Take an unforgettable journey with four children diagnosed with cancer. How I Live follows the children, their families, and their healthcare providers as they confront the realities of living with cancer in Guatemala, El Salvador, Egypt, Myanmar, and Ghana. Through their journeys we see the realitites of global health inequities but also the movement underway to give all children access to treatment and a cure for childhood cancer.
Thought provoking and inspiring.
How I Live follows the journeys of four children with cancer in Guatemala, El Salvador, Myanmar and Egypt and Ghana. Following them from diagnosis through treatment, the complex issues facing patients, families and healthcare providers emerge. The film documents the difficulties of accessing cancer treatment in low resource settings while providing examples of how global collaboration can lead to increased survival rates and closing global health inequities.
We meet the healthcare teams who know and understand what those challenges look like for families of children with cancer and are working to provide quality care to their patients in the face of adverse conditions. Weaving together four years of filming and stories from disparate corners of the globe, the film is a composite of: the power of parents’ love, children’s courage, and what is possible when a community is dedicated to treating and someday curing childhood cancer.
"Looking at all the inequities related to childhood cancer seen in the film, I realized that it was very important to start working to change the system. The faces of those kids from the film were the same faces I have been seeing in my country."
Watching this documentary I immediately realized that this was exactly what I was looking for: to capture the reality of childhood cancer care through the eyes of healthcare workers and especially through the eyes of their loving families. Because when the heart is involved, we can lift mountains together.
It was magical. It is such a beautiful portrait of family, children dealing with cancer, and collective medical support. We were transported to each location and taken into each child's world. The students were very moved by the film and so were the faculty.
Our participants left the workshop ever changed.The stories highlighted global and local challenges that we hope our future physicians will rise to face head on.
These stories are so moving, as they help demonstrate the additional burdens and barriers that families face in caring for their children with cancer in less resourced areas. However they also truly provide motivation for those of us in global health fields to never give up….just as these brave people show their resolve to do everything possible for their loved ones and their communities.
As a pediatric hematologist/oncologist, so much of this film rang true to me. The film so beautifully depicts the emotional pain and struggle that comes with a diagnosis of childhood cancer but also the unbelievable resilience of children. Watching this film gives a rarely seen glimpse of the extremes of life, from tragedy to triumph, around the globe.