Help Me Fund My Bone Marrow Transplant!

Update posted by Jiselle Raquem On May 11, 2018

I got discharged after spending 5 weeks in the hospital. My sgpt was still high but my vital signs were normal and I was just advised to go home instead. I was subjected to a CMV virus laboratory test before I left. This was because I was given 3 immunosuppressants already that may lead to get the virus activated in my system.

Also, my bill reached a total of 1.2Million only instead of the expected or shall I say "rumors" that it may cost 4Million pesos.

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Update posted by Jiselle Raquem On May 11, 2018

I was scheduled to be discharge soon after I was out from the isolation room, but all of a sudden y sgpt/alt when up. With that, they(medical team) monitored me again for another 2 weeks before I got discharged.

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Update posted by Jiselle Raquem On May 11, 2018

I was out after spending a week in the isolation room. There was no blood transfusion happened during admission there which was great. Another great thing, I didnt get infections along the way too..

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Update posted by Jiselle Raquem On May 11, 2018

Thanks to all of you that helped me get through with this, I finally had my Stem Cell Transplant last March 17, 2018.

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Update posted by Jiselle Raquem On Mar 13, 2018

I have started with Chemotherapy in preparation before the stem cell transplantation

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Update posted by Jiselle Raquem On Mar 08, 2018

It was discovered that I developed an antibody that will attack my donor's HLA (A*34) so I underwent a plasma exchange on this day. Its thee process of taking plasma in my blood that contains the antibodies and replace it to clean one. It took 2 hours and 30 minutes to finish the whole process. It was done through a Mahurkar inbetween my groin.

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Update posted by Jiselle Raquem On Mar 08, 2018

Hi! It’s me again, Jiselle "Jessie" Raquem. Praise be to God! I am now back in the hospital for my long-awaited Bone Marrow (Stem Cell) Transplant!

I am really happy and excited to finally be healed soon in Jesus's name. Thanks to the help of all the kindhearted people that my family and I have met along the way, we were able to accumulate a fair sum of funds to get started with my operation. But I’ll still be needing some more help from those of you who are able and willing to aide me to reach the much-needed amount of funds for the whole process.

I will be admitted in the hospital for 4-5 weeks and will “try” to stay away from social media during this time to allow for my fast recovery. But still, I will do my best to update all the concerned (fb)friends and family members as much as I can.

Prayers for my heath and family:

Dear God,
I pray that you will guide the Doctors and nurses that will handle me all throughout the operation and recovery process. Lord, please give me more strength to get through all the pain, to get back on my feet smoothly and permanently from this deadly disease. Lord, please guide my family to overcome this test that we are facing right now. In Jesus's name, Amen.

To Tatay,

I pray that you’ll bring my Leukemia with you to the other side where it cannot harm me anymore.

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Update posted by Jiselle Raquem On Feb 22, 2018

Hello everyone! Its been a while since I last updated

Last February 8, we went to USTH for my last consultation with Dr. Mancio and also to get my lab results.

We were able to get the Flow cytometry(bone marrow examination) result first as the biopsy(bone examination) was not out yet.

As you can see in the first picture, my result is ABNORMAL. It shows I still have active cancer(blast) cells with 5.86%. It was quite a bad news actually.

Upon knowing this, I was briefed by my Doctor that If my Biopsy report indicates Abnormal too, I will have to undergo Re-induction chemo. It will be a combination if IDARUBICIN, CYTARABINE and ETOPOSIDE chemo meds(ICE Protocol). We left her clinic sad.. 😔 knowing that I will have to do chemotherapy once more, that we might spend atleast 200K pesos again for confinement(we can use this money for my BMT already!) and it will delay my transplant again which is not clinically advised on me.

We were outside of the hospital already, almost about to get a grab car when my Doctor called and requested us to come back as the biopsy report was ready.

We rushed back to her clinic. She sounded sad when I talked to her on the phone so I assumed it was a bad news.

BUT IT’s NOT!

My Biopsy Result reveals NORMAL!!!! Woooohoooo!!! YEHEY!! So it means I do not have to do Chemotherapy with them anymore!!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 Praise God! 🙏🏻

Although both results didn’t match, Biopsy report is more significant than the other(As per by my Dr and the Pathologist that examined my samples), and my recent CBC result was very good and showed that my body responded well on the past treatments. So I can finally proceed with my Bone Marrow Transplant soon!! 😊Yey! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

I have started a consultation with Dr. Luna of Radiation Onco Department in St. Luke’s BGC this week. Next week I’ll be back for HLA Antibody lab test, consultation with Dr. Lopez(BMT DR) with the Donor and Ethics meeting.

Thank you Lord for being with me all the way! Thank you for the blessings and for the strength you continuously giving me and my family...it’s not possible without you! 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

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Update posted by Jiselle Raquem On Feb 06, 2018

We finally got the result of our HLA Typing. According to my doctor, it's a half match! Nowadays, half match is considered good as full match. After all the tests, we might proceed with my bone marrow transplant already! Thank you all for the help! :)

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Update posted by Jiselle Raquem On Feb 06, 2018

I was rushed to the hospital because I had high fever that reached 40.3 degree. When I arrived at the E.R of UST Hospital, I was given antibiotic and paracetamol through I.V. They took blood samples for cbc. After a couple of hours, I started to chill. My fever rose to 41.6 degree. I was chilling for almost 45 minutes, and then only my temperature started decrease. I had on and off fever for 3 nights. According to my cbc, my wbc was only 0.2 when we arrived in the hospital the reason why I had high grade fever.Tuesday afternoon my fever stopped and I was discharged the next day.

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I'm an AML Fighter! I was diagnosed last October 2017. Now i"m seeking help for my bone marrow transplant.

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