Hi, my name is Ralph Cabrera. 40 yrs old from Cavite. A Born Again Christian, husband, and a father to two beautiful kids. I have been working in the BPO for more than a decade now and currently as a trainer.
I remember about 4 years ago, I had this cough that doesn’t go away. And for some reason it becomes worse during the colder parts of each year. I did have it checked and x-rayed but I was always told that it was a regular cough and cold probably be due to the change in season. Until June of 2018, where it was finally visible on my x-ray, a mass was seen on my right lung and I was told to have it checked further. It didn’t sink in yet as I thought that it may be a mistake or probably just a scar from a previous infection.
So, I had a lot of tests done including a CT Scan, all laboratory tests showed normal except for the CT Scan, it just confirmed what I was fearing the most – I have a very dense tumor growing on my lower right lung almost the size of a tennis ball.I had my first biopsy, which was excruciatingly painful because the anesthesia only goes skin deep and not to the lungs. Unfortunately, the specimens were not enough to come up with a conclusive reading, so it was a fail and I was advised to have another one.
Meanwhile, I also tried some alternative approach like herbal medicines, holistic healing and the like, but nothing changed, nor my condition improved. But if there was any consolation, it was a good sign that the tumor did not increase in size, so it could possibly be benign (according to the Pulmo-doctor), or so we thought.
A year later, I had to do another scan. This time the tumor, from 5 cm increased its size to 6 cm. For the 2nd time I had to undergo a very excruciating biopsy. The results were out and there at the top says: Final Histopathologic Diagnosis – POSITIVE FOR MALIGNANT CELLS. FAVOR NON-SMALL CELL CARCINOMA. In other words, what I have is a possible stage 1, lung cancer. There were no visible indications from the scan that any lymph nodes were affected yet, though a PET scan would be the best way to check the spread of the cancer cells (if any).
At this moment, my best option for survival and to prevent the spread of the cancer cells is to have a Lobectomy, where half of my right lung together with the tumor would be surgically removed. According to the surgeon, the tumor must be removed the soonest because there’s a possibility that the last biopsy may have left a puncture wound big enough for the cancer cells to leak out of the tumor and spread out - it’s a race against time.
As a father and bread winner, I just wanted to provide for my family’s needs, but this disease has put me in a very unfair situation. The only thing that is keeping me to move forward despite all that has happened, is my faith in the Lord Jesus, together with the support of my wife and two beautiful kids.
Dear friends, I want to survive this season in my life, this disease, but I need your help. The operation alone would cost at least P500,000, and another P200,000 for the post operation pain management and chemotherapy. I am humbly asking for any financial help; any amount is greatly appreciated. The early detection gave me an opportunity to be a survivor, but I only have a very small window before it progresses to the next stage. Truth is, this operation doesn’t guarantee anything, but God is my healer and I put everything in His hands now.
Lastly, I want to thank you for taking time hearing my story. My family thanks you for your heart of generosity. God bless you.
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