It took me sometime to comfortably acknowledge this challenging journey in my mama's life. It was December 2019, when I and my siblings had learned about her condition, yet we only managed to tell her (and our uncles), through her doctor, on early days of January, 2020. Like how mama felt, we were all afraid. Like a baby she cried, after learning it. We too, cried...secretly😢.
We were all disturbed and had a difficult time deciding on whether to embrace chemotheraphy or just resort to herbal meds (as mama initially wanted). We spent December holidays casually, even if fear and confusion overwhelmed us, deep inside. I, personally did not want January to come, by then😓. .
Mama has been diagnosed with "Poorly Differentiated Metastatic Carcinoma in the Female Reproductive Tract" and is required to undergo 6 sessions of Chemo; each to be done every 3 weeks. Unlike our fears of seeing her getting weaker because of the usual side effects of the treatment, mama has been blessed by God so much, that she managed to undergo the 1st to 5th sessions, without severe side effects😇. She seems to only feel mild weakness for 3 to 4 days and eventually recovers, afterwards. She even gained better appetite the past days. Praise be to God! 🙏🙏🙏
The journey hasn't really been easy. I know that the stress caused by it could sometimes appear unbearable, yet desperately holding on to God's promises, I choose to get up hopeful and move forward, everyday👊. I could never imagine the younger me being able to "calmly" deal with this emotionally, physically and financially challenging family experience. I and my siblings have been making both ends meet to provide for mama's treatment. We have filed loans here and there, received help from friends and asked for PCSO assistance, which was stopped because of the quarantine regulations.
My and my siblings' regular income have already been affected by the pandemic, making the completion of the amount for mama's treatment more difficult.
For her 6th and hopefully final chemo session, we are humbly knocking at your generous hearts for my mama's journey to healing.
Thank you! 🙏🙏🙏
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Charo Mae Lampad