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- Security Bank Account Number: 0000027579682 (Balasabas, Neil).
- BDO Account Number: 001960649262 (Neil Patrick A Balasabas)
- BPI Account Number: 9259219755 (Neil Patrick Alindog Ba)
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Before It All Began
She is an extraordinary and a strong-spirited woman with a loving family. She's also a type of mother that's willing to trade anything for her family, especially her kids. In addition, she's also a selfless sibling because she is always there to extend a helping hand to them unconditionally.
Her Life's Journey
Mama took a sacrifice and faced several challenges of being away from her loved ones. She moved in Hong Kong for almost five years to provide the means for her family, especially for her two growing sons. Mama did a great job in making sure that all the needs were met, even if sometimes it will leave her nothing.
Start of Her Battle
After tirelessly working abroad for several years, she was first diagnosed in 2006 with Acromegaly with a benign tumor on her pituitary gland. This is a type of hormonal condition wherein a pituitary gland produces too much growth hormone during adulthood. When this happens, your bones increase in size, including those of your hands, feet and face (as you can see on the picture/video). Since acromegaly is uncommon and physical changes occur gradually, the condition sometimes takes a long time to recognise. If it's not treated promptly, acromegaly can lead to serious illness and may even become life-threatening. However, she started to experience stomach ache and cramps in 2007 for several weeks. In our surprise, the Physician diagnosed complications from her ectopic pregnancy after carrying her 3rd child. In result, she had to undergo Total Abdominal Hysterectomy with Bilateral Salpingo-Oophorectomy. A year after, she has undergone transsphenoidal pituitary surgery for her tumour, which we were very lucky and blessed to be part of a charity, as they covered the entire expense of the procedure. The surgery went successfully and she started to live normally. However, after doing several follow-up check ups with her Physician, they've noticed that a mass is starting to grow on the same spot where she had the surgery. The Physician ruled out that indeed the tumour reoccured on her pituitary gland. But this time she cannot be cleared for another major procedure as she had developed a posterior mitral valve prolapse with severe mitral regurgitation with a history of congestive heart failure. As of writing, she's undergoing medical treatment for the said conditions and we are happy that she is still striving. Fast forward to 2019, she's been in an out of the hospital due to severe head ache and shortness of breathing.
What We Need Help With
Currently, we were discharged from the hospital after 5 days of being confined. Our hospital bill reached ₱ 85, 466.25 by staying at this facility. I, as a sole income-earner and the eldest son, I had to leave my job to take care of her in the meantime. Which in result of us being left empty-handed. However, we made sure that her PhilHealth (Government Insurance) is updated, but we've utilized and exhausted this ever since. As per her Doctors, her condition will not get any better unless she will religiously take her medicines. With the cost of her medication, we have to prepare every week more or less ₱3,000 / €54 / $59 which in a month ₱12,000 / €214 / $236.
We would like to know on your kind hearts to please help us in raising funds for my mother's medication. She had lived and survived all of life's adversities and we want to do anything to make her battle less painful and bearable.
You may send me a message if you would like updates of Mama's condition or for pictures of what is happening. But rest assured that we will be more than happy to share with you guys our daily progress.
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Thank you from our family to yours.