My name is Anjali and I am currently living in Wellington New Zealand. My brother Mridul decided to study (Construction-Quantity Surveyor) in Christchurch and everything was going well until last year when he was diagnosed with cancer.
This all started in August 2019 when the doctors advised my brother he had a sinus blockage and a minor surgery would be required. But it did not end there as he experienced reoccurring symptoms, underwent more surgeries and later he was diagnosed with IV stage head and neck cancer.
So the year 2019 started out with him undergoing a simple DCR surgery but by the end of it, snowballed into life-threatening cancer where he is still fighting to live. This came as a shock to us. I don't have any family here for emotional and financial support; however, together we decided to fight cancer and not give up. When Mridul was diagnosed with head and neck cancer it was too late for us to travel to our home country India due to the advanced stage and his critical medical condition. The fact the doctors are familiar with his condition means we have no other choice except to continue his treatment here.
Maddy underwent multiple intensive surgeries since Dec 2019 where his right eye was completely removed and a part of the neck was resected. Maddy is currently undergoing Chemotherapy and Radiation treatment. His immune system is completely compromised and requires specialized transportation from my home to the hospital especially in case of emergency and unplanned doctors’ follow-ups.
Few months ago, I managed to organize my mother to visit us for a short while and we are fortunate that INZ (Immigration New Zealand) considered our circumstances and accelerated the visa processing!
As my brother is not a permanent resident or citizen of New Zealand the support is limited for him. This has been a difficult journey. Despite the strong mental impact from the shock of the cancer diagnosis and the loss of his eye, he looks forward to finishing his treatment and completing his studies as he refuses to be defeated by cancer. If you're reading this and wondering how you can support us, my request would be any financial support you can provide, big or small will help me supplement his medical bills, transportation, seek legal advice to extend his stay until his treatment lasts and recovery is over.
Thanks for taking the time to read this.