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My mother is a breast cancer survivor. She tested positive for the CHEK-2 hereditary gene mutation while undergoing treatment in early 2020, and I in turn tested positive in April, 2020. After being denied by a genetic counselor, an oncologist and by insurance, my primary physician finally located a team that would approve a mammogram for me (I was only 36, and insurance stipulates 40 as the minimum age). Had it not been for that mammogram and my physician pushing for me, my cancer would not have been caught. The mammogram I had found a spot of high concern.
I was officially diagnosed September 1, 2020 with Invasive Ductal Carcinoma. 15 rounds of chemo and 4 surgeries later, I’m in a good spot. I’m near the end of this treatment schedule, and will be continuing with an additional 5 years of proactive hormonal treatment.
I consider myself extremely lucky. I had my primary physician lobbying for me each step of the way. I have pretty damn good medical insurance from my company, Amazon. I had the knowledge that I carried a gene that predisposed me to a devastating disease.
Not all women are so lucky. They have to depend on the generosity of others to get the care they deserve. This MultiCare fundraising walk focuses money where it is most impactful – directly helping those who need it with the following benefits:
- Establishing a free/reduced fee mammography program through Her Piece of Mind
- Providing resource kits for newly diagnosed patients
- Post-surgical camisoles with built-in drainage, provided to patients at no cost
- Complimentary wigs for patients in treatment
- Prosthesis programs for under-insured patients
- Presentations to various community groups on breast health
- Lymphedema classes and support groups
- Exercise and nutrition classes specifically for breast cancer patients
Please consider donating so we can level the playing field for women in our community to get the breast health services they deserve.
About Good Samaritan Hospital
At Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup, we provide comprehensive inpatient and outpatient health care services. As a private, nonprofit organization that does not receive general funding from any government entities, Good Samaritan Hospital relies on the financial support of the community to provide our growing health care services.
Learn more at multicare.org/good-samaritan-hospital.
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