Help Michelle Fund her Oral Chemotherapy

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Hi! I am sharing the story of my colleague Michelle who needs help funding her treatment for Cancer. Hope you can spare time to read her story and help her in her battle against breast cancer.

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My name is Michelle and I am suffering from breast cancer.

It was 2016 when I found a lump on my right breast and this long and grueling battle started. The core needle biopsy revealed that the lump was malignant. The diagnosis was Stage 3 breast cancer which lead to a total mastectomy on my right breast.

After the surgery, the doctor recommended 6 rounds of chemotherapy, of which I only completed 1 because I was unsure if my body could handle the overwhelming effects of the therapy. I tried several natural approaches to treating cancer, but a year later, another lump appeared from the site of my mastectomy.

After the discovery of the second lump, I underwent a battery of tests to help the oncologist determine the cause of the cancer and how far it has spread. They then recommended to have 6 sessions of chemotherapy, but unfortunately, I was out of resources since my HMO coverage has already been exhausted due to the tests that were done.

And then the COVID pandemic came. I had to delay chemotherapy and had to resort to oral medication to stall the growth of the cancer cells.

In the summer of 2021, water was discovered on my left lung, and had to undergo an ultrasound-guided thoracentesis. Aside from this, I needed to undergo six sessions of IV chemotherapy every 21 days.

During this time, I was able to land a new job and my employer’s HMO covered most of the chemotherapy costs and the laboratories that needed to be done before and after each chemo session.

But even that can only go so much.

The thought of going through another chemotherapy session when you hadn't even recovered from the effects, not to mention the cost of the previous session was truly overwhelming and agonizing. Every time I considered giving up, I had to remind myself that I wanted to be there for my son as he grew up. By the grace of God, I finished the six Chemo sessions and thought I'd be able to start counting my recovery period.

But on April 2022, I experienced a series of shortness of breath. An ultrasound revealed that now both of my lungs contain nearly 2 liters of water. I again went through Thoracentesis, but this time the doctors had to use a different approach by inserting a pigtail catheter into my right lung to slowly remove the water as it was increasing daily at an alarming rate. As for the water in my left lung, this was treated using oral medication to help lessen the strain on my lungs.

It was extremely difficult to be in the hospital for two months with the pigtail catheter; movement was difficult, and even speaking was difficult. Aside from this, I had to go through chemotherapy for another 8 sessions over two months, which means I had to go every week. The oncologist ordered to do 12 months of oral medications / oral chemotherapy which is more expensive than traditional IV chemo treatment. My body and condition showed a positive response to this new approach but the cost was still an issue on whether I can continue with the treatment.

Fortunately, I met an anonymous donor through a friend from the church who helped me fund the treatment for six months. However, I recently received word that the donor could no longer provide support as they needed to help a relative who needed to undergo a kidney transplant.

This broke my heart tremendously. I was halfway through my 12 sessions of oral chemotherapy, and I couldn't bear the thought of having to stop now. I had come so far in my battle against cancer, and I was determined to see it through so I can be there for my son and my family.

I've fought through the pain, the fear, and the uncertainty, but now I need your help to continue my treatment and give me a fighting chance to beat cancer. I'm not ready to give up, and with your support, I know I can keep going. Your donation will not only help me receive the life-saving treatment I need, but it will also give me hope, strength, and the precious gift of time with my beloved son.

That's why I'm reaching out to all of you, with a plea from the bottom of my heart. Each month, I require two types of medications that together amount to P61,000, and my earnings barely cover our basic needs and household expenses. Every donation, big or small, will make a difference in my fight against breast cancer.

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  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Apr 21, 2023
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  • Guest
  • Donated on Apr 21, 2023
  • You will always be in my prayers, Madam Michelle. <3

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  • Donated on Apr 06, 2023
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  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Apr 21, 2023
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  • Guest
  • Donated on Apr 21, 2023
  • You will always be in my prayers, Madam Michelle. <3

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  • Guest
  • Donated on Apr 06, 2023
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  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Apr 05, 2023
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  • Guest
  • Donated on Apr 05, 2023
  • Fight on!

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  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Apr 05, 2023
₱300.00

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