I am writing to let everyone know how thankful our family is for all the support we've continuously receiving. We can't mention everyone but our sincerest gratitude and appreciation to all of you.
With a heavy heart, I would also like to share an update about my mom. As mentioned on my previous post, her condition worsened. Just recently, she went through check ups and tests. We found out she's on Stage 4 Breast Cancer. Moreover, cancer cells already spread through her liver and multiple nodules were seen. Operation is not recommended at this time again as the doctor suggested to medicate the nodules first. It is possible to operate her breast but there'd be no use since her liver is infected too. She'll be in two months treatment first and then will be tested again for operation. It was devastating news for us. It's not easy to accept that result and yet mama continuously put on her brave and strong face. She stayed positive and more than willing to throw a fight with this condition. We still have a couple of days to fully prepare for her breast operation.
We are still open for donations no matter how small or big and any kind of assistance. We'll gladly appreciate it. Thank you and God Bless everyone!
P.S. (Added new photos of her medical results)
Account Name: Gwendoline Batestil Compra
First off, I want to thank you for taking a look at our fundraising page. We welcome all support, small or big, it all matters.
I've never met a woman so brave and strong as my mother. She's been a fighter for about 7 years. Last 2013, she was diagnosed with end-stage renal disease (ESRD), also called Kidney Failure. It’s a stage when your kidneys fail to function and one can’t survive without undergoing dialysis or kidney transplant. She was just 47 that time and felt so ill that we almost thought she was dying. We rushed her to start the dialysis session and was referred to Capitol University Medical Center (one hour away from home). Since then, she undergoes 2 sessions per week. We are also receiving assistance from Philhealth, DSWD and PCSO. Discounted charge for hemodialysis from Philhealth, minimum financial assistance from DSWD every 3 months and injectable medicines from PCSO. We've run across difficult situations with our mom being a dialysis patient. I can't state them all but just recently we’ve struggled with her consecutive complications.
Last year, mom first had a problem of having water on her heart. She needed three sessions of dialysis per week just to clear the water. It was kind of hard to maintain because of the medical fees but we’re able to manage it. Around September 2019, my mom then noticed some lumps on her breasts (she first noticed it years ago and thought it to be just something else). It was checked and findings resulted to fall under “BI-RAD Category 5. Highly suspicious of malignancy”. The doctor recommended the procedure of removing her right breast and a biopsy to all other five discovered lumps. We were informed that she has 80% chance of having breast cancer. As much as we love to proceed, our family needs to be prepared for the costing. We knew how critical it is (esp. for dialysis patients) and had to personally discuss matters with her doctors. Still, tests were performed to make sure her body is in the condition to go through the operation. We found out her heart has remaining fluids. Clearance for operation was not given and a month of thrice session was recommended. After a month, her heart was all clear. Later on, mom struggled with breathing and it was found out she had water on her lungs too. More than a liter of water to be exact. She was admitted and recommended to have a tube inserted on her chest. Financially we can’t proceed with the operation. Several things were discussed due to the critical operation to be performed. Our family agreed with having a thrice session of dialysis instead. It was not advised by the doctor due to the slow chance of getting rid of the water but luckily after 3-5 days, the water was cleared out. Our mom made it! Thankfully, we managed to go through it even if we are in so much debt already. Most of all, Thank God!
Just a couple of days ago, my father informed me with my mom’s confession. About two weeks ago, she noticed liquid dripping on both breasts and already experiencing pain from time to time. She did not inform us right away because she’s worried with the expenses. She badly needs the operation. We need it at all costs. Our family barely managed to get through her recent complications and exhausted all the help we can easily get. We’re financially unstable right now and can't afford the whole operation fee. The doctor quoted around Php 100,000 for the operation alone. Doctor, hospital fees, chemo medicine and other fees are still not included so we are expecting a huge amount on this. Thus, the reason for my writing.
Our family is humbly asking for your kind help on our mother’s operation. Through the years, she's fought so hard. We couldn't just stand back and let this condition steal her away from us. Help us save our mama Elena. I know we all have a hard time these days due to the ongoing pandemic. Any amount will do, so we can get the operation the soonest.
Thank you so much and may the Lord bless you always!
Attached pictures are medical papers of my mother and some of her dialysis sessions.
Account Name: Gwendoline Batestil Compra
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Name: Gwendoline Batestil Compra
Address: Velpal Phase 2, Minglanilla, Cebu City