Noreen’s Chemotherapy and Treatment

Update posted by Mary Claire Arabejo On Jan 24, 2018

God will always provide.

We truly believe and hold on into these words. On November 27, 2017, she undergo into her second Bone Marrow Aspirate in order to biopsy her bone marrow. She went into a general anesthesia and was sedated because of allergic reaction of the lidocaine during the first bone marrow aspirate. After the operation, we went home while waiting for the result of the biopsy.

Then, last December 6, 2017, we rushed my sister in the hospital to start her re-induction chemotherapy. Yes, it crashed our hearts as the doctor informed us that there are still a 9.57% blast in her bone marrow and she needs to undergo into re-induction chemotherapy.

After being cleared from all laboratory test, the re-induction chemotherapy started on December 8, 2017. The therapy went well not until on the 6th day. Her blood counts started to drop lower and the doctor stopped the chemotherapy. Instead, she was blood transfused with almost 4 bags of RBC and 2 bags of platelets during her month-long stay in the hospital.

She stayed in the hospital for a month- celebrated Christmas and welcomed New Year (2018) away from home and family members. I could say that it is the saddest Christmas we ever had. Staying in the hospital while welcoming the new year is totally a heartbreaking experience. However, this does not lower her will to survive. She is very persistent to live long and pursue her dreams. The smiles in her face never fade out throughout her stay in the hospital.

As of now, she is staying at home and regaining her strength for the next round of her treatment. Her blood count is monitored from time to time and she is taking her medicines every now and then. At home, she makes her life as normal as it is - reading her books and novels; writing poems and short stories; listen to fave songs; and praying to the Almighty God for providing goodness into her life.

I can see how much eager she is to live longer that it makes me feel anxious every time her doctor is on the line and asking when will we can continue the treatment. I cannot go to sleep at night when it has become a question I don't and can't answer right now especially when my parents are left in bigger debts because of the very expensive cost from the previous treatment. In all honesty, we cannot afford to send her for treatment and hurts me the most. But, it won't stop us to look for any possible sources that we can do in order to finance her treatment especially that there is a chance that she might have a bone marrow transplant. The procedure will cost very big. The expenses might cover up to 2-3 million pesos and we don't know where to get the certain amount.

Hence, I'm knocking again in your good hearts to help me raise the money for her treatment. Please help my sister into this battle. Please help her to achieve her dreams in life.

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Hope you’ll get well soon. God bless

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