Help "Shamima" to start her life again!
I am setting up this crowdfunding page for my dear Mom, Shamima, who has been going through a difficult time since her first diagnosis of breast cancer in November 2017. Several people have asked us about her and ways in which they can offer help and support. We thought this website would be the simplest and easiest way to share her story and provide a way for family and friends to offer assistance.
As some of you know, Shamima was diagnosed with breast cancer last year. She faced this with immense grace and positivity. Following surgery, she spent nine months undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy, dealing with all the difficult side effects that these treatments entail. Despite this, throughout the diagnosis and treatment Shamima remained calm and positive as she and her son Jisan(me) sought to keep life as normal as possible for our sweetest family consisting of she and her son(me) [N.B: her husband had died on 23 januray, 2018 causing of heart failure]
In May this year, Shamima began experiencing episodes of memory loss for short periods of time. She was sent for an MRI scan which revealed the unexpected news that she had a tumour and quite severe swelling in her brain. None of us foresaw this huge setback in Shamima’s road to recovery from breast cancer, and we were all absolutely devastated.
Given the aggressive nature of the brain tumour, she had to undergo an urgent craniotomy (brain surgery to remove the tumour) within just four days of her diagnosis. The speed at which huge life-altering decisions had to be made was such that it was impossible to truly absorb what was happening. Waiting outside that operation room was the most anxious and emotional experience we have gone through together in almost eighteen years of friendship(mom & son). We cannot express the immense relief and joy we felt when we finally heard from the surgeon that the operation was a success. Fears of possible side effects such as speech impairment, memory loss and even partial paralysis thankfully did not materialise.
After only a short recovery time from the surgery, Shamima had to face twenty sessions of whole brain radiation therapy. She has just completed this treatment, so it is difficult to know at this stage what the side effects will be and what the next steps may be. We will endeavour to keep you all updated on Shamima’s progress through this page.
The rare diagnosis of breast cancer and brain cancer within a year has had a huge financial impact on Shamima and Jisan(me). The cost of medical treatment in Bangladesh is substantial and their current medical insurance only partially covers the cost of surgery and subsequent treatment, which requires specific and highly specialised radiation equipment that the public hospitals in Bangladesh cannot provide. Shamima and I had already used a significant amount of our savings to cover the cost of breast cancer treatment earlier this year. Since Shamima's breast cancer diagnosis she has not been able to work and she is unlikely to until she fully recovers, therefore impacting on our income.
As her dearest son, it has been heartbreaking to see Shamima go through this experience. We were concerned at the stress that the unexpected medical bills were putting on us, on top of having to deal with the physical and emotional aspects of the diagnosis, surgery and treatment. Our family & friends felt that the financial strain they were under was something that they could help to alleviate but while their financial contributions have gone some way to help us, there is still a large gap. To put this into context, the costs associated with the craniotomy were $38,000 (£33,367) and the radiation treatment $15,000(£13,171). Shamima will require very regular scans (MRI and PET) to monitor her illness and it is highly likely that she will require immunotherapy, which will be an expensive form of treatment. The scans will be partially covered by insurance but is unlikely that the immunotherapy will be.
Many of you have asked how you can help Shamima and me. An immediate and practical way is through making a financial contribution towards the medical expenses we have incurred. Our feeling is that a small sacrifice from each of you, when combined, will go a long way to helping us. We would truly appreciate any help that you are able to give (please note that the donations are in U.S Dollars).
If you would like to contact any of us directly, feel free to do so through the following. email: [email protected]
Our deepest thanks, to you all!
[N.B: At this time we are in Singapore in National Cancer Centre Singapore for the treatment purpose and we need a huge ammount of money for her treatment and get back to bangladesh ]