Hi everyone! I'm Maria, a single mother with two young kids. In 2016, my world crumbled when I was diagnosed with Stage II Undiffirentiated Spindle Cell Sarcoma-Right Thigh, A Localized Soft Tissue Cancer. Due to financial constraints during the time of my diagnosis, I wasn't able to start treatment right away. Still, I scraped what I could, to get treatment that I could afford. I had my first surgery to remove the tumor and was advised to undergo Radiotherapy. Sadly, I wasn't able to have Radiotherapy because of financial and family issues.
Devastatingly, the tumor reoccured and I was strongly advised to continue the treatment and have Radiotherapy, which I did, to at least shrink the tumor before undergoing another surgery to remove the recurrent tumor and avoid the possibility of amputation. In the course of my Radiotherapy, Doctors found out that it has spread to my inguinal lymph nodes and more distant sites, and so they categorized it as a Regional Sarcoma, sadly with a lesser survival rate. My Doctors re-evaluated the grade of the tumor and other factors, and tests have shown that my cancer is now in Stage III. After 3 months of Radiotherapy, I was told that the treatment didn't do what it was supposed to do and the prognosis wasn't good. With the change of the Cancer stage and the result of the previous treatment plan which was less successful, we have to, according to the Doctors modify the treatment plan.
On the third week of May, I have to undergo my 2nd surgery. A crucial step if I want to beat this thing! The surgery will be done to remove the recurrent tumor thru a wide mass excision and doctors had discussed possible hip disarticulation or amputation of my right femur. The surgery will then be followed by aggressive Chemotherapy as part of the new treatment plan.
Update. June 6, 2017, when I had my 2nd surgery.
It was a wide resection on my right thigh. Almost half of the thigh was removed and there was extensive skin loss, which necessitated skin grafting. I was on a splint for 10 days after surgery; in a wheelchair for two months after; and on crutches for the months that followed, until today. I am currently undergoing Orthopedic Rehabilitation to strengthen my right leg, so that I can at least walk normally again -- as I no longer can, due to the huge amount of muscle loss in my right thigh. Despite this, I am still very blessed that the Doctors were able to save my leg.
After the surgery, pathology results showed a different type of Sarcoma: Undifferentiated Pleomorphic Sarcoma. This means that the next step in my treatment plan is going to be chemotherapy.
Prior to getting chemo, I still need to undergo endless lab workups and scans.
Doctors have ordered quarterly CT scans for my right thigh, whole abdomen, and chest as part of monitoring whether the cancer is spreading throughout the body. This is necessary so that we can administer definitive management for my cancer as needed. These scans are approximately 10-15k each.
Aside from the above, I would also need to undergo PET scans, which cost 60k+ each time.
These, and the other expenses I'll be incurring once I start chemo.
Despite feeling defeated, I need to keep fighting. Not only for myself but more importantly for my children!
This fundraising is now to support the funding for the said lab workup and diagnostics and my chemo treatment.
I would like to ask your generous hearts for any amount you can donate in support to my battle against Cancer. My heart will be eternally grateful to everyone who will help. Thank you in advance and God bless!
***FOR THOSE WHO DON'T HAVE A PAYPAL ACCOUNT, You can send your donation directly to my Local Bank. Account details below. Thank You!
BANK: Bank of the Philippine Island
ACCOUNT NUMBER: 9809 1832 86
ACCOUNT NAME: Maria Corazon Ramirez