World Cancer Day: A Story of Care from Swaziland
February 4th is World Cancer Day – a day that unites the world’s population in the fight against cancer. It aims to save millions of preventable deaths each year by raising awareness and education about the disease, calling on governments and individuals around the globe to take action.
In the remote, poor communities where we work, cancer often ends life too soon. Without access to specialized healthcare, medicines, or treatments, the only thing our staff can do is ensure that patients are treated with dignity and love. Our long-time partners at the Good Shepherd Mission Hospital in Swaziland, have been bringing palliative care to the sick and dying in Swaziland for many years.
This story is not about a life saved, but rather about dignity restored and a reminder that even when there is nothing left to be done, there is always something that can be done.
A Difficult Life
Tangetile had a difficult life. Unable to find work in Swaziland, she moved to South Africa in an attempt to build a better life. It was here that she got married and gave birth to daughter. Shortly after her daughter was born, her husband abandoned her, and a challenging life became even more difficult.