Hey there wonderful souls,
I hope this post finds you in high spirits and good health. Today, I want to share a little something close to my heart, and it involves a dear friend of mine, Jessica, who is currently fighting a brave battle against breast cancer.
Who is Jessica
Let me introduce you to Jessica - a talented cello player with an infectious smile that radiates pure joy. She's the kind of person who exudes simplicity, humility, and a deep spiritual connection with the world around her. We met in the serene setting of a temple during our Thursday night meditation sessions, which I also mentioned in a previous post. Little did I know that this meeting would mark the beginning of a beautiful friendship that would support us through some of life's most challenging moments.
Our journey together took a significant turn when we decided to create a group, meeting every Wednesday for three months, to navigate through our past traumas and heal our psychological wounds. This was the catalyst for my own spiritual awakening. Today, our group remained close.
Photo: Our Wednesday group with Jessica on the far left.
Photo: Visiting a Taoist template on a Chinese New Year.
Jessica has always been an unwavering pillar of support for my creative endeavors, and I'm forever grateful for her presence in my life.
Jessica's fight against Cancer
Now, let's talk about Jessica's valiant fight against cancer. In May 2023, she received the devastating news of her diagnosis - two lumps and a primary tumor. The doctors explained that this type of cancer required specialized treatment due to some unique characteristics.
As of August 30, 2023, Jessica has completed three rounds of chemotherapy, with another fifteen ahead of her. Each session comes with a hefty price tag, approximately PHP135,000, roughly $3,800 AUD or $2,700 USD. It's heart-wrenching to wrap my head around the enormity of the cost, especially for someone as kind-hearted and deserving as Jessica.
There is, however, a glimmer of hope. The two lumps miraculously dissolved after the first session, leaving us all cautiously optimistic that the path to healing might be shorter than expected.
Despite the physical toll of the treatments, Jessica's spirit remains unbreakable. She faces each day with the same radiant smile that first drew me to her. A recent photo captures this strength after her initial session, though she's since grown weaker and thinner.
Cutting her hair short after the first treatment.
Jessica's Current Situation
Jessica's current circumstances are challenging, to say the least. She's had to put her career on hold to become the primary caregiver for her parents. Her appearance has changed, as she's bravely lost her hair and shed weight. Making ends meet is a daily struggle, and every bill that comes after a treatment is a heavy blow.
Jessica's sister has been a beacon of support, helping to cover some of the costs through loans. Beyond treatments, there are consultations, medications, and appointments to manage, all while still attending to her parents' needs. She also get little financial support from different government agencies.
Ways We Can Help Jessica
So, here's where you, dear reader, can make a difference. Your support, whether financial or through prayers and positive energy, can make a world of difference to Jessica. Even the smallest contribution will go a long way in alleviating her stress and ensuring she gets the care she needs.
For those who are able and willing, Jessica's brother-in-law has set up a GoFundMe page to collect donations. Your kindness will not go unnoticed.
And for those who prefer to send healing thoughts and prayers, believe me, they are just as powerful. If you have any other suggestions on how Jessica can receive assistance, please don't hesitate to share them.
Lastly, I'd like to mention Jessica's furry companion - her cat, a constant source of comfort and solace during these trying times. Pets have an incredible way of lifting our spirits, and Jessica's cat is no exception.
Thank you for taking the time to read about Jessica's journey. Let's come together and support our friend through this challenging chapter. Every act of kindness, big or small, counts.
With love and gratitude,