Journey with Elena in Fighting Cancer #MVPBrave

Update posted by Gene Kelly Blaquera On Jan 09, 2020

It has been a while since we last updated everyone with how my mom has been doing now. After mama has been out of the hospital she was actually doing fine, pain management is working, her jaundice had been decreasing and she has been trying very hard to walk around to regain strength in preparation for her chemo. Even with all of the obstacles that she'd been thru she tries to put on a smile and face all those challenges head on.

Sadly that burst of strength was short lived. Starting last Christmas mama's wellbeing started to decline. She started to feel weaker she could barely move around and she would just stay in her room. Little by little pain medications, massage and relaxation techniques weren't working and the pain had become unbearable.

So in the morning of January 4, 2020 we rushed mama to USTH. On that morning, she was really in hell lot of pain, screaming and tosisng and turning, all over her back, chest and abdomen. We also noticed on our way to the hospital that her skin and eyes had been turning jaundiced to a heavy yellow shade.

She's now in USTH. For her pains: She's now given pain management using a Patient Controlled Analgesia (PCA) loaded with Fentanyl (a strong opioid analgesic). For her Jaundice - she's completing antibiotic treatment Piperacillin Tazobactam and they are planning to have Percutaneous Transhepatic Biliary Drainage (PTBD) (A minimally invasive procedure guided by imaging to help remove the bile that is obstructed out to drain outside of her body) - however, the plan is not yet final and she is under observation and study if we could still do the procedure and if the benefits outweighs the risks involved.

Mama is comfortable and the pain isn't bothering her so much as before and became more tolerable. However she's been lagging and sometimes confused that might be the side effect of the drug. But when mama became fully awake and aware, we took time to talk last night and we have come to consensus that we have accepted things we could not change anymore, we told each other how we love each other so much and how fortunate and blessed we are with a small & simple but happy family, loving friends and people who have a special place in our hearts. I also admitted to my mom that the sadness will be there but I reassured her that everything will be okay to prepare ourselves with the inevitable.

Our family is very thankful for all the love that we had been getting. Please continue your unending support and prayers. We are very happy to know that we are not alone in this journey. #MEVPBrave

PS: If you'd like to pay a visit Mama is admitted at USTH room 3014. Thank you so much.

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Update posted by Gene Kelly Blaquera On Dec 21, 2019

UPDATE: 12.20.19 (late post)

Mama just got out of the hospital, 12.19.19. She was admitted from December 8, 2019 because of jaundice that was accompanied by sever abdominal pain, grey stools and tea colored urine which gave her physicians a high suspicion that there is an obstruction in her biliary tree. She was worked up with various blood test and scanned with ultrasound and MRCP to know what was the cause of the problem.

Sadly the scans and tests revealed that the problem is a mass effect that is probably caused by the recurrence of her cancer’s liver metastasis which was not there for a good 2-3 months. Upon consultation with all her medical specialists the best course of action is to give relief to her signs and symptoms, so we inserted a stent in her biliary tree via ERCP, and then resume the chemotherapy on January while changing the regimen to Kadcyla (ado-trastuzumabb emtansine) that is equally expensive with the regimen she is currently getting.

My mom is being eaten by her cancer really fast, from a cancer free state for 2-3 months now back with metastasis just days after we asked for everyone’s dear help. She wishes me to feel no pain. In line with that, we will try the new drug because it may palliate whatever she is experiencing right now and probably explore pain management.

As a family, we have accepted the situation already but we are still hoping for miracles to happen. To a pain free journey! Thank you very much for all your love and support! Please continue supporting and praying mama in her journey - we continue fighting

PS: We already bought the last chemo that she was supposed to receive, scheduled a day after her confinement. We’ll just donate it to another person in need of the same drug.

thank you tito Mike

Thank you kuya Mike for accompanying us out of the hospital and for the dinner taken an hour after we got discharged from UST Hospital

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Update posted by Gene Kelly Blaquera On Dec 15, 2019

UPDATE: 12.15.19

Hello everyone! I am glad to inform you that my mom's procedure, ERCP, yesterday turned out to be a success; the team have successfully bypassed the obstruction in the biliary tree and they have inserted a plastic stent in order for the bile to drain. Her liver enzymes are slowly going down and her skin is also beginning to decrease in its yellow discoloration.

However, the findings of the procedure is not as good of a news as result of inserting the stent. For the obstruction might have been caused by a mass effect. We will discuss tomorrow with her oncologist what our next steps would be and we will definitely update everyone on what's the next step moving forward.

For now we are truly grateful for the successful procedure and slowly we are seeing results.

We will keep on fighting. We will keep you guys posted. Please continue praying. Please continue sharing our page for support and to keep everyone updated.

Thank you for all your love and support! #MEVPBrave

-Kelly Blaquera

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Update posted by Gene Kelly Blaquera On Dec 10, 2019

UPDATE: 12.10.19

Message by Maria Elena Perez Blaquera


Hi this is Kelly! I?m truly overwhelmed by the response given by everyone when i first started sharing this go get funding link and pleading for help. I really felt blessed by having people around us who are with us in this journey, taking time to read and giving your all out support. I?ll send updates once in a while and we?ll keep you posted.

Kindly continue to share this link and actively campaign to your colleagues, friends and family to share our cause - thank you so much.

Let?s Continue Fighting. #MEVPBrave

-Kelly Blaquera
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UPDATE 12.08.19

Hi! We are currently in the hospital in UST. Mom has been complaining of abdominal pain more of the left side this couple of weeks and the doctors have been treating it as hyperacidity and as part of the adverse effect of taking metformin. ??However, after coming from work, i noticed her having jaundice. We will have her worked up, scanned and possibly for ERCP (a minimally invasive procedure using a scope and imaging that could work both as a diagnostic and to treat conditions of the billiary tree) within the week.


We?ll let everyone know about the status of my mom.

Let?s keep praying. #MEVPBrave


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-Kelly Blaquera

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