Raising funds to treat metastatic colorectal cancer
Need help to fight Stage IV colorectal cancerAuckland
Hello there ❀ I’m asking for help to raise funds for the treatment of my stage IV colorectal cancer. I really thought after a year of radiation and chemo, surgery and more chemo that I would be having a bit of a break from treatments but, a recent CT scan shows the cancer has now spread to my liver and possibly lungs. The not so great news is that the treatment for metastatic colorectal cancer includes drugs that are not currently funded here in New Zealand. The good news though is that I feel quite positive and have an amazing support crew of family and friends – and a strong belief and faith in God.
My proposed new treatment plan includes a chemotherapy drug FOLFIRI which is publicly funded and cetuximab, which is not funded. The cost for 12 cycles (approximately six months) of cetuximab is high - $56,992 NZD. Thankfully, the cost of drug is capped at $20,000, but I still need to pay to have it administered intravenously at $2400 per treatment, and for ongoing consultation fees ($225).
There is no guarantee this treatment is going to cure my cancer, but there is hope it will stop or slow the cancer and maybe shrink it to a stage that I can have surgery to remove any tumours. At the very least my treatment will give me some more time – and I desperately want to be around for my kids for as long as I can, and to continue to be with my wonderful husband, Fetu. These are the people that make me determined to beat the odds and seek the best medical care I can get.
Fetu and I both work full-time and as the main income earner for our family I have needed to work through most of my treatments and will keep working for as long as I possibly can, but we still won’t have the means to meet my medical expenses, and I need to ask for help.
As my medical situation changes, a different treatment could be suggested by my oncologist or other health specialists. I might therefore use raised funds to pay not only for cetuximab, but also for other medical expenses, to seek treatment overseas (e.g. UK and US) and to help meet my family’s expenses during this time. That is why I have opted to have an ‘open goal’ for this Givealittle page.
Through the power of people acting together, a little becomes a lot. Any donation, small or large, will be helpful and I would be hugely grateful. If a small regular payment for several months is more manageable, the Givealittle Plan makes it possible to make regular donations by setting up automatic payments.
Thank you for taking the time to read about my situation, and God bless you.
Use of funds
Money will be spent on drugs that the NZ public system doesn't fund, other medical expenses including possibly seeking treatments overseas, and meeting family's expenses during this time.
WOW!!! This is amazing!!!
We are just blown away by the love and support shown by so many… your generous donations, messages of love, offers of help, and ongoing support is really heartwarming.
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. I now have funds to meet over half of my private treatment costs. Hooray!
To our EFKS Grey Lynn Church aiga, Rev Peni and Sinatala Leota, Rev Togafiti and Masae, church members and dear friends; our EFKS Vaivase-tai aiga, Toeaina Penisione Malolo Rev Peteru and Sieni Tone; my Auckland Council aiga, colleagues/friends, teams, ex-colleagues (incl. my Samoa MOF colleagues and friends); our Tevita, Taumate and Tuatagaloa, Lee Hang aigas, my dearest school, work and life friends/sisters near and far; my siblings’ friends who are part of our aiga; our children’s many affiliates – our WPSS aiga; our Three Kings School, Auckland Normal Intermediate, St Mary’s College, SMC football and Auckland Grammar aiga; our Auckland Futsal aiga; our TKU Dowsett football team aiga and the wider footballing community and their friends and families - and of course the many anonymous donors and kind strangers, and friends and family who shared this on Facebook and their friends … Fa’afetai tele lava!
Your generosity and love are greatly appreciated. We pray that our Heavenly Father continues to bless you and your families.
“It is more blessed to give than to receive” Acts 20: 35
An update on the treatment front – firstly apologies for the late update. My first Folfiri chemo really knocked me a bit, and I ended up back at Acute Oncology and spent three days at Auckland hospital. I was seriously dehydrated and weak. I’m home now although my guts (excuse the language) are still not 100%.... but hey, I’m still here and still kicking! My oncologist has recommended reducing the dose which is a relief and fingers crossed will be a lot kinder 😊. And I’ll now be starting cetuximab in the third round to see how I’ll cope with the lower dose first. Will update how that goes.
I leave you with a photo taken at my 1st Folfiri treatment with my day one supporter! People always comment on how good I look despite the treatments and everything else that’s going on. Well this is because of this guy right here who takes all my crap and a lot more. Thank you hun, I love you. Thank you too, to my beautiful children, Rosemary, Alisa, Toosavili, AJ, Eric and Shaun - you are my strength when I am weak!
This is also an appreciation post to all our support people and we have so many including Eva, my beautiful angels Penny and Carina, those on my meal roster, my doc friend Loana with your help on the medical side, and many others. You all know who you are and we can’t thank you enough. May God bless you all abundantly.
Have a wonderful week and God keep.
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This page was created on 26 Jul 2019 and closes on 25 Jan 2020.