Ruffa Gutierrez penned a heartfelt message for her sister-in-law, Alexa Gutierrez, who has been diagnosed with leukemia.
"LEUKEMIA WARRIOR. @alexaugutz is a brave beautiful soul," Ruffa wrote in her post last January 14, 2024. Alexa is the wife of Elvis Gutierrez, Ruffa's younger brother.
Ruffa calls out to everyone reading her post to offer a prayer for Alexa's complete healing. "Lex, you are such a positive, courageous, beautiful, and strong human being! I know you can beat this. God has a great plan for you," she said.
The actress declared their love and support for their family member in this difficult time they're enduring, "We love you and will walk with you through every step of this journey. Continue to be in high spirits. You’re not alone."
Alexa wrote an appreciation post to everyone very supportive of her journey. Her message included a candid and no-filter photo of her current state as a leukemia warrior. "I’m so overwhelmed and overjoyed reading all your messages, " Alexa began in her post.
"Tears of joy reading all your love and support. I wish I could reply to each one of you and tell you how I feel and that I see God in all of you. For now, here I am no makeup, no filter. Just happy with my results for today," she furthered.
Recently, the Gutierrez fam went to Japan for their holiday trip. They spent the New Year together in Japan. Snaps of their family bonding were posted on their respective social media accounts. Alexa also came to the trip and happily smiled with her family! She and Elvis are parents to two daughters namely, Aria and Ezra.
What is leukemia?
Mayo Clinic defines leukemia as the cancer of the body's blood-forming tissues. It usually involves the white blood cells, which are set to fight infection in our bodies. However, people diagnosed with leukemia have an excessive amount of "abnormal white blood cells." Hence, these cells do not function properly.
How does leukemia start?
According to Moffitt Cancer Center, the main combination of genetic and environmental factors that can cause leukemia in our bodies is still undetermined. What scientists know is that our bodies could undergo mutations or "leukemic changes" that might lead to unhealthy cells outnumbering healthy cells within the body. Basically, when unhealthy cells outnumber the healthy ones, it malfunctions.
What are the symptoms of leukemia?
With malfunctioning cells, one's immune system is highly affected. This is also why people with leukemia are prone to bleed, bruise, or become fatigued very easily, and also might be highly susceptible to infection.
Here are some of the symptoms of leukemia as listed by the Mayo Clinic:
- Fever, chills, body aches, and other flu-like symptoms
- Excessive tiredness and weakness
- Loss of appetite
- Unexplained weight loss
- Recurrent infections
- Easy bleeding, bruising, and nosebleeds
- Swollen lymph nodes
How can leukemia be treated?
The Moffitt Cancer Center stated that leukemia patients can reach a "state of remission" despite the lack of a complete cure for the disease. The state of remission means that the patient will no longer experience signs and symptoms of cancer, and it can be achieved through advanced medical procedures.
The medical procedures for leukemia patients include:
- Radiation therapy
- Bone marrow transplants
- Monoclonal antibody therapy
- Clinical trials
Treatment for leukemia is indeed a complex one but with advanced technology nowadays, several medical strategies can be done for leukemia patients to break free from the disease.