Let's help Pedja in his battle with CLL
Let's help Pedja get the treatment he needs to manage his CLL (chronic lymphatic leukaemia) and extend his life.Wellington
Pedja was diagnosed with CLL (chronic lymphatic leukemia), in 2006. He lived a very healthy life for many years with very little symptoms. In fact many people did not even realise Pedja had this condition as he was doing really well. He kept healthy with his diet and positive nature until more recently he started showing more symptoms that the disease was progressing.
A few weeks ago he was hospitalized, needing blood transfusions for anemia and antibiotics for an underlying pneumonia. As CLL weakens the immune system, it is more common to pick up infections. When Pedja was discharged, the doctors told him he may only have 1 year to live.
Pedja is a self employed locksmith and has eight children aged 16 down to 2 years old. With CLL chemo is only given in the later stages of the disease. The full dose chemo the doctors want to give Pedja is not recommended for older patients as it is very harsh. So, people may understand why Pedja has opted out from this treatment. Instead he and his wife Michelle, have been looking at other treatment options.
Unfortunately these come at a cost and this is why they need a little or a lot of help!
Non funded drugs which have shown more positive results are not funded in NZ. They cost around $6000 per month. This would be an ongoing cost. However, since Pedja and Michelle have been researching and reading a lot on integrative treatments, they have found a few clinics overseas which may help Pedja manage his CLL and have better quality of life.
These clinics offer a variety of treatments, addressing the body as a whole. Treatments sometimes include low dose chemo and immunotherapy, however these are supplemented by boosting the immune system with IV vitamin c, ozone therapy, curcumin, dendritic cell treatment, resveratrol etc. The clinics also offer accommodation, meals and pick up from the airport. 4 weeks of treatment at most clinics we have contacted is around $50,000.
While one of these clinics is the preferred treatment for Pedja, the family is leaving the outcome in God's hands as they await funding through this Givealittle page. They realise it is a lot of money and if they do not manage to raise enough, they will use whatever has come in towards whatever treatment they can afford which might be just going for some IV vitamin c in NZ or Australia and for some time away from work to rest.
Every little bit you contribute helps and is hugely appreciated by Pedja and his whole family!
Pedja and Michelle would also appreciate your prayers that the Lord would give them wisdom to make the right decisions.
Viviane Ayers' involvement (page creator)
I am Michelle's sister and Pedja's sister-in-law
Use of funds
Money raised will go towards integrative treatment at an overseas clinic, as well as flights for Pedja and his wife Michelle. If we don't reach our goal any money raised will go towards whatever treatment they can afford and is available in NZ
Shortly after our latest update, Pedja ended up back in hospital with yet another infection. While in hospital he made the difficult decision to start chemotherapy. His first round of chemo was last week. He is currently still in hospital and Michelle has been with him the whole time, while some wonderful family friends have been looking after the children.
This past week, while still in hospital, he has fought more infections, fevers and a large hematoma. However, he is an absolute fighter and over the last couple days some of his strength and appetite have returned. The next goal is to get him well enough to return home again, - hopefully until he has his next round of chemo in one months time.
For the most part of the last three months, Pedja has been unable to work, so your wonderful donations have contributed towards supplements and treatments as well as supporting the family in many of their day-to-day costs.
This update comes with a huge thank you from Michelle and Pedja for all your love, support and continued prayers!
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This page was created on 27 Nov 2019 and closes on 20 May 2020.