(I have created this campaign to help my dear friend, Alex, in getting her father home after two years of hospital confinement and affording a debulking surgery later on. This is what she has written to help you understand their circumstance better. You can also personally reach out to her through here.)
Papa has been diagnosed with Stage 2 Colorectal Cancer in 2010, but he has bravely battled the same disease that took the lives of his two siblings for almost two years and fortunately survived.
After numerous endoscopic examinations/tumor biopsies, he was finally declared cancer-free in 2012. My father went on living his best life after his surgery (hemicolectomy).
Fast forward, April of 2020; whatever food he consumes, he only vomits. He frequents the toilet every 45 minutes, then lost almost 15 kgs in a week. If it weren't for my mother discovering that he is suffering from rectal bleeding after locking himself for an hour in the restroom, he would've still refused to be taken to the nearest hospital because he genuinely worries about the prospective expenses. A part of him is deeply traumatized by the pain he has gone through almost a decade back.
We have an inkling as to what it is, of course. And later medical findings only confirmed that there is indeed a cancer recurrence, with five malignant tumors in his large intestines yet again.
I should know better than rely on other people's generosity, but I have exhausted every resource possible just to provide for and survive my family, especially my sick father.
I've been working full-time, earning 820 pesos (roughly $16) a day, but the amount is not enough for his prescribed medicines alone, which cost $29 daily. Both of my siblings are minors, and we have sold and pawned every appliance, piece of clothing, pair of shoes, set of furniture, just to make ends meet. My mother left her job to take good care of Papa too.
As much as I dislike writing updates about my father's health, the truth is, it has not improved that greatly and we still are in need of all the help we can get.
(I have taken two weeks off work a month ago to seek financial assistance from our local government and agencies, but we have not gotten a response from them yet.)
His doctor has given us the signal that we can take Papa home (early November of last year) though, because prolonging his stay in the hospital, especially now that he was transferred to the common ward, would only heighten his chances of contracting Covid or other illnesses. (His doctor advised that we can proceed in conditioning his body for the debulking surgery at home.) But since we cannot pay the entirety of the hospital bill, my father can't be discharged just yet. And despite writing multiple promissory notes for the hospital director/panel to consider, we were only rejected each time.
To make matter worse, at least 6 of my colleagues tested positive for Omicron. Thus, our operation temporarily ceased until our executives figured out how to administer us.
I am aware that it is nobody's business but ours, it's just I don't know what else to do or where to seek help for us to get by these following days/weeks.
It would mean the world to our family if anyone could spare us any amount until we get back on our feet.