Hi, good evening to you all.
I’m sorry for the long silence, I realise you are all long overdue for an update and think it’s best to get the page up and rolling again. I sincerely apologize for the wait and are grateful for the support that has still been given here as you all wait patiently for news.
Since returning from overseas there has been many ups and downs. As mentioned in the past update Christina had radiation on her right lung, it seems to of helped in some way but not long after the radiation Christina had developed a chest infection followed by influenza, where she then had to start oral and IV antibiotics. During which time the frequent scans were showing that the tumours on the left lung were shrinking and ended up shrinking to halve of what they were.
Christina’s been continuing with the Chemo tablets at home, but during the time of having influenza Christina’s blood counts dropped quite dramatically, which required her to have a blood transfusion over two days. She was neutropenic, (which is when your body has no white cells to fight infection) this then meant that she had to go 30 days without having the Chemo tablets until her blood cells went back to normal.
Christina restarted taking the Chemo tablets two and a half weeks ago, and has been suffering with stomach pains, loss of appetite, nausea and well to be honest she’s been “in the dumps”..
As if all this has not already been too much, yesterday they discovered she now has a urine tract infection which was accompanied with more horrible news that the scans are now showing that one of the tumours on her left lung has grown again more than doubling in size in the last 5 weeks (5 weeks ago it was 3.4cm and now stands at 7.7cm) she has been quite breathless and relies a lot on her oxygen tank and wheelchair.
At the same time as all of this, Christina has been continuing with part of the treatment from Germany. With the team over there liaising with us and posting medication (Mistletoe) over here to Australia as it’s not available here.
It’s been brought to our attention that there is a clinic here in Hawthorn, Victoria which does the hyperthermia and pure vitamin C infusions which is part of the treatment she was receiving over in Germany.
Christina, her parents and the medical team over in Germany all believed that the Vitamin C infusions were very beneficial, and helped improve her condition immensely. So we are aiming to try and get her back on the Vitamin C infusions through the centre in Hawthorn. They have an appointment on the 27th of October. Unfortunately this along with everything else doesn’t come at a cheap price and as they already have their monthly expenses for the treatments she’s been using these past months ($2000 – $3000 per month) the remaining money that was raised is starting to wear thin and we believe won’t last at all if we chose to go ahead with the Vitamin C infusions (costing between $200 – $400 a week).
Christina’s Parents and Family are forever grateful for all the support and heartfelt donations that have already been given, and realise that if not for all the support from you and the community, they might not still be blessed with this time with their daughter.
Please continue your prayers and support by helping me spread Christina’s Story even further by sharing the page to your friends, family and community.
We’ll be announcing some ideas and plans for further fundraising later this week, if you have any suggestions, information and/or connections please don’t hesitate to contact myself (Nicole) and the page.