Blogs posted by Mercedes Arteaga
Personal testimonials from people living with cancer followed by a performance of traditional Bolivian dance starring a young cancer survivor were highlights of the first ever Celebration of Life in the town of Cochabamba.
Watch the video of the dance performance
The event organized by the leaders of the Asociación de Lucha contra la Leucemia (Fight against Leukemia Association) included over 150 people who came together to celebrate life and each other in the high plains of Bolivia.
Posted by Mercedes Arteaga on October 06, 2010 | Comments: 2
Since the beginning of this year, the Argentinean patient group known as ALMA has had a growth spurt that has gone rampant and, thus, the group has arrived at three different cities of the country as part of a campaign called “Spreading Life” (Contagiando Vida). In September and October, The Max Foundation and ALMA joined campaigns, and so our enjoined goal became to Maximize and Spread Life throughout Argentina! Buenos Aires, Córdoba and Rosario were the cities chosen – and so, we went on the road…
Posted by Mercedes Arteaga on October 27, 2010 | Comments: 3
Throughout Latin America, in Central America and beyond, the cancer support community has been actively celebrating life and we have photos to prove it! The patient associations in the region have had one or more awareness events in Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Ecuador and Colombia. Visit our website to see the complete gallery of photos showing event highlights.
Posted by Mercedes Arteaga on November 30, 2010 | Comments: 6
We have been busily readying the amazing art received this year as part of the Art Project and very shortly the 2010 winners will be announced!Just to get you in the mood for art and in anticipation of the announcements, today we bring to you a recap of an art therapy workshop that took place in Argentina in July.
Posted by Mercedes Arteaga on December 03, 2010 | Comments: 0
Teresa, the creator of “Atardecer en Paz” and Latin America regional winner for the art project, is a 71-year-old CML survivor from Argentina affiliated with the local patient group called ALMA. She describes her serene artwork depicting a rowboat by the seashore, “I am a boat, I find myself resting on the warm sand while I observe the wonder of the sea…In spite of the pummeling of nature, that could be compared to the sufferings a person may go through due to a disease…both the sun and the flowing of the sea, sources of energy that give us life, will magically be reborn.”
Click on Read More to see a photo of Teresa and hear her full description of the meaning behind her art.
Posted by Mercedes Arteaga on December 15, 2010 | Comments: 5
The first ever “art workshop with a twist” was held on February 26th at ALMA (Asociación de Leucemia Mieloide Argentina) in Argentina. The three hour workshop was divided into two parts: First, a relaxation exercise which was based on the theory of Neuro-Linguistic Programming; and second, the actual art part of the workshop, consisting of mandala painting. What does all this mean? Read on for a complete explanation and become inspired to have the same kind of creative workshop in your local group!
Posted by Mercedes Arteaga on March 14, 2011 | Comments: 4
Is your local patient group maximizing its opportunities through the internet to promote itself and reach other patients going through similar experiences? Does your group have a blog? Are they on Facebook, yet? These days, the tools for creating new platforms like blogs, Facebook Pages and websites have gotten easier to work with, even for people with limited online experience. Now is the time for your group to take advantage of all the publicity and support opportunities thanks to modern technology.
Read this full blog that describes how ALMA, the patient support group in Argentina has become part of the World Wide Web, and learn by their example how many people can be helped thanks to technology!
Posted by Mercedes Arteaga on May 10, 2011 | Comments: 2
Many of you will remember Teresa, our artist friend from Argentina whose painting was chosen last year as a winner. This year, her painting entitled, “Paz interior” which means “Inner Peace” has also been selected as the Americas Regional Winner. Mercedes, our team member in Buenos Aires tells us about what inspires Teresa and shares about the meaning behind her nature themed art.
Posted by Mercedes Arteaga on November 28, 2011 | Comments: 1
Recently American Society of Hematology (ASH) held their annual “Highlights of ASH in Latin America” conference in Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil. Two of our patient advocates, Inés and Mercedes, attended the conference and have a video to share about what they did at the conference!
Click to see the video and read more.
Posted by Mercedes Arteaga on May 30, 2012 | Comments: 0
This coming Saturday October 27th, Dr Jorge Cortes will give a live patient education presentation in Buenos Aires, Argentina, organized by The MAX Foundation under the auspices of LALNET, the Latin American Leukemia Net. The talk will be broadcast online live and patients, some of them accompanied by their doctors, throughout Latin America will join to listen to the session. They will also have the ability to interact and ask questions through a chatbox mechanism.
To join the e-education event, enter the program at www.livestream.com/almaargentina. For full event information click here.
Posted by Mercedes Arteaga on October 23, 2012 | Comments: 0
The First Virtual CML Colloquium in Latin America was held in October with Dr. Cortes, attracting a total of 32 groups, 1,536 participants, with 173 in person at the meeting in Argentina.
Saturday, October 27th, was the day CML patients in 32 cities, in 14 countries in Latin America, all did the same thing. They all gathered together in a chosen location at their cities, around a screen and speakers, and they all listened through a Livestream channel to the presentation Dr. Jorge Cortés, hematologist from the MD Anderson Cancer Center, gave in Buenos Aires, before 173 patients and caregivers who came to the conference room at the Argentine Society of Hematology to see him in person.
Read this blog to learn more about what he discussed, to link to the archived video of the program, and to link to the photo compilation showing all of the groups around Latin America who came together by listening to this important talk at the same time!
Posted by Mercedes Arteaga on December 13, 2012 | Comments: 0