Sha is one of my closer mates in college. We drifted apart after graduation but she's always been at the back of my mind. Recently, I found out that Sha is suffering from the dreaded C, yes, cancer. That damn cancer. I can't believe it!
Why must someone as kind and sweet as Sha suffer this? She is a single mum with the cutest 4 year old. As a mum myself, I absolutely cannot imagine the anguish that Sha experiences. The thought of not being able to see her son grow up, spending time with her son must be more painful than the disease itself.
Words from Sha:
"I am a single mother; my boy is 4 years old this year.
My cancer journey began in April 2016; biospy of the lung confirmed that I have stage 3a ca.
Surgey to remove my upper right lung alongside 7 lymph nodes was done in May 2016. After surgery, I did my 4 rounds of chemo. By Nov 2016, I was given the clear - NED - No Evidence of Disease.
On 5 May 2017, I woke up in ICU. Had a seizure at work. The docs did a brain and full body scan to find out the cause. Yes, the cancer is back in my lungs and it has mets to my brain. After spending a week in the hosp, I did my FSRS - 5 days in a row; 5 shots each day. I had little side effects; being thankful for that.
On 15 June 2017, I had my first cycle of immunotheraphy - pembrolizumab. 3 weeks later, I had my second cycle. After that, I might not have it anymore due to the cost. The cost which I need to pay every 3 weeks for 2 years as suggested by my oncologist. If I transfer to public care, they can't offer immunotherapy in public hospitals; so I would be back on chemo again. Chemo was an experience on itself last year.
Immunotherapy is the best chance I have to having a normal life."
Sha is my age. She needs to keep living! Her insurance quota is almost up and the only treatment that she responds well to is something called "Immunotherapy". She has already underwent two sessions. When she told me the price, I was appalled. What use of being alive when you have to lose and sell everything for treatment!?
Expected expenses for Immunotherapy sessions for two years is RM1,000,000. 1 million ringgit. It is disheartening to say the least. We're talking about around RM30,000 per session for every 3 weeks for 2 years. Immunotherapy treatment is not offered at government institutions so she also doesn't have a choice but to go private.
Sha has recently decided to stop Immunotherapy as she just couldn't afford it. She's on government waiting list for chemo and we have no idea when she can even receive treatment.
I hope if you're reading this, please find in your heart to help my wonderful friend, Shari. Crowdfunding in such a scenario is a fantastic way to help the unfortunate. It's spreading out a financial burden in a way that doesn't catastrophically destroy any individual money-wise. Everybody has the autonomy to donate whatever they are comfortable with and it goes to a good cause, helping someone to stay alive especially before she has to resort to drastic measures such as getting in debt and selling all her possessions.
We are racing against time and with Immunotherapy, Sha will have a shot at life, at seeing her son grow up and making memories with him which he could remember. Please give her a chance.
Besides GIVE, we have received MYR 37,570.80 from other sources.