My Faith is greater than my Fear
- By: Donvey Watt
- Short URL: https://www.backabuddy.co.za/donvey-watt
My name is Donvey. I am a young 26 year old and a single mom of 2 beautiful kids .
Nathan age 5 and Adriana age 3.
At the age of 16 i was diagnosed with malignant melanoma. At this stage i was on my dads medical aid so we had the cancer cut out in a private hospital and they never saw the need to treat the cancer with chemo therapy or radiation.
I carried on with my normal , happy teenage life and was meant to go overseas as i qualified in my yachting coarse only to find out that i had a little bean growing inside me.
Little be hold his dad 'sperm donar' wanted nothing to do with him and i stepped up. Tears filled my eyes and sadness in my heart as my dream of sailing the world came to a dead end.
At 32 weeks pregnant , i had unbearable pain in my left calf muscle where the cancer was cut out the first time and the paid spread up to my groin. Now at 32 weeks pregnant you already swollen and exhausted and everything hurts but i needed to have this painful lump checked out.
At first the Dr said it was just a mild bladder infection and i was not satisfied with result. So 3 opinions later and i finally got my answer.
I had a 6.5 cm inner lump by my groin that was cancerous. Dont panic said everyone but those not living or have dealt with this demon before will never understand how you choke and cant breath when you hear this news.
Immediately , i was sent to a Dr Markus Schamm at Johannesburg Gen Academic Hospital who was the head surgeon at the time in 2014.
He then evaluated my situation and with immediate effect requested that at 32 weeks i am to be induced before the cancer might spread to my unborn son.
We induced and my son was successfully delivered but due to being born so early he had a collapsed lung and was in ICU for 8 days.
Two weeks after his birth Dr Markus Scham operated. He took out 9 lymph nodes of which 3 were positive. He then said that i am to stay in hospital for the 30 days on interferon, a new trial and error of chemo that was introduced in South Africa.
At this point my son was 4 months old and being a new mother i had to leave his side and try and fight for my life so that i could watch him grow.
After my one month in hospital i had to self medicate 3 times a week via injection for the whole of 2015.
Dr Markus Scham simply stated that if i was not 32 weeks pregnant with my son , the cancer would have spread to my abdomen thus creating cervical, overian, kidney, liver and abdomen cancer.
My so truly is my miracle.
All went well for a whole year and in 2016 i was blessed with my baby girl Adriana. I got to enjoy a whole year with both my kids until another lump had grew.
Went to Johannesburg Gen and we had the lump tested and thankfully it was non-reactive.
In 2018 December another lump developed. I then got the funds together to have a private FNA done which is a fine needle abstract because i needed to know before Christmas if my monster had returned or not.
To my surprise my cancer had returned only worse. I found out that i have metastatic melanoma and lymphoma.
On February the 6th i started my first session of chemo, loosing all my hair and having all the valid symptoms as the Dr warned me about.
Numbness in the fingers and toes.
My new Dr , Dr Miller whom is my new and current surgeon booked me for surgery so we could cut the cancer and all the lymph nodes out that were carrying this horrid monster on March 04.
She cut out 15 lymph nodes of which 3 were positive. Dr Miller then had a 1 on 1 chat with me as she bluntly told me there currently is NO chemo therapy for metastatic melanoma in South Africa.
Being 26 and knowing i have to watch my kids grow old i needed a second opinion. I then went to Benoni Onology Clinic.
Keeping the faith and prayer alive I dropped to my knees as Dr Jordaan also told me that there is no chemo for Metastatic Melanoma.
At this point the emotions and frustration running through my body are sky high as i am not ready to have my kids bury me.
I need to go their proms and graduations and throw them sweet 16 parties and listen to how they had their first kiss etc.
She then mentioned that there are 2 chemo therapies that were introduced in South Africa last year but unfortunately only the very wealthy can afford this chemo therapy as one session is R 75 000 and the other R 160 000 for one session and i am in need of 6 sessions .
Now one cannot comprehend that staying alive would cost this much money as i do not know of any individual that has R 600 000 to stay healthy and alive.
The government hospitals only have stunt chemo therapies so they do not have the chemo that the private sectors have.
I have created this go fund me page to reach as many individuals as far and as wide as possible because i know that even in a world of war and unfairness there are many good, caring and kind individuals out there who have more than others to give.
This demon has been following me from the age of 16 and i would really like to kick it in the butt once and for all.
My son is very intelligent therefore he fully understands what is going on and that his mommy is extremely sick and just wishes my hair would grow back already. As a mom we carry many obstacles on our shoulders but i would give anything to watch both my kids grow and have a successful life.
I am currently in need of medical funds as i have another surgery coming up on the 8th of October. The surgery consists of:
Total abdominal hysterectomy
Retro peritoneal lymph adenectomy
My PET/CT scan came out as an NED meaning no evidence of active disease but they discovered another tumor of 4cm big. It is however dead and not showing signs of cancer but it is attached to the main eliac blood valve as well as my ovary and a portion of my bladder. Therefore the 3 above mentioned procedures need to take placeso we can avoid this disease from spreading.
it breaks my heart each time a doctor tells me they are trying to buy me as much time as possible to live :( Also it is very emotional knowing that my entire woman hood will be taken out as a result of this cancer spreading.
I am only 26 and I would love to see my kids grow up and attend their graduation and their matric farewells as well as be there for their first heartbreak and first kiss etc. I am all they have so I will fight until I can't anymore.
For those who have a little extra to give may you always be blessed abundantly. :) xx
I AM A FIRM BELIEVER IN A LITTLE GOES A LONG WAY!
You can follow my progress here.
- Oct 01, 2019 - R 1 000.00
- "We pray for Gods mercy, grace and strength for you Donvey." - Vorkel family
- Sep 12, 2019 - USD $ 24.49
- "Sending much love, I don’t know you but everybody deserves a bit of help t xx" - Anonymous
- Jul 24, 2019 - R 2 010.00
- "Keeping you in our prayers." - The Raath fam
- Jul 22, 2019 - USD $ 14.35
- "?? " - Anonymous
- Apr 11, 2019 - USD $ 71.94
- "." - Anonymous
- Apr 11, 2019 - USD $ 10.50
- "Wishing you all the best Donvey! Stay strong x" - Tazmin Hansen
- Apr 10, 2019 - USD $ 14.20
- "Get it Don! " - Lee David Phillips
- Apr 10, 2019 - R 210.00
- "You can do it!!!! Always in my prayers ???? " - Kim
- Apr 09, 2019 - USD $ 5.00
- "I’m sure every little donation will help! Be strong you are a warrior " - Lucinda
- Apr 08, 2019 - R 300.00
- "Stay strong Superwoman!" - Knoetze Family