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Please help Josephine fight for her life. Your donation will give Josephine a fighting chance to fight against breast cancer. Thank you!

We were devastated and feared the worst...“Josephine has Stage IV Breast Cancer...“

In May of 2010, Josephine felt a lump in her breast, but because she didn’t have health insurance and couldn’t afford the exam, she just hoped and prayed that it would go away. But it didn’t. Instead, the lump grew bigger and she got sick.

And in May of 2011, we moved her from Los Angeles to Tucson to take care of her. She finally saw a doctor last May and was biopsied. The diagnosis – breast cancer - an Infiltrating Ductal Carcinoma, Stage IV. The worst part is that it has now spread to her lungs and bones. On top of that, after several trips to the E.R., we learned that her heart has weakened.

Have you ever known someone who‘s spent their entire life putting others before themselves? Someone who gives of their time and money without questions? I bet you do. I’m talking about a special person who can always be counted on to give, is always ready to take care of anybody who needs help and never looks for thanks, always taking on other‘s burdens and never once complaining.

We all have somebody like that in our lives. And maybe you’re that kind of person yourself.

Now.... imagine that person is suddenly in need of help; sick, suffering , and in pain. Imagine that their only hope lies in asking strangers to give in the same way that they‘ve always given.

Now that you have that picture in your mind, I’d like to tell you about my sister, Josephine Eiselstein.

Josephine is 61 years old, the oldest of seven. She loves her family and has always been there for us. She’s kind and generous and a loyal friend to many; those who know her are fortunate to have her in their lives. She worked her entire life to provide for those in need. For the last fifteen years she worked as a caregiver for others, giving her clients the very best of herself. Let me tell you, if you had an ailing relative, you would want her taking care of them. She loved them and cared for them until their last breath. My sister has loved and cared for so many....

My sister is always there for her friends and family, near and far, giving away the money she‘s earned whenever she thought it would help. Though alone and with no children, she is surrounded by her brothers, sisters, cousins, and friends who love her dearly, and her beloved Corgi, MuShu is always by her side.

For those of you who do not know my sister, she compares herself to a turtle; tough on the outside but soft and vulnerable on the inside. The more time I spend with her, especially now that she’s so terribly sick, the more I see exactly how true this is. As her younger sister I always thought of her as an oak tree, having endured long years of wind and rain and storms but still there to offer shelter and shade. That was my sister; always strong and unbent, always there for everybody. But now she has been ravaged by this disease and we’re afraid that without your help, this once strong and beautiful person will be taken from us. We’re doing our very best, but we can’t do it alone; we need your help.

We don’t know how much time she has left with us. All we know is we want to give her every available option to get well again.

Her current treatment regimen is hormonal therapy – this therapy blocks the estrogen from supporting the growth and function of breast cells. Her doctors said this works best for her type of cancer and that chemotherapy is another option. But everybody who loves her agrees that her body has become too fragile to put her through the toxic effects of chemo.

Considering the impact of chemo made us look at different treatment options; we now believe that alternative cancer treatment is the best way to help her fight this disease. We are fortunate to have several alternative treatment centers close by.

But we found out these type of treatments are not cheap. They‘ve estimated the cost of her treatments at $6,000 - $8,000 a week for at least 8 to 12 weeks, followed by a maintenance regimen. Our goal is to raise $60,000 to pay for 10 weeks of treatments.

We have all been taking care of her and supporting her since learning of her illness in May, but we aren’t able to afford the cost of the alternative treatment ourselves.

We want her to get better. We want to take her to places like New York, Chicago, and Florida - places she‘s dreamed of visiting but has never been because she was always helping someone in need. She also wants to go back and see our hometown in the Philippines one last time. And she still wants to keep helping others, the way she always has.

We feel helpless but not hopeless. We have faith that she will regain her strength if she’s just given the chance. Will you help us give her that fighting chance?

If you could be kind and donate whatever you can afford towards my sister's alternative cancer treatments you will be giving her a fighting chance to beat her cancer.

"We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of the missing drop."
---Mother Theresa

We want to thank everyone who has prayed for us and helped us during our time of need. You are also in our thoughts and prayers. Thank you in advance for your donations and God bless!

Please take a moment and picture that special person in your life right now. Pick out your favorite memory of them and give thanks for the difference they’ve made in your life. My sister, Josephine, is the special person in my life; I thank God for her every day.

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