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Blake's Lymphoma Battle

  • Another update from Australia     16 September 2020
    Posted by: Alysha Prendergast

    This page had been closed but as Ann-Maree and Blake are having to stay in Australia longer than expected we have opened it back up for all those wanting to show their support.

    An update from Ann-Maree is below,

    Blake had a PET scan on 26th August that unfortunately showed that there had been no change since his previous scan apart from one mass in his neck that is showing an increase in cancer activity. This is not what his doctor was expecting or what we were hoping for. This means that Blake is going to need more treatment once he has recovered from his stem cell transplant, this will be in the form of either radiation or further chemotherapy.

    Blake was admitted to hospital on the 1st of September for his 'conditioning' chemotherapy prior to his stem cell transplant. This involved 6 days of very intense chemotherapy to wipe out his blood counts. One of the side effects of this very strong chemo is mouth ulcers and unfortunately Blake suffered from them pretty badly. The whole of the inside of his mouth and tongue were covered in ulcers and his throat was also affected. He was in a lot of pain and was unable to eat or drink due to the pain. He spent a few days having to be given morphine to help with the pain but thankfully these are now starting to heal.

    Blake's previously harvested stem cells were returned to him on the 8th of September and we were told that the 10 – 14 days following this would be pretty rough. Blake is coping as best as he can though he isn't feeling great. He has spiked a few temperatures and is now on IV antibiotics to prevent any infections taking hold. His blood pressure keeps dropping so the doctors are trying to get that sorted out also. He still isn't eating very much at all but thankfully is starting to drink more.

    We are just taking each day as it comes and trying to stay positive.

    Thank you all again for your support. We appreciate it so much xxx

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  • Update from Ann-Maree     26 June 2020
    Posted by: Alysha Prendergast

    Yesterday we finally got some good news. Blake had a PET scan that showed that he is responding to the current treatment!😀😀😀

    We still have a long road road ahead as they will harvest stem cells next week and then do 2 more rounds of chemo before they start the transplant process but at least we are heading in the right direction now!

    Thank you so much to everyone that has supported us, and to those who continue to support us, on this journey. We appreciate your ongoing support more than we could ever possibly put into words xxx

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  • Update as of 23rd April from Ann-Maree     23 April 2020
    Posted by: Alysha Prendergast

    Blake had a CT scan on the 10th of April to check on the progress of the chemotherapy. Unfortunately the scan results reported that this more aggressive chemotherapy was not impacting on the cancer either :'( The next treatment option was one not funded in NZ and the cost would be $40,000 per dose, with Blake needing a minimum of 3 doses.

    The doctors applied to Pharmac to see if they could gain funding under exceptional circumstances however this application was denied. Blake and

    Ann-Maree will now need to travel to Australia where the treatment is partially funded and the cost reduced. They will need to be away for a minimum of 3 months and will be incurring costs associated with travel and being away from home.

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  • Thank you!     5 March 2020
    Posted by: Alysha Prendergast

    Thank you everyone for your donations so far, we are amazed and know Blake and his family appreciate all your support and donations!

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