Mayela is a mother from Guatemala. She lives with her family in Guatemala's rural western highlands, working doing household chores and helping to take care of her fourteen grandchildren. Mayela's husband died four years ago, leaving her a widow with their six children, but Mayela keeps working and fighting to take care of her family.
Mayela needs an endometrial biopsy to determine if she has uterine cancer. Uterine cancer, or endometrial cancer, is a slowly progressive cancer, and it is almost always easily treated simply by removing the uterus. However, access to the necessary studies to make the diagnosis are not readily available in Guatemala. For this reason, many women have been experiencing symptoms for years before they seek care from our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq.
If Mayela does not receive a biopsy, she will be forced to live with the uncertainty of not knowing whether or not she has cancer. If she does have cancer, it could spread and threaten her life.
$383 will provide Mayela with a biopsy to determine if she has cancer or not. The biopsy will also help her medical team prepare a treatment plan. The biopsy is scheduled for January 22 at our medical partner's care center.
Mayela says, "I am scared that I have some type of cancer. I wish to keep living happy and healthy with my children and grandchildren."