The picture insert, taken on a very happy day in February, 5 years ago shows our daughter Lee-Anne Michelle Whiting getting married to the love of her life, Sabre Dennis. Sharing this blessed day with them were the parents of the bride, John and Carol Whiting, and 40 other close friends and family. Today, Lee-Anne is fighting one of the biggest battles of her life…CANCER.
Lee-Anne, 39, her husband and their two boys, Luke and Connor, were to embark on a new life when her husband accepted a job offer in New Zealand. Sabre left for New Zealand on 8 December 2016 and she, together with her boys, was meant to depart on 6 February 2017. Then the bad news …
In October 2016 Lee-Anne was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer, infiltrating ductal carcinoma with a grade 3 tumour. The tumour was successfully removed but upon further investigation carcinoma in-situ was discovered which meant that there is a possibility of the cancer recurring. Immigration has, understandably, put their visas on hold as Lee-Anne’s health was not of an acceptable standard.
For most of her life Lee-Anne has been a healthy, athletic woman so the news of her cancer came as a huge shock considering that there is no immediate family history of breast cancer.
After having completed 4 cycles of chemotherapy the oncologist is to do a full test on 6 April because my beautiful, brave daughter is determined to beat the cancer. The oncologist has agreed to this request; however, should the test reveal any evidence of cancer cells remaining, she will have to commence with another 4 cycles of chemotherapy followed by a 6 week break and then radiation. To date, the medical aid has only approved 4 cycles of chemotherapy. In addition to this she will receive hormonal therapy for 12 months to run concurrently with her treatment. Unfortunately the medical aid is unlikely to fund the hormonal treatment which is very costly. The family also had to cover the costs incurred by the chemo symptoms e.g. nausea, abdominal pains etc. To make matters worse she suffers from chronic anaemia which leaves her physically impaired. However, despite her illness she tries to give her boys a normal life: taking them to school, participating in sports activities which often leave her weak and drained.
Lee-Anne is in no position to work during treatment. Her husband is supporting them, but he has started over in a new country where he still needs to prove himself so he is taking financial strain. They are practically running two households. The demands are hard on the family, particularly our son-in-law, Sabre who is clearly affected by the separation. We try as best we can to minimise the effect the separation has on our grandsons, but there are clear signs that they are negatively affected by the situation. The boys miss their role model, their dad, and Lee-Anne feels helpless that she cannot provide them with what they so rightly deserve.
It saddens Lee-Anne that she is holding them back because there is a possibility of her visa being rejected again should she not receive the prescribed treatment, hence this plea for healing in order for her family to be reunited again.
Like all parents, our wish for our daughter is that she makes a complete recovery so that her little family can be reunited. We pray that people, who can find it in their heart to offer financial assistance, may receive blessings in abundance.
God bless all.