"Mom" - that word that I am sure puts a smile, even a small one, in everyone's heart and face.
It is hard to imagine, but the idea of suddenly losing your mom or any other family member you love as much, can be devastating.
My younger siblings and myself felt this in our own skin back in 2011, when our mom Teresa, back then leading a stable professional career as a dentist, was diagnosed with an advanced brain tumor. The surgery and following radiotherapy side effects, caused her to, little by little, delegate most of her professional practice to others, thus resulting in some financial loss for her.
Now, life puts us in a similar situation, when 2 months ago she was diagnosed with breast cancer, and even though now she has much higher chances of undergoing a successful treatment than she had 7 years ago, our bigger limitation now is from the financial side.
In Bolivia (our home country in South America), as in many other 3rd. world countries, where the medical care system is not as developed as in Europe, complex treatments such as cancer are slow, hard, and expensive to be treated on time, and many people have no other choice than to just give up before they have even started the battle
The best option, if not the only one, prescribed by her oncologist, is a surgery and 18 cycles of chemotherapy with a medicine called Herceptin (the most aggressive medicine against this type of cancer), one cycle every 3 weeks.
The cost of this treatment is exorbitant:
Surgery - 5000 eur
Chemo - 1 cycle of Herceptin - 2500 eur (18 cycles, 1 every 3 weeks), total: 45000eur.
Total cost of treatment: 50 000 eur.
For a single mom working, raising and supporting a home and two kids through university, this is an unimaginable and unreachable amount of money (2500eur every 21 days just for one medicine).
Through various events, fundrisings, and some savings at home we are managing to gather enough money for the surgery and initial chemos. But yet, we are far from being able to cover the complete treatment of 18 cycles and the possible complications that may come with it.
This is the reason I turn to relatives, to friends... to YOU, good people, that can help us with a small grain of sand in this difficult situation.
I know... we know, that with the help of all of YOU we can make it! No help is too little in our situation and I know that I will be forever thankful to every single person supporting us in this struggle not only economically, but emotionally as well.
Many thanks for reading and giving us a bit of your time and support.