Lymphoma warrior

Dear family, friends and everyone!

On behalf of my friend, mentor, and sister by heart, Angeli, I would like to help and do this campaign by raising fund to cover her medical costs. My dear friend has been fighting cancer since October 2017. She was diagnosed with Stage 4B Non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Diffuse Large B-Cell (6 cm tumour on her chest). She underwent 9 RCHOP chemotherapies and 20 sessions of radiotherapy.

Around early August, she looked fine, we all thought everything was under control. She was just waiting for her last test, the PET-CT Scan, 23rd of August. However, 3 days before that day, she felt a big lump above her left collarbone. They went to her oncologist, but apparently, they can’t do anything until they will get the scan.

Days has been passed by, her blood pressure dropped to 80/60, got a spasms followed by a fever. Her doctor requested to have her admitted, until they received the result of PET scan in the hospital.

She was having a non-stop fever because of tumours. Yes, you read it right. She did not get into remission, she relapsed, 2 months after her last chemotherapy. Angeli’s fight with cancer is not yet over. Right now, she has a golf sized tumour on her neck, nodes on cervix, abdomen, and the tumour on her chest is still there, also, there is a probable node in her bones.

My heart is crying knowing this devastating news, she and her family went to PGH, one of the hospitals in the Philippines. They were seeking for second opinion and they recommended an aggressive treatment. Her RCHOP chemo is already aggressive. But she has to undergo another 6 high dose chemotherapy.

When a Lymphoma patient relapses, the second line of treatment is a higher dose of chemo. This chemo will damage the bone marrow, disabling the body to produce its own blood cells. To rescue the body, the patient must undergo the most expensive treatment there is. Stem cell transplant ranges from Php1,000,000-Php2,500,000 (which is $50,000 to $60,000), depending on the case.

This pretty warrior has dreams not only for herself but also for her family. She always puts others first. Angeli is one of the passionate and best leaders I know, she is a great motivator, serves as an inspiration to everyone. She has the positivity, strength, and courage in everything. Aside from that she is a strong, independent woman.

She used to provide for her family, but right now she is out of work for almost 11 months. She does online selling but it only helps in paying her take home medicines. She came from a middle class family, with six younger siblings. She’s not used of asking help from people, but in her current situation, she is hoping that we can help her. Either big or small, she and her family will truly appreciate it.

 For Philippines based donors, these are Angeli's bank accounts.
Angeli Rizza S Cruz
Savings 007790041786
Angeli Rizza Cruz
Savings 3549-2757-28

Let’s help and support Angeli to give another one good fight and kick the cancer away.

The first photo was taken last Oct 22, 2017, when the doctor told her about the 6 cm tumour on her chest. 
XRAY scan, Oct 2017.

She started having SVC syndrome that caused her face to swell. The tumour was pushing her blood vessels, cutting the oxygen supply.
 After 1st chemotherapy, she started losing hair. Her eyes and face were still swelling because of SVC.

She lost her hair again on the 7th chemotheraphy.

Done with 9 chemo and now 20 sessions of radiotherapy to remove the remaining tumour.
The golf sized tumour above her collarbone, doctor did an incision to get a sample of biopsy
Last photo of her taken recently.
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