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Help Violet Get Reconstructive Surgery After Oral Cancer
Violet is a 27years old girl who was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma (oralcancer) in 2017. I am helping Violet and her family to raise $25.000,00 for reconstructive surgery after fighting oral cancer. Violet found me on Facebook and reached out on Nov 21, 2019. She had one question “Does your organization Just4Cancer assist all cancer cases or just breast cancer”. Once she understood that Just4Cancer is for all cases, she went ahead to tell her story and made her need known. She wants to live life once more just as you and I are having the beauty of life. She is fighting and searching the internet for help. You can help us help Violet. While we really do ask for your support, we pray you to take the time to see her before, during treatment and post treatment photos, and read her story in her own words:
Actually it started as a tiny little mouth thrust on the lower lips and upon several fungi antibotics and herbal medicines the growth kept increasing/spreading. At this stage doctors were saying it’s fungi infection and I was placed on several fungi antibiotics. Months later I was asked to go do a biopsy and it tested positive for squamous cell carcinoma. Due to late detection I was immediately asked to go in for surgery and chemotherapy.
August 2017 I had a major and a minor surgeries, excision of the affected area and immediate reconstruction using a DP flap with soft tissue from my chest, arm and lower abdomen. A week after the surgery there was re-occurrence, tumor had already spreed to the lower gum. Went in for chemotherapy in Douala and instead of tumor shrinking it instead kept increasing in size, teeth were falling off. Was immediately taken to Big Mbingo Kom, was bleeding severely and was constantly on blood transfusion.
Had another major surgery according to the doctors the only way to stop the excessive bleeding and tumor from spreading was to undergo a surgery so I had composite resection of the lower mandible tumor ( ¾ of my lower jaw bone, gum and teeth was removed). A sample of what was removed was later sent to the laboratory for testing and the histopathology report was negative for cancer tumor. And I was then certify Free from the disease and could go in for another reconstruction. Several attempts made to get the reconstruction done here failed so I was advised to go to Nigeria since Nigeria is medically more advanced than Cameroon.
September 2018 I had major and minor surgeries in Nigeria Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) it was an 18 hours reconstructive surgery where bone was transplanted from my left leg to the lower jaw and soft tissue from my left thigh and chest. Barely a month after the horrible surgery which left me completely damaged the doctors told us (mom and I) that the surgery wasn’t successful, bone which was transplanted from leg to lower jaw didn’t survived. The bone died due to insufficient blood supply so the entire reconstruction failed.
I had wounds and scars almost all over my body, I couldn’t walk with the left leg for weeks, I couldn’t eat or drink, talk more of the terrible pains and horrible experience I had to endure yet surgery wasn’t a success. Had to go back to surgery to remove the death bone and we returned back home worse than how I left for Nigeria.
There’s this oncologist Dr John that I visit regularly for medical check-up at Mount Mary Hospital Buea when we came back from Nigeria I explained everything to him and all the experience I had in Nigeria. He said surgery like mine can best be done in India or Morocco since it has to do with a bone reconstruction and a lot of damages have been done as a result of the try an errors from the previous surgeries. We made enquiries from two top hospitals in India and surgery/treatment cost 15Million frs. I tried talking and reaching out to every NGOs and Organizations I come across on Facebook but got no positive response.
With the spirit of Christmas, help us to help Violet regain her beauty and charm once more. We count on you and trust in God.
Dylan Johnson Posted on January, 30, 2020
I am so sorry for what this family is going through. I can’t imagine how hard it is on all of you. I am praying for all of you, and I want to encourage you with this: God, the Maker of Heaven and Earth who’s Name shows how He helps His people (Psalm 124:8) and who is the only God (Jeremiah 51:19), lifts up those who are bowed down (Psalm 145:14, Psalm 146:8). God rejoices in doing good to His people (Jeremiah 32:41). God is a Father to the fatherless and a Defender of widows (Psalm 68:5). You are fearfully and wonderfully made by God (Psalm 139:13-16) regardless of surgeries! In fact, God loves you so much that He gave up His own Son, Jesus Christ, by sending Him into this world to give you all true life and light by believing in Him (John 3:16-21). All of us have sinned/done wrong and become separated from God, suffering death as the ultimate form of that (Genesis 3:19-24), but Jesus took that punishment by dying on the cross (Romans 3:23-25) and then He conquered death and sin by coming back to life (Romans 6:9-10). Now, when we confess our sins and trust that He has come back to life and make Him our Lord, He forgives us (1 John 1:9) and saves us (Romans 10:9-11), making us alive with Christ now and forever (Ephesians 2:3-7). Jesus can heal any disease or disability (Matthew 8:17, Matthew 9:6-8) and wants to take all these burdens and give you all true rest (Matthew 11:28-30). He can strengthen you by His grace and power if hardship continues (2 Corinthians 12:8-10). God doesn’t willingly bring affliction on anyone (Lamentations 3:33). Instead, He comforts His people in ways only He can (2 Corinthians 1:3-4), and He meets all the needs of His people according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19) and is near to all who call on Him in truth (Psalm 145:18). He never forgets the needy (Psalm 9:18) and a relationship with God is the best thing you can have in any circumstance (Jeremiah 9:23-24). Jesus is Faithful and True (Revelation 19:11) and will never let you down!