A pretty exhausting day! We saw about 80 women. Yes, we did the "paps" and diagnosed more cases of dysplasia and possibly 2 more cancers but more than that, we made wonderful connections and we hope that we have inspired these women to begin to stand up for their rights . We continue to hear way too many stories of violence and sexual abuse against young girls. It is heartbreaking.
Chetti and Mani are making wonderful relationships with the only cytotechnologist in this area and the "cytoprep" person. Chetti was so careful to not be intrusive and now they are well accepted and have been able to work with them to understand their challenges and to find meaningful solutions that we think will have very positive long term consequences.
Randy is helping with so many things - he's always there to fill in for whatever is needed and he keeps us all light-hearted. Lauren and Puja continue to function at a level far beyond their training. They have such passion about this work. Ismael and Orfe continue doing EVERYTHING to make all this possible and productive.
Today, I had a chance to talk with Dr. Guerra who is the medical director for INCAN, the only cancer treatment facility in Guatemala. He is very interested in working with us and we hope we may be able to connect him with a radiation oncology program at home.
We are staying at a very beautiful and peaceful place - very basic but very nurturing. We've never seen so many stars in the sky! God is everywhere in our midst leading the way.