Ate Edel is our nanny and an all around house helper for 35 years. She has been with us all our lives. She dedicated her life to us, her “alaga” (that’s how she introduces us to her relatives and friends) and chose to stay single because she love us like her own. My daughter fondly calls her “Dedel” and when she’s being extra sweet she calls her Mama Dedel. To us, she is not just a nanny or a house helper. She is like our own mother. She is our second mother. My daughter would always tell Ate Edel, “hindi po kita yaya, family po tayo, Mama Dedel kita.” (“You’re not my nanny. We’re a family. You’re my Mama Dedel.”)
Our very dear Ate Edel has been ill for the past months. We have been in and out of doctors’ clinics since July 5, 2019. We have done medical laboratory, ECG, chest xray and abdominal CT Scan with triple contrast. Her abdominal CT Scan was done last September 11, 2019. After two or three days we got the results. It showed us that there’s a 10.8 x 7.7 x 9.8 cm mass in her transverse colon. There are enlarged lymph nodes seen in para-caval regions measuring 1.4 cm. Her drastic weight loss is not because of her diabetes. The culprit is cancer. Colon Cancer. I can still recall how heartbreaking it was when our Mom explained it to us. It was September 15, 2019 when we decided to tell Ate Edel and her older sister, Ate Divine the diagnosis. Our family decided to consult doctors to know what treatments should be done in order for our dear Ate Edel to live longer. We don’t want to lose in this battle without even trying to beat it.
September 27, 2019 Ate Edel got admitted in Sacred Heart Hospital of Malolos because her hemoglobin level is down to 64. She needed blood transfusion as soon as possible. Her doctor instructed me to reserve five bags of blood in Malolos Provincial Blood Bank. The blood bank in Malolos had only two bags left of B+ (Ate Edel’s blood type). We asked help through social media (Facebook and Instagram) for blood donors and fortunately one of her relatives helped us reserve three bags of blood in Philippine Blood Center in Quezon City.
September 28, 2019 Ate Edel’s doctor decided to do the surgery on October 1, 2019. Dr. Lenarde Galang told us the risk of the surgery because Ate Edel’s albumin is still down to low level. The Exploratory Laparotomy done last October 1, 2019 was not successful. The doctors cannot resect the mass because her blood pressure during the operation was fluctuating to 110 to 80 and down to 60. I humbly asked the doctors to save her and I even asked for Ate Edel’s siblings for mercy to change their decision. I told them that we brought her in the operating room alive and she should come out alive too. We almost lost her that day but God is really listening in our prayers. He brought Ate Edel back to us.
As of the moment Ate Edel is still admitted in Sacred Heart Hospital. Her doctors recommended to put a stent on her colon to help her in case the mass starts to block. Her GI doctor mentioned that one stent costs PHP 56,000.00 excluding the colonoscopy, endoscopy, operating room fee and professional fees. Aside from this, Ate Edel has maintenance for her diabetes, milk supplements and other medicines.
Our hospital bill is running to PHP 220,446.23 including professional fees (as of October 15, 2019). Our family is in dire need of financial assistance to continue all the surgeries and treatments needed in order to save our very dear Ate Edel. We can’t just give her up. She’s only 52 years old, we have dreams and plans for her. Ate Edel has her own dreams and plans for herself as well. Please help our very dear Ate Edel, help our family. We need her in our lives. She has done noble things for us, to her family and friends. She love us unconditionally and we love her with all of our hearts too. She deserves to live longer and to have more blessings in her life.
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