In three months my life turned upside-down. Because, three months ago, my three-year-old son got diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. And it all started with simple stomach pain.
In October 2018, my 3-year son complained about stomach pain all of a sudden. Without any delay, we rushed him to Kovai Medical Center and Hospital, Coimbatore, where the doctors advised to do a scan immediately. The series of scans revealed that there is a mass in the urinary tract which is not allowing my son to pass urine. The doctors did a biopsy to find out whether it is malignant or some benign lesion. We thought it's a normal procedure - how can a completely healthy three-year-old have cancer! I still remember the day I had the reports in my hands - our biggest nightmare had come true. He got diagnosed with Bladder Embryonal Rhabdomyosarcoma - a rare cancer that affects children. And to add to our plight, most cancer institutes across India had not treated such a case.
After consulting several doctors across India, we decided to start the treatment in Sri Ramachandra Medical Centre, Chennai. The treatment duration is of 52 weeks, which includes chemotherapy and surgery/radiation. Since the tumor is in the neck of the bladder, the surgical intervention would most likely result in the removal of the entire bladder. And if we go for the conventional radiation therapy, the growth of his pelvic bone will get affected and he will never be able to walk properly.
That's when we came across proton radiation therapy - a new experimental therapy that's as rare as cancer and our only hope to save our child and give him a relatively normal life. Those of us who have seen their close ones suffer because of cancer, would know that radiation, chemo, and surgeries come with their set of side effects, and in this case the rate of recurring is extremely high. And this is why proton therapy is the only way for us - it's highly effective for this type of tumor and has lesser side effects. But it is equally expensive.
We are consulting Apollo Hospitals, Chennai, the only hospital in India that offers this treatment. The approximate cost of this treatment is 20 lakhs which is very expensive to afford for us. We have already exhausted all our savings on chemotherapy, and would request for your help - your small contribution can have a big impact on our son's life. We have arranged for 8 lakhs till now, but we still require 12 lakhs more to even start the treatment.
I request you to kindly contribute towards his treatment and help during our time of need. Each contribution is important! Kindly also share the fundraiser with your family and friends and help me reach the goal amount. We are grateful for your help!