Tautoko Steven through his Cancer Journey

$2,195 donated
Given by 37 generous donors in around 6 months

Husband to Julia, father to 6 and grandfather to 3 & a friend to many fighting his way through his cancer journey.

Browns Bay, Auckland

Feb 2023 our lives changed drastically, my father was rushed in to hospital for a life saving emergency surgery on his small bowel. After spending 3 weeks in hospital, within 2 days of being home dad was told that they removed 22cms of dad’s small bowel which was riddled in cancer. Dad was diagnosed with a rare NK T cell lymphoma leukaemia and was required to undergo chemotherapy immediately! As a tight knit whānau we were absolutely devastated with the news and still to this day try and wrap our heads around the reality of this journey. After 2 different forms of chemotherapy one being the strongest form of chemo they have ever administered in Nz and another form similar not being successful then dad was put on another form of immunotherapy all within the last 8 months, with dad being admitted multiple times with fluid retention, infections and reactions from the treatment he was receiving. We have been travelling back and forth to Auckland hospital each day we have received the news that dad will be receiving his Stem cell transplant in December and dad will be in hospital through Christmas and new years. He will be given TBI( Total body radiation) and chemotherapy before his transplant. Dad is a very high risk patient and we have been given the possibilities of what could happen within this transplant that could end up fatal. We are putting all our trust into all the specialists, nurses, doctors who work tirelessly around the clock to ensure dad has the best care possible.

Caitlin Rudolph-karena's involvement (page creator)

I’m the eldest daughter of Steven & his support person through this journey

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The money will be used to relieve the financial stress of my mum and my whānau through this time. It will go towards travel, parking, food & things that my whānau will need in order to make sure dad has all he needs.

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Update on dad🫶🏽  28 March 2024

dad has been in hospital for a very long time, Dad has been battling infections, fluid retention, graft vs host disease, rashes, loss of eye sight, we had a period of 5 weeks where dad was unable to eat anything with everything he did take in fluid wise it would either retain in his legs or he would have uncontrollable bowel motions. Dads had feeding tubes inserted, many scans done, been in and out of isolation. Many infusions and blood products going through daily, Every day with dad is very different, I have recieved multiple phonecalls within the last month from the hospital, with the doctors being very worried about dad, they meet regularly to ensure dad is on the right path. We have also been told dads CMV virus levels is high which is very worrying to the doctors which now they have put dad on an urgent course of medicine as this cmv virus can be very dangerous and or fatal. Dad’s condition is very serious but we are assured that dad is being taken care of. There is so much going on that its been very hard to keep an update going with this post being a small snipet of not only this admission and the previous, it has been by far the most mentally challenging for us all but also physically exhausting for dad. Unfortunately this morning dad has been put back in isolation with rhino virus, as tough as things are right now we know dad has the mental capacity to over come anything that has been thrown at him.

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Private Donor
Private Donor on 01 Apr 2024
Sue on 25 Feb 2024
I hope dad is improving & gets better soon
Adele on 30 Jan 2024
You got this whānau ❤️
Timera on 23 Jan 2024
My prayers are with you all ❤️❤️ my love goes out to you all from my Whanau to yours xoxoxox
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aditya gupta on 06 Jan 2024

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