Muti, 21 years-old, was diagnosed with cancer of the breast only six months ago. She now has an open wound on her left breast -- a wound that has left her in severe pain on the affected breast resulting in nights of interrupted sleep.
When a team of palliative care nurses came to visit her, they brought her a gift that she did not have the vocabulary to ask for: a green liquid substance called morphine that enabled her to control the biting pain that would not escape her. Morphine is a strong pain relieving medicine often restricted by law, even for patients suffering from inconsolable pain. Since many patients in Africa aren't able to access doctors to receive morphine to relieve their suffering, Uganda has pioneered the task shifting agenda to allow specially trained nurses to prescribe morphine, thus making this miracle pain relief medication accessible to patients who need it most.
The cancer is spreading fast in her body and Muti starts each day fully aware of her poor prognosis. However, she decides to focus on sharing each pain-free day with her family as they "do life" and to leave the uncertainty of her future to the Almighty.
Being pain free, Muti's life has taken a dramatic turn. She has been able to support her sisters in the family's household chores and she can productively help her mother serve her regular customers in the family shop. This added income enables Muti's family to purchase any additional drugs that may contribute to her healing.