A message from Steven:
Hello! I'm John Steven Verrosa, from Imus City, Cavite, Philippines. It was two months ago when I was diagnosed with Giant Cell Tumor of the Talus, a rare condition that has hit my right ankle. This was confirmed after lots of medical procedures which were proven costly, even just the MRI alone. This condition is said to be idiopathic, aggressive, and benign.
Doctors from the Philippine General Hospital gave me two options: (1) Keep the shell of the bone with the tumor to retain the mobility of the ankle after rehabilitation, though there is a 30% chance of recurrence, and (2) entirely remove the bone with the tumor and fuse the whole ankle, disabling me from doing strenuous activities, but this has a lower recurrence rate. Both are risky procedures, but I chose the first one for practical reasons. Given these procedures, I still had to undergo bone strengthening before the operation. Doctors prescribed Xgeva (Denosumab) which will be used to reduce the further breakdown of bone before and after the procedure. This drug costs 28,000php per injection, and would be administered five times (thrice for the next three months before the operation, and twice after the operation) with a total of 140,000php just for this medication. Removal of the tumor would costs roughly 100,000php, though admission inside PGH is said to be free. The major operation has no final date, but is projected some time in September. Overall, funds shall be used to cover any medical expense like the operation and medications.
We are currently having problems regarding finances, so we have thought of doing this to raise funds. I would love to graduate soon, but my condition is hindering my dream. My stay-at-home mother, younger brother, and I cannot raise the money alone, so I humbly request for everyone's generosity and support for this matter, and I would like to express my gratitude for taking time to read this. Every donation will be much appreciated. Thank you and may you all have a blessed day!
- Jhong DC
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