I am a normal 41 years old woman who loves my job as a veterinary assistant for 17 years. Unfortunately, I have to be stopped working because I was diagnosed with stage 3 left breast cancer. Partial mastectomy was a must. So, I did. But, I didn’t want to go through all the chemotherapy because one of my be-loved dog died after trying to use chemo to heal his sickness. It was horrible even though I was a season emergency veterinary assistant. Furthermore, target treatment (herceptin) came with a big price tag which my family can’t afford to pay for it.
Thanks to God. I got 94% subsidize from Hong Kong Government. So, I went for it and gave the medication a chance.
But, thing never turned out the way that we planned to be. The cancer came back even spread to my spine and liver one month after the last dose of chemo drug. Also, I was still on radiotherapy at that time.
I was really stunned, and my brain was blank, really cannot accept this was a fact. I could not control myself anymore. I burst in tear in front of the strangers uncontrollably. Regardless of how much physical pain I had, I will not say it, or cry out uncontrollably during the cure process. I only endure in silence and even I put on an innocent smile to greet people. I thought if I can tolerate the pain from the treatment, my disease can be cured. Now, what is it all about? What would be the case?
Treatment of recurrent cancer, I needed to face the problems about the finance and the challenge of how to treat it. I needed more expensive drugs. Of course, these drugs always came with a bigger price tag, $100,000 HKD for every three weeks. And, I needed it forever if this med, TDM1, kept working.
God showed his power again. I have received many blessings from God. I can use the free drug from pharmaceutical companies.
Things went out of control again in December 2014. Cancers came back again even more masses grew outrageously which surgery wasn’t an opinion at all. So, changed to another set of treatments and still can’t work at all.
In March 2015, the doctor decided to change to a total different target and chemo drugs, Lapatinib & Xeloda, which sounded very promising.
Today, this promising meds didn’t work again for my masses. Masses are enlarging and growing more and more. I have to live with them, e.g. my rotten & smelly breast masses, edema, blisters on my bottom of feet, fibrosis lungs from the target drug, etc.
I don’t want to give up trying. But, no money means no chance.
Now, I am asking, you, for a generous donation just to give me a chance to be alive because I really love my job to help the sick patients back to health. I really want to be back to my job but I can’t at this moment.
This is my fifth attenpt to treat my cancer from September 2013 to present.
Please help. Please give me a chance. Please help me to stay alive. Please!