Therapy must begin in May. This is the only chance to save our daughter – this therapy is her last hope… Help!
Pulling our child from death’s clutches was traumatic. Fighting a battle against death, not knowing if this time, you’re able to win. You prepare for the fight even when others have dismissed you as a loser. Nobody says “it’ll be okay” anymore – because they know that the result of the battle is unpredictable. The only thing we can do is hold on to any thread of hope that appears on this awful journey.
It started simply, with a little weaker immune system, leg pains, fatigue. For many pre-schoolers, it’s a normal part of growing up. And yet, in our case, it was worrying, because from a cheerful, energetic child, Maja became apathetic and withdrawn. Playing games with her brother stopped bringing her joy – we had the impression that we were looking at a shadow of who she was before.
The search for a diagnosis lasted forever. Returns to hospitals, further tests. As it turned out, the first symptoms were already present in December 2018, and the final diagnosis was made only in July 2019. That's when our world collapsed. When the doctor told us the news we wanted to scream… it can't be about our daughter. She is too young for such suffering. Too small to die ... Stage 4 neuroblastoma: inoperable adrenal tumour with spread to bone and bone marrow. A deadly cancer that is taking a huge toll on our beloved little daughter. Just a few days earlier, Maja had been laughing, running around with her brother… and a few days later we stood by the hospital bed, holding her hand, dying of despair and fear for her life.
Only at this point did our world turn upside down. She has a brother, who had been waiting for Maja at home, who could not imagine spending a few days away from his sister. Our son was staying with his grandparents while we fell into the whirlwind of life on the oncology ward. Everything went on in the rhythm of research, chemotherapy, waiting for the next results ... Finally came the moment when we told our son about his sister’s disease. He only asked if the doctors would cure Maja, if she would recover and come back to him... We hid our tears from him, we had to stay strong for both our children.
We have to face our last resort to save our girl. The 12-cm tumour that had showed no symptoms for a long time had exhausted the chemotherapy. We found hope in tissue auto-transplant but was too risky. The second cycle of chemotherapy was exhausting for Maja. Side effects were tragic. Maya was getting weaker by the day and we were worried. Hair loss was the least of our worries.
After the worst period, after the litres of chemotherapeutics, we finally got green light for auto-transplant. The procedure took place at the end of January. It has been a step forward in the fight against the disease, but this is not the end. The last stage is immunotherapy. This treatment is necessary to get rid of the remains of cancer from the small body of Maja, which hidden, could attack at any time. Unfortunately, the cost of the entire treatment is almost a million PLN ($250,000)! This amount we will never get on our own. The treatment has to start in May, we have less than 3 months to collect huge funds. This amount will give our girl a life! Please, help us - You are the only hope in this difficult situation ...
Return to normal family life. Eating meals together, games, a routine… it’s what we dream of. Our children grow up too quickly. This stage of their lives cannot be removed from memory, suffering that we will never forget ... We fight for a brighter future, far from this disease. Please, save Maja with us!