Ate Jo has been diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.
The usual daily routine starts with Ate Jo getting his son (my cousin, a 9-year old kid) ready for school. She packs his baon, gets him dressed, and then takes him to school. This day is supposed to be any other day, where a mother and wife tends to the needs of her family the best that she can.
Except this was unlike any other day.
While on the way home from school, Ate Jo suddenly felt weakness throughout her body - to the point that she had to ask her son to carry his school bag for her. She was pale and unreasonably exhausted.
Ate Jo went to see the doctor the next day and was surprised that she was asked to stay for further testing. Her son, nieces (including myself), and nephews were initially unaware of her medical condition but we’re asked to look for blood donors to do a series of transfusions.
She was confined in Capitol during this time but was referred to PGH as her husband and siblings were told that the hospital specializes in her condition (plus the fact that private hospitalization is unsustainable for us given the fees and expenses). This was when we were told:
"Ate Jo has been diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia."
We consulted on all available procedures when we moved Ate Jo to PGH and the doctor's recommendation is for her to undergo bone marrow transplant. The procedure is very expensive and donors very hard to find (the perfect donors would be the parents, but both of whom are already aged). In the interim, Ate Jo is undergoing chemotherapy. She's expected to go through at least 8 cycles of chemotherapy. She's currently in her third.
We live in a compound (extended family) so I grew up with Ate Jo. She's the closest to me among my mother's siblings as she was the most caring to us, her nieces and nephews. I remember Ate Jo patiently teaching us school lessons when we were just kids, and more so when her son was added to our family.
Her son doesn't fully understand her mom's condition but he's evidently affected by all of this. He’s currently staying in our house and would sometimes cry at night - not because her mom is sick, but because he misses her so much.
Ate Jo has been diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia - and we as a family are fighting this battle together.
On Ate Jo's behalf, we would appreciate if you could join and help us win this fight.