The sad story of Luz Datu
Sometimes in our lifetime, we expect the unexpected and when our challenges are beyond our control, we just have to pray and surrender to God our pains and suffering but at the same time be grateful to the people around us who are willing to help. The story of Luzviminda Datu and the unexpected cancer that struck her is heart-breaking, considering that she has no other resources. We who have known her through her sister are moved with pity and sympathy of her situation that is why we are taking this initiative to raise some money to save her life. We are hopeful that with so many generous people in our community, we can save her and help her get back on her feet again. We are appealing to everyone that through the kindness of your heart, you may be able to help Luz during this very difficult moment since she cannot work anymore because of her cancer situation. There are no other resources available for her to financially support her treatment, medications and her daily food
Luz immigrated to the US in 2002. All her life has been devoted to family care and work. For years she has been healthy and has maintain an active lifestyle. She works full time and has been a dedicated caregiver at an elderly facility in Los Angeles area. She’s devoted to her work and never in her tenure years at work did she complain. In June 2019, she complaint of a pain in her back but thought that might just be from the heavy lifting of patients. She continued working and went on with her daily routine of work home and church. That same month of June 2019, the pain in her back was excruciatingly painful that she was rushed to Orange Coast Medical Center and was told of a bone fracture in her back. Two days after, she was back in the emergency room for the same unbearable pain in her back and inability to walk. More tests were done and the clinical prognosis reveals that she has acute myologinous leukemia. She was referred to an oncologist and was advised chemotherapy for 6 months. After chemotherapy is completed, she will undergo bone marrow transplant of which she will be her own donor. Prior to bone marrow transplant, she will undergo stem cell procedure at Cedar Sinai Hospital. After the process of stem cell harvesting, she will be confined at Cedar Sinai for several days for the bone marrow procedure. Once discharged, she will be needing home health aide and will need assistance with mobility and ADLs (activities of daily living). She will continue with hospital and/or doctor’s visit to monitor her clinical progress. Recovery period is expected and can last for a year or so.