My life is a quilt, and one of the patches is cancer
It has changed the pattern of my quilt forever…
Anyone who’s received a cancer diagnosis knows the terror of those first few days and weeks. Anxiously waiting for test results; hoping for the best while fearing the worst. For our patients, it also involves the anticipation of the grueling course of treatment far from home, facing financial ruin, or the possible loss of employment.
“In 2017, I was diagnosed with stage 4 Liver Cancer. Twice a week I travel hundreds of miles, away from my family and friends to receive difficult treatments and tests, face harsh news and look for answers to questions I am not been trained to ask. Each one of us is only a test away from being told we have late stage cancer.
I’ve tried repeatedly to speak to my oncologist about incorporating various modalities of holistic, spiritual, and herbal medicine into my care, but he does not agree, because he does not understand our Native American ways.
We need new treatment options closer to our family and friends, we want to be embraced by our own cancer community that speaks to and understands our culture. While I appreciate everything I have learned from a very painful, life-changing experience. It has made me determined not to let the fear of cancer rule my life or take away the opportunity to fight for change by helping NHHF bring cancer care to Tuba City Regional Health Care.”
- Marie, Navajo Mother
If you or a family member has been given the gift of being a “Cancer Survivor” please share your victory by joining us in our fight for access to cancer care on the Navajo Nation. I encourage you to donate your time, money, or share our story to help us raise $2,000,000.00 to cover part of the cost of oncology medicine and equipment.
A diagnosis of cancer will create a state of crisis in nearly all individuals. You literally do not know how to think about the problem, how to evaluate reality, or how to formulate an outcome. The information you need to make a decision about subsequent treatment require many personal and interpersonal exchanges.
HOPE IS A VERY IMPORTANT PART OF SURVIVING:
People have different approaches to maintaining hope. Personal hope is embedded in a broad social context. The way you hope, develops within a particular family culture, historical framework, and set of experiences and influence how and for what you hope. The privilege of receiving care in a place called “dinetah”, home.
My hope is you will donate today…visit our website at NavajoHopiHealthFoundation.org and bring us hope for access to cancer care at Tuba City Regional Health Care.
Wishing you good health,
NHHF Executive Director