%). The doctors would want to have it at 0% to have better bone marrow transplant outcomes but we’re happy we’re getting there. It’s still a climb though as each cycle before the transplant is no easy feat to go through. The side effects are no joke (extreme exhaustion, upset tummy, nerve sensitivities to name a few). But at least we’ve gotten through so much and we hope he’ll be healed in time. We will continue working for him to get that transplant.


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Update posted by Clarice Fritz Caliwatan Canonigo On May 07, 2018

Been a week that Drew has been fever free and we’re very thankful for this. This is something for us since before we only had two days in between admissions for his chemo sessions. Fever could mean two things, infection or the leukemia is wreaking havoc. Today, two little tubes of bone marrow aspirate were taken to see if he is in remission. Hoping he will so we can go ahead with the transplant as planned. Meantime as we are still putting up the needed amount for the transplant, he’ll be admitted again to have another chemo cycle to ensure those leukemic cells don’t go multiplying while we are still prepping for that much needed transplant.

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get will soon andrew..ill be home soon.godbless you

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