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Sunday, December 20, 2015

And So It Began .... A Blessing in Disguise

Thursday, December 10, 2015 was the start of my chemo and radiotherapy for the treatment of my colorectal cancer.

I am actually apprehensive to share this situation I am in but then again I decided to share my experience ( at least what its been for now).

October 25, 2015 was when I got the news that I have this type of cancer. And like most people (I  think), who received such news, I was also shocked. The hospital where I had my Haemorrhoids surgery on October 19, 2015 called me up and told me to go to hospital because the doctor needs to talk to me about my surgery. They sounded very concern so from that moment alone I knew something was wrong but I am not expecting it to be about cancer. Paano naman ako magkakaroon ng cancer eh wala naman akong bisyo. I make it a point to eat healthy as much as possible.I exercise and go to the gym at least 4 times week. I do not smoke and I do not drink. The last time I had a drink was last May and that was after maybe 2 years after the last one I had. 

Siguro yun ang dahilan kaya ako nagkacancer. Because I tried living too healthy :-)

Here are some of the test report

Pictures below are from my first chemo via IV in Al-Manah Hospital. I am going to have this every monday for 4 or 5 weeks. Aside from this, I had to take chemo drug called Xeloda 1500mg in the morning and 1500mg in the evening everyday except Mondays and weekend (that is friday and saturday here in KSA).

In parallel with the chemo, I am also undergoing radiotherapy everyday at SAAD Specialist Hospital. Picture below of the radiotherapy room I am at everyday until January 18, 2016.

In this machine I had to lie face down for about 10-15 minutes. I am planning to take a video of the procedure if the hospital will allow.

I have finished one cycle of my therapy and so far so good, meaning I have not felt any major side effects. The doctors said that eventually I will feel the side effects maybe after two weeks, but I would like to believe that I will not. I tried as much as possible to eat right and keep my immune system as good as possible.Except for a mild constipation and feeling tired, nothing more complicated had happened so far.

I am still going to work and I planned to still go to work as long as I can still manage. I was supposed to take my Christmas Vacation last December 6 but the doctor advised me to postponed it so I can have the treatment immediately. Well, there are more vacations I can take once I survived this (which I WILL) so tiis tiis muna for now.

Siguro ang pinakamahirap in my situation is dealing with the treatment alone since my family is not here with me. In any case, I know they are always with me and I have my friends here to help me.

And GOD will heal me.

For now please join me in my PRAYER FOR HEALING below:

Heavenly Father, I adore You and praise You as my God and Creator. I thank You for the innumerable blessings, both spiritual and temporal, that You have given to me during my lifetime. Now I turn to You again for still another favor, for to whom else can I go? You alone are God, the Giver of all good gifts. I beg You to please grant me, Your unworthy servant, a complete and total healing - a healing of my spirit and soul; of my mind, heart and will; of my emotions, memory and imagination; of my nerves, bones and body - my entire being from the tip of my head to the soles of my feet. I desire this so that I can truly be in life what You want me to be and to do in life what You want me to do. But I need my health, strength and energy in order to more perfectly fulfill the duties of the state of life to which You have called me from all eternity.

I asked for this healing in the name of Your Son, JESUS. He has earned an infinite amount of healing graces and powers by His terrible passion and death on the cross. "Upon Him was the chastisement that make us whole. By His wounds we were healed." Your Son, the Divine Physician, apply these healing powers Himself.

Thank You for answering this prayer in this very moment in which I ask it, for I truly believe Your Son's words. "Ask and you shall receive. Seek and you shall find. Knock and it shall be opened to you." Of course I know that while Your answer is "YES I will do it", I may have to wait for this healing to be completed. So I place myself confidently in Your hands, knowing that you are deriving much good from this illness. I only ask that my healing will bring You much honor and glory, that it will sanctify myself and others and that it will serve to build up faith and hope in all Your people. AMEN.

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