First post of the year I want to bring some light and hope into your life. I’ve been meaning to share this story for a while now and I feel like this is the time.
It’s been a little over a year since my life has changed completely, and I believe many of you don’t know my miracle story. God works through mysterious ways and transforming cancer into life was one of his ways to say ‘Daughter, I have more for you than you can possibly expect”. Let’s go through it.
How it started
The first week of July of 2018, I went to the ER feeling a lot of pain on my lower abdomen. Initially, I thought it could be appendicitis because the pain started progressing over the past few days, . At the hospital, they ran many tests and through an ultrasound they confirmed that I had a huge mass wrapping my ovaries. At the time, I was going through a financial crisis and I had no insurance. In that case, the hospital couldn’t do much more for me if I didn’t have any way to pay for my medical procedures out of pocket . Well, that was when the struggle began.
The doctor at the ER gave me pain medication, sent me home and I started to research for places that could treat me. Honestly, I didn’t know how urgent my condition was. Nobody told me I should worry about it, so I was doing my research with no rush. However, a few days later I ended up in the ER again, feeling the worst pain. By that time, my husband took me to a public hospital in Dallas. They ran more tests and unfortunately they found out the mass around my ovaries were malignant and chances of it being cancer were high. But again, I was told they couldn’t do much for me.
I thought to myself, wait a minute, that was a public hospital, right? Why they couldn’t treat me? First reason, I was living in another county and they only cover patients in their county. Second, I’m immigrant with only a visa, in this case I am not eligible for any government program to provide me financial assistance. Well, they ended up sending me home with just pain killers and no solution.
In the following 2 months trying to find a solution, I ended up in the ER two more times and every time I was sent back home without hope and with more bills to pay. The doctors realized I would need surgery as soon as possible, yet they couldn’t do nothing for me. I felt neglected, lonely and hopeless but just for a moment because regardless of how hard that trial was, I knew God was with me and somehow that I would win the battle.but I just didn’t know how.
At some point, a friend of mine told me “Don’t take no as an answer. Keep fighting and insisting”. That’s what I decided to do. Finally, after a long conversation with the hospital I was able to negotiate a treatment plan. Great, right? Keep reading.
The hospital would run more tests to comfirm my situation and prepare my contract. They were trying to estimate my costs to do so. If I really had to have surgery I would put a downpayment towards scheduling it. After a few days, with all the results from tons of exams, they were able to see that the huge mass wrapping my ovaries seemed to have spread to my belly and I also had blood clots in my legs due to all that was happening to my body. I had a 90% chances of having ovarian cancer in a stage that was spreading and high chances to have pulmonary embolism. All those were extremely dangerous. I needed surgery and other treatments fast and chances were that I’d have to do chemotherapy after surgery as well. Which means, I was about to face a very expensive treatment that I never thought I would need at age 26.
Let the miracles begin
Before surgery, the last exam to be done was a biopsy on the masses in my belly. That was the easiest way to be 99% sure about the malignancy of the tumor. I was laying down in that cold room waiting for the biopsy after one last ultrasound and the doctor said “the masses in your belly are gone, in this case we can’t do a biopsy now”. I was so surprised. Although worried about the tumor wrapping my ovaries, because those weren’t gone.
The hospital came to the conclusion I would have to pay $12.000,00 downpayment to be able to schedule my surgery. I had a solution but absolutely no money saved to pay such a huge amount. Desperate is the only word to define myself at the time. I would cry and pray that God be merciful on me.
My family was suffering with me and that’s when I decided to follow a friend’s advice and start a gofundme account to raise the money. Honestly, I didn’t want to ask for someone else’s money. I felt so ashamed. But my life was at risk and I needed to humble myself. Thank God I did that. I had a huge support from my online community, family and friends, then 2 weeks later I reached the amount needed for my surgery. Praise be to God! I’ve never been so happy in my entire life. After 6 months since my first symptom, I was able to start prepping for surgery.
God, be my surgeon
I was anxious and nervous about the surgery. But there was no doubt that God was guiding me. I was confident that God had a purpose. Till I had to deal with one more big variable. There was a high chance that I would lose my fertility at age 26 with no kids, because of the surgery. I can’t explain the feeling of not being able to bear a child when it’s my biggest dream. Nevertheless, I decided to accept God’s decision for my life, whichever it would be.
When the day of the surgery came, I had to sign a ton of consent forms that something could go wrong and I could end up with a colonoscopy bag and lots of other risks. Well, I had no choice. Just praying to God to be my surgeon and I’d surrender to His will.
New day, new life
God didn’t fail me. Surgery was a success and when I woke up from it I was surprised with good news. The doctor told me that during surgery they found out I was actually with a borderline tumor that reacts exactly like cancer but it’s not as aggressive. As a matter of fact its levels of malignancy are very low. I thought the good news would stop right then but there was more. The doctor also told me they were able to leave my uterus so I can get pregnant through IVF treatment in the future. I felt so grateful. God hadn’t forsaken me. He has a higher purpose for my life.
I had a smooth recovery and since then everything in my life changed for the good. Business started doing great, my marriage was renewed, my faith was strengthened.
I feel so blessed and so thankful for my life that I just can’t waste it.
As God’s promises in the Bible,