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Update posted by Schalk Neethling On Jan 31, 2017

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Update posted by Schalk Neethling On Jan 31, 2017

Armand had his port implant (https://www.whatnext.com/cc/What_is_a_Chemo_Port) operation done yesterday, and we are happy to report that all went well. Through this port Armand will now receive the chemo.

At the moment Armand feels comfortable and the cortisone he is taking seems to be helping to bring down the swelling of his milt and liver. His skin colour has also returned to normal so, this is a good indication that his liver is functioning better, even though the cancer cells have now spread there.

With all of this, the doctor suggested that Armand not wait any longer and today, 31 January 2017, will be the first day of chemo for Armand. We now wait to see how Armand reacts to the chemo and will keep everyone updated as we have more information.

Thank you again for your continued support and kind heartedness, you have made a huge change in a younf man's life.

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Update posted by Schalk Neethling On Jan 26, 2017

As all of you know the operation was done, and it was a success. Armand is doing much better in terms of the swelling and pain h was experiencing because of the swelling of his vital organs.

He is now going for weekly blood tests to see if there is any improvement based on the alternative (cannabis oil) treatment. If there is no visible improvements over the next two weeks, Armand will go for the alternate chemo therapy on a day by day basis, as funds are available.

Armand has gone to see a Homeopath who has given him some medicine to aid in the healing of the lymph nodes and generally improving his health. Armand and his family has also looked into other treatment options but, these are even more expensive so, they have tables them for the moment.

Armand is feeling better in general, living life as much as he can, and continuing with the alternative treatment. We all wish him and his family all of the best and, again thank you each and everyone for your donations and kind words.

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Update posted by Schalk Neethling On Jan 16, 2017

Armand and his family has spent today at two separate doctors to look over the detailed results, what lies ahead, and treatment options. The news is not good.

The Haematologist has given Armand four months to live if he receives no treatment. That is the raw and honest truth. There are options though.

The initial idea was to fight the cancer using alternative methods which include dietary changes, ensuring PH levels in the body is above 7.5, and using "Rick Simpson" oil. Because the main active ingredient in the oil is not legal in South Africa yet, it is hard to ensure the quality of the product one purchased. Over and above this though, both doctors were clear that, while cannabis can be effective, the form of Armand's cancer is to aggressive, and the oil will simply take to long to work.

Hodgkins reacts very well, especially in patients as young as Armand, to chemo but, Armand is not a good candidate for the standard form of chemo therapy, and the treatment will result in irreparable damage to his hart, as well as the well known side effect of destroying his immune system, exposing him to an array of secondary infections that will need to be treated over and above the cancer itself.

There is an alternate form of chemo therapy that does not have all the detrimental side effects of traditional chemo therapy, and targets the cancer cells directly but, it comes at a very high financial cost. Also, it's a cost which medical aids do not cover, as it is not recognised as a treatment method. The doctor, as well as Armand and his family are very positive of the efficacy of this treatment but, they are going to need help.

The treatment starts with an intensive 1 month treatment in an attempt to halt the cancer in it's tracks, followed by months of less aggressive treatments until the cancer is in remission. The cost breakdown for this is as follows:

  • 1st Month - $7,400 (R100,000) which is roughly $1,900 per week.
  • Each month thereafter - $1,900 a month

This is a substantial amount of money but, the only real hope Armand has to survive this terrible disease. There is also the obvious sense of urgency based on the timeline I mentioned above. Armand and his family is in the process of trying to sell as many of their belongings as they can, in an attempt to get the money to start the treatment as soon as possible.

We are therefore reaching out to everyone, everywhere. If you can give anything, absolutely anything please do. Also, please share this campaign with your friends, family and any other means. The more people we can reach the better our chances of raising the money he so desperately needs.

Thank you from the depths of all our hearts.

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Update posted by Schalk Neethling On Jan 14, 2017

I wish to start this by saying thank you. Thank you for all of your kindness and generosity. Your words and your messages of hope. Armand received his operation, and it was a success. He is back home but, still in a lot of pain and discomfort.

Secondly, we have received news of the results of the analysis of the removed lymph node. Armand has Hodgkin's lymphoma. As anyone that has faced cancer, either directly or indirectly, knows, it is a disease that takes a physical toll, as well as a huge emotional toll.

The other toll that it takes that is often forgotten is the financial toll. Medical Aids are not keen on paying for treatment and, if one chooses to take an alternative root with regards to treatment, then there is no support.

To aid Armand and his family with all of the challenges that lie ahead, we are continuing the fund raiser. We also want to make it clear that the intention of this campaign is to use only what is needed to support Armand in his fight to beat this disease.

Should there be any money left after Armand is on the recovery track, we will donate all remaining proceeds to another fighting this disease, who needs financial aid. We will also continually update this page with the progress Armand is making so it can serve as a living testament of the good your support is doing, and the power of alternative medication.

We thank you all from the depths of our hearts.

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Update posted by Schalk Neethling On Jan 13, 2017

The time is here, Armand has gone in for the operation. Will update as soon as he is out of the theatre and we have more news.

Armand, his Mom and, as he says "The love of his life"

Armand and his Mom

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Update posted by Schalk Neethling On Jan 13, 2017

Thanks to some compromise, some hard fought fights won, and the generosity and immense kindness of many, Armand is going in for his operation today. Thank you so, so much. Your kindness will never be forgotten.

Below is an update from Armand himself:



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