Our beloved mother, Sheng Yang Fang, was such a cheerful and positive person – she had a wonderful sense of humor and found strength in the silver linings of life despite all the hardships she endured.
On 9/6/18, Sheng went to the ER with excruciating abdominal pain and severe edema. Doctors determined that she had acute kidney failure and started her on dialysis immediately. Three days later, she celebrated her 60th birthday in the ICU, hooked up to a dialysis machine and surrounded by her family. Despite her exhaustion and pain, she smiled and laughed – determined to have a happy birthday.
One week later, an oncologist informed us that Sheng also had Stage 3 liver cancer. He was somewhat optimistic that she could beat the cancer with immunotherapy once she was discharged from the hospital. While the rest of us were devastated by the news, she clung to the hope of successful immunotherapy treatment and steadfastly focused on getting better, getting out and “kicking cancer’s ass”. Soon, she stabilized and was moved out of the ICU on 9/14/18.
However, on 9/19/18, things took a turn for the worse – she had a stroke and was transferred back to ICU. Shortly after, she had liver failure and fluid in her lungs as well. With each passing day, she grew weaker and her smiles clenched painfully into grimaces. Yet, with each labored breath, she continued to reassure us that everything will be ok and encouraged us to BE POSITIVE - to seek and hold on to the silver lining, no matter how desolate it may seem. She passed peacefully in her sleep on 9/27/18.
Now, we are left behind to pick up the pieces of our hearts. Sheng leaves behind her husband, nine children, and two grandchildren. Because her illness was so unexpected and deteriorated so quickly, we are not prepared to handle the financial hardship of a traditional Hmong funeral (which involves 3 days of 24-hour vigil and funeral rites). We are asking for anything you are willing to donate – whether that be food, drinks, supplies or money. Even if you are unable to donate, a kind word or prayer will be appreciated as we cope with losing the HEART of our family. Thank you and many blessings for your time and generosity…
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