First of all, I would like to thank you for taking the time to read this today.
I recently learned that my aunt, my father's sister, was diagnosed with multiple myeloma - an extremely rare type of blood cancer which forms in the plasma cells inside bones. Multiple myeloma is, to an extent, unheard of, especially due to how rare it is, with a 0.7% chance of a person being diagnosed with it in their lifetime.
Multiple myeloma is extremely painful, with symptoms ranging from skin lesions to bone fractures and even kidney damage. Treatment is necessary as soon as possible, but it is an extremely costly affair.
While our whole family is doing everything possible to help out, the money we are able to give is still not enough.
The first step of her treatment is chemotherapy. Each chemo session costs about 25,000 rupees (which is roughly $390 USD). With a minimum of atleast six months of therapy, this can easily cost close to $10,000 USD.
The next possible step after chemotherapy is a stem-cell transplant. When malignant plasma cells are killed through chemotherapy, healthy cells are also destroyed in the process; a stem-cell transplant allows for those important cells to be replaced with new hematopoietic (normal blood-forming) cells in order for the body to function. These cells are usually found in bone marrow, and a bone marrow transplant can cost anywhere from 20 to 35 lakh rupees (approximately $30,000-$55,000 USD).
As much as we wish we as a family had all the money to pay for all of this, we don't. We are all trying our hardest to do what we can, but we also need all the help we can get. While chemotherapy and a stem-cell transplant are the biggest costs, there is also medication, doctor's visits and everyday needs - all of which add up very, very quickly.
All these are just statistics and numbers, but behind that is a family (including myself) that is pained, confused and unsure of what to do next.
Cancer is usually something you see in movies or is the tragic ending in a fictional book, but nothing can prepare you for when you have to face it in real-life. It makes you feel helpless and scared, and unsure of what to do next.
This has been hard on all of us as family members, but hardest on her. Not only is she going through the constant pain of this horrible disease, but is also having to deal with the worry of how to afford all of this.
We understand that every single person who is reading this has gone through a lot of hard work to earn their money, and I would not ask if it was not absolutely necessarily, but I would truly appreciate if you could donate to help us. Any amount is helpful, and it would mean so much to my family. All donations will be directly converted into rupees and sent to my aunt, who lives in Bangalore, and will be used for treatment and medication.
Please also share this page with people you know, and keep us in your thoughts and prayers.
Once again, thank you so much for reading this. I truly appreciate it.
Sai Sailaja Seshadri