It was the first month of 2018 and celebration was in the air. After all, it was Abir’s 8th birthday coming up. Everyone was in great spirits. Abir laughed and played on his birthday like never before. It’s a shame all of this was a facade.
Two days before his birthday, we received the information that my son’s blood cancer had relapsed. None of us had the heart to tell him this so we let him celebrate his birthday in full spirits.
Since his cancer had relapsed, it was much more fatal than before. This time we gathered all our belongings and left everything behind, our work, our older son (16 years old at the time), our home, everything to head to New York to seek treatment.
Abir was once again put through the test. Harsh chemo made him so sick, needles poked daily, numerous failed treatments, and a major bone-marrow transplant that drained him and made him weak.
Nevertheless, we were relieved to receive the news from the doctors in November, 2018 that Abir can finally go back home. Once again, my brave son had won the fight against cancer.
It had been 2 years since Abir’s relapsed cancer was cured. We were all slowly going back to our old life. Abir was also getting healthier day by day.
And then, the unthinkable happened. My poor baby’s cancer relapsed for the second time. Since then, I have been all over the place, not knowing what to do. Cancer already stole his childhood, and now I’m afraid it might steal his life.
Abir has been advised to undergo Car T Cells therapy, which is a form of immunotherapy that utilizes especially altered T cells (a part of the immune system) to fight blood cancer.
When we sought treatments for Abir in 2018, the expenses were huge. We put everything we own at risk to save our little son. Bur now, we have no resources to pay for his life-saving, expensive treatment. Without this treatment, cancer will take his life. Every single fight my child put up against cancer will go in vain.