May 24, 2021
Htoo is a 29-year-old woman from Burma, and the headmistress for a middle school. She lives with her seven friends in a dormitory, and they are all teachers at the same middle school in the village. She raises chickens and also grows vegetables in a small garden beside the dormitory. She and her friends often go to the forest on weekends. Due to impacts of COVID-19 on her school, her income has been irregular since June 2020, but she and her friends share meals to make sure they have enough.
In late March 2021, after a friend had mentioned how to do a self-exam for breast cancer, Htoo found a mass in her right breast later that night. Currently, Htoo does not experience any pain but she is very worried that the mass will turn cancerous. Htoo felt very scared to undergo surgery, as she feels stressed about her condition and she also thinks about the work she has to do at school which stresses her out even more. However, the doctors have recommended surgery to remove the tumor before it causes more risk or has a chance to spread. Htoo is seeking treatment through our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund. She is now scheduled to undergo tumor removal surgery on May 25th and is requesting $1,500 to cover the cost of her procedure and care.
Htoo said, “When I think about my condition and my work, I become so stressed, and I cannot sleep well at night. I cry very often when I think about my condition. I feel like the stress has made me lose my appetite.”
Htoo is a 29-year-old woman from Burma, and the headmistress for a middle school. She lives with her seven friends in a dormitory, and they ...
October 11, 2021
Htoo underwent tumor removal surgery.
Htoo’s tumor removal surgery was a success and she is recovering well! While we met to interview Htoo for an update, she said that compared to before, she is no longer worried about her condition after her surgery. She is happy to return home and started teaching her students in the village again. Htoo is relieved to not feel stressed about her condition anymore.
Htoo has now returned to her school and started teaching again. She is enjoying her teaching and she said that she loves to spend time with her friends and students at the school.
In the future, she said that if she receives or earns more money, she wants to donate back to the organization who helped find a way for her treatment. She cannot promise how much she will be able to pay back but she will try her best to donate back some day.
Htoo said, “Thank you very much to all the donors who helped pay for my treatment. I am released from worry and if there is any other word stronger than thank you, I would like to use that word to express my full respect and thanks to the donors who live far away and helped me. If I am not healthy, I cannot work, and I would always feel stress about my condition. Now, I am healthy, and I can work again.”
Htoo's tumor removal surgery was a success and she is recovering well! While we met to interview Htoo for an update, she said that compared ...