We are a family of four. My brother, Dharam, now 23, has special needs. He has cerebral palsy, global developmental delay, seizure disorder, traumatic brain injury, Raynaud’s syndrome, requires 24 by 7 care, and has had a stroke. My father, mother, and I have cared for him for the last 23 years by ourselves, without any help.
My name is Nikita, I am 20, and a student at UCLA, on scholarships, working to get my B.A. in Psychology by 2019.
My dad, Ram, has had severe back pain for the last few months, (we thought it was regular back pain from carrying my brother), that had gotten progressively worse, with other symptoms manifesting. Due to our family's unique and difficult circumstances, we barely make ends meet each month, with help from family, friends, and our church.
On June 1st, 2017, my father who is only 52, was diagnosed with Stage 3 Multiple Myeloma, a rare and aggressive form of cancer. His bone marrow is packed with malignant plasma cells, which caused a multitude of lesions and minute fractures in his spine and ribcage. He is presently in a lot of pain and can no longer help care for my brother, who he is very attached to. My father has always been the rock of my family, and without him, it would be hard for any of us to function. He has a very challenging road ahead of him with many months of chemotherapy and radiation.
Because this type of cancer is aggressive, so is the treatment. To stand a fighting chance, my dad also requires high dose Chemotherapy, Radiation, and Auto Transplant in a hospital, and we are overwhelmed by how expensive the treatment can be. My dad is the most God-fearing, selfless, and hilarious man. He is my inspiration and surely a role model and mentor to many. Those that know him have had the good fortune to first handedly experience his kindness, generosity, and self-sacrificing nature. Our family really needs my father around and this diagnosis knocked the wind out of our sails.
The treatment for multiple myeloma has advanced greatly in the past ten years. Doctors are optimistic that at my father’s young age, with this treatment, he has a very good chance at remission. You can help my father access this much-needed treatment and help him battle for his life, by donating and sharing this post with others. It doesn’t matter how small or large, every donation helps. It is with heavy hearts and utmost humility, that our family is reaching out to all of you for your prayers, love, and much needed support.
All donations will go directly to Urs family to assist with uninsured medical expenses, travel and treatment, to allow our family to focus our energy on beating Cancer. Together we can!