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Meet my Dad, Noli.
He's an awesome dad, the best kind I'd say, anyone who knows him know what I'm talking about. He loves to cook for his three kids and tell dad jokes without warning. He loves so much being a dad.
At the turn of the New Year, our world stopped. Dad was diagnosed with Stage 2a Colorectal Cancer. We went through months of intense chemotherapy.. several hospital visits.. then just last month, surgery. We thought this was it. After the surgery, he'd be completely.. cancer free. Right? What a thought. We were so excited. Even the doctors were positive. We were ready.
After a lengthy admission stay, the doctors finally said he was clear, and there was nothing to worry about. Clear? No more cancer? We were SO happy. The tumor is gone! Dad's out of the woods! All we need to do now, is heal. We thanked God and made our peace with cancer. We felt extremely blessed. Dad learned how to live with a colostomy bag. He started to eat again and regain his energy. Things started to go back to, what felt like was the new 'normal'. Life was good.
July 2, 2019. It was our follow-up at the oncologist. We were hoping we'd finally hear those magic words, "He's in remission". But instead, the oncologist told us that Dad's cancer markers after surgery had tripled.. and that one of the scans showed another tumor.. in his liver. With mets.
His cancer had already spread for over a month now.. and we didn't know. We were told Dad's cancer is aggressive. He is now in Stage 4. Devastated cannot describe how we feel..
Just as we thought we were on the mend, here's cancer again, looming its ugly head, and gripping our Dad's life. We had thought it was all over...
At this point I've already used up all my savings and can now only pay for Dad's first cycle of chemotherapy. And he needs 6 of it. Then surgery on top of that.
It's just me and my sister paying all this, we are both in our twenties and early in our careers. Even if my sister and I work double shifts and work ourselves to the ground, we couldn't at all make up a fraction of the money we'd need for Dad's treatment.
We have exhausted all avenues to possibly pay for Dad's treatment. I can't believe we are at this point right now.. People who have known about my family's struggle know how hard we fight this daily, and that we would never ask for other people's help. It's taking a lot out of me to write this right now.. I am constantly torturing myself on what people might say, what they will think, but this is not for ourselves..
This is for my Dad... Who wants to be a grand dad someday. (And my God would he be a really good one.) Who has yet walked me down the aisle on my wedding day. Who needs to see his youngest son graduate University next year. Who needs to see his children have lives of their own. Who still needs to grow old. Who has so many years left ahead of him, to create memories, to give back, to play with his grand kids. So much left to do!!
Statistics say he has 37% survival rate within 5 years. But we are fighting that! We will not give up!! Before cancer, Dad was perfectly healthy with no issues with health at all. The oncologist has high hopes that with this treatment, we might just finally conquer this monster that is cancer!
Please help us save our Dad. Help us buy him more time.
I know this is a lot to take in, and you might not know me, but please share this to anyone who might be able to help me and my siblings fight this battle.
We are not ready to say goodbye..
We really need our Dad for as long as we can..
In God's grace, we hope we will push through this as a family.
Thanks for taking your time to read our family's story.
Sending you all hugs and positive vibes!
And praying for your family's health..
Lots of love,
April, Anjel and Andre xx
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