My sister, Jackie, is a micro-entrepreneur and her family’s primary breadwinner. She lives in a 2-bedroom 36 sq m apartment together with her husband and two kids, 16 and 13, and niece, 16. One of the rooms serve as their office and houses all of their printing equipment. The decade-old online printing business is the family’s primary source of income.
We knock on your hearts to help this talented woman, mother and entrepreneur to survive and get well for her family.
In 2015, she was diagnosed with a fibroid and adenomyosis. The fibroid, which was the size of a pea, was found to be the cause of her prolonged, heavy bleeding. In the early years, hysterectomy was not an option because of the following considerations: age, number of children, and size of the fibroid. As the fibroid grows, the monthly labor-like pain gets more severe. Extreme loss of blood sometimes causes loss of consciousness and has weakened her immune system, to the point of contacting viral infection almost every other month in the last couple of years.
Despite major health setbacks, she continues to provide for her family. Although the business was able to sustain the family’s basic needs, the illness takes a toll on her productivity and even the chance to set up a medical fund. The constant need to rest and for medication hindered the family from growing financially.
With the progression of the illness, a permanent solution is needed to ensure her survival. The doctor advised hysterectomy wherein the uterus and fallopian tubes will be removed. Below are some details and the medical procedures available:
LATEST DIAGNOSIS as of July 2019:
- Abnormal Uterine Bleeding due to Grade 2 Intramural with minimal submucosal myoma
- Size as of March 2019: 4cm
- Total Abdominal Hysterectomy TAHIBS
- Vaginal Hysterectomy VHIBS - preferred
- Total Laparoscopic Hysterectomy TLHIBS
Jackie thanks you already for having read this far. She prays that you could help her survive and get well for her children. But more than that, she dreams of paying it forward by bringing the business to new heights to inspire and empower other Filipino women. In fact, she was recently invited as guest speaker to share her journey as an online and mom entrepreneur.
FOR CASH GIFTS FROM THE PHILIPPINES, PLEASE DEPOSIT TO:
Bank of the Philippines (BPI)
Account Name: Kara Jess T. Rondina
Account Number: 3079 0087 95