“I watched helplessly as a woman lost her life to a totally preventable disease. As a physician, all I could do was hold her hand and comfort her. As a fellow woman, I held her in my heart as she slipped away from her children and family. I made a promise to that woman- and all women- that day. It changed my life.”
As a young medical student in 1997, Dr. Miriam Cremer spent a semester in Arcatao, a small village in northern El Salvador, to provide basic health care needs to the community. Miriam assisted a woman with an advanced case of invasive cervical cancer while there. That woman bled to death in her home from a preventable disease. She had never received cervical cancer screening or treatment, and during the final stages of her battle with cancer, had no access to pain medication.