My mom has stage IIIC Breast Cancer – Please help me save her life!

Update posted by Shana da Costa On Apr 09, 2017

Chemo is finally over, doc stopped at the 7th cycle due to my mom experiencing neuropathy, hopefully stopped in time to prevent long term nerve damage ! Mom's surgery date is the 15th of May, she will be having a double mastectomy and 10+ lymph nodes removed. Still such a long journey..but 6 months ago, we were afraid and scared to death,now we inspire and help others going through what we went through 6 months ago Surgery will be followed by 5 weeks of radiation Mon-Fri, we really need help with transportation costs. Thank you to everyone that still supports and donates. Blessings

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Update posted by Shana da Costa On Feb 13, 2017

This woman is fun.
This woman is outgoing.
This woman is funny
This woman loves to laugh.
This woman is crazy.
This woman is a mother.
This woman is a daughter.
This woman has a beating heart.
This woman matters
This woman is loved by many.
This woman is selfless.
This woman is caring.
This woman is kind.
This woman looks fine in the outside.
This woman smiles as much as she can.
This woman loves life.
This woman is everything I'm not but everything I want to be.
This woman as flaws just like you and me.
This woman is strong.
This woman is brave.
This woman is a warrior.
This woman is acting normal.
This woman is carrying on with life.
This woman is fighting for her life.
This woman WILL NOT let cancer determine her future.

This woman will continue to be brave.
This woman will continue to fight.
This woman will continue to survive.
This woman will continue to tell people her story.
This woman will continue to tell you to STOP smoking and to eat healthy.
This woman will tell you her mistakes in hope that you will second guess your bad choices or habits.
This woman will be an advocate for a healthy living.
Together we fight and advocate for a healthy lifestyle.

Support her if you like no matter if it's a message a hug or a small donation.


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Update posted by Shana da Costa On Feb 13, 2017

Hi All!

Some very exciting news, we are having a fundraising even called "cars for cancer". Dean Parker approached me with this idea and he brought it to life! Logo2loud , Street Glow, SoundNation, MOB Car culture, Chilli Joint and many more have come together to host this amazing event. Saturday the 18th at the Chilli Joint in Centurion its going down -low limbo, sound offs and show n shine - Que and the Street Glow team have sponsored some awesome trophies for the show n shine. So come and show those beauties off while supporting Michelle McAlister ! Media coverage by Speed & Sound and Ridez chat, don't miss out!

We would like to thank everyone that has been and will be assisting in this event, you guys are amazing and we thank you from the bottom of our heart. We thought we could do this alone, we simply cannot, earth angels like these make this battle so much smoother. THANK YOU THANK YOU.

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Update posted by Shana da Costa On Jan 13, 2017

To mom and the world,

I feel like a failure because I can't raise funds for your treatment (Herceptin), for your daily supplements, for your well being and the lifestyle you have to live and for everything you need through this fucked up journey.

The advice I got was to hide my lifestyle away on social media, so people could see that this REALLY sucks and our life is real shit show. Which made sense at the time. But is uploading a status or a selfie with friends and family looking HAPPY with eachother really gonna stop someone from donating and/or SHARING a post to help bring people to our fundraiser? We all know that half the shit we see on social media is complete BOGUS anyway.

We DON'T have money, we scraped through on our arses each and every month prior to this, now we barely make it and I'm in debt with 7 retailers.

Do people really need to see someone on their death bed in order to donate?
There was a lady in the USA, breast cancer too, she and her family couldn't raise enough funds. The lady soon died. Guess what happened? People started donating to help out her family. Ironic isn't it?

Help/love someone while they are HERE, today. Don't cry at their death bed. I'm not only talking money now. I'm talking support. Actual support. Being there for that person thats suffering an illness. Don't be a fucking coward and run away from reality.

So many people have been so good to us but then time goes by and it's all forgotten :(

I just want to make it clear that I'm not pointing fingers to anyone, I'm rather observing and stipulating my opinion.

To those of you that actually care and send my mom and I messages or hugs or support. THANK YOU. PLEASE DONT STOP!

Mom, I feel like I've let my soul die slowly on this journey. I've dedicated my life to yours, something no one will EVER understand unless they feel exactly how I feel and going through exactly what we are going through. Me and you have been on this journey, all alone and only we can understand what it feels like. And only YOU know what it feels like to fight for your life. We laugh together and we cry together, many times, I realise how strong I actually am because I hold my tears back and comfort you, but I don't even have words anymore, this journey is scary, chemo is fucking horrible, cancer is horrible, it's REAL. Fuck the people who turn a blind eye and think "ag it's just a little chemo". You have NO idea what you talking about, RESEARCH.

Mommy, I know some days I let you down and alone. I'm sorry, I feel so guilty for that. I'm sorry I've fell into this dark hole.I wish I didn't feel like this. I just want you to be okay and this will ALL go away :'( PLEASE be strong and positive mom. I know in this letter there's not much of that. But like everyone tells you. you are one strong woman and you can beat this, channel your soul listen to your body.

P.s. I'm not trying to make ANYONE feel guilty. I'm trying to open your eyes to the WORLD we live in. This kind of thing is happening around us everyday. We forget to appreciate family.

I have forgotten those friends and family that have forgotten me. Us.

With love
Shana

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Update posted by Shana da Costa On Nov 23, 2016

Just spoke to the doctor. Herceptin is only given in conjunction with paclitaxel and then continued thereafter.. we have 12 weeks to raise R500 000. Crazy and scary I hope we can do this, we can do it with help. PLEASE share. Please donate even if it's $1. My banking details are on our go fund me page for anyone struggling to donate. Please help me right this aggressive cancer. Thank you everyone x

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Update posted by Shana da Costa On Nov 22, 2016

Yesterday 21/11/2016 my mom went for a FNA with ultra sound on a gland in her neck, to check this "highly suspicious" gland out. It was quite a hectic and scary process, because there are so many nerves and near by veins/arteries. Tomorrow is her first chemo x4 rounds of Adriamycin a.k.a "the red devil" once every 3 months. Chemo is an ugly thing and a much more complicated than we think. We will overcome this!

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Update posted by Shana da Costa On Nov 10, 2016

Yesterday my mom and I waited at Groote Schuur Goverment Hospital from 07h40 and left after 16h30 the afternoon. She had to go for a mammogram and then an ultrasound. PET scan picked up a highly suspicious lymph node under her arm and in her neck, she is back at the hospital today for a FNA (fine needle aspiration) on the gland in her neck. My mom's diagnosis: Her breast cancer(right breast) is locally advanced she is either stage 3 B or C Depending on a FNA histology report, they will then only be able to diagnose as STAGE 3 B or C next week. We hope it's just the lymph nodes that are in fight mode ! We are thankful that there is no metastases. We are still raising funds for Herceptin. Thank you, love to you all.

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Update posted by Shana da Costa On Nov 02, 2016

Yesterday (01/11/2016) my mom went for her PET/CT Scan at Tygerberg Hospital in Cape Town. 9th visit the oncologist at Groote Schuur Hospital where she will get PET scan/staging results and treatment options. So far all we know is she have infiltrating/invasive duct carcinoma, HER2 +++ and a grade 3 tumor. "T4b" which means the tumor is quite large and the cancer is in the skin of the breast "orange peel" effect on skin. Please keeps her in your prays, or keep those positive vibes and warm wishes coming as it is really a difficult time.

All funds raised will go to the treatment/s she needs to save her life and beat cancer. <3

Thank you "earth angels".

Shana




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