Free Moi's Liver
Back in May 2014, my family had a horrible news when we found out that my eldest brother, Rowden, has stage IV liver cancer (hepatocellular carcinoma) and 3 weeks to live. It caught us totally off-guard as he did not experience any symptom until couple of weeks prior. Weeks later, he fulfilled his promise to his fiance and married her in the hospital. 10 hours after the couple said their vows, my brother passed away. He was 29 years old.
A month later, my whole family had ourselves screened for possible cancer or blood defect, only to find out that my second elder brother Hasset, also carry the same type of liver cancer at stage III and liver cirrhosis. I, on the other hand, also have liver cirrhosis. Hasset, who was a chef, immediately had a surgery to remove the tumor in his liver, only for it to grow again. He also tried alternative medication. In August 2015, he opted to do chemotherapy through TACE, it proved to be ineffective as it weakened his body. October 2015, Hasset passed away. He was 29 years old.
Today, I'm 27 years old. I work in a financial firm. My above average wage allow me to support my mom, who had raised me and my brothers alone as a single mom; also living with us are Rowden's widow Liezl and their 5-year old daughter Zakiah. For the past 2 years I have been taking maintenance meds that costs 8 USD a day, I regularly get blood screening and MRI to monitor my liver. The most recent one was last month, and it wasn't the most thrilling result. Doctors found a 3cm in diameter tumor in my liver, as well as several nodules spreading around it. It is the same liver cancer my brothers suffered.
Doctors gave me 3 options as short term solution to the tumor: a surgery, RFA, and TACE. Each one has its own set of pros and cons. Each will cost me 3,000 - 4,000 USD per session and I likely have to do it 2-4 times a year, depending on how aggressive the cancer is. The long term solution is to undergo liver transplant which costs 100,000 USD if done in our local gov't hospital (PGH).
I'm setting this GoFundMe account as I have received numerous request from friends and family around the globe who wants to extend help. I am very positive that I will defeat this little devil by staying faithful to my Lord and God, Jesus Christ. I also have no shortage of encouragement from people I hold dear. I'm keeping an openmind in terms of medication and what approach to take in treating this. I will keep posting updates here and I hope to also hear from everyone. I love you all and God bless.
3 months after switching my diet to vegan and investing in natural food supplements to boost my immune system (hoping to "resolve" cancer by immunotherapy), I had full body PET CT scan done to check for any development and because it’s a prerequisite if I end up getting treatment in Guangzhou, China.
So, without further ado, the result:
1. Still found in my liver is nemesis #1. Size increased a bit, and is now 2.1 x 2.3 x 2.2 cm.
2. They also found “sub centimeter non-calcified nodules” in my left lung, which is alarming specially to me because months before my brother Hasset passed away they also found out that cancer metastasized from his liver to his lungs and scanned a couple of tumors there.
3. Liver cirrhosis still present.
4. Also, a 0.8 x 0.9 cm cyst was found in my neck but is highly likely to be benign.
Where does this put me now?
My stand remains the same, and that is if I can hold-off the surgery to remove the mass in my liver, I will. I have 2 reasons why. First, the last time someone in my family had tumor surgically removed it did no good. It only made my brother weaker and tumor doubled when it came back. Second, is money. Once I commit to surgery, I must expect that it won’t be just a onetime thing. Doctors will then pressure me to do chemo to address the nodules in other parts of my body. I will only commit to a less invasive therapy like in Guangzhou, China, but then again were still working on the funding.
How am I now?
Naturally, I get asked “how are you” every time I try to converse with people I know. I feel fine physically, I sometimes experience sudden abdominal pain, but it’s not that bad. I feel tired quicker. Emotionally, I feel so loved. Spiritually, I’ve never been this sure about my salvation. Financially, thanks to you all, my family and I are getting by despite me being out from work for an extended time. I get as much sleep as I can. I eat healthy. I maintain a healthy state of mind. I’m just really hyped up and can’t wait to fully recover and start helping others.
Once again thank you so much for all your help. I don’t know what I’ll do with your assistance, in all forms. Your kindness is inspiring, and certainly inspires me to fight and bring myself in a position able to help others in need. I’ll be posting developments in a weekly basis moving forward. God bless you all!
I feel today is also a perfect day to once again thank every one for their thoughts, prayers, and support. Similar to one of Jesus' fables, some of you helped a stranger like me, like the good Samaritan. To my friends who dedicated their time to arrange fundraisers for me, and my cousin doing it all on her own in CDO. To the people who donated through my gofundme account or directly to my bank account and flooded me with love and encouraging words. To those who messaged me their own stories and experiences against the disease, and cheered me. Thank you everyone, I appreciate everything you have done for me, for my family. You all are the reason why I keep fighting, why I keep believing, why I am so inspired. Thank you for giving me the best chance to overcome this trial. I thank God for putting me in a platform where I can share my faith to many people, and inspire others.
I also want to give props to the writers from thedailypedia, buzzdefinitelyfilipino, kami, and many other blogs, as well as the recent feature from GMA news. Your feature helped me raise awareness and the financial help I receive tripled. *God is good!*
Lastly, I just wanna share that it really doesn't matter what problem you have, what position you are at, how old you are, what material things you have or don't have, use it, use it to glorify God. If you live for something else, that is when you lose. That's when you start asking why.
So there is this hospital in Guangzhou, China that specializes in modern cancer treatment. The entire hospital is just for cancer patients. (you may check their website www.asiancancer.com) Years back, Hasset wanted to go there but was both short with money and too weak to go, this was when the tumor resurfaced after his surgery. I had an appointment with one of their doctors last Saturday, in Makati for consultation. What's good is, St Stamford is accredited by my HMO (Intellicare). Which means, it will at least cover 250,000 php of the expenses.
There's a 3cm in diameter sized tumor in the middle of my liver, and around it spreading all over are regenerative nodules (which are candidates for future tumors). Although I had MRI done, Dr Lim wants me to do a whole body PET scan with contrast. This can only be done in either St.Lukes Fort/QC, and costs somewhere between 65,000 - 75,000 php.
Again, I'll try to explain the way I understand each option.
1) Cryotherapy - guided by CT scan, surgeons will insert tube-like metals directly to the tumor. These tubes will then freeze the tumor to death in the tune of -180 degree celcius. If successful, the tumor will be gone by the wind in 30mins. I will be conscious throughout the surgery and will freeze while the ice inside me thaws. This will address the tumor, but not the nodules. No long-term side effects. Costs 180,000 php per session.
2) Intra Arterial Therapy - much like TACE, a special tube or catheter will be inserted
(2mm small incision), drugs are then given directly to the tumor and it's blood supply to kill it. Through this, I can get 2-8 times higher effect of systemic chemotherapy without any toxic side effects of chemotherapy (win-win!). I may need to do this 2-6 times a year until the nodules are gone and stop resurfacing. Costs 255,000 php per session.
3) Stem Cell Transplantation - instead of liver transplant, the Guangzhou Approach offers me stem cell as a long term solution. I had a long good read about stem cell and found lots of interesting points. I encourage you to do your own research. Basically, I have a damaged liver, stem cell will reverse my liver back to normal. That's why many also uses stem cell to fight aging.
Very compelling. The doctor gave me a lot of hope. They also have an excellent track record in healing people with far worse liver cancer cases. They are accredited by my HMO which adds to their "legitamacy". Buy boy are they expensive. I should still prep 5,000,000 for a year-long treatment with them. I should also start learning basic Mandarin.
Alternative Medicine Approach
Today is a long and productive day, I had meetings with doctors (specilizing in internal medical, gastroenterology, interventional hepatology, laparoscopic surgery, general & cancer surgery, oncology, and all that fancy stuff) for opinion re my case.
There's a 3cm in diameter sized tumor in the middle of my liver, and around it spreading all over are regenerative nodules (which are candidates for future tumors).
Given the size of the tumor and that my liver still functions excellently, Drs were generous when giving me my options. Below is MY understanding of the procedures, I do not have any medical background aside from my several searches on webmd.com and my experiences with my brothers' cases.
1) Surgery - basically they'll slice the tumor out of my liver. The liver will just regenerate itself, and we can pray that it will regenerate a healthy new patch. This is the cheapest options at below 100,000 php if done in PGH. This will NOT address the nodules.
2) RFA - please google it. HAHA! A heated needle will be injected directly at the tumor, and burn that jerk to death. Pros, I can get back to regular life in 2days, less invasive, and they won't have to open me up. Cons, will only take care of the one tumor, I might need to do it multiple times, this will NOT address the freaking nodules. Costs around 150,000 - 200,000 php per session.
3) TACE - again, google it please. Chemo will be "injected" directly at the tumor. Pros, will kill possible neighboring tumors in town, may help against the freaking nodules, statistically more efficient than RFA. Cons, its chemo and its the same procedure Hasset had. Chemo is just bad, man, and one have to do it multiple times. Costs around 150,000 - 200,000 php per session.
4) Liver transplant - this is the ONLY long time solution offered to me. Looking for a suitable donor is a looooong and grueling process. This will address the nodules and will give me a good fighting chance to finally get rid of those FREAKING NODULES. After the transplant, it will normally take 2 years for me to adjust to the new organ and rejoin the common society again. Main issue, this costs 5,000,000 php. But then again, who's donating? *preparing for 30days prayer and fasting*
Daaaang, I guess this ends my PBA hopes. No basketball for me after any of these procedure. Everyone say "awwwwwww"
Hi Hisham, Good day to you. We saw in KMJS last night your health status and I can't help but to let you know that there is hope. First, let me introduce first myself, I'm Allan John Ocampo a Cancer conqueror. I was diagnosed with the same doctor, Dr. Dante Ang at Medical City last Oct 2015 with Hepatocellular Carcinoma Stage 4 with metastitis in lungs. We sought 2nd opinion at the same hospital but the same diagnosis was given to me. A 16cm tumor was found in my right liver and 16 nodules in my lungs hence the same procedure was suggested for me to undergone, 3 TACE and 1 Surgery. I have undergone the 1st session of TACE and in just 2 weeks I lost 20kilos of my weight. The tumor was reduced but I feel week and if I proceed with the remaining TACE session probably I'm not writing this to you. So we decided to seek an alternative medicine a naturaphatic doctor. And we started seeing my naturapatic doctor 2 weeks after we have decided. We started there at Nov 2015 and I was declared cancer free already in April 2016. To think I was already at stage 4 and 2 doctors already gave me months to live and yet I was declared cancer free in jut 5 months. If you are seeking a natural healing I can help you. You can try because we all seek to be healed. I hope you can be enlighten and everyone ca be healed in Jesus name. Sharing my sufferings and triump to you brother. To God be the Glory.Thanks and God Bless
Praying... In the name of Jesus and by the power of the Holy Spirit, I release the angels to pick up a brand new liver from the Spare Parts Department in Heaven and supernaturally transplant it into Moi's body to replace the diseased liver. Thank you, Jesus for Moi's healing. Moi will not die but will live to declare the works of the Lord. By His stripes, he is healed. I declare that Moi is healed from the top of his head to the soles of his feet in the name of Jesus! Thank you, Lord!
My baby boy and I pray for you everynight. My baby adds "Sana gumaling na si Tito Moi." to our prayers. I wish the Almighty Allah grants our prayers. Keep your faith Moi for faith can move mountains. Pag ginusto NYA, walang imposible. Lakasan mo loob mo. ♥
GOD IS GOOD naman i well pray for u.. try mo un mga herbal medicen wg mo nlng itry sa mga unde go ng mga radaition like Goals of chemotherapy treatment If your doctor has recommended chemotherapy to treat your cancer, it’s important to understand the goals of treatment when making treatment decisions. There are three main goals for chemotherapy (chemo) in cancer treatment: Cure Control Palliation pls LNG PARA MAS TUMAGAL UN BUHAY MO... LHAT KC NG UNDER GO NG Chemo wlng tumatagal ang buhay...
Prayer, amy awa ang Dios.
Why not try natural alternative medecine first like carrot juice or green juices dont take ginger if you are taking medecine for high blood or for heart. Try Gerzon therapy in you tube try to visit it may help. Or baking soda.
I want to donate but i dont have atm..
Pwede nyo pong i try yng Ozone treatment. Chck nyo po sa youtube kng ano yng ozone treatment. Me patient po na tatay ng friend ko dinala dun stage 4. Ngyn lumakas at sumigla na. Di rin po malaki ang bayad kc abot kya lng yng kada treatment.
Hi Hisham we saw in the Philippines About your liver cancer i hope Jesus can heal you Jesus Christ is the Healing God he will take care of you Dont Give up and keep fighting no matter what Hisham
Hisham ,u can try Dr. Farrah Agustin-Bunch in Tarlac.U can search all info and testimonies fr.internet.They successfully cured different types of Cancer.God Bless You and Get well soon.
Hi Moi, I sent you a private message on facebook. it seems my country is not eligible for gofundme. please confirm your alternative details please. thanks
Hello Hisham. Today I heard about you and your brothers story. I was very moved and I felt very sad because I have been close to people with cancer and, in general in my family, cancer seems to be common. I would like to contribute to your medical treatments, but what I earn is not enough to do it (I earn minimum wage and I have responsibilities in my home). I saw that your brother Rowden's wedding was viral, so I came up with a video that I hope will become viral, so that people who have enough money would watch it and contribute to your Go Fund Me page. I hope this does not piss you off. I'm sorry if the stalked thing bothers you but I do it with the best intentions. https://youtu.be/jhWRtNj4Myg This is the video I created. In the description I placed your story and the link to the Go Fund Me page. I hope with all my heart that you get better, and that your family can find the peace you deserve so much after these years so overwhelmed you have had. From the other side of the world I'll be praying for you.
my heart goes to the family of Lei, mother of Moi and praying that God will hear our prayers of healing in the mighty name of Jesus Christ. And commit everyday in my daily time with my savior & Lord to send healing soon and provisions as well for his upcoming operation.
Take food supplement natures pearl muscadine, mostly recommended lots cancer patient survive....here in canada, u.s and Philippines.
hi sir please use the Supplement- HemoHim , No.1 products of South Korean Govt Support Atomy company, i think you will amazed with the best results in your health. God Bless
God heal him with your precious hand..
Praying for you..Jesus is the great Physician..
I may not be able to donate money for your treatment but I know God will always be there for you. I just want you to know you are not alone with this battle, you have your family, friends, and us that will help you pray. Stay strong keep the faith. Trust HIM. Amen.