I was diagnosed with breast cancer when I was 49. My mother, who died from breast cancer, was diagnosed at the same age. It all started one morning when I bent down while getting dressed. I saw a puckering in my left breast that wasn’t there when I stood up.
When I went in for a mammogram, they found five spots. Each one needed to be biopsied and each biopsy cost $3,000. I had to come up with $15,000 just to get a diagnosis, let alone treatment. Without health insurance, I thought I was a goner.
Then, something amazing happened. I got connected with an organization funded by Susan G. Komen® that provides financial assistance to people like me who need help paying for timely diagnoses and treatment. When they called to say they would cover the cost of all my biopsies, I started crying.
I am so grateful to Komen and donors like you for being there for me at such a difficult time. I don’t know what I would have done without you.