Hi everyone! I'm Maria, a single mother with three young kids.
In June 2016, my world crumbled when I was diagnosed with Stage II Undiffirentiated Spindle Cell Sarcoma (Soft Tissue Cancer) in my right thigh. 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 the treatment that I could afford. I had my first surgery in July 2016 to remove the tumor and was advised to undergo Radiotherapy. Sadly, I wasn't able to have Radiotherapy immediately as needed because of financial and family issues.
Devastatingly, after three months, the tumor reoccurred. 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, which started from January 2017 to March 2017, I was told that the treatment didn't do what it was supposed to do and the prognosis wasn't good.
June of 2017, I had my second surgery to remove the recurrent tumor and doctors had discussed possible amputation. Luckily the Doctors were able to save my leg. I was in a wheelchair for 3 months, on crutches for 2 months and under Orthopedic Rehabilitation for 3 months. The surgery will then be followed by aggressive chemotherapy.
A PET scan was done in April of 2018 and the results were good and I was declared NED (No Evidence of Disease). With this result, we canceled Chemotherapy but I still need to be under strict monitoring. I need to have quarterly CT scans for my right thigh, whole abdomen, and chest as part of monitoring to check whether another cancer is spreading throughout my body. These 3 scans cost around 50,000 pesos which I'll be incurring every 3 months.
With no insurance and health plans, I have acquired too much debt for all the treatments and scans I had to fight this beast. I wasn't able to afford 50,000 pesos scans every quarter.
2 years passed, July 2020, when I had this extreme pain in my back. The initial diagnosis is a possible recurrence and metastasis to the bones which can only be verified once all the scans and tests are done. I was given medication for pain management. This is the time of the Covid Pandemic and everyone is affected including my finances, so again, the scans needed to rule and start a treatment plan weren't all done.
Dec 2021, when I started having difficulty breathing, chest pains, and cough. X-ray result shows a suspicious nodule in my right lung. I was immediately referred by my Oncologist to a Pulmonologist to rule out possible recurrence of a tumor and metastasis (spread of cancer) in my lungs. They ordered multiple scans and laboratory tests to analyze my body's condition and to determine if the cancer is back.
January 6, 2022, my month-long of chest pain, shortness of breathing, and cough led me to the emergency room. I am currently confined to a Hospital getting medication, tests and scans to manage my health. My current labs and scans show a lump in my right lung which is pressing into my lung giving me Postobstructive Pneumonia which we are treating right now. Another discovery is the sight of another suspicious nodule in my abdomen which can be another metastasis. There's still a long list of scans and lab tests needed to be done, and the possibility of Chemotherapy and another surgery is included in the list.
With my current increasing hospital bill, I've decided to go home and signed a waiver (discharged against medical advice) and continue treatment once I have enough funds. This fundraising is to support the funding of the diagnostics scans and labs needed for the next step in my treatment plan.
After 3 years of remission, here I am fighting for my life again. Despite feeling defeated, I need to keep fighting. Not only for myself but more importantly for my children!
I would like to ask your generous hearts for any amount you can donate in support of 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!
Account Name: Maria Corazon Ramirez
BPI - 9809 1832 86
BDO - 0114 4012 2219
Metrobank - 2723 2724 33845
Gcash - 09175026523
Paymaya - 09176106644
Payoneer - [email protected]