Cancer shatters 18-year-old Helina's dreams of becoming a doctor | Milaap
Cancer shatters 18-year-old Helina's dreams of becoming a doctor
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    Helina Girma

    from Chennai, Tamil Nadu

I felt a pain in my right shoulder. It was bearable. I had no reason to go to the hospital. A few weeks passed, and the pain got so intense that I just rushed to the nearest ER. The medical team ran tests and I was finally diagnosed with bone cancer.

My name is Helina Girma. I’m 18 years old. My father, Girma, works as a manager in a private firm. My mother, Mosit, is a teacher. My brother, Yignet is a 4th year Medical resident, and I also have a younger sister in 3rd grade. I just finished school and hoped to join Med School. I want to be a doctor someday.

Just when I thought my dreams were going to come true, I was given a diagnosis that changed my life. I started on chemotherapy immediately. We thought it would cost us just USD 1000. My parents pooled in their savings, but I was not responding well to the drugs. The side effects were too much for me to bear. The treatment ended up taking more time, and costing twice as much. My doctors referred me to India. We could not afford travel expenses for the whole family. My mother and I travelled here from Ethiopia.

For 6 months, I have been in India, getting chemotherapy. I am feeling better. I am fighting the disease. I believe I can win it, go back home and fulfill my dreams. Our only problem is the money for treatment. We never thought it would take this long, or cost so much. My father is still working hard to help me get better. He always wanted his children to be doctors and save lives. Today, he is struggling to save mine.

My doctors are doing their best. In fact, they have been kind enough to reduce the cost of treatment as well. I’ve gotten used to this hospital, life here, but I miss home. I miss being me. Last week, I was in the ICU with low BP. I did not even know what was happening around me. Thankfully I feel better now. Sometimes I am scared, but for the most part, I have faith, that I can beat this disease and go home to save more lives.

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Helina needs a surgery that would replace the cancerous bone in her arm with a prosthetic bone. Her parents are struggling to help her win this fight. 

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