Hello everyone! This is my cousin, Che Chai. She's only 25 years old and currently battling a rare cancer called the Liposarcoma. It is a cancer that arises in fat cells in deep soft tissue. It accounts for up to 18% of all soft tissue sarcomas. Liposarcoma can occur in almost any part of the body, but more than half of liposarcoma cases involve the thigh, and up to a third involve the abdominal cavity.
Last 2005, she was diagnosed with Baker's Cyst or popliteal cyst. It is a fluid-filled swelling that causes a lump at the back of the knee, leading to tightness and restricted movement. The cyst can be painful when you bend or extend your knee. Usually, this condition is due to a problem that affects the knee joint, such as arthritis or a cartilage injury. Treating the underlying cause can often alleviate the problem. Though a popliteal cyst doesn’t cause any long-term damage, it can be very uncomfortable and rarely can rupture. Fluid can then track down the calf and lead to a “bruise” around the ankle. She got the cyst operated during the medical mission held in Siquijor Provincial Hospital.
While she was pregnant with her firstborn last 2012, the mass got bigger but not painful. It got bigger when she was pregnant with her second baby but because of poverty, she hadn't got a chance to go to the doctor to check on her.
On October 2014, the cyst popped with puss and blood. That's when they decided to go to Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital. After some lab examination and biopsy, she was diagnosed with Myxoid Liposarcoma last November 2014 on her left leg. Myxoid liposarcoma is an intermediate to high grade tumor. Its cells look less normal under the microscope and may have a high grade component. The doctor decided to amputate her left leg so that the cancer cells won't spread on the upper part of her body. The cancer cells didn't reach her bones but the case got worst because there's too much blood and her hemoglobin count is getting low.
After her amputation, she didn't undergo chemotheraphy because of poverty but she noticed that she's getting fatter everyday. On 2016, she notiched a mass on her groin. On October 2017 she went to the OB-Gynecologist for her ultrasound and the doctor could see a lot of fats on her abdomen. But because of poverty she didn't do anything fo herself. Last February 2018, they went to Cebu for her transvaginal ultrasound and the doctor found out that she have ovarian tumor. The doctor who examined her referred her to a Gynecologist.
A lot of people have suggested that they should go to Manila for other alternative and better treatment for her condition, so they made a fund raising in Siquijor in order for them to come to Manila for her treatment.
She got operated last June 29 in East Avenue Medical Center. The procedure is called Exploratory Laparotomy. The doctors come up to that procedure because her lab test results are all different, so it was a risky procedure. The operations went well. They got 25 kilosof tumor from her abdomen which is equivalent to 10 babies but there are still 2 mass/tumors left inside her and it's getting bigger again.
WE ARE STILL IN NEED OF FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR HER UPCOMING OPERATION NEXT MONTH.
You may send your donations in my BPI Account. Account name: Mary Claire De La Peña, account no: 1639 0284 68. Any amount will do.
Thank you for taking time to read her story and I hope it touched your heart to help us. ♥