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My sister, Bernadette, has been working as a teacher for over 20 years now and she now works as a public school teacher at San Lorenzo Ruiz Senior High School in Pasig City, Philippines. She had undergone a major operation to remove a number of lumps from both of her breasts back in 2011, but sadly, these cysts have recurred after 10 years and the condition have even become worse.
She had to go through a series of tests, including a biopsy, in the past months (and these alone have already cost over PHP 100k), after which we received the most heartbreaking news that she has been diagnosed with Dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans (DFSP), which is a rare type of skin cancer. She was informed by her doctor of the need to have a mastectomy (complete removal) of her left breast and that this is required to take place at the earliest to avoid the spread of cancer to her other body parts.
She is the kindest and most selfless person that I have ever met in my life, and I am not saying this just because she is my sister, but because she really is. When I was younger, I recall how she covered our family's expenses for years (when our father was not there to financially support us), and she gave her full salary without saving anything for herself in order to meet our needs. She has a very good heart. She does things for everyone without expecting anything in return, and now I somehow question why God let His good people suffer like this, but I rest in the thought that God will heal her and that she can be cancer-free after her operation and treatment.
The mastectomy, laboratory tests, and the required treatment (radiation therapy is also a possible option) will cost us a fortune since the medical system in the Philippines has not been favorable to its people ever since and the majority of the companies there do not provide medical health insurance to their employees. She sadly does not have a medical insurance plan which can cover the expenses since even public school teachers (government employees) in the Philippines are not provided with the same (and the cost of personally availing one is also not within everyone's means).
Our family members are all contributing to cover her medical expenses, but we know and expect that the costs will be gigantic and that they won't be able to bear everything that she needs to pay for her operation and treatment.
We are knocking at your kind hearts to assist us on this ordeal. We would greatly appreciate if you could kindly consider helping Bernadette fight her battle against this illness.
God bless you all.
Thank you everyone.
Bernadette's Successful MastectomyUpdate posted by Mary Grace Bea Ofi at 03:22 pm
Thank you for all your prayers and well wishes. The mastectomy was successful and Bernadette is now recovering. We would like to again thank everyone for extending their help and for continuously wishing for Bernadette to be healed. Please extend further prayers to completely stop her bleeding and to lessen
Mastectomy Date ConfirmedUpdate posted by Mary Grace Bea Ofi at 09:21 am
Today, Bernadette received the final clearance for her to have the mastectomy schedule. This will either be on the 22nd or 24th August. The PET scan result showed that there are also dilated ducts on her right chest and these are to be removed while her left chest will be. . . . .
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