Please help our dearest friend Zarra in winning the battle against SLE (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus) along with Lupus Nephritis. She was rushed to the emergency room last month however she opted to stay home against medical advice due to financial reasons. She's undergoing Hemodialysis due to her Lupus Nephritis.
In 2009, Zarra was ill then after a series of medical tests she was diagnosed with SLE (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus) or commonly known as Lupus. This is an autoimmune disease where the body's immune system mistakenly kills the healthy tissues and further reach to vital organs. There isn't any cure. The only solution is to control the symptoms that may arise, along with regular dosage of corticosteroids.
Zarra did not gave up. At 23 years old, she strived to work as an OFW to support her medication and her 92yo grandmother, who took care of her since she was 2yo.
In 2011 her symptoms gotten worse and it affected her kidneys. The doctors in the UAE were not able to treat her symptoms well so she went back to Cebu for further treatments, almost unable to walk due to the edema in her feet.
Unfortunately while she was in Cebu, her relatives could not bear the cost of the medication any longer, so Zarra thought of going back to work. She went back to Dubai and got a job in another clinic. Her condition is getting worse and she was in and out of the hospital, physicians telling her that her kidneys were only 10% functional and that she needed to undergo regular dialysis. She then lost her job because she was barely capable - she started having blurred vision, chest pains, hair loss, extreme body malaise, and sometimes vomited blood. Me and some of her friends who were in Dubai that time, did our very best to take care of her and alleviate her symptoms. But since she was jobless and stripped off of her insurance, it was very hard to afford the medical costs in Dubai, so we helped in convincing her to go back home, where she can get constant watch by her grandmother and her relatives.
Zarra stayed in Cebu since 2016, under medication and dialysis twice a week. Sometimes she gets seizures and difficulty breathing, gets rushed to the hospital and always advised to be admitted. But Zarra never wanted to, for fear of paying another stack of money which none of her family have. They are in deep financial constraints and Zarra wanted to find a job but none of the companies want to hire her due to concerns of causing her stress. Her grandmother, who is now 92 years old, could not get approved to loan money due to old age.
Me and one of Zarra's close friends in college decided to reach out by making a campaign to help her battle against her disease. Although we would always cheer her up by bringing back the good ol' days, but we know for sure this isn't enough. Zarra is the strongest person we know. She was always there in our ups and downs, she's always there to help no matter the cause, and she was never ever selfish. It really breaks our hearts that now she is always in pain, physically and emotionally, and so we thought of returning the favor, of the love and the care and joy she showed us. And now, even though she knows her health has become worse because of her avoidance to medications and hospital admissions, she still believes that positivity towards life can boost her up. She still strives to smile, thinking of the good things even though she's been surrounded more of the bad things.
We never want our friend to someday stop believing and give up. We never want to leave her behind while we are having the joy of our lives. We want her to live the normal life she longed to have because she never really chose to have this disease. All she wanted was to become a nurse, and this campaign would help her achieve her dreams.
We would like to thank you with all our hearts for taking the time and consideration. Any amount would go a long way to help support our dear friend with her medication and dialysis sessions. We express our gratitude for the prayers, acts of kindness and love that Zarra already received and appreciate you helping and sharing her story in any way you can.