Hello kind souls in the digital world. My name is Helen Mary Labao-Barrameda. I am a freelance blogger and writer. For the last 12 years of my life, I usually work three to six simultaneous jobs to support my parents and siblings plus prepare for my future with my husband. However, I got pregnant in April and I had a very delicate condition that makes me vomit blood beyond the first trimester (it's called hyperemesis gravidarum). I get dehydrated and sometimes I get hospitalized.
I also have to take it easy because of depressive episodes of my bipolar disorder. I am already on my 4th month of pregnancy. Last Saturday, I had threatened miscarriage because I am having labor contractions too early in my pregnancy. Right now I am on total bed rest with bathroom privileges only. But I am not writing for myself. I am writing for my mom and for keeping my unborn baby safe inside my tummy despite my condition.
Here is my baby boy, surviving the labor contractions at 18 weeks (the curved thing on top of this ultrasound photo by the head region are the contractions):
Last month, my mother got diagnosed with cancer. Today, I found out that the assessment is endometrial cancer that has cancer cells extending to her cervix. They are still about to check via CT scan later if the cancer cells have reached her lungs. There is a basketball-sized mass in her uterus and she is already starting to manifest symptoms of pain from cancer cells eating up from the inside.
As I type this message, she is also fighting for her life and on her third hospitalization this month. I could not physically visit her because her grandson inside my tummy is in danger and I could not work fulltime or take multiple jobs like I used to because of my present condition. I already spent my childbirth money last month for my mom's medical emergency. Her husband has an enlarged heart condition and we are also watching out for him because he can have a heart attack anytime. Cousins and other friends are helping me with my mom's hospitalization. They live two to three hours away. My sister is only 16 years old; she cannot work and she even volunteered to quit school but my mother's dream for her is to finish college and I am also working to fulfill that dream after this is over.
My own OB gyn informed me that my mother living long enough to see her grandchild this January may not be possible.
With this funding campaign, I am hoping to provide enough financial assistance for the series of hospitalizations that she will be having including pain management, CT scans for her body, chemotherapy OR palliative care if the cancer has fully taken over, and molecular nutrition to help her symptoms. I also plan to put some funds on standby in case she needs bags of blood for operation. I will also use part of the money to get a part time care giver to attend to her needs and transportation for her blood transfusion emergencies as her hemoglobin drops. This way, my stepfather with the heart condition can also occasionally get some sleep and not have a full blown heart attack as he deals with his wife's diagnosis.
Please help us. I have nowhere else to go and this is the only way I can think of right now to help out my family in this very painful crisis. Like any daughter, I will give anything for my mother to be as comfortable as possible as she goes through the worst of her health.