A note from Lorena:
Operation of Hope is the best thing that has happened to me in my 27 years of life. Never have I met people so altruistic, and not only are they good medical surgeons in general, but they are excellent people as well.
Since my first surgery six years ago, my life has change in a radical 90 degree turn. Before it was difficult to have a life of a school girl or a high school girl, or a life at all. But I kept fighting during my 20 years to overcome sadness, and it was difficult.
I always would ask why God wanted to bring me to this world and give me this nose deformity, where I couldn’t be normal like other girls or youth moving forward with their lives.
Now I know God knows the things He does, and it was worth it since he gave me the opportunity to meet Operation of Hope each year and have the pride and the ability to help in the operation process as a volunteer.
It fills my heart with such joy to see happiness in the faces of other children with a better future. If feels with me happiness that they have at a younger age something that I didn't have until I was 20: the appearance of being normal without anyone looking at them as if they were strange bugs as they walk the streets. I know that God put them in my path to fill my life with joy and love.
For that, today, tomorrow and forever I give thanks to God and to Operation of Hope for changing my life and filling it with joy.