Flori won the hearts of all who knew her. In her memory, we search for answers to preventable deaths from cervical cancer.
Flori arrived tonight. She flew into Guatemala City last night and slept on a cold floor in the airport until this morning. Her flight left at 7AM and we picked her up at the airport in Detroit this evening. Despite the difficulties of this trip and the pain from her cancer, she is so relaxed and peaceful and truly lovely! Randy and I already feel like she is our family. My mom cooked a beautiful dinner for her and it was quite the celebration. We all laughed at our efforts at each other's language and at reality in America! I then checked her into the hospital and examined her and realized that no, this is not a celebration. She has an advanced cancer that we can only pray will be cured with the help of many. But as with everything else in life, there is always joy and suffering. As she laid in the hospital bed, we laughed hysterically when she realized that by pushing a button, the bed could move up and down. She also couldn't believe that you can just dispose of toilet paper in the toilet! But when I left, we hugged as if we were sisters knowing that those you love share the joys and the sorrows. Her trip here will truly be a mark upon my life. F