Let's help Nela beat this.

On the 13th September 2017, My Son-In-Law (Nela) went to see a General Practitioner (GP) because he was feeling some pain in his lower right abdomen area. He thought it might be a strained muscle and had been putting up with the pain for a couple of days. Upon seeing the GP, he was told that he needed to head straight to the hospital on suspicions of Acute Appendicitis and here the journey began. 

Nela is too proud to admit when he is in a lot of pain, so when the doctors were asking him to report his pain on a scale of 1 - 10, he would answer with 3 or 4. This, in the end, played almost against him, because the doctors were going to send him home because they did not believe it was appendicitis, but in the spirit of being thorough, they sent him for a CT Scan. When the results came back, it showed that his appendix was about 5 times bigger than the appendix was meant to be, and it appeared to have ruptured already and was sent to theatre for surgery.

When Nela came out of surgery, he had a big smile on his face because he had all his family there, his wife Tianna, Daughter Aaliyah, Nela's Parents, Siblings, as well as us.

This period of time was extremely saddening because we already knew the diagnosis,  Nela did not.  We were waiting for the doctor to come and inform Nela. He remained happy and laughed with everyone. When the Surgeon finally came to see Nela, he asked how he felt, to which Nela replied "pretty good". The surgeon then proceeded, he said, the surgery to remove the appendix went really well, but unfortunately Mr Afu, we have found a sizeable tumour inside of the appendix, which was the cause of the swelling and eventually the rupture of the appendix. He then told Nela that they have drawn up a diagnosis, and it was for Pseudomyxoma Peritonei or more often referred to as PMP Cancer. This form of cancer is extremely Rare which only affects 2 out of every million people per year. 

Since his stay at Mona Vale Hospital to remove his appendix, Nela has been to numerous appointments with Surgeons, and other medical professionals, in preparation for major surgery. 

Nela will have a big surgery called a Peritonectomy, where they will need to cut into his abdomen, to remove the cancerous cells from the lining of the abdominal cavity. Then they will apply heated Chemotherapy directly into his body. He will then spend a minimum of 3 weeks in the Intensive Care Unit or High Dependency Unit, where he will continue to receive Chemotherapy, as well as partake in rehabilitation. Nela will be off work for a period of 3-6 months. 

This is the reason I have decided to set up this GO FUND ME account. Nela is too proud and too polite to ask for help of any kind, especially financial help.  The medical expenses have already started to take a toll on their little family, where Nela is the main income earner.

Whether you can help out with $5 or just a prayer, I know he would be moved and grateful for the support that he is receiving from everyone.

For those who know Nela, you know he is someone who is more than happy to give you a helping hand if he can, and if he can't he will point you in the direction of someone who can.

Thank you for reading this story and being on this journey with him.  

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Tracey Pitstock Mayoh 
Mona Vale NSW
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