Archive for February, 2011

more good news

Posted: February 28, 2011 in developments, treatment

you know how it is when your taking medications right, it affects  your so called chemical balance  and other stuffs. for example my chemo meds are supposed to lower my wbc (white blood cells) thus making my immunity weak, thus the need for weekly complete blood test  i used to hate needles. but now I’ve come to realize that they are essential tools to extract or put in medications(vaccine,i.v. line, etc.) so this afternoon i went to visit my doctor and told me that my blood test is ok. i just need to continue with my supplements(NaCL-salt,vitamins from A to Z!!, antibiotics etc.) to boost my immunity. thank God for such blessing! 🙂 a little less to worry about GOD is GOOD ALL THE TIME!! AMEN!!! can’t wait for march 8 last day of my RT graduation day 😀 more prayers please

<“again please put on a smile whenever you think of and pray for me 😀 for more positive vibes. thanks!! see you all soon!!it’s still a long way to go! let’s finish this! like a full 42kM marathon!! LET’SFINISH IT STRONG!!! IN GOD’S OWN SWEET TIME 😀

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a big shout out to my friends in the photo biz, we did some test shots this afternoon at a studio in cubao X , thanks to the joint effort of Jill Lejano(photos), Pam Pastor(PR), Tatin Yang(make up), Giff Ricarte(additional photos) Ram De Vera(eTC. FASH  Stylemeister) you guys rock!!!Please Please watch out for the announcement anytime soon!!!this fund raising  project is not only to raise funds but to also increase awareness about brain cancer that affects 8 out of 100.000 individuals globally and there are a lot of brain cancer patients in manila alone.

  • Breakfast: Add fruit and a few seeds or nuts to your whole grain breakfast cereal (oatmeal!).
  • Lunch: Eat a big salad filled with your favorite beans and peas or other combo of veggies. Always order lettuce and tomato (plus any other veggies you can!) on your sandwiches. Order whole grain bread for your sandwiches. Have a side of veggies like cut up carrots, sauerkraut or a piece of fruit.
  • Snacks: fresh fruit and vegetables. Grab an apple or banana on your way out the door. Raw veggies such as carrots, celery, cucumbers, jicama, peppers, etc. are great with a low-fat dip such as hummus. Keep trail mix made with nuts, seeds and a little dried fruit on hand.
  • Dinner: Add fresh or frozen veggies to your favorite pasta sauce or rice dish. Top a baked potato with broccoli and yogurt, sautĂ©ed veggies, or with salsa. Replace creamy pasta sauces, with sautĂ©ed vegetables or tomato sauce made with healthy olive oil.
  • Dessert: Choose fruit instead of a richer dessert. Or a single square of dark chocolate.

nother benefit of eating plant-based foods is that it will also increase your fiber intake. Fiber, also called roughage or bulk, is the part of plants (grains, fruits, and vegetables) that your body can’t digest. Fiber plays a key role in keeping your digestive system clean and healthy. It helps keep food moving through your digestive tract, and it also moves cancer-causing compounds out before they can create harm.

Fiber is found in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. In general, the more natural and unprocessed the food, the higher it is in fiber. There is no fiber in meat, dairy, sugar, or “white” foods like white bread, white rice, and pastries.

Simple ways to add more fiber to your diet:

  • Use brown rice instead of white rice
  • Substitute whole-grain bread for white bread
  • Choose a bran muffin over a croissant or pastry
  • Snack on popcorn instead of potato chips
  • Eat fresh fruit such as a pear, a banana, or an apple (with the skin)
  • Have a baked potato, including the skin, instead of mashed potatoes
  • Enjoy fresh carrots, celery, or bell peppers with a hummus or salsa, instead of chips and a sour cream dip
  • Use beans instead of ground meat in chili, casseroles, tacos, and even burgers (bean burgers taste great!)

Cancer prevention diet tip #4: Choose your fats wisely

A major benefit of cutting down on the amount of meat you eat is that you will automatically cut out a lot of unhealthy fat. Eating a diet high in fat increases your risk for many types of cancer. But cutting out fat entirely isn’t the answer, either. In fact, some types of fat may actually protect against cancer. The trick is to choose your fats wisely and eat them in moderation.

  • Fats that increase cancer risk – The two most damaging fats are saturated fats and trans fats. Saturated fats are found mainly in animal products such as red meat, whole milk dairy products, and eggs. Trans fats, also called partially hydrogenated oils, are created by adding hydrogen to liquid vegetable oils to make them more solid and less likely to spoil—which is very good for food manufacturers, and very bad for you.
  • Fats that decrease cancer risk – The best fats are unsaturated fats, which come from plant sources and are liquid at room temperature. Primary sources include olive oil, canola oil, nuts, and avocados. Also focus on omega-3 fatty acids, which fight inflammation and support brain and heart health. Good sources include salmon, tuna, and flaxseeds.

Tips for choosing cancer-fighting fats and avoiding the bad

  • Reduce your consumption of red meat, whole milk, butter, and eggs, as these are the primary source of saturated fats.
  • Cook with olive oil instead of regular vegetable oil. Canola oil is another good choice, especially for baking.
  • Check the ingredient liston food labels and avoid anything with hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils, which are usually found in stick margarines, shortenings, salad dressings, and other packaged foods.
  • Trim the fatoffof meat when you do eat it, and avoid eating the skin of the chicken.
  • Choose nonfat dairy products and eggs that have been fortified with omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Add nuts and seeds to cereal, salads, soups, or other dishes. Good choices include walnuts, almonds, pumpkin seeds, hazelnuts, pecans, and sesame seeds.
  • Use flaxseed oil in smoothies, salad dressings, or mixed in snacks such as applesauce. But do not cook with flaxseed oil, as it loses its protective properties when heated.
  • Limit fast food, fried foods, and packaged foods, which tend to be high in trans fats. This includes foods like potato chips, cookies, crackers, French fries, and doughnuts.
  • Eat fish once or twice a week. Good choices include wild Alaskan salmon, sardines, herring, and black cod. But be conscious of mercury, a contaminant found in many types of fish.

http://helpguide.org/life/healthy_diet_cancer_prevention.htm

high school friends

Posted: February 23, 2011 in developments, treatment

some of my high school friends visited me tonight travelling all the way from Malolos, Bulacan just to see me and wish me well, thank you so much Roechelle and hubby, dolly dela cruz, if only you can be my full time PT:) that’ll be great, Rowena Gutierrez Sacay,thank you for squeezing me in your busy skeds just to see me i appreciate it very much. you guys are really god’s gift to me. thanks for always being there.

on another note today is the 21st day of my  RT and day29th of my OC. Thank you Lord!!

and Lucas is now 7 months old!! love you lucas love you jolo!! daddy will get better soon. i promise!!!

treatment update

Posted: February 21, 2011 in developments, treatment

i.v. chemo lasted only for about an hour, i was just really scared a bit before the start for fear of side effect like nausea or headache but i’m not feeling anything so far 😀 thank God.

i had two visitors today jill lejano and pam pastor (thanks for dinner!!)we’re thinking of coming up with something to raise funds for my treatments  and also to help increase awareness about brain cancer in our own little way.  if you have any unique idea in mind please let us know. please send your fund raising ideas/gimmick to jdbuera@yahoo.com.

additional treatments

Posted: February 21, 2011 in developments, treatment

later today i’ll be  treated with I.V. chemo to target some cancer cells called pnet the I.V. med will target this Pnet and eventually stop it. according to my doctor it will be a two to three hour chemo session , i am quite scared at the moment but i am very much willing to take in every thing that can help me get better with the Lords’ help i will get through this!

john 14:12-14

12 “I assure you: The one who believes in Me will also do the works that I do. And he will do even greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. 13 Whatever you ask in My name, I will do it so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.14 If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.”

good news today :)

Posted: February 19, 2011 in developments, treatment

yesterday february18,2011 i had a three hours and fourty five minutes spinal MRI session to check if my cancer cells have spread in my spinal area. this morning we went to my neuro-oncologist for th results. Thank God that the results were negative. so less issue to worry about. prayers can really move mountains.there is really so much to be thankful for. i am down yet the HE still lifts me up and carries my burdens. I can’t help but cry tears of joy.

today february19,2011, my team mates from RCBC ASD5 visited me at home,it felt good to see old friends, i feel so recharged! thanks to kai,chang, erin, lei, annie and hubby, special thanks to esdee for the prayer before meals,we feel so blessed:) thanks to aaron tigas as well,my officemate from bpi who took time to visit me,thanks for the pineapples!! thank you Lord for giving me friends like them-sabi nga “priceless!” because you get to keep them forever! again, thank you! thank you!

i complain a lot (i used to)

Posted: February 18, 2011 in Uncategorized

last night feb 18, after my therapy, nina and i had decided to have dinner already since my last meal that i had was at 1030am! it’s because of the 3-hour fasting i have to commit to before my Spinal MRI at 1pm and RT and OC at 5pm(busy day for me at the hospital :D. anyway so we went to this resto ordered food and silently enjoyed our meal. then there is this couple just sitting beside our table,the guy called up the head waiter and complained about the rudeness of the other waiter who served their food and. etc. Nina and i we’re like “what’s the biggie?”

anyway, this got me thinking, i also used to complain a lot well not like that unreasonable guy but i complain of the small stuff even to my self, like the daily traffic to work, those wayward motorcycle drivers,  when i don’t get a good parking slot(yeah i like a good parking slot! haha!! ) but when God gave me this trial, it kind of slowed me down and think that i shouldn’t be complaining, there are other people who have more issues than my  “small stuffs” to think about so instead of complaining, why not just thank God that i really don’t have anything to complain about and top sweating out the small stuff, it will just ruin my day and bring negative thoughts instead of positive ones. So to you who is reading my blog now,please, slow down for a while and think about what you have to thank for each day to the Lord. Me? i thank God every time i wake up in the morning.  i am happy 🙂 and thankful that i am still alive and undergoing medication. happy to be still able to hug and kiss my wife and kids, share my ordeal to the world and hopefully save/touch someone’s else’s life thru my story.

this week , i was feeling weak since last Monday, i was having a hard time walking, i was half dragging half lifting my left thigh just to be able to walk, i thought it was because of the  chemo-therapy, as per my doctor it could probably because of the side effects of the steroids. every Monday i have to do blood tests to check on my kidneys, blood count and etc. my blood test showed that i am low on sodium NaCl (sodium Chloride)thus affecting my overall strength , so my doctor had me take sodium supplements! and voila!!in just a day (thank God!)I’ve regained my leg strength, been better since yesterday, i was able to walk on my own, stand up-right faster, better balance, i can lift my left leg better with very minimal effort 😀 as of this writing i am at work walking around(my desk to printer desk, my desk to wash room) to exercise my leg.yesterday i had physical and occupational therapy sessions, as i have mentioned in my previous posts , my left arm and hand had weakened. in one of my activities yesterday i had a shoulder ladder exercise, i was surprised that i was able to lift the bar  by about5 inches off the board using my left arm, i am so happy! my OT also said that he felt a resistance as well, it means my arm is responding 🙂

ETO NA!!I have rashes on my face as well because of the chemo  meds

how is my treatment administered

Posted: February 15, 2011 in Uncategorized

looking back at my blog i haven’t really talked about my treatment, radiation therapy(RT) and Oral chemo-therapy(OC)(temodal) for 42 days straight including weekends..  everyday for 30 days (5x a week) i am subjected to radiation therapy(IMRT) for about 15mins  per day, St. Luke’s Global has a Linac Machine(linnear accelerator machine, that does IMRT .

but before Radiation therapy, i have to take in my oral chemo-therapy med an hour before my RT. I have to fast for at least 4hours before taking it. I make it a point to eat early lunch so that my fasting starts at 12nn and stretch my fasting for 5 hours. Imagine how famished I am after my therapy feels like I haven’t had any meal for days 🙂 after my RT that’s the only time i can eat. it’s good that my appetite is not affected by my treatments. i guess i even gained weight. sometimes nina and I would have dinner at ” the market at the 5th.” a nice place to dine inside st. Luke’s global city a bit expensive tho. then there’s via mare as well. but there’s this quaint little canteen near the chapel on the 5th level of st. Luke’s which is catered by the famous hizon’s catering. it’s cheaper there but the food is fantastic, they have so many choices, it’s like eating in your school canteen but only better food/price and quality. now i’m hungry!! as of this writing i’m waiting here at radio-onco room for my RT. my last meal was at 1130am grumble!! grumble!!