JEZREEL – “God Will Sow”
“God will sow” as defined by gotquestion.org is the meaning of Jezreel. Jezreel, as further defined in gotquestion.org, “….was a city in the plain or valley of Esdraelon. It was also called the Valley of Jezreel.
The Valley of Jezreel is a beautiful and broad valley or plain, stretching from west to east from Mount Carmel and the sea to the Jordan, which it reaches through two arms, between the mountains of Gilboa, Little Hermon, and Tabor; and from south to north from the mountains of Ephraim to those of Galilee. Nazareth lays on its northern side. It is also called the Great Plain and the Valley of Esdraelon…”.
Jezreel though for our purpose is the name of our latest EPCALM Leukemia patient – Jezreel John Alega, 20 years old, also known as JJ. JJ was born on Jan. 7, 1993 in Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro, Philippines. Following is the extract from JJ’s website (http://supportjay.wordpress.com) his childhood and diagnosis:
He is the only son of Helen and Artemio Alega. He spent his early life in Calapan. In 2002, when he was 9 years old, his family left Calapan and moved to Bonn, Germany. He immediately adapted to the German culture. He finished elementary and middle school in Bonn. He became fluent in German and learned French. He and his German friends were very involved in dance group. Due to his parent’s unstable working condition, his family moved back to the Philippines in 2008.
He continued high school in Calapan. JJ got sick before his high school graduation in March of 2010. He had terrible back pains which made him almost miss attending his graduation day. As a college freshman he enrolled in B.S. Tourism in the Lyceum of Batangas. But before school started, he got sick again and his blood test results were not good. His doctors in Mindoro referred him to doctors in Manila and due to his emergency condition, he was transported by ambulance from Mindoro to Manila and was admitted in the Philippine General Hospital (PGH).
He was seen by a hematologist and oncologist and a battery of tests were done to him. He was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL).
Because of the diagnosis, he cancelled his school enrollment and underwent his first cycle of chemotherapy in the PGH on June of 2010. He received daily blood transfusions to balance his platelets, white blood cells and plasma. He got a strong dosage of medicines. As a 17 year old, he was accepted at the hematology/oncology pediatric section.
After a month of staying in the hospital, JJ responded very well to the first cycle of chemotherapy and was given clearance to go home. The next cycle of chemotherapy required him to be in the hospital every other day. Marrow aspiration was done to check if his bone marrow was producing the blood cells.
He also underwent spinal punctures once a month.
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