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  • Hospitals cannot attend patients with Cancer, because their Radiation Bombs break down. Go home, they advise their patients. In 2 weeks this will be fixed. But in 2 months the machine still does not work. Patients wonder: will I die sooner now? Is it maybe a great coincidence that I do not get further radiations? They go for chemotherapy. One day the doctor says: we are out of the medicine. Yes, you have a right to it. Yes, you have paid your insurance for many years, you have worked and paid – but we are still out of medicine. We do not know when we will get more medicine. The doctors also feel helpless. It is the everyday more corrupt politicians.

    This happens in the biggest hospitals in the capital of states. The last governor left the state, our state, in bancrupcy, went to live in the US, where all these crooks are well – received. He even got a good job at the UN! The new governor has deviated hundreds of millions of Pesos from the Health Sector in 2 years to who knows where, probably his own pockets…..

    I have a lump in my breast, I checked every year, 10 months ago, I was fine or so said the doctor, but now this lump is there and it grows and my doctor says: after 10 months we cannot do another mammogram, wait, go home, probably you just fell or hit yourself and it will go away! I am a mother of 2 little children, my husband left me, I clean houses…..

    I had 2 years with my girl – friend. She was just 24 years old when I met her, already a single mother of 2 children. She met the father of those kids when she was just 14 and he was an alcoholic and violent and left her broken. Actually she drank much too much when we met. We met in our workplace, we loved working together. We fell in love. She stopped drinking and opened my heart to the beauty of life. She had these pains, though, and just took a pill and kept joking and laughing and took me to her village to show me the special place she had enjoyed as a little girl visiting her grandma. Last September the pain took her to hospital, she had always avoided doctors, her uterus was eaten up by Cancer. During the operation they hurt her intestine and thought she was dying, but she survived. Cancer had gotten to her lungs, though. Last Wednesday she died. Until hours before I never ever thought that my love could die and then she just did and left me and I can still not grasp it. I remember all the wonderful things we did and then the pain grows unbearable. Yes, we were a gift to each other and now I am alone with the children. This morning her 5 year old son woke up and smiled and told me: Last night my mother came to me in my dreams. She said she was just fine and I should be happy about that….

    Did his account scare the woman with the lump in her breast? No: she comes forward and tells us how a year ago her sister had a terrible and violent fight with her brother – in – law. She ran to her young sister´s rescue and arriving the sister had a mortal stroke and died in her arms….

    We have never met before this session of our monthly Cancer – Self – Help – Group. Now we are deeply intimate. We stand up in a circle and hold hands and close our eyes and I suggest we all put our dead loved ones inside the circle and whoever wants to say anything is welcome. Some say words, others cry.

    Afterwards, for a long while, nobody seems to want to leave…..


    Art by Kiki : We Are All In The Same Boat
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