How I was Cured and Survived a Storm of Health Ailments
formerly known as Hodgkin’s disease — is a cancer of the lymphatic system, which is part of your immune system.
In Hodgkin’s lymphoma, cells in the lymphatic system grow abnormally and may spread beyond the lymphatic system. As Hodgkin’s lymphoma progresses, it compromises your body’s ability to fight infection. (Mayo Clinic)
Osteomyelitis + MRSA + E-Coli + Staph
is an infection of the bone, a rare but serious condition. Bones can become infected in a number of ways: Infection in one part of the body may spread through the bloodstream into the bone, or an open fracture or surgery may expose the bone to infection.
In most cases, a bacteria called Staphylococcus aureus, a type of staph bacteria, causes osteomyelitis.
Certain chronic conditions like diabetes may increase your risk for osteomyelitis. (WebMD)
Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH)
is liver inflammation and damage caused by a buildup of fat in the liver. It is part of a group of conditions called nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. You may be told you have a “fatty liver.” Many people have a buildup of fat in the liver, and for most people it causes no symptoms and no problems. But in some people, the fat causes inflammation and damages cells in the liver. Because of the damage, the liver doesn’t work as well as it should. NASH can get worse and cause scarring of the liver, which leads to cirrhosis. (WebMD)
Type 2 Diabetes
once known as adult-onset or noninsulin-dependent diabetes, is a chronic condition that affects the way your body metabolizes sugar (glucose), your body’s important source of fuel. With type 2 diabetes, your body either resists the effects of insulin — a hormone that regulates the movement of sugar into your cells — or doesn’t produce enough insulin to maintain a normal glucose level. (Mayo Clinic)
LIFE or DEATH
For most of my adult life starting back in the early 90’s I have been suffering and treated for Severe Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, Plaque Psoriasis, Liver Cirrhosis, Type 2 Diabetes, and Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
There is no cure for Lupus.
My other ailments were being treated but it took a severe toll on my body. Unable to work I’ve lost everything and was homeless. I was too ashamed to reach out for help from anybody. The day I was told I had Cancer devastated me, my family as well as my fiance Lalaine. I knew I did not want to be a burden for them. What made my recovery difficult was that having these existing conditions on top of my Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, my road to recovery was going to be long and difficult and PAINFUL.
Given 6 months to live in 09/09/09, A life saving Stem Cell transplant at City of Hope has given me a new lease on life.
The CURE : My Own Stem Cell Transplant
My body started to regenerate all new skin cells. My Lupus butterfly rash, Plaque Psoriasis that covered 40% of my body, my Arthritis and joint swelling gone, as well as the lymphoma was gone. All my other ailments except Diabetes, which runs in the family were, non existent in my blood works. A true Miracle of Science with Soul, the result’s baffled my Doctors and I have been part of their Research Program since then.
In autoimmune diseases, the immune system turns against parts of the body it is designed to protect. This leads to inflammation and damage to various body tissues. Lupus can affect many parts of the body, including the joints, skin, kidneys, heart, lungs, blood vessels, and brain. Although people with the disease may have many different symptoms, some of the most common ones include extreme fatigue, painful or swollen joints (arthritis), unexplained fever, skin rashes, and kidney problems. (WebMD)
Plaque psoriasis causes raised, inflamed, red skin covered with silvery, white scales. These patches may itch and burn. It can appear anywhere on your body, but often pops up in these areas:
- Lower Back
Severe Rheumatoid Arthritis
is a chronic inflammatory disorder that can affect more than just your joints. In some people, the condition also can damage a wide variety of body systems, including the skin, eyes, lungs, heart and blood vessels.
An autoimmune disorder, rheumatoid arthritis occurs when your immune system mistakenly attacks your own body’s tissues.
The inflammation associated with rheumatoid arthritis is what can damage other parts of the body as well. While new types of medications have improved treatment options dramatically, severe rheumatoid arthritis can still cause physical disabilities. (Mayo Clinic)
Raynaud’s Disease (Scleroderma)
causes some areas of your body — such as your fingers and toes — to feel numb and cold in response to cold temperatures or stress. In Raynaud’s disease, smaller arteries that supply blood to your skin narrow, limiting blood circulation to affected areas (vasospasm). (Mayo Clinic) My very first ailment, prior to my RA and SLE diagnosis. So painful it ended my hopes of graduating as an architect, and prompted me to move to CA from NJ for much warmer weather.
ED REYES : Welcome to my Fundraising Website for LLS.
On behalf of blood cancer patients everywhere, thank you for your support!
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Please join me in supporting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) by making a donation to my fundraising campaign for Man or Woman of the Year. I am part of team working to raise as much as possible in a 10-week period. Every dollar I raise counts as one vote and the candidate who gets the most votes/raises the most money is named the Man or Woman of the Year.
But as you know, everyone wins when cancer loses, and thanks to your support, my efforts will help fund the therapies and treatments that save lives, not someday but today.
Over the years, support from people like you has been responsible for the blood cancer advancements that have doubled, tripled, and in some cases quadrupled the survival rate for some blood cancers.
Many LLS supported therapies not only help blood cancer patients, but are also now used to treat patients with rare forms of stomach and skin cancers and are in clinical trials for patients with lung, brain, breast, pancreatic and prostate cancers. And LLS funded drugs like targeted therapies and immunotherapies are now saving thousands of lives every day.
We really are getting close to our goal of a world without blood cancers!
All donations are greatly appreciated and tax deductible. They’ll not only support LLS research, but patient services, advocacy, public and professional education, and community services as well.
Mission Moment: Fire With Fire
Heroes are everywhere. Even within ourselves.
Our Campaign Anthem, the Scripts “Superheroes”, embodies the Hero’s Journey. A look into my own journey! A BIG THANK YOU, to my friend and incredible musician Jared Halley, for allowing me to re-purpose his video originally dedicated to his cousin Brian, who is battling cancer. Please check out Jared’s YouTube Channel for some awesome acapella covers. Purchase his music on iTunes. Help him make more videos like this by supporting him on Patreon.com. A HERO with musical superpowers!
My 2017 LLS Kickoff Gala Speech. You’ll LAUGH, you’ll CRY, you’ll scream DON’T QUIT YOUR DAY JOB. 18 years condensed into 10 minutes, enjoy!
Fundraising for Research Grants
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Our May 1st Stretch Goals for Research Grants : TEAM SHARK vs. TEAM PROFIT
Lalaine and I, took a visit to the guys at FLEX to discuss a limited edition LLS Flex Watch for my MWOY Campaign. I just remembered both Robert Herjavec, from ABC’s Shark Tank and Marcus Lemonis, from CNBC’s The Profit & The Partner mothers had passed away from some form of Cancer.
I said since i’m raising money to fund and name Cancer Research Grant’s based on my Team’s Goals, wouldn’t it be cool to have a playful competition of Team Shark Fans vs Team Profit Fans to see if they can hit the 50k mark each, so we can name a Research Grant in Memory of Robert’s Mom Katica and In Memory of Marcus’s mom Sophia.
Team FLEX agreed and said it’s a great idea and also it’s for a great cause. What does my Entrepreneur Audience think? Let us know by Voting Below in our Poll. If there is enough interests, I’ll reach out to both Robert + Marcus and see if they would be willing to participate and match the funds raised by their superfans.
Every dollar counts. If by the end of April we get votes in the thousands. I’ll start a 31 day campaign to see if we can get their Research Grant Funded. Thank You. #EntrepreneursRock
Superfans please email me if you would like to participate in being part of Team Shark or Team Profit. email@example.com : Please don’t SPAM me.
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