For those who know me very well, you would know that I have been a writer since my elementary days. In fact, I took up communication arts since I wanted to be a journalist. You would know me, too, as someone with a high regard for self pride. Writing this is a challenge, as my skills have been quite rusty already. Throwing away my pride to write this for everyone to read in social media, however, is more difficult. But a son has to do what a son has to do.
My mom was officially diagnosed with STAGE 4 LUNG CANCER last June 9. She has a tumor on the upper right lobe of her lung around 5cm in total dimension and has metastasized to her lymph nodes and her liver. Cancer for me was just a medical term, but the diagnosis made it reality to our family. We never imagined it would hit us.
My Mommy has been a powerful influence in my life. I have grown up to be younger male version of her. Cliché as it may sound, but she is arguably the bestest, most doting mother in the world who was always there throughout my life. She is the omnipresent mom who has performed her role as the stage mom of my life. She stayed whole day at school to make sure she was always there when I needed her care. She accompanied me as my research assistant to secure the resources I needed in college libraries since high school students were not allowed. She would attend my marketing events to demonstrate her support. I am who I am because of her, and I cannot imagine a life without her. She and my Daddy are the reasons why I work hard in life.
I have taken the most difficult leadership challenge in my life which is to lead my family to win this battle. My mom has molded me to be a go-getter and a fighter, and I am firm on winning this battle, even if I consume all my savings and put aside my pride to raise the resources needed for her to undergo the latest, most advanced, and probably the best, medical treatments available in the world. We have flown her here at Fuda Cancer Hospital in Guangzhou, China to undergo cryosurgery and interventional chemo therapy.
The initial visit to the Cancer hospital will cost us around Php750,000 (USD 15,000). There would be follow-up check-ups and treatments in the process which will drain my resources, being the family breadwinner. The costs of the next steps are hard to estimate, but we will surely spend millions of pesos in the next year or two as we travel back and forth to Guangzhou.
This is the reason I humbly knock on your generous hearts. Any amount will be very much appreciated and will go a long way. Alternately, you may deposit your support to the following accounts:
Account name: Jesus Anthony D. Bolanos
BPI : 9720000803
Last, but definitely not the least, we would love all the prayers we can get! Prayers will make us stronger. Please pray for us to be resilient in this trying times and for God to touch us with His compassionate hands
Help me give back to my parents by holding our hands at this season of our life. She was there for me all the time--from my schooling up until i have become the marketing professional that I am today. I want to be her person this time. Help me do that for her.
Thank you and God bless.