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At last I have the link to the program that I appeared in with my dear friend Nika. Im on at 20-15 but the whole program is interesting even if we cant understand the language
She had contacted me December 2015 with a message
Dear Mavis, My name is Nika, I am 35 and I have 4th stage Mesothelioma almost 6 years. I am struggling. However I can’t get carbo-pemetrexed because it is my third chemotherapy during these years, I have too high toxicity already and my body can’t resist to this treatment anymore. I am looking the trials with opdivo or keytruda. I have EU citizenship and I came to UK to find the way to survive. Please help me to contact necessary people. Without national insurance no one can’t help me. Do you know any contacts who I can speak with, who can help me? Thank you so much for your help and assistance.
She told me she had lived in Lithuania, than in Israel. and like myself , when on Chemo she had exceeded toxicity in her body and there was no more chemo for her, With pemetrexed it is slowly growing So I told her that the best thing would be to get in contact with MSD Israel as I had read they are investing Imunotherapy in Israel .
At the end of January I Nika was so happy –Dear Mavis, I have got great news! The trial with keytruda is worldwide. I could participate in Israel too. I am really happy about that. Mavis, do you know something about keytruda action vs fertility? Do I need to preserve my ovaries with decapeptyl 3.75 as I did it when I had chemotherapy? Have you heard about keytruda action and reaction to the young women?
This wasn’t a problem I needed to worry about so I advised her to contact MSD again and ask about fertility.
In February Nikas told me I am waiting for the answer from merck, thus week my pathology will be sent to US. During one month they should give me an answer if I am starting trial.
She then told me she had been interviewed the main Israel’s channel. They are making report about Keytruda. The target is to explain to the ministry of health how important would be to enter this encouraging drug to health basket. That people would have possibility to get it for free or for less money. In the interview I told how I found you and you helped me to make a right choice. Maybe you would agree to act in a scene how we are talking via Skype about keytruda? They would like that people would hear that from you, that it helped you, that you are alive and helping people all over the world. Reporters are very nice people. They are trying to make movie about keytruda as soon. Would you agree to participate in this interview, Dear Mavis? Reporters will talk with you later and explain if you will accept this. That’s because of you. You gave me a hope and underlining what I need to do.Any answer is ok.
So of coarse I answered I would be delighted and we waited months for it to hapen.
Nika then contact again to say she had done her part The main thing they want to explain and to show how critical to some people to get this treatment if they do not have money to pay for it even.
We did our Skype together and Nika questioned me and I answered. It was chaotic really with the camera man walking in front of the camera but of coarse I knew they would edit. Now it has been shown on TV in Israel I realise they have edited so much and I have only a short peace but I really do not mind. Just playing a small part in such a wonderful film of three courageous young people –If only I could understand what was being said. ha ha !!
I get the jist of it and the word Keytruda is being said over and over again. There is even a small clip showing Keytruda being Manufacturing and the bottling of the drug from the vats -just as MSD had told me, this is done in Ireland.
Nika has had her 5th injection no so I pray she is doing well. It has shown how We are struggling to have more of the drug in trials and how so many Meswarriorsa around the world are struggling to pay privately for the drug as they are in UK, US and Australia.
Nika has just written an update for me -her side of the story