The cabin crew are coined as the "heroes of the sky", but there are times when these heroes need the help of other heroes. Eljei is a flight attendant of Cebu Pacific. Behind that beautiful face, she is fighting a battle that just no one else at 27 years of age would be fighting, Adrenal Cancer! It is a very rare kind, like she is 1 of more than a million that has it.
We would then like to request once again the global airline cabin crew community to unite as Eljei badly needs your help for her treatments. United in wings, let us all not allow cancer to win this battle against this flight attendant. We will be running a few fund raising programs to help her out in which we would need your support. At the same time, we will be posting details for donations or pledges should you decide to donate in her aide.
"Heroes for a Hero" is our campaign to help Eljei, as a "hero of the sky" needs the help of other "heroes" at this time. Please stay tuned for details. Please do also share this post on your wall to help spread word to other flight attendants out there.
Meanwhile, here is Eljei's message for all especially to the flight attendant community:
"My name is Eljei 27 yrs old diagnosed with adrenal cancer. A one in a million rare type of cancer.
I was living a normal life living my dream as a flight attendant. I was so busy chasing my dreams enjoying my life being into different places until one day this disease just came out of nowhere. It changed everything in my life. I felt bad. It feels like my wings got broken. I was really really down. I cried for days and nights thinking if I would still make it on my next birthday.
I tried to hide it from my mom at first but when I have to undergo a major operation to remove the 15 cm tumor 2yrs ago she has to know.
My mother was with me all throughout this fight and its hard believe me seeing her looking at me in this situation.
She was alone outside while I was inside the operating room fighting for my life. It took them 12hours performing my major operation and 8 packs of blood transfused into my body. I woke up in the ICU clueless of where I was. There was a tube on my mouth and I can't speak.
For 2 years they have been closely monitoring my cancer and now unfortunately it recurred. Now with two tumors.
It pains to see my mother crying again while seeing me cry in pain and agony with the tests that they're doing. I have to ask the doctors to close the door coz it pains me to see her seeing me in that situation.It breaks my heart. I see her keeping herself strong but I know and I can feel that she is hurting seeing me in pain and crying in agony.
I told myself that 'I would rather spend my remaining days flying rather than spending my remaining days in the hospital.'
But I was wrong..Now my doctor told me that I have to undergo chemo and radiation and that I have to rest.
I realized that we ONLY have ONE LIFE.
A life to live with happiness with our family, loved ones and friends.
We only live once so we must value this life that is given to us.
Now, 'I want to spend my days living with my family, my mom, husband and friends. I would spend my days serving God and be an instrument for his will.'
I wanted to have that second chance TO LIVEand take good of my mother as much as she is taking good care of me today.It's easy to let go of this borrowed life from God. What's hard is doing nothing for your loved ones. I have to fight for my mother I have to take care of her. She is old and alone and she needs me. God knows how much I wanted to live. I will fight for my life no matter what.
I've been crying for many days and nights thinking how I'm gonna sustain all of these sessions and treatments that I have to go through.As much as I wanted to live I don't know if I can financially sustain myself with all of the expenses that this illness would cost me.
Right now, I feel so blessed with the overflowing love that I am receiving from my friends and colleagues. I appreciate every effort that they're doing just to help me. This is more than just a blessing for me and I am forever grateful.
I am speechless with all the effort that they're doing for me. I am abundantly rich with friends and positive words I am gaining everyday. I hope people would help me too in this battle and be aware of this one in a million adrenal cancer."