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Fundraising for Melissa Daniels – Liver Cancer and Lung Cancer

Melissa Daniels

Melissa`s story:

Melissa Daniels was first diagnosed in 2016, at the age of 24, with Stage III colorectal cancer whereafter her colon and rectum was removed. The Doctor made a pouch with her small intestine as a substitute. After her first chemo session, Melissa’s immune system gave in and she contracted; the Dr’s words were; “medically there is nothing we can do for her”.  However, 6 months later, through faith and prayer, Melissa had recovered.

In 2019 the symptoms returned and she went to a different hospital to get a second opinion. The results… even though the previous Dr did all the preparations to remove Melissa’s rectum, he forgot to remove it. She was diagnosed with rectal cancer. Subsequently, the whole pouch and “forgotten” rectum was removed and she was given an external stoma bag.

Melissa is facing her 3rd diagnosis as the cancer had spread to her lungs and liver in 2021. Doctors are saying that her treatment options are limited, and should her treatment fail, her life expectancy is 5 years max.

Melissa is also mother to an 8 year old son, and they need all our support to get through this; all our prayers, encouragement and urgent funding. She is on Bonitas medical aid (highest plan) and pays almost R11K a month, but they are refusing to pay some of her treatment items due to scheme exclusions. She needs Avastin which is almost R36 000 per treatment, and she needs 8 treatments.

By supporting our fundraising efforts you can be directly involved in making a positive difference in her life! All proceeds from the “Joyful Heart” bracelets are donated towards Melissa`s ongoing medical care and expenses. Together we CAN change the world… one bracelet at a time!

Alternatively, please consider a donation; any and all donations welcome. REF: Melissa Daniels.

Join Raise the Bar for Melissa on Facebook for live updates on her journey.

Fundraising for Melissa Daniels

Joyful Heart Bracelets

The Joyful Heart” bracelets for Melissa consist of white and purple wooden beads with silver and diamante fillers.

Options:
1. White with Heart charm.
2. White & Purple mix with Joy & Feather charms.
3. White & Purple mix with Daisy charm.

To place an order, contact the agent in your area or shop online.

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Liver Cancer Awareness: Causes, Signs & Symptoms

Liver Cancer Awareness

October is Liver Cancer Awareness month.

In many countries liver cancer is the most common type of cancer, with more than 800,000 people diagnosed each year world-wide. The liver is necessary for survival.

Functions of the Liver

More than 500 vital functions have been identified with the liver. Some of the more well-known functions include the following:

  • Production of bile, which helps carry away waste and break down fats in the small intestine during digestion
  • Production of certain proteins for blood plasma
  • Production of cholesterol and special proteins to help carry fats through the body
  • Conversion of excess glucose into glycogen for storage (glycogen can later be converted back to glucose for energy) and to balance and make glucose as needed 
  • Regulation of blood levels of amino acids, which form the building blocks of proteins
  • Processing of hemoglobin for use of its iron content (the liver stores iron)
  • Conversion of poisonous ammonia to urea (urea is an end product of protein metabolism and is excreted in the urine)
  • Clearing the blood of drugs and other poisonous substances
  • Regulating blood clotting
  • Resisting infections by making immune factors and removing bacteria from the bloodstream
  • Clearance of bilirubin, also from red blood cells. If there is an accumulation of bilirubin, the skin and eyes turn yellow. 
  • Source: hopkinsmedicine.org
Liver Cancer Awareness

Causes of Liver Cancer

Hepatocellular carcinoma accounts for most liver cancers. This type of cancer occurs more often in men than women, and is usually seen in people age 50 or older. However, the age varies in different parts of the world.

In most cases, the cause of liver cancer is usually scarring of the liver (cirrhosis). Cirrhosis may be caused by: Alcohol consumption, Autoimmune diseases of the liver, Hepatitis B or C viral infections, Chronic inflammation of the liver, and Iron overload in the body (haemochromatosis).

Risk Factors for Liver Cancer

Factors that may increase the risk of primary liver cancer include:

  • Alcohol Consumption – Alcohol has been declared a Group 1 carcinogen, which means that there is sufficient evidence that it causes cancer in humans.
  • Exposure to aflatoxins – Consuming foods contaminated with fungi that produce aflatoxins.
  • Age – In developing countries of Asia and Africa, liver cancer diagnosis tends to occur between 20 and 50.
  • Liver diseases that can increase the risk for liver cancer include haemochromatosis and Wilson’s disease.
  • Individuals with this blood sugar disorder have a greater risk of liver cancer.
  • Gender – Research shows that men are more likely to develop liver cancer than are women.
  • Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
  • Obesity – Having an unhealthy body mass index increases the risk of liver cancer.

Signs and Symptoms of Liver Cancer

Most people don’t have signs and symptoms in the early stages of primary liver cancer. When signs and symptoms do appear, it may include: Loss of appetite, Upper abdominal pain, Nausea and vomiting, Losing weight without trying to do so, General weakness and fatigue, Enlargement of the liver, Enlarged spleen, Distended abdomen, Yellow discoloration of the skin and the white of the eyes (jaundice), Dark urine, Pale (sometimes nearly white), Chalky stools, Easy bruising or bleeding, and Fever.

Diagnosis of Liver Cancer

The following procedures contribute towards the diagnosis of liver cancer and may be ordered by your treating physician:

  • Ultrasound – A test that uses sound waves to look for masses in the liver.
  • Computed tomography (CT) – The CT scan is an x-ray test that produces detailed cross-sectional images of your body.
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) – Like CT scans, MRI scans provide detailed images of soft tissues in the body, but use radio waves and strong magnets instead of X-rays.
  • Angiography – An angiogram is an x-ray test for looking at blood vessels. Contrast medium, or dye, is injected into an artery to outline blood vessels while x-ray images are taken.

Source: CANSA Fact Sheet on Liver Cancer

Liver cancer in children

Liver Cancer Awareness Bracelet

Liver Cancer Awareness Bracelet © Arms of Mercy NPC

Liver Cancer Awareness Bracelet – consisting of emerald green and silver wooden beads with crystals – and an Awareness Ribbon with made-with-love charm. To place and order, contact the agent in your area or shop online. Alternatively, please consider a donation; any and all donations welcome.