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Help Toni Fight Leukemia

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Raised by 67 people in 22 months
Created September 4, 2017



Help Toni Fight Leukemia

My cousin, Toni Estevez, is currently in the fight of and for her life. Roughly two weeks ago, she was diagnosed with AML (Acute Myelogenous Leukemia), a type of blood and bone marrow cancer.  
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For several years now, she has been experiencing episodes of dizziness and vertigo, but she just dismissed the symptoms. Until recently, when she finally decided to seek medical attention. Blood was drawn, and tests came back abnormal (low hemoglobin, low white blood cell count, low platelets).  Further work up (eg bone marrow biopsy) confirmed our worst nightmare - Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (subtype M1). 

In order to prognosticate the patient, and give the correct treatment, it is important to determine the stage/classification. Leukemia experts divided AML into subtypes, M0 through M7, based on the type of cell from which the leukemia develops and how mature the cells are. The subtype M1 means that the leukemia has minimal maturation. It is not the worst type, but it is certainly not the best one either.

She is currently undergoing chemotherapy, a 3+7 procedure and will be needing a bone marrow transplant that will cost around $300,000 alone. She lives in Legazpi City, a small province in the Philippines, where healthcare is out-of-pocket and health insurance is basically unheard of. It is for this reason that we, her cousins, have set up this page for her and decided that we cannot do this alone, and we need your help.

She is a talented and an amazing 29-year old chef and professor who has so much ahead of her. She works thrice as hard for her family- her husband, Santi and five-year old son, Lucas. She tries to be positive, but we know that most times, she is scared - just as much as we are.

She is in isolation since her white blood cell count is low. So while we’re waiting for the chance to see her, we decided to set up this page, and would really appreciate all the help that she can get. If you're reading this, thank you for the time, and please offer your prayers and intentions for her. No gift is too small and every penny will be greatly appreciated and will go directly towards her treatment. Thank you for all your support.

We will be updating this page.

Thank you so much. And may God bless you a hundredfold.
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Day 1 of my 3rd Salvage Chemotherapy.

I have 3 chemo drugs to take everyday for 5 days along with some antibiotics and other meds.

And the waiting part of 2 weeks will follow after where the side effects of the chemo drugs will take over; blood and platelet transfusions will be done etc. It’s a long process but hopefully, this time, we’ll be able to kill the cancer cells.

Thank you to this one for sticking with me and for being so patient. We can do this baba, with the support and love of our family, friends and med team. God has been really good to us. You witnessed it too with me.

Not feeling gravely unusual yet, but the coolest thing is, my pee is color blue-green! Haha. Mukha syang cocktail hahaha.

Pray for us please

GoFundme page: https://www.gofundme.com/f/helptonifightleukemia?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=fb_u_g

For local donations:
BPI Savings
0859 119891
Marie Antoinette Estevez
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Just had my 2DEcho inside my room (I’m in reverse isolation due to very low immune system because of low white blood cells) and happily, my heart is still in good shape and condition (and is full of love haha) after 7 cycles of intensive chemotherapy.

So, I’m currently preparing for my next treatment which will start very soon.

Praying that it’ll work this time though my cancer is already considered refractory (meaning my cancer may be resistant to medications and treatments).

While waiting and doing work-ups, we’ve been binge watching FRIENDS and Modern Family (next is Stranger Things 3), finally allowed to eat non-hypoallergenic food (yay!), been making new friendships and relationships with SLMC med team (haha sorry ang daldal ko), daily videocalls with Lucas and family (what I always look forward to), listening to Hillsong and other music genres to calm down, laugh with Santi or make fun at him (cry din paminsan), pray as much as I can... well, just living day by day

Still hopeful. Always will be. God is good

Thank you everyone for your thoughts, prayers, support and donations!

Still happy because I am grateful to have all these blessings

For local donations:
BPI Savings
0859 119891
Marie Antoinette Estevez
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My chemo failed again for the 2nd time. My cancer is becoming quite aggressive.

Initially from 10% leukemic cells , it went up to 91% after my first chemo this year. And it went down to 40% (which is still considered high) after my second.

We were aiming for less than 10% so I can be in remission and proceed with transplant.

But since we didn’t reach the mark, my doctors are looking for other options that will not compromise my other organs especially my heart (which is at risk every chemo session).

They’re considering another type of salvage chemotherapy or maybe, a clinical trial drug. I will know in a couple of days.

Yes, it’s frustrating and I cried my heart out but I have no other choice but to be strong. I can’t give up this fight. I don’t want to.

I know I have no control of this but sometimes, all we have to do is breathe deep, pray, let go and try again.

I will try again and I know my family, friends and God will be there for me.

He will heal me and my family.
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I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you for the donations and prayers.

Today, I am scheduled to undergo Bone Marrow Aspiration. Bone marrow aspiration is a procedure that involves taking a sample of the liquid part of the soft tissue inside the bones. . It can help determine if the cancer has spread to the bones.

We are hoping that leukemic cells will be below 10% so I can reach remission and proceed with transplant although my doctors initially saw 3% atypical cells in my blood the other day through my peripheral blood smear. I am still hopeful that my re-induction eliminated majority of the leukemic cells and generated more healthy cells.

I am humbly asking for your help as hospital bills are piling up and I am solely relying on my family for it. We tried asking for help from the government but there’s not much they can do.

I really wanted to fight cancer but I can’t do this alone.

Thank you for taking time to read and thank you for sharing, donating and praying for me and my family.

God bless!

For local PH donations:
You may send it to my account
Marie Antoinette Estevez
BPI 0859 119891
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