My mother Mercy (Mercedes Mabini, 57) was undergoing Chemo Therapy treatment.
She was diagnosed with Recurrent Breast Cancer, Stage 4 this March 2020.
Our family was struggling to provide her the necessary treatment to extend her life and lessen the pain shes going through. Currently she was unable to move much, her arm was swelling terrible because of fluid build up due to lymph nodes blockage. She also had a huge tumor growing on her chest (lung area) making her breathing difficult.
My mom already had Breast Cancer way back in 2007 and she underwent Mastectomy in her Right Breast. We asked for government health assistance to have her surgery covered because we cannot pay the hospital bills. It was also a difficult time and we are very thankful that she lived through it.
Our family is just poor, my father died due to a stroke when I was still very young and my mom raised us five of her children by herself. Life has never been easy on her and it keeps on giving her more obstacles to overcome.
She loves her grandchildren so much and it was those sweet little rascals that keeps her going. Seeing them grow up and succeed in life was her life goal. She wanted to support and guide them to have an easy and comfortable life that she never had.
It was very difficult for us, her children to raise the funds needed for her monthly treatment. All of us had our own families to support and we lost our jobs during this pandemic. We had been trying our best to raise enough for her monthly treatment but as we continue further it's not getting enough.
The tumor didn't responded to her first 3 months of Chemo Therapy. After further tests and scans, the doctors saw growth in size and number of her tumor. They are changing the type of medicine for her treatment and it was a lot more expensive.
My mom will be needing roughly 60,000 pesos ($1250) for her Chemo Therapy monthly for 18 sessions which was impossible for us to afford.
Our family is reaching for any support to help us overcome this Cancer Battle.
We will be forever grateful in any donation for my mom's treatment.
January 2020, Mercy before her Breast Cancer Diagnosis