Our mother is Victoria Leaño-Longid, 68 years old, diagnosed with colon cancer stage IV. We are humbly asking for help in raising funds for her medical needs as her past hospitalizations and treatments have wiped out her well-earned retirement savings. She has not even started chemotherapy yet. Below is the history of her illness.
She celebrated her 68th birthday on the 27th of August, 2018. We had a simple celebration. Our mother loved celebrating with food. Later during that day, she was invited by one of her groups to join an occasion, and again there was food. For the following days, she would complain of gas pain and a feeling of fullness that wouldn’t go away. The pain worsened, with her holding her tummy in a slouch and a mask of pain. Prior to her birthday, she consulted a doctor who diagnosed her to have cholelithiasis or gallstones. She was prescribed medication, which she took obediently. We thought that was causing the gas pains so we helped treat it naturally with the gallbladder flush, using apples and olive oil. The regimen took 7 days. At the end of that week, we waited for her to verbalize relief but to no avail. At this time, she was already eating very little.
Mid-September of 2018 was when Typhoon Ompong hit the Philippines. We stayed home as it was very difficult and dangerous to be going out. Our mom’s complaints of pain were getting worse, she was eating less and less, and palpating her abdomen would reveal it to be very hard, almost as hard as wood. She would have bouts of nausea, even water refused to stay inside. She was brought to the Cordillera Hospital of the Divine Grace in La Trinidad, where lab tests were done. After a few days, it was decided for her to undergo surgery. A big tumor was found blocking her intestines, a biopsy specimen was taken, she came out of the OR with a colostomy. The tumor was left inside. The diagnosis came out to be adenocarcinoma stage IV. The specimen was sent to St Luke’s for a second opinion, but the results were the same.
She was then referred to an oncologist for her chemotherapy. Work-ups were done to monitor her blood chemistry, making sure that she will be able to handle the treatment. However, her preparation was complicated by pneumonia. That needed to be handled because she can’t undergo chemotherapy with an ongoing infection. She was then confined in Notre Dame for 9 days, discharged on the night of March 7, 2019. When she was already home a few hours after being discharged, she had difficulty breathing. She was rushed to Pines City Doctors’ Hospital, ending up in the ICU.
At this point, we haven’t been advised of an expected date of discharge. She now has a very low motor response, unable to speak, unable to hear, intubated with respiratory assistance, with a nasogastric tube and urinary catheter, connected to a cardiac monitor. It is heartbreaking for us to see her in this state, our selfless mother, so helpless. During her stronger days, she was never a fan of hospitals, she feared needles, she was an advocate of alternative medicine, relying on her garden of herbs when she gets sick, letting nature take its natural course of healing. For us to see her in the mercy of machines, medicines, and needles is so hard to bear and we would like to be able to do everything we can to let her feel better, if not completely treated. Her savings have all been depleted, and the small business she owns is no longer enough for the hundreds of thousands it costs to be admitted for her illness. Hence, we have decided to seek assistance through GoGetFundingPH in the hope of continuing to fight the battle against cancer with our mother. We are pleading for your prayers and support through this fundraising campaign to help our Mama Vicky.
From her daughters: Rilani, Onaya, Chamuyan
Donations may be channeled directly to the following accounts:
Rilani Langsa L Longid
Contact No 0956-859-3669
Onaya Madchin L Atienza
Contact No 0998-889-4053