In 2017 Sabina started getting pain at the back of her leg, she made mention of it here and there but we assumed that it was the long hours of work and walking round that was causing the pain but over time she kept mentioning the pain more frequently. Eventually we convinced her to visit the GP, and the GP to what was no surprise said that it was nothing serious and prescribed pain killers. However, the pain was still there and yet again, she returned to the GP and went for an X-ray. The GP then said she had vitamin D deficiency. She started taking the Vitamin D and pain killers, of which at this point she was in college but the pain was getting worse and she would take pain killers like codeine and paracetamol. While this was happening, I started getting concerned because I did not believe that it was Vitamin D deficiency because of the symptoms she was showing, she could no longer sit in the car for certain periods of time and had to sit on a certain angle, she had gone to the GP numerous times and had 3 X-rays and blood tests and the GP said she was fine and there was nothing wrong, by this time, she was limping, she was losing sensation in her toes and getting foot drop. We at this point noticed that her legs were now two different sizes, her ankle was much thinner than her left leg, the muscle in her right leg was deteriorating.
Sabina returned to the GP and he examined her again, and he applied pressure on her abdominal area and she screamed because of the discomfort but yet again the GP advised on more pain killers. Fast forward to June 2018, all these symptoms I mentioned above had gotten worse, Sabina could not do simple things like jumping or walk certain distances and my mom decided to take her to A&E to have an MRI scan, the scan showed a shadow, the doctors started looking into it and they seemed concerned, the family was called to the hospital because they believed in was cancer.
Sabina was transferred to the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore were more tests and scans took place and that when we were told severity of the tumour known as a chondrosarcoma which affects the cartilage cells, this type of cancer is not reactive to chemotherapy and much of radiotherapy, the main treatment is surgery. The tumour was growing from her pelvic area and attaching itself onto her lower spine. The tumour is 15x13x10 which is really big.The consultants were shocked that this was growing in her and it had taken this long for it to be found, the biopsy showed that the cancer was grade 1 but the consultants believe that it is different grades due to the size and the areas the tumour is growing in.
Initially the surgeons said they could remove only part of the tumour because of its size but because of the fact that it might be different grades, if they were to remove only part of the tumour it would grow even faster and spread to certain areas so they decided they would remove all of it. Four surgeons would have to perform a hindquarter amputation which means that she would lose her entire limb and part of her spine, this was very devastating news because Sabina is so young and wants to do so much with her life, she’s always wanted to be an air hostess and modelling and so much more , but now this was being taken away from her.
The recent MRI scan showed that the tumour had grown and now grade 2, if it continues to grow, it will invade her bowels, bladder and uterus. Sabina will be going for the Proton Beam Therapy Treatment in Prague, if we can raise the funds, the treatment is used to treat many other cancer types because it hardly has side effects. The ions hit the tumour more precisely, releasing their destructive force more accurately within and surrounding healthy tissues are spared. This advantage is particularly important with tumours close to vital tissues, such as at the base of the skull, the optic nerves or intestine.
We desperately need your help in raising this 70K (SEVENTY THOUSAND POUNDS). It’s our greatest desire for us to see Sabina to live the best life that she possibly can and your generosity is greatly appreciated. I pray that each one of you reading this can help us in any way that you can. Thank you for taking the time to read this, PLEASE SHARE this to as many people that you can and continue to pray for us. Thank you in advance.
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