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I begged for money to treat my breast cancer – Survivor

A breast cancer survivor has shared the challenges she suffered to treat the disease.

Eugenia Asare recounted in an interview on Prime Morning that she was compelled to beg her fellow church members and schoolmates to raise enough funds to cater for the hospital charges.

“It got to a time there was no money. I went to some of the NPP and NDC individuals to beg. I went to individuals… I begged them,” she said.

She was required to raise an amount of ¢3,000 to cover her medical bills for each of the treatment sections.

The stage two breast cancer survivor, who is also a caterer, shared that she was being stigmatised by friends and some colleagues at work.

She disclosed how her mother supported her spiritually even though she was not financially strong enough to pay the bills.

“My sister has been so helpful. My mother, my prayer warrior, I don’t pray when I’m sleeping because I’m always in pain. So I only tell God to listen to my mother’s prayer before I sleep.

“Please, all those who have grudges with their families should go and make amends because without family and money, and you’re sick at the hospital, you’ll die,” she urged.

Eugenia Asare has lost hope of getting married and giving birth because “I feel uncomfortable to naked myself in front of a man.”

Being the most common cancer across the world, breast cancer is becoming a great public health challenge among women in Ghana, with about 2,900 incident cases occurring annually, and one-eighth of them dying from it.


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