Guerda is a 52-year-old mother of three from Haiti. Guerda used to cook for a living. She worked primarily at a restaurant she was running from within her home, and she specialized in Haitian cuisine. Besides cooking, Guerda is heavily involved in her church; she used to often go on mission trips all around Haiti.
About a year ago, Guerda found a small mass in her left breast. Although the local health center told her that there was no cause for concern, Guerda noticed her breast rapidly increase in size. Upon referral to our medical partner’s care center, St. Luc Family Hospital, Guerda was diagnosed with breast cancer. She has since undergone eight sessions of chemotherapy, which have completely sapped her energy and made it difficult for her to provide for her family.
Our medical partner, Innovating Health International, is requesting $1,085 to fund a mastectomy for Guerda, which is scheduled to take place on July 27. The procedure will greatly decrease the risk of cancer metastasis and will hopefully allow Guerda to return to the activities that she greatly enjoys. Guerda accepts that she cannot change what has happened, so she is therefore firm in her resolve to not let her condition take over her life and spirit.