In the U.S., September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and we will be sharing with you why Los Cabos Children’s Foundation (LCCF) has a special connection to this sensible subject.
This past month of July of 2015, the XXI International Congress of the Mexican Association of Pediatric Onco-Hematology took place in Mexico City. LCCF supported three members of the medical team in the Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Unit of the Salvatierra Hospital in La Paz, to attend this important congress. Bibiana Cruz Rodríguez, Social Worker, Laura Ronquillo López, Clinical Psychologist and Eunice Ibarra Patrón, Head Nurse, appreciate this opportunity provided by the foundation to continue their training and have the necessary tools to provide quality care to patients in Baja Sur in the unit and their families.
We will tell you a little more about these three powerful ladies and the children they care for throughout the month.
1.What is your position in the Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Unit?
My name is Eunice Ibarra Patrón, I have a degree in Nursing and I’m the Head Nurse of the unit.
2.When did you join the unit’s team?
I started working in this hospital in April 2013 in Pediatrics and joined the oncology unit since July 2013.
3.What work do you do with the children?
One percent of my work is administrative, 99% is on the field. My work consists in providing medical assistance to the patients at the unit when they come to their chemotherapies, and when they are hospitalized. I work together with the Pediatric Oncologists to follow up on the treatment of each child. Each case is unique, and each child requires special medical care.
4.What motivated you to work with children with cancer?
Since I started studying nursing, I was always interested in working with the children in the area of Pediatrics. Initially, I didn’t know how to treat a child with cancer, but when I joined the oncology unit I fell in love.
5.What is the importance of participating in this type of congresses?
There are very few training opportunities in Pediatric Oncology in the state of Baja California Sur, so it is very important to go out to other cities to attend conferences like this one. I, for example, didn’t begin as a specialist in oncology, but with the practice and through opportunities like this one is how I get to learn more. Each year there are new technologies and more sophisticated processes to learn. The wounds in cancer children need special care, and during this congress I had the opportunity to discover more about this subject. Finally, everything is in benefit of the children.
SMILE WITH EVELIN!
Evelin Aylin Domínguez Verdugo, a 15 year old patient of the Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Unit, decided to participate in a contest from the congress called “The Expression of Emotions of the Oncology Patient through Painting”. The Mexican Association of Pediatric Onco-Hematology invited the patients of all the oncology units in Mexico to draw what the medical team represents to them. Evelyn was diagnosed with osteosarcoma and due to its advancement her right leg had to be amputated. Today she is stable and continues to receive treatment in La Paz.
“This drawing represents all the process of the disease I’m living. My drawing is divided in two parts, the first one is dark, and the tree represents the falling of my hair. Just like a tree in autumn, how the will to live falls, I thought that I would never find a happy ending, but slowly I started walking and finding a colorful rainbow and on top of it was my family, friends, nurses, doctors and psychologists and for them I look to the sky and thank God for having such a full rainbow that glows, a shining sun like my smile, and clouds that taste like the candy that I like. It is for them that every day I fight to see these people, MY RAINBOW” – Evelin Aylin
Evelin is an inspiring example, who has created a campaign in social media titled “Smile with Evelin Aylin DV” with the purpose of motivating people to move on with a smile. Her motto is that if she can smile despite everything she has gone through, everyone can.
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