My name is Jo and as part of my personal long-term goals for a better agriculture & education system for my country, I work both as part-time lecturer and also as a part-time barista.
In my coffee education journey, I was graced to meet and to still be working with a kind-hearted, brilliant, cat-loving barista, Yassie Lorenzo, whose genius led her to become the 2018 Philippine Champion for Coffee in Good Spirits . However, like most hard-working and passionate people, Yassie's greatest challenge is about her greatest love: her mother's fight for life.
When she was young, she met an accident where an umbrella pierced one of her breasts. She was given medical attention and have recovered. In 1978, she was found to have a mass forming in her breast and it was medically removed. However, in 2012, she was found to have another growth which was originally diagnosed as a benign cyst and didn't need any surgical removal. Early last year, however, she started complaining about her the mass growing in size and her breast starting to ache. That was when she was brought to the hospital, had undergone a biopsy, and was diagnosed with Stage II breast cancer. Due to financial restraints, she wasn't able to get any clinical treatment.
Earlier this month, Mama Cat was rushed to the emergency room because the pain in her breast was too much that she had difficulty breathing. The doctors have recommended both a series of chemotherapy and surgery. In addition, her family also believes that a healthy balance of natural alternative medicine can aid in making her heal faster and feel better.
To date, she hasn't gone through chemotherapy session yet but has started with a single dose of natural medications––and yet this was enough to bring the whole family's financial budget to thousands of negatives. The good thing about this first intervention though is that Mama Cat says she really did feel better after the first dosage series and could even feel the mass softening inside her.
I am writing on behalf of the Lorenzos who are doing all that they can to see their mother live. Mama Cat has been a widow for 23 years and has therefore raised her 6 children all by herself, some of them have never even finished school but have learned life first-hand and have succeeded in ways that no money could amount to––all because their mom never gave up on them. The Lorenzo siblings are raising this fund as projected expenses for her natural medication is at PHP150,000 per session.