FIGHT ON YOUNG , BRAVE SOLIDER
PORT ANTONIO, PortlandIAGNOSED WITH cancer of the stomach in October 2012, 24-year-old Sasha-Gaye Lewis is determined to fight the disease, but with the entire family savings now exhausted, time is running out for this high-spirited female.
Sasha-Gaye, who, despite her sickness, is optimistic that a good Samaritan will come to her aid with funding to do radiation therapy, which costs in excess of $1.9 million.
“I am a positive person. At first, I was bothered and worried a lot after finding out about my illness, but I have taken the decision not to give up, and I am positive that I will be a cancer survivor,” said Lewis. “I have since changed my diet, which now comprises fruits, vegetables, oatmeal, nuts, and grains. Apart from the disease, which has affected me, I am eating a lot healthier now and I am really feeling good. My only worry is that at this tender age I have not done anything with my life and I am facing a race against time.”
Lewis spent several months in and out of the Port Antonio Hospital as she required blood. She had her first surgery at the National Chest Hospital in Kingston in January. It lasted from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Lewis recounted that when she awoke, she was feeling excruciating pain, which was probably made worse after she was told by doctors that her chances of surviving were extremely slim. She also revealed that a piece of her stomach and oesophagus were removed.
determined to survive
Lewis said: “I am a fighter and I was determined that I would get out of that hospital and I was going to fight this disease. I have got a lot of support from my family, friends, and community persons, who have stood by me. I will win this fight, and I am appealing to Jamaica to help me so that I will be able to do this chemotherapy. It doesn’t matter if the contribution is small as small things add up to big things.”