Healing Hands Ministries

Maritza Avila

Maritza-Avila“I have been in Dallas for 30 years.  I came to the United States in 1978; I was only 17 years old.

“In 2010 I had an episode of angina at work.  I had to go to the emergency room.  The staff there told me that Healing Hands could help me.  In addition to that, I have had diabetes for 16 years.  Because I have never treated it right, it was getting worse.  Now that I have Healing Hands, I have someone to talk to me about my treatment, food, exercise, and medicine.  It’s like I have a team helping me.

“I remember my first time coming here. After I started doing what my Physicians Assistant, Vicki Chang-Mishra, told me to do, my diabetes started to get under control.  The next visit she weighed me and I had lost 4 inches.  For me, that is the best thing: losing weight and exercising.  I feel so much better and I am so happy because I only keep improving.

“My heart problem is almost non-existent, my diabetes is under control, and my numbers keep going down.  It is such a huge difference.  All of my medical issues are tied together, so when one improves, they all improve.  It is wonderful to see the results.

“I also really appreciate how the doctors and staff can speak Spanish.  It is important because it allows me to communicate exactly what I am trying to say, and it is hard to get help if you cannot describe what the problem is.  I translated at a medical clinic for seven years in surgery, so I really admire the type of work and care that Healing Hands gives me.  I helped a lot of people and it was rewarding for me.  Helping others is the most important thing and this clinic helps me.

“I can see a difference from when I first started coming here and now.  Before this clinic, I was going to the emergency room almost every month.  I haven’t gone back since my first time here in 2010.  I love how they care for you here.  Everybody is so nice.  They all work together to help us patients.  They make me feel like I am the only one.  I love this place.

“My husband had a stroke about 3 years ago, and because I was getting so much help from Healing Hands, I brought him with me.  We both love this clinic a lot.  This clinic touches so many people.  It is so wonderful because when I am healthy, I can go home and take care of my kids.  I can make sure they are healthy, too.  Healing Hands helps us and it makes us able to have families, too.  For example, when my husband got sick, I was able to help get him healthy.  I could be his nurse.

“Healing Hands taught me a new lifestyle.  A lot of people don’t know about blood pressure or how to take care of certain things because they don’t have any idea what it is, or that it exists.  When my health improves, it impacts the health of others.

“God is moving here.  I can feel it.  Faith is alive in this clinic and in the people who work here.  You can tell that they believe through their faces and service to us.  It gives us hope, too.  Faith, hope, and belief are all alive here.  When you care for somebody, you make that person feel important and valued. They do that here and that is what makes this place so special.”