Sooleola Can Beat Cancer
Helping my mum, Sooleola, and our family fight Stage 3C cancer, a fight that no family should ever need to go through #SooleolaCanBeatCancerAuckland
My mum is the embodiment of a strong woman – a mum of 4 and now a grandmother of 5. She has always been active, selfless, loves God, and always puts others before herself. In the midst of celebrating the arrival of her newest granddaughter here in NZ, the news of cancer came so sudden & threw our life into turmoil.
What started to be a nagging pain in her lower abdomen and back, in September 2020, has turned into the most dreadful diagnosis of stage 3C uterine cancer. 2 months of constant visits to the doctors, hospital & specialists, countless scans and tests revealed a 15cm cancerous tumour in Mum’s uterus, creeping into her lymph nodes. Holding my seven-month-old, I held back tears at the gynaecologist’s clinic, trying to come to terms with her diagnosis: an aggressive fast-spreading cancer that needs urgent surgery to remove all reproductive organs following radiation therapy.
The cancer fight is hard on anyone and any family, treatments are aggressive to not just the tumour but also the body. We want to start treatments as soon as possible to give Mum the best fighting chance but funding is a huge roadblock for our family at the moment. Coming from Samoa to NZ on a visitor visa, she is not eligible for any government funding and Auckland hospital requires a big lump sum deposit to even schedule her surgery.
Growing up, my mum would do anything to help others regardless of how much she has and how little she knows the person. She stopped at nothing to provide for her kids and my childhood was filled with love. She made many sacrifices in her own life to give us a better start in life; yet in her time of needs, I am unable to fund life-saving medical care for her. This shatters me. Our family is down to 1 income with me on maternity leave & we are just keeping afloat financially as it is.
We need your URGENT help and support in our family’s journey to beat cancer. We are forever thankful for your kindness as we frantically try to organise funds for Mum’s treatment. The tumour is like a ticking bomb, it keeps growing and spreading day by day so we cannot afford any delay. We appreciate your generosity, however small, every little bit immensely helps us.
Thank you so much for caring and may the Lord bring you blessings and love.
Use of funds
The funds will be utilized to pay for the Surgery, Radiation therapy, Scans, X-rays
Sooleola had an appointment with gynae-oncology team on Thursday 11th December to discuss her surgery. She was admitted to hospital same day for an urgent CT scan as she complained of breathlessness and chest pain. Surgeons were worried they won’t be able to operate if any blood clots in the lungs. Thankfully, CT Scan showed no blood clots however, it showed an enlarged lymph node which doctors advised cancer may have spread there.
The team was able to successfully remove the uterus with other reproductive organs and swollen lymph nodes in the pelvis area on 15th December. Doctors advised the tumour was roughly a size of a basketball. They also noticed lymph nodes below the chest area were also swollen and due to the high risk weren't able to remove it. They advised mum is at stage 4 cancer as it has spread to more areas. The tissue from the surgery is sent to the lab for further investigation which will give doctor's more information on how to best prepare for treatment options whether it's chemotherapy or radiation therapy or both. Mum was discharged on Friday 18th December and is recovering well. So happy we get to spend Christmas with our mum at the comfort of our home with family and friends.
Please continue to support us by way of donations and prayers for our mum for a miracle to be healed from cancer. We give praise to God for making everything possible and for blessing us with people to help us on this journey that isn't easy. I am just lost for words on how to thank everyone for everything they have done. We are forever grateful for people’s prayers, support, love, generosity, for caring and giving our mum a chance to beat cancer. May the Lord bless you continually for the big hearts you have.
Merry Christmas and have a happy New Year.
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