"Mine is not a sob story"
First, she lost her job and her health insurance. Then she went five months with a lump in her breast, fearing the worst and unable to get treatment.
Her life was finally saved when she found a federal program that extends Medicaid coverage to women for cancer screening and treatment. The cancerous lump was removed, and the cost was covered. The program gave Gail a second chance at life.
Her story is a reminder of exactly why ACS CAN is working the halls of Washington and State Capitols all over the country, pushing lawmakers to make cancer research, prevention and early detection a priority.
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From: Gail Carey
Date: Tue, Nov 23, 2010
Subject: "Mine is not a sob story"
Randy,I was once unemployed, uninsured and fearing the worst.
After 9/11, I lost my job and my health insurance when the trade 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 Health Women's Partnership, part of a broader federal program which extends Medicare benefits to uninsured women under 65 with breast and cervical cancer.
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. Medicare 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 Health Women’s Partnership. Without their 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.
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This Thanksgiving, I’m so thankful to be able to share my story with you. Happy holidays to you and your loved ones.
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