“Because no matter how small an act of kindness or generosity or simple positivity you put out into the world, it will make a difference.”
—Wonder Woman comic
Since I was a little girl, I’ve always looked up to my mom and see her as my wonder woman. It’s really captivating to watch her do everything she does so gracefully and effortlessly: a loving mother, a faithful wife, a reliable sister, a loyal friend and a committed colleague. She taught me so much about life and showed me how love strengthens world’s greatest warriors; as she is one. But now my warrior, my wonder woman, is facing the hardest battle in her life.
In mid-April 2019, at the age of 56, my mom was diagnosed with Endometrioid carcinoma, grade III, a type of uterine cancer where her endometrium (inner lining of the uterus) started growing uncontrollably. She experienced bleeding and it wouldn't stop 24/7. Her physician had her undergo a series of procedures to stop the cancer cells from spreading
- Abdominal hysterectomy (TAHBSO) – this was done in May
- 28-day radiotherapy to kill the cancer cells in her body – this was completed in June
- 3 sessions of chemotherapy (might increase up to 8 sessions depending on her body’s response to the therapy) – 1st and 2nd cycles were completed in July and August
Everything was happening so fast right before my eyes that I couldn’t quite keep up. It’s as if I am racing against time. I watch helplessly as my mom’s body slowly withers. The past six months have been physically painful and draining for her. She has lost her appetite. She always throws up and couldn't eat properly. Her body is rejecting anything she takes in. A sight so painful for any child to witness.
September comes, another laboratory tests, another clearance, another chemo session. But this time her lab results would shake us to the core and would shatter our worlds. How did a simple check-up lead to hospital confinement? I will never forget how my knees trembled as I came running to the hospital, palms cold and face covered with tears after my father called. The doctor said my mom’s body is too weak for chemotherapy and worse, cancer has already metastasized in her body and is already present in her lungs, liver and bones. These aggressive cancer cells were unresponsive to the first two cycles of chemotherapy.
Fear started to creep in; my heart wavering as hope wanes. Because aside from this physical battle, a harder battle is on-going mentally and emotionally. We are all hurting, but we can’t just give up yet. We’ll hold on to how much hope is left because we believe in God’s grace. We believe in His miracles.
I know this is a long battle, but we’ll take it one day at a time. We’re currently nursing her back to health to make her body chemo-ready, then we’ll take it from there. Most of her medications and food are being fed to her body through IV. Medical expenses can be financially exhausting that’s why we are humbly knocking on your hearts for your generosity. No amount is too small, and each cent can help extend my mother’s life.
How can you help:
You can help by:
- Saying a little prayer for my mom and my whole family
- Sharing this page in your social media accounts/ email/ messenger
- Sending your donations (details below)
- BPI peso account: 0069 4415 21 (accnt name: Jeremy Grace Ilustrisimo)
- BPI dollar account: 2734 0099 06 (accnt name: Jeremy Grace Ilustrisimo)
- BDO peso account: 01042 003 7020 (accnt name: Jeremy Grace Ilustrisimo)
Where your money is going:
Your donations can help us pay her medical bills, buy her medicines and food supplements and pay for her remaining chemo sessions which roughly costs 78,000 pesos per session.
If you are a close friend or workmates or former classmates of Grace, please keep this confidential as it would be of benefit to my mom not to know her real diagnosis. It would be good to keep her hopes up and keep fighting this illness.
Today, my heroine needs heroes like you, as she can’t fight this battle alone. May you be an instrument of God’s love, grace and mercy to her and manifest God’s miracle to my family. They say, celebrating your 30th birthday is a milestone; hence, you should do something unforgettable. And as I celebrate my milestone birthday on the 28th, May I request you to do something unforgettable for me instead? I would rather be reminded of humanity’s innate goodness and purity, as to be human is to be vulnerable and vulnerability leads to compassion.
With our sincerest gratitude,
Jeremy, Genesis, April, Ruben and Grace