It is the unknown that causes the majority of us to suffer in silence. The lack of education, knowledge and a feeling of desperation trying to find the right treatment options that leaves most patients hopeless. As a full time ambassador and one of 140 million that are affected by Lymphedema I have made it my mission to share my journey with those around the globe and to encourage others to give voice to their unexpected journey.
After learning how medi for help was created my heart was immediately connected to the cause. Medi for help saw a need after the town became the epicenter of the 2010 earthquake from there they created a movement that is changing lives. Although I had no idea what to expect when I was approached with this opportunity I knew the only thing that mattered was that through the volunteer efforts we were Bringing Hope to Haiti!
Anticipation, excitement and an overwhelming feeling of joy set in as I boarded the plane to join medi for help at the Lymphatic Filariasis Clinic in Leogane, Haiti. The minute I stepped out of the airport I knew this was going to be a life changing experience on so many levels not only for me, but everyone involved.
Taking the drive to the Sainte Croix Hospital was an adventure itself, witnessing the Haitians selling goods wherever there was space on the streets or from a basket that was balancing from atop of their head. A group of children walking home from their afternoon at school, and other’s preparing dinner on their front porch while the laundry was being washed in a bucket nearby.
Once we arrived at the guesthouse we were greeted with open arms and beautiful smiles. I was excited about the week ahead with the other volunteers to be a servant to those whom are living with Lymphedema / Lymphatic Filariasis by giving them a chance to thrive with it. Combining the proper treatment with the garments that MediUSA had provided would give them back a quality of life and glimmer of hope.
The full time staff at the clinic in Leogane was truly an inspiration to watch because I noticed two of them were living with Lymphedema themselves. Their passion was fueled by their personal condition while the others had an immense desire of providing relief and answers. What a humbling experience to see the courage and strength from every single patient that came to the clinic to seek help and guidance. They had faith in the staff and volunteers, trusting the treatment efforts they were being provided. An opportunity to thrive is what they were receiving on a daily basis and they left with smiles on their face, even looking forward to their next appointment.
To witness the changes that took place through the time spent in Haiti were a true testament that Lymphedema / Lymphatic Filariasis can be maintained and managed with the right treatment, direction, garments, education and awareness.
Thank you medi for help for your ongoing efforts in Haiti and allowing others to be a part of Bringing Hope to Haiti.
To find out more on how you too can be involved in these efforts or to donate please visit: www.medi-for-help.com/en/
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