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Help Nicky raise funds for her health Campaign

Hi everyone,

My name is Nicola and I am 26 years old. Most people either know me as the quiet family member reading a book somewhere in the shade, or if I've been fortunate enough to meet you through work you know that I have a passion for writing and an even bigger one for telling other people's stories. 

I am struggling to put to words what is happening to me, but I will try my best to sum it up. I apologize if I ramble. 

In 2019 I was diagnosed with a form of Familial Adenomatous Polyposis. Specifically Gardner's Syndrome.  This came with a lot of symptoms like osteomas, multinumary teeth, benign growths and tumors. And most importantly, hundreds if not thousands of polyps in my colon (and smaller intestine). These polyps had a 100% chance of becoming early onset colon cancer. 
Within a month of my diagnosis I had a laprascopic subtotal colectomy where they basically connected my small bowel to the last part of my colon, my rectum. 

I then went for routine checkups to ensure my my remaining polyps don't turn to cancer. 

End of last year I had a horrible experience where I couldn't keep anything in and I was in a bunch of pain. 

I went to a local hospital and they had no idea what was wrong. I called my trusted doctor, dr Gordhan, and he asked to see me immediately. 

We did scopes, G and C, and that was when we found polyps have grown inside my stomach. And some of the polyps in my duodenum were becoming a risk for cancer and had to be cut out and biopsied. 

He told us that we are fighting for my stomach now. I might need to have it removed.

October 10 I underwent a surgery to excise a soft tissue mass out of my lower abdomen and it was sent away for tests.
I also had a gastro and colonoscopy in which the doctor documented everything he could see to show a board of oncologists to help plan a way forward. 
On the 23rd of October I am doing a Capsule Endoscopy for the first time to visualize my whole digestive tract. 

I am on a medical aid, Momentum Health, and on a very high level plan, Incentive. But it only covers a certain amount of medical aid rates. My gap cover is only able to help cover co payments after 12 months since I was diagnosed before the gap cover was put in place.

My plea today is for help to cover whatever medical costs come up, as there is a high chance that I might need to have my stomach removed or face a cancer diagnosis. 

We are struggling to find ways to make up the funds for my doctor's visits and I am ashamed to say I am struggling and need help. 

If you need any additional information or confirmation of what is said in this backabuddy, please reach out and I will verify anything with you.

Nicola aka Nicky


Fundraising target

R 250 000.00

Donations to date

R 36 405.36

Donor Messages

Best wishes. May the healing blood of Jesus bring you good health.
You are an inspiration. Stay strong. Blessings.
Hang in there brave girl
Dear Nicola I hope you manage to raise the funds for you much needed surgery. I wish I could support you more but every bit helps I suppose. I will keep you in my prayers. Wishing you a speedy recovery.
Van Niekerk Family
Your bravery and determination inspires us Nicola!
Ons bid vir 'n wonderwerk en beterskap .
Adele Phillips
Wishing you lost of love and a speedy recovery

Activity feed

Van Niekerk Family donated R 7 000 via Help Nicky (26) with her fight to survive Gardner's Syndrome
13 Nov 2023 R 7 000
12 Nov 2023 R 1 000
11 Nov 2023 R 500
10 Nov 2023 US $ 13
10 Nov 2023 R 500