Sunday, May 8, 2016

Cancer survivor in PNG strives to assist cancer patients

Imagine if your doctor told you that you could no longer sit on a toilet bowl and relieve yourself because your digestive organs were are affected by cancer and need to be removed. While on that thought imagine again if your doctor went on further to tell you that instead he would create a hole on your stomach permanently as means to remove solid body waste? This was the fate of 15 years bowel cancer (Colorectal Cancer) survivor Mrs Janet Yaki from Southern Highlands Province who went all the way to Bangkok to receive this life saving surgery.
Mrs Yaki, the founder and interim president of Papua New Guinea Stoma Association was a speaker at a recent cancer fundraising event for the PNG Cancer Foundation. She spoke to a group of people especially young people who gathered for a video gaming event organized by the 675 Gaming to raise funds for PNG Cancer Foundation saying people living with cancer concerning the reproductive and digestive system are reluctant to speaking up because of shame and stigma and there is a need for more awareness in the country. Mrs Yaki works closely with Port Moresby General Hospital and other main hospitals in the country to supply specialised bags to stoma patients. Although she has less funding she says everyday is a gift to survive and appreciate the gift of life by helping others to survive too. PNGFM