Posted by Guest Blogger on November 09, 2011
Patricia Montero Mendez, “Patty” is our Guest Blogger. Patty is our MaxStation working throughout Central America. This year she atended several Celebrations of Life within her region including events in El Salvador, Nicaragua and Guatemala.
“Amor a la Vida” is a patient group in El Salvador. They participate with The Max Foundation in Maximize Life Celebrations each year. This year, they wanted to support the public hospital, Rosales. This hospital has a new hematology facility. The division is only women and men, so children are admitted and assigned ito rooms where there are also adults, women or men.
“Amor a la Vida” worked together with the hospital to have a room assigned for the children who are admitted at the hospital at the hematology section. They told the patients of this hospital about the project and asked them to bring books of any category to have a library for the kids, so this room will be an area just for kids, to read, to draw and paint, to play and relax. We visited the admitted children together with members of the group. Also the group made some nice bookmarks to give children who visit the library.
During the same month of October, the patient group also had one of their meetings. I was worried because it was raining very heavy in Central America, and I did not know if patients were coming; but in spite of the weather, patients were there. We received a speech from a person who became blind; it was a very motivating speech on how to motivate yourself in spite of the problems you may have in life. This person was reading his speech from braille; also I noticed he read the hour from his watch wrist with a special clock. So patients also learned that there are other health conditions that require courage to continue fighting in life. He talked about four ingredients very important in life to be motivated: faith, love, hapiness and self control. Some patients also shared their stories, and personal experiences and how they now maximize their life, fighting against cancer, and how they are strong survivors.
We had also the show of a very nice clown. The specialty of this clown is that he is a patient benefitting from Novartis' GIPAP program and he performs acts with one of his children. We had the presence of many parents with their children. People expressed their gratitude towards The Max Foundation, to have this huge opportunity for their children. Patients are always very warm, asking to take photos together. For them it is very important to have a picture with someone who represents The Max Foundation, who has helped them to save their lives and lives of their love ones. It was my honor to take photos with these brave survivors.
Together, we enjoyed the presence of both adults and children at this meeting. All of us maximized life learning, helping and sharing with patients and hospital personnel.