Archive for Oktubre, 2008

attack of the big orange ants

I was at my Mom’s garden one fine morning…….enjoying the cool breeze……loving the moment with “my rainbow”…….then all of a sudden……..i felt something’s crawling inside my pajama and in my shirt……something cold, a little rough and with many legs…..and even before i could figure out what it is……i was attacked in my arms, legs, thighs and back…… was a band of big orange ants………wtf! grrrrrrr!

the culprits at the mango tree

my ant bites…ouch!

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stem cell transplant: fast facts

What are stem cells?    

Stem cells are the basic building blocks of life, the basic cell from which our bodies are made. They are formed at conception and specialized to become all the different tissues of the body: muscle, nerve, organs, bone, blood and so on.

When do we use our body’s stem cells?

We tap into our body’s stem cell reserve to repair and replace injured or diseased tissue. Unfortunately our reserve is finite and as it becomes depleted, the regenerative power of our body decreases and we succumb to diseases, disorder and the ravages of aging.

What is stem cell transplant?

A stem cell transplant is the infusion of healthy cells to replace diseased or damaged ones.

How important is stem cell transplant to leukemia patients?

Cancer, particularly leukemia, is an important disease for stem cell transplants; bone and peripheral blood stem cell transplants have been used for decades. A patient receives chemotherapy or radiation treatment to destroy the cancer cells but unfortunately, healthy cells are also damaged. A stem cell transplant can replace the lost and damaged cells with fresh, functioning ones, which can then provide the red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets that are important to metabolism, clotting and immunity. The other benefit of this treatment is that the newly formed white blood cells can further improve immune function such that they destroy any remaining cancer cells in the marrow.

What are the risks?

Stem cell transplants still have several risks associated with the procedure. Some people will find they experience few issues while others may require consistent monitoring and repeated hospital stays. Some of the complications that can occur with a stem cell transplant are:

  • damage to organs or blood vessels
  • graft versus host disease
  • Death

Thus, although some people will experience few complications, others may find they suffer from short and long-term problems associated with a stem cell transplant. The success varies widely and it is impossible to predict who will experience side effects and to what degree they will occur.

In most cases, the benefits of stem cell transplants will likely outweigh the risk of complications and these techniques can truly be life-saving for conditions such as leukemia and aplastic anemia. It is hoped and anticipated that future research can yield successful therapies for a broader range of diseases.

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one year down…

a lifetime to go!!!!!

there’s indeed a “rainbow after the rain”

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Coming Soon….

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she said…..

i felt blood rushing to my face. heart racing a beat. i felt so weak on the knees but warm and cozy inside. i want to go out of the green fields and shout “yahoooooooooooo”. i heard a sweet sweet song playing in my ears and I felt my face muscles aching because of my wide grin.

is this what you call “kilig”? 🙂

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a year ago….

……this broken guy was readmitted at the St. Luke’s Medical Center Cancer Institute for another round of treatment because his first attempt to have remission from Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML) failed. his spirit was  tired but still, he was keeping a hold on his Savior’s hands, clinging to the one last hope that he had.

………the time when I’ve, finally, after hanging on for so long, decided to  slowly accept things as they are, opened my heart,  to one painful truth—that things of the past stay as things of the past even if you imagine and prayed hard that they revert back to the present and that some people leave our lives never to come back anymore.

……when someone came into my life and things were never the same. she made things light, she made things easy, the sound of her laughter, the joy in her eyes, the sound of my name in her mouth, everything was different. i had my reservations, though, not wanting to hurt her, not wanting to give more than what i should, and yet she understood and stayed with me making my journey bearable.

……so many tests, more blood letting, IV drips, bone marrow biopsy, spinal tap, medicines of different types,  sizes and colors, endless antibiotics—and then finally—at UCSF Comprehensive Cancer Center—-my prayers were answered—-i got Remission!

…..i can’t believe its been a year….God has been so good to me. I’m still on remission and presently preparing for a needed transplant. i’ll spike a fever once in a while, i’ll feel some discomfort, i’ll feel some fatigue at times–but hey i’m breathing! i’m alive—-in God’s grace!

…….one more thing: that someone is now my rainbow! (one more reason to feel really happy with this journey!)

……i’m loving this life and i look forward to more years ahead! wuhuuuuuu!

GOD is indeed GOOD……..All the time!!!!

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