Their War

I must have started this post, erased it, and started over, at least ten times.
It’s hard to write things differently. So that people would notice and read.
It is…I don’t know…
These women are at war every day. Every day they are in their own trenches.
They fight, they struggle for every moment. With their kids, loved ones.
“Our girls”–that’s how Zhenya refers to them, irrespective of age.
Our girls have cancer. They live in Lugansk…They have their own war. They are at war…
We try to do everything we can in this situation. We try to help…
This is Ira. You remember her.
After the most recent chemo she lost her hair, her hemoglobin dropped, temperature increased. We were asked to buy a specific medication, irinotekan, for her.
Found, bought, delivered…(receipt below).

She has almost no strength. She’s changed in a week. But she’s always smiling. Always. I have never seen her not smiling, not merry.
Zhenya about Ira: “You know…when you visit other seriously ill, you leave morally depressed and physically tired, as if you just unloaded a railcar. When you leave Ira, it seems that that her light has penetrating you, and now you are glowing with it. It’s impossible to believe, but it is so…Even with THIS illness, the woman spreads her glow onto others…”


They say Irinotekan is less toxic than others. I’m no doctor. I’m no pharmacist.
The only thing we can do is buy it and deliver it.
May it help. This chemo…

This is Tanya. Tanya…I’ve also written about her. And while Ira has two daughters, she also has a wonderful loving mother and husband, while Tanya is raising a son entirely on her own. She’s home after a round of chemo. Zhenya writes: “After chemo she had an inflammation of the gums and throat (I have no idea how this can be). She couldn’t eat for a week. Brought her medications for the inflammation and omeprazole for her stomach. After two days things got better. But now her blood pressure is unstable. This is new too. We took her to a neuropathologist who prescribed a course of treatment, we bought for her blood pressure drugs. Tomorrow she’ll go for an encephalography, and other analyses. On November 7 she’ll start a new round of chemo. She’s very worried.”

When Zhenya sent me these photos, at first I was surprised how Tanya became lovely again. But the I caught myself.
This is, after all, a hairpiece. She’s lost all her hair after the first chemo…
Tanya is diagnosed with the 4th stage of cancer…

Nellya. We recently started helping her, I wrote about it a week ago. Like Tanya, she’s raising a child on her own, a 9-year-old daughter. Both parents are disabled. They had strokes in ’14. Since the “ceasefire”, Nellya has been caring for them. She now has a tumor in the breast.
Zhenya writes: “Today we visited the hospital. They are preparing to operate on the breast. Even those who are at the clinic have to wait for two weeks. The surgeons cut as if they were Stakhanovite shock workers. They spend whole days in the operating room. But they can’t keep up.”

This is Lyudmila Nikolayeva, Olya’s mom (on the right). She works for the Lugansk Aid Center with which we collaborate to help the needy in Lugansk.
She has cancer. Zhenya writes: “Oncologists refused to treat her after a detailed analysis. 60% of the liver is affected. She was driven to Donetsk. They will try to treat her there, but told Olya her mom has no more than six months to live.”
We sent a preparation called Ultravist to help with the analyses. One can’t get it in the Republics…

Receipts and preparations purchased in Moscow.

They are all hanging on. They keep smiling and can’t believe they are being helped by strangers. I thank you in their name, in my name, and in the name of our whole team.
Thanks to everyone who participate in our effort and make it possible to help people.
If you want to help the people of the Donbass, please write me in person through LiveJournal, facebookV Kontakte, or email: Paypal address:

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