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MRI

Posted: September 20, 2011 in brain cancer awareness, developments, treatment

image courtesy of Lewis center for Neuro Imaging http://lcni.uoregon.edu

(the person pictured above is not me) 🙂

photo courtesy of Lewis Center for Neuro Imaging

I had my MRI done last Saturday at St. Luke’s Q.C. Its a one hour session. If you’re claustrophobic, you won’t like it. The tube is so small that you’ll think that its caving in on you. I don’t mean to scare but that’s just how it feels when you’re reeled in. The room is cold,the MRI machine is cold and noisy. You lie on your back, and for an hour or more(depending on the body part that will be MRI-ed) and you’re not allowed to move. Oh and you’re strapped in the bed to prevent you from moving. You’ll be given ear muffs to help with the loud noise and a panic button in case claustro kicks in. Good thing is Nina was allowed to be beside me during the session. When the session starts you’ll here a lot of different construction-like noise, sometimes star trek-like noise as if you’re engaged in inter-galactic dog fight. That’s my cue to start my prayers, to take my mind off claustro, boredom and to ask HIM for good results. Got the results yesterday from my doctor, well, the result was same as last time, the tumor is still there but at least it did not multiply and it didn’t grew bigger. I said “thank God!! I’ll take it!” another good news is : no more chemo yet, i will be monitored via MRI every 3mos. I will also be taking a supplement to improve my immunity (Zilongjin). Please let me know if you’ve heard of it. Still, i’m begging for your prayers for complete healing. Thank so much for the support in whatever form, to you who’s reading this, you’ve helped extend my stay here on earth 🙂 salamat!

today will be my4th day this week for i.v, chemo( 5th dose or cycle)then hopefully i’m checking out by Friday thank Godi have no major side effects so far like vomiting, dizziness,one of my nurses said that it seems i’m reacting positively with my treatments my blood work  are all ok as well according to my neuro-oncologist i hope and pray it stays the same  Until i get home c 😀 i’m missing my boys so much,  Jolo had slight fever last weekend then Lucas just last Tuesday but they are all ok now.

Jill Lejano, Pam Pastor and Tatin Yang joined me and my sister Ella while waiting for Nina last night here at the hospital:D thank you guys! had a hearty discussion and tons of laughter what do you expect? lol!!pam good luck with those letters:)

i also want to thank a lot of additional angels who greeted and supported me, don’t want to name names but you know who you are thank you guys , you have extended my stay here on earth God bless you all!! thank you to my prayer warriors and cheering squads, schoolmates classmates, batch mates,(feu’99/RCC’95,’94)

 

yep! i wrote that note on nina's board 🙂 it just fits perfectly.

shy kalbo

see you guys on the 20th of march!!!

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thank you so much to all my angels , you know who you are, thank you for your prayers, support love and cheers smiles, hugs kisses, messages.  i can never thank you angels enough no words can describe how overwhelmed i am and my family at this point in our lives, from the very bottom of our hearts, thank you very very much.  we still have a long way to go but with HIM and you guys around there’s no falling back.  😀

my RT and OC ended yesterday but i will be given i.v. chemo for the next few days, again this is related to the pnet foci stuff  a couple of blogs ago. i’ll be confined for 5 days at st. luke’s global next week (march14)for treatment and to be closely monitored by my doctor  will be needing tons and tons of prayers:) i already had one  i.v. session done so this is to continue the rest of the treatment.

PS:we’ve been getting a lot of inquiries regarding the graymattersproject.com campaign we’re still working on the site and the teasers as for now please read here

today is the last day of my radiation therapy(30)days 5x a week and 42days (7x a week) of my Oral chemo therapy(temodal capsules)then it’ll be rest day mode for me for 28 days until next MRI as I’ve mentioned previously but i  still have a set of i.v. chemo scheduled at a later time yet still to be determined by my neuro oncologist this is still in relation to the pnet foci squatter in my brain but let’s talk about that at a later time. today i just want to thank God f or letting me finish my therapies with minimal side effects like hair loss, dry throat, cold sores slight fatigue,no seizures, no headache,no nauseous sensation no memory loss,no fever.these alone are big blessings already and I lift everything to HIM as my offering:) amen!!

i just want to give a shout out to a number of my cousins Dr.Mark Domingo-Go who just recently passed the medical board exam!! rakrakan na!!and RN Esperanza-Domingo de Castro for passing the nursing board exams!!

to Hannah Lee Domingo for passing almost every single collegiate entrance exams(ADMU/UP/UST/UA&P SAN PA BA? HAHA!! CONGRATS!!

Harry Domingo and Patricia de Castro happy graduation & congratulations!!

and a big shout out as well to the gray matters project Team I OWE YOU BIG TIME GUYS!!! GOD BLESS YOU ALL!!

a lot of my angels have been sending me messages  on YM , FB, Skype and BBM  asking me how i’m doing. i apologize if i can not reply on time or my response is just so late.  anyway to update you folks of my condition and my treatments, my radiation therapy sessions and oral chemo will be done by next week march 8 tho my oral chemo therapy will still continue after28 days on a regular cycle after which i’ll be under going another MRI session to check on the squatters in my brain if they have been evicted or if their household numbers have shrunked to oblivion and pray that the Lord will never let them squat again in my brain or where ever they may please and that they never come back forever>: stupid cancer cells!!  my steroids supplements have been reduced which is good, i will be off of it soon.

physically i’m ok, my last weigh in was at 72kg lol! to my running buddies i can’t wait to go back to running…in time 🙂  my appetite is still the same strong as ever, my mouth sores-side effects of radiation are almost healed and dried up already, i have more baby hair now than Lucas thinking of shaving my hair skinhead style 😀  on my PT and OT sessions today i was able to lift a light wooden bar on my own using my left arm and i was also able to grip  very light plastic toy balls and blocks tho with much effort but its a milestone for me, i was also able to grip on a thera-putty, it’s like clay-doh but hospital grade material 🙂 tiring day but all worth it!!  and i offer it all to HIM!!

what i eat now? wheat bread, i use more brown sugar lots of milk, lots of vegetables and fruits, less red meat, more chicken (white meat) , fish, eggs(hard boiled) nuts, dark chocolate in moderation, pureed fruits like avocado and papaya. its like home made ice cream!!!  i sleep aound 1030 to 11pm and wake up exactly after about7-8 hours  straight that’s how tired i am each day.  so there you go! btw please don’t forget our gray matters-project see you guys there!!! thanks and God Bless us all!!

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 😀

  • 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, sautéed veggies, or with salsa. Replace creamy pasta sauces, with sautéed 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.