After 9/11, I lost my job and my health insurance when the trade show company I worked for laid off 90 percent of its workforce.
A few weeks later, I found a lump in my breast.
I knew I needed to get it checked out quickly, but I couldn't afford to pay for a screening. For five months, I lived with this lump in my breast, thinking I was going to die.
But mine is not a sob story, it's a story of thanks. I survived because I was not alone in my fight against cancer. I survived because I had ACS CAN by my side, fighting with me.
Read my complete story here:
I was ready to give up when a friend told me about a new program in New York called The Healthy Women's Partnership, part of a federal program that provides mammograms and other life-saving cancer screenings to uninsured women.
Through this program, I scheduled a doctor's appointment and got screened. The lump was cancerous, yet operable. A surgeon performed a lumpectomy and a follow-up full mastectomy. Medicaid covered everything, and throughout the whole ordeal, I was treated with dignity and kindness.
All year, every year, ACS CAN pushes Congress to maintain and increase the funding that goes to essential programs like The Healthy Women’s Partnership. Without ACS CAN’s efforts, that program might not have been available to me, or to millions of other uninsured women around the country.
Even so, current funding covers only one in five eligible women. ACS CAN is working to change that.
When I was at my most vulnerable, this program offered me a second chance. Since my treatment, I have lived to see my oldest daughter get married and just recently became a first-time grandmother. I am eternally grateful to be able to spend Thanksgiving with my whole family this year.
Take a moment to read a few other stories about what ACS CAN does:
This Thanksgiving, I’m so thankful to be able to share my story with you. Happy holidays to you and your loved ones.
ACS CAN Volunteer