My name is Galina Rusakova, and I am 30 years old.
I have a child – beautiful daughter Arina, and she is 4. Together, we live in a city of Tver.
In August 2014, I was diagnosed with erosion of cervix, and began treatment for that. Multiple analysis were made, and tests (cell smears, colposcopy, etc). As a result of all the test, I was treated with anti-virus therapy. Upon completion of the therapy, another wave of tests were administered.
In June 2015, I had liquid-based cytology – which is supposed to be the most efficient screening technique for discovery of cervix cancer. However, the test result was normal – no atypical cells were discovered.
After all testing, the doctors did the radiowave servical conization (cone biopsy). After cauterization, based on result of histological analysis, they find out that I have cancer.
The stress, the shock of this discovery were unparalleled. I lost appetite and sleep completely. I can not even begin to describe the horror of this realization – having to get up and face the terror every morning. Panic, stupor, feeling doomed became my reality.
On August 4th, 2015, I went to the local Tver regional oncology center, and the diagnosis was confirmed. I was also told that this cancer could have been discovered a year ago, and that the only reason it was not discovered was that my doctor didn’t take the tests correctly.
My new diagnosis was 1 degree cervix cancer. I started researching possibilities of going to Moscow for the surgery. However, the local doctor told me that such cases have a history of being cured locally, and that going to Moscow will have us waste a lot of time and money for no reason. The decision was made, I was staying at home in Tver for the surgery.
The surgery took place on August 14th. I felt great after it was over, the only bother being the seam. I have concentrated all of my mental and physical efforts on healing and awaited my release from the hospital, excited to get back to normal life with my daughter.
It was ten days after the surgery that a doctor approached me and asked me if I remembered what I was told while still under, on the table. I said, of course not. He proceeded to tell me that, during the surgery, they have discovered that the lymph nodes were affected. That meant they could not do anything else. They simply moved the ovaries higher to make the radiation and chemo treatment easier.
This was it. I thought I lost it for a bit. I only find out that the surgery didn't actually take place, 10 days after the surgery! I cannot describe the shock, the pain of this realization. The horror, the awe of this terrible illness grew in me, thousand-fold.
I asked the doctor if I will be operated on after the radiation treatment. The answer was: “No one will operate on you. Surgery in your case cannot be done”. I told them that I wanted to go to Moscow, to see more experienced doctors, but they said no. They also added that the entire process of the local surgery and hospital in general is an exact replica of the ones in Moscow, so going there would be redundant anyway. They said, it simply cannot be operated. It sounded like a sentence, and it was.
I was therefore released from the oncology center with a diagnosis: cervical cancer Т2вN1МО.
I ended up going to Moscow anyway. Result was indeed as promised – no surgery is possible, they said. Go home and do chemo and radiation, they said. But that would mean burning out the tissue, and there will be no chance of proper healing at all, the tissue will not be able to grow or heal! Radiologists and surgeons support that statement.
Everywhere I went, all I saw was utter indifference, lack of any trace of willing to help and save my life. Third stage of cancer to all doctors here is indeed a sentence, and it is believed there is no reason to waste time trying to heal it.
I have started researching other possibilities of saving my life, of defeating this terrible illness.
I don't believe in coincidence. It wasn't a coincidence that I came across my old boss, who’s close friend went through the same diagnosis just three years ago! She, too, had third degree cervical cancer, was offered chemo as the only option, and instead found a clinic which is known to successfully operate on patients with this diagnosis!
St. Vincent Clinic in Karlsruhe, Germany, had successfully carried out a most complex surgery on her, removing the affected lymph nodes and the tumor. The surgery took 12 hours! Afterwards, radiation and chemo. The whole thing took about three months – and she is alive and well now! Other people I know went to the same clinic, and all were granted the gift of Life.
Having met this woman inspired me. It was like a ray of light in the darkness of my misery. I realized, that there is a chance to raise my daughter, to live a Life!
I have requested a quote from the Clinic, and the doctors there are willing to start asap, willing to save my life. The process will take about 6 months, and will cost 72 thousand Euro plus 22 thousand Euro for the surgery itself.
Now that I have found a cure, another problem has to be resolved – the money. We are simple people, who live on a small salary. We don’t own anything much, and we have sold most of what we owned already. I have lost my job due to sickness, and my husband works in a car service, making 300 Euro a month. We don’t own apartments, houses or cars.
We asked for help from the charities:
“Give Life” does not help people over 25 years old;
“Alive” does not help if you go abroad;
“Tradition” does not help if you go abroad,
So, essentially, my country cannot heal me, and at the same time it cannot send me away for healing!
My friends helped me start a social media campaign to collect the necessary funds. At this moment, we have secured a little over 16 thousand Euro.
However, this sickness develops very quickly, especially quickly in younger women. I don't have much time left, and I would sacrifice anything to stay alive and raise my baby girl! For her, I must defeat the illness, I can’t bare the thought of my girl growing up motherless!
We are asking everyone for help. Even the smallest amount helps greatly. Even the smallest amount may grant my daughter and I a life together.
I pray for help. And I thank you for considering.
With Gratitude, Galina Rusakova, +7-920-692-48-62