Thank you for supporting us and welcome to our mom Ma Vang's CaringBridge site. We've created it to keep friends and family updated. Life is a journey with many twists and turns, peaks and valleys, and various detours. We never are sure how things may turn out. It’s for this reason that we choose to document her experience as it has been devastating to her and all those close to her.
In the past nine months prior, our beloved 54 year old mother had on-going health issues and have visited doctors and specialists regularly. On Thursday, March 3, 2016, mom was admitted to St. John's due to difficulty swallowing, coughing and sore throat. After an x-ray of her throat and lungs, the doctor informed us mom's right lung had collapsed with possible pneumonia and a mass was discovered that may be cancerous.
Since then, mom's oncologist confirmed she has stage IIIB non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC); she is close to stage IV. The type of lung cancer cell mutation mom has is rare; only 5% of lung cancer patients have it. Mom is eligible for initial chemo treatment through oral medicine; crizotinib for advance non-small cell lung cancer. We feel very blessed for mom to be eligible for this type of treatment because she currently is not eligible for radiation chemo due to her limited strength. This treatment has a 50/50 percent chance of effectiveness. If the results are positive, mom will be eligible for continued and additional treatment options. We know this is the first step in her treatment journey for better health and it won't be the last.
As our family goes through hardship, we appreciate your love, support, hope, wishes and prayers. We are also asking for financial support which will go towards costs related to mom's health. If you are able to, please go to https://www.gofundme.com/mavang2016. If
you would like to financially contribute through other sources because gofundme charges 5% of each donation made, you can send your contribution along with your email contact to:
1) Ma Vang, 2752 Lakeshore Ave, Little Canada, MN 55117
Or to make other arrangements:
2) Contact one of us via Facebook message
3) Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Regardless if you're able to contribute or not, please know we truly appreciate you and your support.
Children: Mai, Larry, Cindi, Tou/David, Nikki
Spouse: Chue, Seng, Peng
Grandchildren: Gaosheng, Patria, Kai, Joshua, Cameron, Owen