The 35-year-old New Jersey mom was diagnosed with colon cancer back in July and she is determined to not leave her 2-year-old son behind.
The coronavirus pandemic has truly changed the way we lead our day-to-day lives. The constant worry of contracting the deadly virus has us living in fear most days, but Mimosa Selimaj didn't know that another health threat would be added to her list during these trying times. The 35-year-old New Jersey mom was diagnosed with colon cancer back in July and tragically it had already progressed to stage 4. If this wasn't enough, she is burdened with the challenges thrown her way by her insurance company, which is refusing to cover the expenses for her cancer treatment. With no other means left, the mother of one decided to share her story with the world.
Taking to her GoFundMe page, Selimaj explains how her life was turned upside down shortly after her 35th birthday. She had to be rushed to the hospital after experiencing excruciating pains in her abdomen. Initially, doctors thought it was ovarian cancer after discovering a large mass on her ovary. "This set off a whirlwind of tests to understand the root cause of my illness," she explained. "They said they had to remove my ovary and I was rushed in for emergency surgery. I was horrified because my husband and I had just started trying for our second child. The doctors gave us hope by explaining that I could become pregnant with one ovary, but our hearts were heavy," she wrote on the fundraising page.
But the reality of her condition was far more terrifying. Eventually, they learned that Selimaj had Stage 4 colon cancer and understandably, she went into a state of shock. "I was paralyzed from shock after hearing this news, in a constant state of tears. I thought about my baby, who needs his mother. I thought about all of the milestones I have witnessed in his short life, and the many more which lie ahead. I thought about our delightful, ordinary days. Seeing his eyes light up at cars and trucks. His hugs. Dean’s life without me is not a thought that my husband or I can swallow," she shared.
Despite being quite ill due to chemotherapy, Selimaj says, "I am in capable hands and grateful for my doctors." However, this stability did not last much longer as the insurance company was quick to inform her that it would not be covering some of the "most critical aspects of my longer-term care, including many alternative and integrative therapies and experimental trials." But Selimaj was not one to give up and accept "a short life span of suboptimal quality." That's why she decided to depend on the kindness and generosity of strangers to get better, beat the deadly disease, and care for her son Dean, who recently celebrated his second birthday.
"In the coming months, I need to travel nationwide to get treatment from doctors who don’t accept my insurance and receive medicine that is not covered either. I will undoubtedly need primary care from my husband, who will have to take time off without pay. The financial costs we face are staggering, but we are strong and determined. We will not give up without a fight that will make our son proud," wrote the resolute mother. Explaining why she was baring her soul to the world, she simply wrote, "We are telling you our story because we need your help." In conclusion, she posted, "If you can make a financial donation to help us, we will forever be grateful. Our son will grow up knowing the goodness in others, who gave his mother a chance to continue fighting to be here for him. If you cannot donate, please share our story, or share stories with us about people who challenge traditional boundaries in the fight against cancer. Every little bit helps. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking the time to read this."
The page has raised over $474,000 of its $600,000 goal. Click here if you wish to support the fierce mother in the crucial battle for her life.