And that’s how it all started.
I was sitting with some friends around the dinner table on the 22nd of March 2018 and made them feel this lump in my neck, thinking it was one massive zit aka a pimple, super sexy, I know... Well that “zit” changed my life in less than 2 months.
I have now been diagnosed with Stage 4 Malignant Melanoma Cancer.
I’ve been poked prodded, covered in melanoma lumps that constantly bled into themselves and made them look like bruises, gutted like a fish, was told I needed a full hysterectomy at the age of 34.
Current treatments and ops :
My left ovary as well as a big tumour on that ovary was removed
5 treatments of radiation on my right eye due to a tumour the size of my eye ball
Melanoma metastasised to my brain
What does this mean?
Cancerous cells break off and travel into the spine and find their way into the brain.
This has made me dizzy, off balance, aggressive, and deaf in my left ear. Basically a tumour does not matter what size can change you as a person completely.
I am now starting 10 sessions of full brain radiation.
Now here comes the horrible part of Cancer that no one ever likes to talk about – finances…
I was on a simple one plan medical insurance, thinking “I’m not a sick person”. This plan was depleted in September 2018, and I am now fully reliable on funds and donations.
I unfortunately got rejected of medical aid once I started to claim for oncology, reached out to the state hospitals all with no luck.
Unfortunately my cancer treatment is NOT available through state hospitals, I can only get immunotherapy, chemo is not effective for melanoma patients or me at all
These drugs cost an average of R100,000 a month to support me and keep me alive.
I am truly blessed with funds that came to me to support the meds, scans, meds on top of other meds, MRI’s that cost between R12,000 and R30,000
Welcome to my journey, thank you for your support and hopefully an inspiration to each and every person out there fighting cancer, does not matter what type of cancer, it’s one big fight.