My name is Maryuri Salmeron. When I was little I loved watching nurses and doctors help people. So I said to myself, ”one day I'm going to be a nurse!“ and now I am.
I consider myself a humble person, quiet and reserved. I don’t have many friends, but the friends I do have are sacred to me. I give them my support in whatever they need.
Studying nursing has not been easy. You need to have a big heart and a lot of patience to face the everyday challenges. However, after the long days at University, I always felt that the work was worth it and believed that one day I would see the results of my effort. That filled me with satisfaction.
In 2013 I completed my required social service in Nagarote and participated in a program at the University to complete my training. Yet after getting my degree I could not find a job related to my career, so I ended up working in a supermarket. It was not what I wanted, but I always had hope of finding something that would fulfill my expectations as a nurse one day.
Finally that day came when The Lily Project posted an ad on Facebook. They were looking for a nurse for their cervical cancer prevention program. While it seemed like a stretch, I sent my resume because I wanted to be a part of the work they were doing in the rural communities. I was so thankful when I was offered the job.
In the beginning, the work at The Lily Project was challenging because I’m so quiet. The job required that I speak and teach in front of many women in the community! Soon, I lost the fear of teaching and I began to enjoy the opportunity to talk to women about their rights and taking care of themselves. Now, it is natural for me. I greet them, make jokes and, most importantly, give them the confidence they need and deserve so they can change others in their communities. I feel so content with this work.
I really enjoy being with the women who come to our events, examining them, talking to them, listening to their stories and being part of their lives. Prevention is the key to stopping this cancer and it is the beginning of showing love to ourselves, and to our families.