Help us support the Cabral family as they go through a difficult transition now that Amie’s battle with cancer has almost come to an end.
After working in the UAE for a few years, Amie migrated to New Zealand in 2017 to join her husband, Hyrine, with the hope of a better life for their family. A mother blessed with 2 lovely children, Anne (8 yrs old) and Alas (2 yrs old), Amie has devoted her time caring for them while also looking for fresh opportunities to start her career anew.
Unfortunately, in middle of 2019, after 2 months of giving birth to Alas, the family was devastated when Amie was diagnosed with breast cancer and had to undergo surgery and chemotherapy. She got better for a time and seemed to regain her health, until December 2020 when they felt a suspicious lump on her neck and a biopsy had to be performed. The results came after Christmas, but it turned out to be not the outcome they prayed for.
The family welcomed the new year facing yet another battle, this time proving to be harder than the first one. However, they held on to their faith in God and the unwavering support of their family back home in the Philippines and friends here in NZ. After undergoing another set of chemo and surgery in the months that followed, Amie was admitted in the hospital on 13th July due to pneumonia. Fluids were found in her lungs, and this caused her severe back and chest pains and fatigue. It turned out that the cancer had already spread rapidly to her lungs.
On 21st of July, Amie was supposed to undergo a procedure to drain the fluids and for chemotherapy to follow. This was meant to stop the further spread of the cancer and hopefully give her more time. Regrettably, RSV known as Respiratory Syncytial Virus made her condition worse. It has been so aggressive, thus causing further fluids around her heart and making her blood pressure drop, heartbeat low, and had difficulty in breathing. On 23rd July, after careful deliberation, the doctors decided that it would be too risky to continue with the procedure as her body might not be able to cope with the major operation.
As difficult as it may be for the family to make the call, they have agreed that Amie’s battle with cancer has almost come to an end. She has since been transferred to Mary Potter Hospice to spend the few precious days she has left making memories with her husband and children.
Throughout this time, we can only imagine how tough it must have been for Hyrine to keep strong while also looking after their children without any relatives here in New Zealand. They are most grateful to friends that took in their children & letting them sleep over a few nights while Hyrine needs to be with Amie in the hospital. Also, Hyrine's employer has been very much supportive of their situation since Day 1 and they are very grateful for this.
We appeal to your kind hearts to help the Cabral family as they go through this very sad and difficult transition of their lives.
God bless you all.
We met Amie and Hyrine at church in 2019 during the early days of her cancer journey. We then invited them to join our KABALIKAT family (cancer support group). The Kabalikat family has initiated this fund raising page to give to their financial needs.
Funds raised will go directly to support the Cabral family to address childcare and other urgent financial needs.
❤ 13th August Update on Amie's Give a Little Page 😍 15 August 2021
Hyrine, Amie and their baby Alas and daughter Anne have been part of KABALIKAT since 2019. The Kabalikat Families are a small bunch of friends who have been afflicted by cancer or whose family members have gone through or are still going through a cancer journey. We named ourselves KABALIKAT (meaning a shoulder to lean on) as we get our strength from each other, carers included. We often catch up and get together to share our stories and experiences along the way. We give each other support physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.
We have been part of AMIE'S journey and have witnessed ourselves how strong she was, how loving and caring, how patient and kind, and how she has formed close relationship and friendships with people she meets, especially from the school of her daughter Anne and kindergarten care for Baby boy Alas. Hence, we have initiated this give a little page for Amie.
Moving Amie from the care of the Wellington hospital to Mary Potter hospice was a very hard decision for the family. It was a sign that the end was almost near. But Amie and Hyrine never lost hope. She actually regained her strength during her first week in the hospice. Just by being with her children made her so happy. Amie was at peace and always smiling and telling us that she was overwhelmed after speaking to all her family and friends in the Philippines, in Dubai and NZ. She realizes that a lot of people loves her.
"Amie, you are a beautiful soul and there's no reason not to love you at all. Thank you for being an inspiration, not only to us your Kabalikat family but for all people that knows you."
We would like to take this opportunity, to thank all that have supported through your prayers, your messages of comfort and concern, and your most generous donations to the GIVE A LITTLE PAGE to help support the Cabral family. Every dollar counts and will be a huge blessing for them to be able to cope with some of their financial needs. If Amie's story has touched your lives, you have definitely touched theirs. On behalf of Amie and Hyrine, we want to extend our deepest gratitude for your help and support.
We would also like to acknowledge all the doctors, nurses, health care assistants from Wellington Hospital and Mary Potter Hospice, especially during the last weeks of her remaining days. You have cared for her so well and amazingly assisted Amie's family to go through this difficult transition of their lives. They are forever grateful for this.
Thank you to all who have visited Amie, brought her food at the Hospice, prayed for her and cheered her up everyday. Thank you to those that helped organise Amie's wake and funeral service and making it easy for Hyrine to focus on his grief and his children.
"So long, farewell Amie, it is not yet goodbye but until we see each other again."
God bless us all. ❤ 🙏❤🙏❤