Flori won the hearts of all who knew her. In her memory, we search for answers to preventable deaths from cervical cancer.
A day I will never forget! So much emotion... after being examined by Dr. Phibbs and after the CT scan, we realized that her cancer is more advanced than we had hoped. This means that she will not benefit from surgery and will have to have radiation therapy and chemotherapy. While this was terrible news, God never stops being faithful! The radiation oncology physicians that work at Promedica have agreed to perform this at no charge. Dr. Phibbs will continue to evaluate Flori and provide her with chemotherapy and all the procedures needed to perform the special kind of radiation that she will need. Deena Ellis spent the day with Flori translating for her and helping her understand the significance of all that was happening. The nurses at Toledo Hospital were incredibly caring and Flori was overwhelmed at their kindness.
After all the information was explained to her, she and I chatted and I tried to make sure that she understood. She weeped as she talked about the possibility of death but she marveled at the miracle of having come to our little clinic in Pueblo and the reality of being here now. When I talk to her, our communication seems to be so much greater than what language usually allows. We laughed at the reality that we have only really known each other for 2 days and yet we feel like soulmates already. Is this what "talking in tongues" means?? I think so! I asked her if it was alright that I was doing this blog and putting it out there on the "web" for all the world to see. She excitedly responded "Oh yes, think of the testimony of the goodness of God! And it will be a way for women to know what can happen to them!"
So at the end of the day, we heard the news that yes, she may die. But is that no different than the reality that each of us faces each day???? But she is surrounded with so much love from so many people here and in Guatemala. She is staying at my mom's house tonight. She told me that although my mom doesn't speak any Spanish, she is very happy there because she knows that my mom understands her needs. Thanks mom!
And thank you Dr. Coral Matus for realizing that she needed a phone! Coral went and bought her a phone that she can use to receive calls from Guatemala at any time. Think of what a blessing that is to her.
So although it was a day of great sadness, it was also a day that showed me the wonderful love that humanity is capable of.