the doctors at st luke’s medical center cancer institute confirmed what we’ve been suspecting all along…it was leukemia.
so that explains why i have excessive night sweats, infections, unusual feeling of tiredness, headaches, shortness of breath, pain in my bones and joints and abnormal bleeding of my nose and mouth.
my bone marrow test revealed the abnormal production of white blood cells and the blocking in the production of normal white blood cells. i was told that such was the main cause of my body’s inability to fight infection.
i immediately went into oral drug therapy consisting of arsenic trioxide and all trans retinoic acid or atra. i was told these drugs can cause leukemia cells with specific gene mutation to mature and die. my first 2 weeks of therapy was hell—i cant stand up, was throwing up due to an upset stomach and was bedridden for the rest of the day. i was given a meal plan and was advised to eat more fruits and vegetables.
i’m unable to adapt to the changes…sometimes i feel so okay..then in a minute…my nose will bleed…and i’m not okay anymore…it sucks!
nevertheless, recent test results showed that my body was responding positively to the medication, although its a bit slow. i was advised that there’s a possibility for remission in 4 months.
but what if there’s no remission in 4 months, what will happen to me?
i’m still in the process of accepting my condition and its really not easy. i’ve sort of prepared some things just in case (memorial plan, time deposit for my kids, last will and testament, the coat, tie, pants, jockey, socks and shoes that i will wear, the goodbye letters and cards, etc).
there were nights when i just find myself crying. i’m always afraid to sleep. i think of my family; my parents are both old now, my younger bro is still studying. i think of my children; i want to see my son grow up to be a fine young man, my daughters; my two lovely daughters, i still want to see them grow up, i want to be able to scrutinize their suitors and walk them on their wedding days. i still want to have children with “her” my bebe; so many plans, so many things that i wanted to do.
i was out of focus; and opportunities slipped; i lost my self esteem; i began to do self-pity; i saw myself as a hopeless, no chance, leukemic, ugly man with no purpose; and to make things worst; dad got sick; and my bebe dumped me.
one night, i just found myself talking to HIM. i started to open up my inner thoughts, my pains, my questions, “why me Lord? why me”…and then, just like in the movies, He showed me all the things that He has done for me; the blessings that He has given and still giving me; yes, i’m sick but look, i’m still alive, breathing, with a family, children and friends, they all love me. He died for me, He saved me from my sins, He loves me–unconditionally. I’ve failed Him so many times, I was stubborn, I screwed up, i lied, made things complicated, but He was there, ready to love me again.
Forgive me Lord, I am so sorry for doubting Your plans for me. thank you for loving me inspite of my imperfections. please teach me to accept these things whole heartedly; please give me more strength so I can get through this; teach me to live one day at a time; i’m giving my life to you; Your ways are higher than my ways Lord; teach me to trust you that nothing will happen to me that You and I can’t handle.
forgive me for asking “why me?”; i’m opening myself…accepting things…”why not me?”..”thank you Lord, you chose me!”