MY SISTER IS BATTLING OVARIAN CANCER STAGE 1C

Update posted by Melanie Villegas On Aug 27, 2018

Photo updates: August 27, 2018

It has been about a month since Cici had her HIPEC procedure. There were highs as there were lows. An anonymous donor gave us Php 500,000 for her surgery to be made possible and we all did a sigh of relief. My aunt and my sisters are the ones watching Cici and making sure that she gets the care and support she needs. I admire them both for their courage, patience, and deep love for Cici. They've seen most of it all. I can only imagine the amount of stressful situations they have gone through.

Just recently Cici's kidneys are having problems. The doctor has told us to expect complications and this must be one of those. It hurts us all so much to see her fighting spirit wane and sadness overcoming her. There are certain days when she talks about giving up. But we all know that as long as we keep trying to cheer her up and let her know how much we love her, she can survive this!

Last week she went through 2 dialysis to help her kidney. PhilHealth only covered one dialysis and the budget for her medical expenses is running out. We will continue to support her and her husband through all of this, but the hospital bills are piling up faster than the money we earn per month. We have money left all of your help and that is what we are using now for her dialysis, medications, and allowance for my sister and aunt who are staying there with her. We are spending it carefully so that it can buy us time to raise more funds for her.

I am calling on all of you who happen to be clicking this site or visiting this link. Please share it to your friends or give your support in any way possible. We will appreciate cash of course because this is Cici's most dire need, but we also would appreciate you sending her encouraging messages, flowers, or a visit to the hospital. She needs a lot of love and light during these times. To all of Cici's friends, please keep her in your thoughts and prayers and please continue to share the link.


Thank you all so much!

For more updates, please visit: @Cici

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Update posted by Melanie Villegas On Jul 13, 2018

Sadly, we found out after the 3rd chemo session that Cici still has tumors near the uterus and both are unresponsive to her current Chemo drugs ( Carboplatin and Paclitaxel). Her CA125 results continue to go up despite getting intravenous Chemotherapy treatment. Given the current behavior of her tumors, her doctor recommended a surgery to remove the tumors, her left ovary, fallopian tubes and uterus. Her doctor recommended that aside from the surgery, she also needs to undergo HIPEC intraperitoneal chemotherapy which has a better chance of clearing any tumors which may not be visible to the naked eye ( microscopic). In order to prepare for this procedure, we are now being asked to prepare 500k (pesos). This amount will cover the hospital bills, doctor's fee plus the rent for the HIPEC machine which costs 135k (pesos). This HIPEC machine will be shipped from Manila to Cebu. This procedure is risky and we need to prepare for possible complications during the procedure. We also need to prepare for 6 bags of A+ blood during the procedure since this will take up to 12 hours.

We hope to be able to get her in surgery ASAP and we appreciate your generous donations and prayers to make this possible.

For more information of this procedure, please visit this link in Youtube:


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Update posted by Melanie Villegas On Jun 06, 2018

Cici finished her second chemo session last week,June 1. She said she gets tired easily but she is doing her best to stay active and cheerful. We are working on liquidating her expenses for the second week. One of the highs for us this week is that someone offered to sponsor her third chemo session. This would mean that the USD 1,021.60 she has raised through GoGetFunding and the offline donations worth USD 540 from the period of May 10 - June 7 will be put aside for her surgery. This is already about half of the down payment we need for the operation. We are overjoyed and overwhelmed by everyone's support. For those of you who didn't know, all of Cici's medical needs and expenses up till now have been thoroughly covered by donations offline and through GoGetFunding. We are in awe for all of the support we've been given and we don't want to take this for granted because this is Cici's lifeline: your support.

This is a video clip of Cici's second session:

Again, thank you everyone for all your love, support, and prayers! You are our blessing!


Please follow Cici's progress on: @KickCancerWithaSmile

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Update posted by Melanie Villegas On May 31, 2018

Cici is now in Perpetual Succour Hospital for her second round of chemo-therapy. She wants to thank you all for making this possible for her. FYI, so far all her medical expenses have been covered by your generous donations as her first chemo used up her Intellicare budget. We continue to hope and implore your support as she needs to be admitted per round of chemo.


Please continue sharing this link and including Cici in your prayers.


For more info about Cici's progress, please visit this link:

@KickCancerWithaSmile


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Update posted by Melanie Villegas On May 30, 2018

Cici's lab results look better. We are hoping she won't need blood transfusion this time. Today we received two more donations and it made us really happy. It's amazing to realize how a stranger's generosity can reach our hearts in a very deep way!

Cici's health condition taught us in a massive way how beautiful and powerful is a simple act of giving---and how fortunate the once who are receiving! We hope to pay your gifts forward <3

Here's the most recent post from Cici :)

For more info about Cici's progress and how we spend your donations, please visit our facebook page:

@KickCancerWithaSmile

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Update posted by Melanie Villegas On May 29, 2018

It's been a long time and fundraising ain't so easy given my busy schedule, but I am sharing some videos of Cici's first round of chemo.

This week she is up for her second round. Being a warrior that she is, she shaved her head before Chemo could force one of the most symbolic thing from her away---her confidence.

We have received a lot of help from so many people. We can't even start counting! We continue to hope that you all will stay with us and continue hoping and sending help.


For more info, please visit Cici's page and be updated:

@KickCanckerWithaSmile


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Update posted by Melanie Villegas On May 16, 2018

We are extremely thankful for all your help and we want to be as transparent as we can in terms of liquidating our expenses for Cici's treatments. Here is the first batch of receipts! :)

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For more info about how we spend the donations, please feel free to visit our FB page: @KickCancerWithaSmile

Melanie Villegas

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Update posted by Melanie Villegas On May 16, 2018

Cici had a successful first chemo-therapy. Thanks to everyone who extended help! Here is the first batch of liquidation from the first hospital admission and chemo. Please remember that Cici has 5 chemo-therapies to go and a surgery. We still need your help and prayers!


Also kindly follow Cici's page to know more about her fight :)

https://www.facebook.com/KickCancerWithaSmile/?hc_ref=ARTGdo3FSI7JZHJSFKxOPh5HlSZ21gzGxTcLcpE_Hg_Xe7QVOp4MK8_YkHfP0ELfnJw&fref=nf


All the love,

Melanie

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Update posted by Melanie Villegas On May 12, 2018

We just want to say THANK YOU!

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Update posted by Melanie Villegas On May 12, 2018

After too many setbacks, Cici is FINALLY going to have her chemo-therapy today. The chemo-therapy was supposed to start yesterday but a nurse missed to administer one of her pre-chemo meds, which caused the therapy to get delayed. We are glad that Perpetual Succour Hospital admitted to their negligence and agreed to cover one more night of her stay.

For the donors we will itemize all the expenses once the bill is released when she is dismissed from the hospital. We will do our best to make this fundraising as transparent and clear as we can. Thank you all so much for your faith!


Please continue to share the link!

Follow: https://www.facebook.com/KickCancerWithaSmile/


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Thank you so much everyone for continuing to support and pray for Cici! May you be blessed as well!

Melanie Villegas

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Cici, God bless you. May the bright light of God’s divine love, wisdom and healing power saturate every cell of your body to restore perfect health.

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Take courage dear friends who are facing the battle of cancer. Jesus is greater than any enemy we face in this life. We overcome because He has overcome, and our lives are hidden in Christ. May God cover you with peace. May He bring healing in the face of hard news. May He give deep, abiding joy that makes no sense to the world. May he provide comfort and care as He wraps you in His arms. Use these words to bring hope and healing, and to remind your friends and family that cancer cannot touch your soul - for it has victory through Christ Jesus.

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Be strong and god be with u all the time.

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