Erika's Leukemia Fight
How it happened:
On 01/23/2016, Erika was taken to the hospital for severe pain on her neck. Angel rushed Erika to the emergency room on Saturday at 5am. They believed it was something that was going to be treated easily. After running a series of test, the doctor diagnosed Erika with (AML: Acute myeloid Leukemia) a very aggressive form of Leukemia.
This has been extremely hard on this amazing couple and a complete surprise to all family and friends. We are collecting any monetary donations and prayers to take off some stress while Angel focuses on Erika and Erika can focus on her therapy.
Why we need the funds:
The funds will go directly to pay basic day to day expenses and medical treatments, while Angel and Erika go through this traumatic situation. Angel has not left Erika's bedside and she needs all the support from family and friends. Money should be the last of their worries while they focus on a treatment for Erika.
Their anniversay was yesterday, 01/27/2016 and they spent it with each other while Erika started her first Chemo treatment. This amazing couple will get through this and with your help we can make this easier for our dear friends Angel & Erika. If you cannot donate, please rest assure a simple share can go a long way.
On behalf of Erika & Angel we sincerly thank you for all your help. We will be providing updates as we recieve more info from test results, treatments and such.
We are asking everyone to share and/or donate to help cover funeral and medical expenses. We would also like to extend a sincere “thank you” to everyone who shared and donated, every single dollar has helped Angel (husband) & Erika during this difficult time.
While in Tampa her transplant got her into remission however, two weeks later she relapsed with her leukemia more aggressive then before. Thankfully after a month of medications and small doses of chemotherapy the doctors have been able to stabilize her giving her more time which will allow her oncologist to look into another treatment to hopefully get her back into remission. She is back in Broward but is in the hospital again fighting as hard as she can. Unfortunately at the moment there is no cure for her and while the doctors still don't have a plan in place for her we are all optimistic and for Erika "giving up" is not an option. She wants everyone to know that she is very thankful for all of your support and prayers.
About a week and a half ago the doctors informed us that the 3rd chemotherapy did not work therefore they are not going to continue giving her more chemo as this can hurt Erikas body. While the news was devastating Erikas oncologist did give us another option. He wants to send Erika to Moffitt Hospital in Tampa to undergo a special treatment that is still in clinical trials but does have a high percentage success rate. This treatment basically attacks only the leukemic bad cells as opposed to regular chemotherapy which kills everything and kind of "resets" your bodies immune system, white blood cells etc. With this treatment a bone marrow transplant follows right away, so her transplant will also be done there. The good news is that they have found donors for her that are perfect 10 out of 10 matches so if this treatment works how they plan for it to work the transplant is guaranteed. Erika was supposed to leave last Thursday however on Monday caught a fever. Due to bacteria found in her blood she has been really sick which delayed her departure. The fevers are slowing down and she's finally eating and talking again.
She's very weak but is fighting as hard as she can and most importantly staying as positive as can be. Any donations to help off set the cost for hotel stays, gas and other expenses while in Tampa would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for all of your thoughts and prayers! While this has been an extremely overwhelming and frightening experience we continue to hope for the best outcome and continue to be strong.
Erika's induction of chemotherapy was unsuccessful. Due to this, she has remained hospitalized, doctors have determined that a bone marrow transplant is necessary. She has just finished her re-induction (second cycle) of chemotherapy, a transplant cannot be performed till she is in full remission. The hope is she will enter into remission so the doctors can begin running test and soon enough do a bone marrow transplant. The recovery will be extremely extensive requiring 24 hour supervision for a period of time. Everyone's donations will continue to help tremendously as Erika's road to recovery is long. On behalf of Erika and I, we thank you for your continued thoughts, prayers and blessings.