Felipe's New Beginning
Organized by: Felipe Ramirez
I am Felipe Ramirez, a 43 years old man. I am the husband of a beautiful woman that has been next to me on every step during the 15 years we've been together. We have to children: a 9 years old boy named Facundo, and a 7 years old girl named Florencia. The last 7 years have been very difficult for us. I got a depression because I was way over stressed (I still take the medications). One year after, in 2009, I was diagnosed of a skin cancer in my lower lip. I got a surgery to take the cancer off. Fortunately, I didn't have to go through any other kind of therapy. The only thing I had to do was to protect my skin, and my lip with sun-blocking products. I also had to see the oncologist every three months, and have an echography every six months. I was getting better until one year later, in December, 2010, I was fired from my job. Since then I have had several jobs, but the depression I still have doesn’t allow me to perform as expected. In 2015, I was seeing a dermatologist to control my lip, and she had me to use Labimiq to clean the lip skin. That product is so strong that irritated my lower lip. A bacteria got into the skin, so I had to use an antibiotic cream. After that episode, a little white spot came up. I went to see another dermatologist to get photodynamic therapy. I went through three 8-minutes sessions on a five-week period. The white spot was still there, and getting a little bigger. That same dermatologist treated me then with liquid nitrogen (cryotherapy). After 5 applications, the white spot didn’t go away. One month ago, I got a biopsy to know what was that white spot, that at that moment covered ¼ of my lower lip. Ten days later I got the result: keratinizing squamous cell carcinoma. I will have a surgery to remove this cancer on Friday, February 15th, 2016. The financial impact of the surgery and treatments has left a US$25,000 hole in my bank account. The surgery I will get in 3 more days costs US$12,000. That makes a total of US$37,000 to fund. What I want is to fight the cancer, fight the depression, fill up the financial hole, and, hopefully, after 7 years, feel some relief. I want to start a new business, but the stress of knowing that I have debts is overwhelming. Thank you for your help.