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“EAJ Saved My Life!”

Last year we were contacted from China by a Mr. “HH”. HH was faced with a recurrence of rectal cancer. We are pleased to have recently received the following report from him. A few years after undergoing surgery for cancer in China, I discovered that the cancer had returned. Last year we were contacted from China by a Mr. “HH”. HH was faced with a recurrence of rectal cancer. We are pleased to have recently received the following report from him. A few years after undergoing surgery for cancer in China, I discovered that the cancer had returned. My very first thought was, “I don’t want to die.”

I was desperate and looked everywhere for help. Eventually I discovered that there was something called heavy particle therapy that was available only in Japan. “Japan? But I don’t even know how to communicate with them!” This was my first reaction. But luckily I discovered Emergency Assistance Japan. EAJ provided Chinese language support and medical interpretation. They also acted as the go-between and facilitator with the hospital and helped with travel and logistical arrangements. The fight for my life was greatly aided by their support. I found the hospital staff in Japan to be open-minded and genuinely caring. The doctor made sure that I understood the course of treatment and used pictures to explain when words were insufficient. The orderliness and cleanliness of the hospital was exceptional. A friend once told me, jokingly, that “hospitals in Japan are so clean that you can sleep on the floor!” I found this to be quite true. I have just recently completed the heavy particle course of treatment. When I learned that the size of my tumor has decreased, I cried. Without EAJ, just coping with my own fear and anxiety would have been very difficult. Now I know that I am not alone in my fight against this illness and that EAJ is always there to be called upon when I need help. I am looking forward to my next visit to Japan for my three-month follow-up evaluation.

Med in Japan Newsletter No.1 July 2012