“I want to be able to pay it forward.”
"Knowledge is empowering."
"I'm happy to help someone."
"We make a difference in our community."
“I was not alone.”
“I am ever so grateful to Linda Creed.”
“I was glad you were there. Linda Creed helped me two times."
The two years in the last ten that I didn’t have insurance are the ones when I got the diagnosis. What are the odds?
I had no insurance when I was first diagnosed in 2009 after finding a quarter-sized lump in my breast. I went to the clinic and they referred me to the Linda Creed Breast Cancer Organization. My first impression? I was really happy someone could help me because I didn’t know what to do or how to pay for my screening. Linda Creed Breast Cancer helped me to get the mammogram and ultrasound and to get a biopsy that showed my cancer was Stage 1. By then the new insurance kicked in and I had treatment – the chemo road.
I had insurance for the next ten years. And then in 2018, I was without insurance again – and it (cancer) happened again! The second time, it was in the same breast, but felt completely different. I went back to Chestnut Hill Women’s Center – I wasn’t sure I could get help. I got a free mammogram again – through Linda Creed! They told me at reception there was a Linda Creed event that Thursday from 5:30-7PM. You could come in, participate for free – even if you had no insurance. I liked the education part of it. I went to the meeting and someone knowledgeable was speaking about breast cancer symptoms and how it can come back in the same breast.
I got a mammogram – but because I am young and have dense breast tissue, it didn’t show anything. So, I went back and got an ultrasound - it was Stage 3 cancer. Luckily, I got healthcare coverage after the diagnosis and received treatment. I’ve finished the last chemo of 16 rounds recently.
I do hair - I talk to other stylists and clients about my breast cancer. If I can talk about it, it helps others. I tell everyone about Linda Creed.
Linda Creed Breast Cancer helped me a lot – I’m so grateful.