Almost a month now, Nanay (my grandmother, Consolacion Doniña) was asked by her doctor to undergo an x-ray for her routine check-up. Because of a high level of fluid in her lungs as revealed by her initial X-ray, she was advised by her doctors in The Medical City to be confined for a series of other tests - ultrasounds, CT scans, PET/CT scans, X-rays and tests on the drained fluid from her lungs (Thoracentesis, the draining procedure). The diagnosis of the doctors is STAGE 4 LUNG CANCER.
(According to the doctors, the cause of her cancer is old age and genetics, because she was never a smoker, or nobody is smoking in the family, no prior exposure to any chemicals, etc. Also, as the doctors and data sugges, 60% of lung cancer cases are diagnosed at its late stage or stage 4.)
It is really a case of one misery after the other with our family right now.
Just almost a year ago Nanay was hospitalized, too, for almost a month because of Covid19. Here in the Philippines, being hospitalized with Covid would cost a big fortune; luckily, still financially sufficient at that time, our family was able to pull through. Next big challenge to the family was the death of my father (Nanay’s eldest) 5 months ago due to kidney failure; raking up several hundreds of thousands of hospital bills from his 2X weekly dialyses for two years up to his death. Still, with God’s grace, our family is able to afford financially all these.
Nanay is still in the hospital for almost a month already. The hospital bills of more than half-a-million (and thousands of daily maintenance medicines) we can still afford to pay despite our pockets almost empty. However, the cost of the medicine which she has to take for the cancer, we have no other recourse but to find other sources of sustainable extra income and to ask help (to the point of begging, if that’s what it takes). Each capsule of XALKORI is priced at PhP5,422 which must be taken twice a day. So far, according to the doctors, this is the only medicine for her condition, i.e. no other generic option which could have been cheaper.
A lifetime medicine which is meant to neutralize the cancer cells... meant to prolong Nanay’s life... When she was asked by her doctor if she wanted to undergo such medication, she emotionally said, “Yes, doctor. I still want to live.”
Nanay wants to live more years. She is praying and hoping that she will be cured — and this what breaks our heart so deeply, on top of the thought the agony she has to endure without the medicine. We cannot just sit down and wait for a miracle (although we are unceasingly praying for such to happen). We have to do things to support and sustain her treatment (medicine); because without it, as told by the doctors, it will only be 6months-1year for her. But with continuous taking, she would still live several more years.
Given these unfortunate incidents in less than a year, it is indeed psychologically, physically, emotionally and financially draining, however, we are trying our best to bear and remained faithful that everything will be alright soon.
Come-up with other means of sustainable income, something that will be a lifelong support for her. Moreover, knock on your good hearts for financial support...
She wants to live... We want her to live... and any other loving family, I guess, faced with the same predicament (a devastating one) would do the same... would do everything for the love of a very dear Mama... Nanay... Lola...
Help us please pray for Nanay. Help us support our Nanay...
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