Antonia received an unpleasant surprise when she attended one of WINGS’ cervical cancer screenings in her home town of Ciudad Quetzal in May. She had an abnormal growth on her cervix. At the clinic, WINGS subsidized her same day cryotherapy treatment, which destroys abnormal cellular growth that can lead to cancer . After further tests, however, the diagnosis was bleak. Antonia’s cancer had progressed too far for simple sameday clinical treatments to have an effect, and she would have to begin chemotherapy.
At only 23 years old and with one child, Antonia could not fathom how she had developed her cancer at such a young age, but she is determined to continue fighting it. Thanks to the early detection from the WINGS screening, and continued support through referrals and subsidized care, Antonia is confident that she will be able to beat her cancer.
For more information about WINGS' Cervical Cancer Prevention program, visit http://wingsguate.org/en/whatwedo/cervicalcancer
Elizabeth, a 43 year-old mother of five, recently attended a WINGS cervical cancer screening clinic in her community of Xenocoj, where she tested positive for pre-cancerous cells. It had been four years since her last test because her family had been supporting her through a chronic kidney infection and simply could not afford to take her to be screened. Her eldest son left school when she got sick to support her as a day laborer, but the family still struggles to stay afloat. Elizabeth’s physical and financial troubles meant that her positive test result came as an even bigger blow to the family. They were very afraid to watch her suffer a second debilitating illness - this time potentially fatal. WINGS referred her to a specialist for further tests, supporting her financially and emotionally through the process, and it was decided that cryotherapy would be her best option. The treatment that she received ended the threat of cancer, and now Elizabeth is living cancer-free! For more information about WINGS' Cervical Cancer Prevention program, visit http://wingsguate.org/en/whatwedo/cervicalcancer
Luis Miguel is 32 years old and has two children. He comes from a family of 18. Luis is illiterate because his parents could not afford to send him to go to school, and he desperately wants his kids to avoid the same fate. Knowing that he and his wife would not be able to financially support a third child, he took matters into his own hands. In passing, Luis heard about a family planning clinic day and decided to attend to receive a WINGS-subsidized vasectomy after a discussion with his wife.
"I told my wife I didn’t want to have more kids, but I needed her as a wife and a partner to be sure not to have more kids. I want to give my children what they need, build them a house, send them to school through university, clothe them and make sure they live happily. The same for my wife – I want to enjoy going on walks and spending time with my kids and family. I am very pleased with WINGS and everyone that is committed to family planning, and continue to assist families. God bless them."
To learn more about WINGS' family planning program, visit http://wingsguate.org/en/whatwedo/familyplanning