Help Save Our Mama Nora

Update posted by Nerissa Olson On Jul 27, 2019

After mama was done with the 6 laboratory tests, now including the bilirubin test last July 17, the oncologist gave us the go signal to proceed with the 5th chemo cycle for July 19. Since mama’s blood count was low, the doctor also instructed us to prepare 1 RBC unit for blood transfusion. Mama didn’t like doing another blood transfusion because it was a bit painful for her, however it was doctor’s orders that we needed to follow for her ongoing treatment.

We were the 1st to arrive in the ChemoTherapy Unit 3rd floor in Cagayan de Oro Medical III last Friday morning. The oncologist had time to check on mama’s left breast mass. According to the doctor, the mass was still attached to mama’s chest and not drying fast enough so she decided to increase the Doxetacel chemo drug from 80mg to 100mg, along with the usual Carboplatin chemo drug 450mg.

Both the increased dosage for the chemo drug and the blood pack was additional cost for this chemo cycle. Also, the new antibiotic medicines together with mama’s post-chemotherapy medicine that we bought later that day, was added expense.

While the friendly nurses prepared Mama for her chemo cycle, I walked over to the Mindanao Regional Blood Center to purchase the 1 unit of B+ blood pack. The blood transfusion was to be administered after the chemo drugs.

Thank you to Tita Rosie Uy for dropping by that day for your support as well as giving us food for lunch and a new wig for mama. We truly appreciate it.

Chemotherapy was done after lunch since it takes about 3-4 hours and it started around 9:30am. Blood transfusion took more time though since the IV line kept detaching itself 2-3 times so the nurses were constantly assisting us during this process. This was another 4 hours so we were the last ones to leave the chemo unit around 5.30pm.

Mama still had her appetite that night and on the next day. On the 2nd-3rd day after chemo, that’s when her palate changed again and she felt tired. Good thing, the immune booster was administered by the 5th day, on July 23, which helped mama regain her appetite and energy.

We continuously thank the people who have helped us so far. You are angels here on Earth. Please continue to pray for our Mama as she will have her 6th chemotherapy cycle this August 12. From there, the oncologist will determine if the best next step to take is Mastectomy or Radiation.

Attached are some pictures from her chemo and blood tranfusion day, pre and post pics as well. Mama is already wearing a wig as she lost quite a lot of her hair and decided to shave it all off.

We are still humbly asking our relatives, friends, colleagues, acquaintances, former and current students, fellow mothers, parents and teachers to help us come up with the funds we need for the next step after mama’s chemotherapy sessions. We will be grateful for your generosity in helping extend our mama’s sunshine in all of our lives. God bless.




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Update posted by Nerissa Olson On Jun 26, 2019

Earlier today, we got good news as our Mama was cleared for her next chemotherapy cycle (4th session) which is scheduled this June 28, 2019. Apart from the 6 pre-chemotherapy laboratory tests last time, she underwent 2 additional tests, the Biliburin test and the Ultrasound test. Fasting was involved this time for the ultrasound test so she had to wait after lunch for that last test to be performed. A total of 8 tests for this month; gradually increasing from how we started at 5 tests only last March.

Since the tests went back with good results, Mama will start taking her pre-chemotherapy medicines tomorrow morning until the next 48 hours. This is a regular thing now as Mama starts preparing her body for the chemotherapy medicines to enter her system this Friday morning.

Please join us in continually praying for our Mama through this journey in her life. She has fought a lot of battles but this one is by far the greatest of them all.

To the friends, relative and acquaintances who have visited us, messaged through Facebook, and stopped by in public to talk with us --- me and my family --- we sincerely thank you. These are the moments that adds up to Mama's fighting spirit. God bless your kind hearts.

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Update posted by Nerissa Olson On Jun 12, 2019

Mama was finally cleared by all laboratory tests from CBC, Serum, Creatinine, SGPT, Alkaline Phosphatase, Urinalysis and X-Ray since the phlegm in her lung had lessened. We had the go signal to push through with the 3rd chemotherapy session, which was supposedly scheduled last May 21.

The 3rd cycle happened last Friday, June 7, 2019, followed by the 1st blood transfusion. The transfusion was another first for mama; a bit painful, she said, since her blood was described as "sticky" so the attending nurse had to massage her palm every now and then to facilitate the blood transfer.

Yesterday, June 11, 2019 was her scheduled shot for the Neocyte (aka immune booster). This was crucial for mama since one of the side effects of the chemo drugs is that the immune system becomes down. It also helps in getting her appetite back and she needs to eat properly to have sustenance while she is recovering.

I am thankful to Dr. Christy Abas who doesn't tire of my queries via sms, call or viber even in the wee hours of the morning.

My family and I are equally grateful to several friends, teachers, students, parents of students, and acquaintances who have reached out and shared their blessings to help us in our fight with our Mama.

Thank you very much for sharing her story. We continue to pray to the Lord that she will overcome this.

We have 3 more chemotherapy sessions and a mastectomy operation to go through.

For those who just recently read this post, I humbly ask that you share this so we may be able to reach more people in this fight for mama's health. God bless.

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Thank you for the help and the prayers for our mama, Sir Mike. God bless po.

Nerissa Olson

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Thank you for the update. Prayers during this challenging time and for remission.

Mike Park

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