Lymphoma Recovery fund for Elias
The first signs of illness appeared to be flu like symptoms; fever, cough, common body aches and irritations. These symptoms correlate with asthma, a condition Elias has had since he was a child. On that account, his Doctor prescribed him asthma medication. Later, he began vomiting and underwent rapid weight loss. Additionally, this affected his emotional state and caused minor depression. The Doctors thought it could be something personal affecting him at school and they initiated counseling services. He also has all around itchy skin, which is associated to eczema, another condition Elias has had since birth, and led the Doctor's to prescribe eczema cream. Eventually, the scratching of the itchy skin developed into severe skin lesions and major discomfort. During this time his energy levels have decreased, he has major fatigue and is sleeping long hours during the day.
As the symptoms remained consistent and gradually progressing throughout several months of Doctor's visits it became difficult to physically see the drastic decline in Elias's overall health without given an answer as to what is wrong with him, why is he going through this and what can be done to cure him?? There was no solution or diagnosis of his disheartening condition during 10 months.
Until, October 13, 2016, Elias showed his mom a lump in his armpit. He was immediately admitted to the hospital where he underwent a series of tests, by several specialist, over a two week period that seemed to never end. Pain, fevers, sleepless nights, daily blood draws, CT scans, MRIs and lastly surgery, resulted in the removal of 12 lymph nodes the size of a golf ball and a piece of tissue from his lungs to perform biopsies.
On October 27, 2016, Elias was diagnosed with stage IV Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Hodgkin's has spread in his chest, lungs, stomach, spleen and kidneys.
Hodgkin disease (Hodgkin lymphoma) is a type of lymphoma, a cancer that starts in white blood cells called lymphocytes. Lymphocytes are part of the immune system. Cancer starts when cells in the body begin to grow out of control. Cells in nearly any part of the body can become cancer, and can spread to other areas of the body.
Because lymphoid tissue is in many parts of the body, Hodgkin disease can start almost anywhere. Most often it starts in lymph nodes in the upper part of the body. The most common sites are in the chest, in the neck, or under the arms.
Hodgkin disease most often spreads through the lymph vessels in a stepwise fashion from lymph node to lymph node. Rarely, and late in the disease, it can invade the bloodstream and spread to other parts of the body, including the liver, lungs, and/or bone marrow.
The most common symptom of Hodgkin disease is a lump in the neck, under the arm, or in the groin, which is an enlarged lymph node.
Some other symptoms:
Fever (which can come and go over several days or weeks) without an infection
Drenching night sweats
Weight loss without trying (at least 10% of body weight over 6 months)
Loss of appetite
If Hodgkin disease affects lymph nodes inside the chest, the swelling of these nodes might press on the windpipe (trachea) and make you cough or even have trouble breathing, especially when lying down. Some people might have pain behind the breast bone.
The symptoms described for Hodgkin's also match with various infections making it difficult to detect the disease at an earlier stage. As a result, Elias is going to undertake an aggressive treatment due to the current state of the Lymphoma. Treatment consists of chemotherapy and radiation for an estimated period of 6 months.
The first treatment of chemotherapy was scheduled on November 3, 2016, for 3 consecutive days, for up to 5 hours per day. During his first treatment he received 6 medications of which 5 of them he took well and 1 of them caused him to have a seizure. Seizures are not a common reaction to chemotherapy, it's very rare, only 1% may have that type of reaction. New sets of testing are taking place to determine the cause of the seizure, if it was the medication or if something else is affecting him.
Aside of the scheduled treatment; daily medication and weekly clinic visits, Elias now has to take anti-seizure medication daily, all of which requires 24-hour attention and care.
Due to the urgency of care that Elias requires, his Mother Jacqui, who has been by his side day and night attentively caring to his every need has been unable to work and it is undetermined when she'll be able to return to work. She has been staying with him at the hospital for 3 weeks, she has had many sleepless nights as she is monitoring his fevers that occur at night time, and during the day she's actively communicating with the several doctor's who are attending to him.
Jacqui has 2 daughters, ages 5 and 3, who attend daycare and require special diets due to several food allergies. The costs of daycare and food alone are very expensive, not to mention cost of rent, transportation and living expenses. This medical circumstance has caused financial hardship for Jacqui, making it impossible for a single income to support their financial responsibilities and family needs.
The family of Elias generously asks for any monetary contributions to provide financial support during this difficult time and recovery of Elias. No contribution is too small or too large in this moment of need. Any contribution is welcomed and greatly appreciated. We kindly thank you for your support towards our family. May God bless you.
Message from Jacqui:
I ask you all to stay strong with us. I ask that you continue to pray and remind the devil that he is not winning this war. I thank you all for the love and support throughout this hard time. Elias is strong... he will overcome this and he will make a full recovery.
From the bottom of our hearts our family says...Thank you All for the love, support and prayers that Elias and my sister have received. May God Bless You all and strong Hugs to each one of you. May God Bless you Elias and continue to get stronger. We Love You.
Thank you to all who have donated and supported Elias and my sister, Jacqui Valle, during this difficult time. Thank you all for your prayers and love. Our family is immensely grateful for everyone's support. We will forever cherish your gracious efforts. May God bless you all. The fight is not over yet. Elias is scheduled for his last Chemo Infusion tomorrow, Tuesday, February 7, 2017. Please continue to pray that his treatment goes smoothly and that this last treatment kills any sign of cancer in his body for good! Following treatment he will get tested to see if any cancer remains. The results of the Pet Scan will determine if he needs radiation. Lets pray that the results come back clear of cancer and that he won't need radiation. Thanks again for your love and support. #EliasStrong
The contribution departe de Edmond. He has asked me to print out a flyer and he will take it either to his work and soccer team.